What is Midburn?
Midburn is a non-profit organization that thrives to encourage and create participatory, experiential spaces that inspire and motivate cultural, social and environmental development. The Midburn event is the official regional event organized by the Midburn community which has over 40,000 members, making it the largest creative community in Israel.
The Midburn community aims to leave a positive mark on Israeli society through culture, art, developing social initiatives and community responsibility.
Midburn operates in the spirit of an international organization, the Burning Man, and maintains ten principles on which the organization’s culture and guidelines are based.
For 6 days, a temporary city is set up in the Negev desert, creating a platform which will allow a communal life style, creativity, art and radical self-expression.
The Midburn event is not your usual festival, with big acts booked to play on massive stages. In fact, it’s more of a city than a festival, wherein almost everything that happens is created entirely by its citizens, who are active participants in the event.
WELCOME VIRGINS AND BRING YOUR OWN WATER! // CHANDRA ZAS
One of my dear friends Shiran Maor, astutely described the difference between a festival and a Midburn event. He said, “Instead of an event of consumption, Midburn is an event of creation.”
A normal festival is experienced by arriving and buying anything that is needed or wanted. The person that is coming to the festival is a consumer, it is a part of their identity or state of mind. Midburn is different in its structure because it is created, built and supplied by the people attending.
The Ten Principles
Burning Man Founder Larry Harvey wrote the Ten Principles in 2004 as guidelines for the newly-formed Regionals Network. They were crafted not as a dictate of how people should be and act, but as a reflection of the community’s ethos and culture as it had organically developed since the event’s inception.