Midburn is a five-day festival where revellers set up a temporary ‘city’ in Israel’s Negev Desert, offering a total escape from real life and societal conventions. Money? You can forget about that – here you barter for goods and services.
A haven for artistic folks and other free spirited, adventurous types, the festival is based on the principles of self-sufficiency, intense community, and self-expression without bounds.
Nothing much to see here. Just a giant pirate ship sitting in the Israeli desert.
Midburn was born after a group of Israelis returned from Burning Man proper in Nevada, USA, in 2011. Since its inception just six years ago, it boasts a strong community in Israel. 10,500 people (including foreign visitors) attending 2017’s festival.
The temporary desert city, which the majority of attendees have contributed to in some way, is divided into themed camps and structures.
Midburn offers a number of crazy parties from dusk to dawn.
The landscape is littered with spectacular, highly creative artistic installations that Burners pitch within their community and begin building months in advance.
In keeping with the Burning Man tradition, structures built for the festival are set on fire, creating a dramatic and powerful sight.
These shots capture some of the majestic artistic installations that make this festival so special.
A man in a dress walks past a belly dancer and a mock wedding featuring Gandalf; two photos that encapsulate the carefree, whacky, and self-expressive nature of Midburn.