Desert celebration: The Negev's Midburn festival in pictures
About 140 camps, ten abiding principles and a seemingly endless dustbowl accompanied the thousands of participants in the Midburn festival in the Negev Desert, over the past week; An amalgamation of the Hebrew word for desert (midbar) and the original Burning Man festival in Nevada, Israel's Midburn is the third largest in the world; The festival promotes mutual support, creativity and environmentalism.
More than ten thousand people attended the Midburn festival held this week in the Negev Desert. The festival traditionally erects a temporary city based on the ten principles of the Burning Man festival in Nevada. This is the third year that the Ramat Negev Regional Council hosts the event. Over the last two years, it has become the third largest regional event in the world among 65 different events of the international community.
One of the principles of the Midburn community is not to leave behind a trace, and therefore the festival is careful not to leave waste. Many festival participants take on a specific role, and more than 140 camps were established as parts of the festival.
The ten principles of Burning Man (and locally, of Midburn) are: radical inclusion; gifting; decommodification (a lack of transactions, sponsorships or advertizing); radical self-reliance; radical self-expression; communal effort; civic responsibility; leaving no trace; participation, and immediacy.
On Friday night, the remaining participants burned this year's Temple. The Temple is a monument whose shape is modified and built each year by the festival's participants, who adapt it as a symbol to the theme of the city. This year's theme was defined as "clear dream."