This is it – from here on out, you’re either headed to the Tankwa, or about to do so.
In order to get everything set up for your arrival, most of our crew are already away, busily preparing the many infrastructure elements of Tankwa Town for your arrival. Those that aren’t already there will be, soon. This means that from FRIDAY 25th APRIL, ALL CREW WILL BE ON SITE UNTIL MAY 5/6th.
And that includes our Communications team who respond to Facebook queries and emails sent to [email protected]. So, in the interests of ensuring you get the info you need when you need it most – round about now – check out the info below, which should answer any questions you might have at this late stage.
Know anyone asking questions and desperate for answers? Now’s when Each One Teach One comes into full effect – if you have the info, share the love!
First things first – DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT YOUR TICKET!
Our tickets sold out in January this year – and there are no ticket sales at the event gate. However, resold tickets are still in circulation: take a look under ‘Posts To Page’ on the right right hand column of our main Facebook page, and the 2015 event page, if you want to buy or sell tickets. Please only sell tickets at face value – as Burners we don’t profit off each other.
Will close on Saturday 25th April at 23h59. No one will be able to transfer tickets after this point. If someone acquires a ticket after this date and therefore the ticket is not in his/her name, he/she needs to arrive at the Burn with the ticket, as well as an e-mail from the person who sold them the ticket (from the e-mail address the ticket is registered under) indicating the following info:
This e-mail serves to confirm that I _____________________ ID Number: _______________________ Have sold my ticket to;
_______________________ ID Number:______________________.
Tickets in STEP that were not sold have been placed back into the owner’s Quicket account and can be sold, as above.
If you’re having any difficulties with Quicket, shoot them a mail on [email protected] or call them on+27 21 424 9308
Only essential setup crew working on Art and Theme Camp projects have been provided with Early Arrivals Passes, which enable them to access the event before Monday when gates open on the morning of the 27th April. The cutoff for EA Passes was April 19th, so these are not able to be provided at this point. Sitting on the road outside the event is no way to start your burn, so if you don’t have an EA Pass, please don’t arrive any earlier than April 27th, as our gate crew will have to politely refuse you entry.
WANT AN APP TO HELP YOU EXPLORE TANKWA TOWN?
In years gone by, the only way to know what was out there on the dusty plains of Tankwa Town was our gate handout, and to walk the site yourself. It being the 21st Century, that’s changed – not only do we have a brand-spanking-new WTF Guide – but now we have an app. It’s an Android app (sorry iPhoners) and you’d need to load it and use it once in order to make use of it in the dust.
Amazeballs? Indeed, get it right here.
Many, many thanks to Shamima Gukhool, Franz Rodenacker and Leah Ghabaharan for gifting their time & energy to bring this great little tool to life as a gift to our community!
With an MTN phone, around 12ish (the location of the Clan) you can sometimes get a signal – it’s not good enough for calls, but it does work for text messages. The higher your position, the better – around Subterrafuge, you should be able to get better signal (and even possibly make a call on other networks).
If you have a very real concern about being to contact your family or loved ones whilst at AfrikaBurn, we suggest that you get a satellite phone for your own purposes.
In the event that your family or friends have a critical situation that requires contacting someone at the event, ask them to email [email protected] – but by virtue of the large scale of our event, it’s very difficult to find people on the ground, so we can’t guarantee that your mail will be responded to quickly, but it will be responded to.
PLEASE NOTE: The emergency@ email must only be used for critical medical emergencies only.
Want to volunteer? Excellent! Come to Off-Centre Camp between 8ish & 9ish Streets and Binnekring road and offer yourself up at Volunteer Booth, you will be showered with love and gratitude.
MEDIA – FILM CREWS – PHOTOGRAPHERS – JOURNOS
When you arrive, you’ll need to be tagged and released. Whether you’ve registered for accreditation or not, please head to Off-Centre Camp and check in at the Media Booth, to get media-orientated and sign a media accreditation agreement if you haven’t already done so. This does not apply to anyone making personal use of cameras.
FLYING IN, OR USING A DRONE OR RC AIRCRAFT?
Please note that unless the pilot of a plane has registered themself with our Airspace crew and obtained an allocation number and the info pack – and has a ticket – they are not permitted to land.
Drone operators – If you plan on operating a drone recreationally or to shoot footage from, you need to register your drone with our UAV team. Harry from the UAV team will be at Off-Centre Camp at 11am each day to advise drone operators on fly zones, do inspections and assist with registrations.
If you’ve travelled it before, you’d know that the R355 – whether you come via Calvinia in the north or Ceres in the south – eats tyres for breakfast, lunch and supper. We strongly suggest that before you hit the road you pack two spare tyres – even if you’re driving a 3 000-litre 4 x 4 armed with Desert Eagle Road Muncher tyres. The fact is, an overloaded vehicle’s tyre sidewalls are more exposed to the sharp stones that lie in wait, and thus stand a greater chance of blowouts and punctures. Pack wisely – centre your load if at all possible – and please, whatever you do, even if you’re a day late –
DO NOT DRIVE FAST ON THE R355 – KEEP YOUR SPEED AROUND 70KM/H.
Need more info on how to get to Tankwa Town safely and in one piece? Hit the Survival Guide link above – there’s lots of good road advice in it.
One last very important driving tip: if you can’t see ahead due to dust (on the way in, or leaving) please, please, please – DO NOT OVERTAKE IF YOU CAN’T SEE AHEAD.
If you are looking for a lift, or offering one, we suggest posting on the Tankwa Ride & Share group.
BRINGING ART THAT HASN’T BEEN REGISTERED?
No problem – arrive, check in at Arteria, at Off-Centre Camp. They’ll sort you out with a spot.
If you got this far without reading our Survival Guide, you’re either a master of extreme procrastination, or a seasoned veteran – but either way, you should still find the time, as there’s lots of important info and updates that will make your experience all the more comfortable, safe and enjoyable. Download, print it out and try to read it BEFORE you hit the road: 2015 Survival Guide
And, if you’d like a handy app to make use of while in Tankwa Town, the good news is that a group of developers have created our event guide for Android phones!
Fingers, toes, nose and shoes – you’re good to go, hit the road!