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Midburn: The Israeli version of Burning Man

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Midburn is an amazing event held in a desert in southern Israel called Negev. Just like burning man, a temporary city is established in the middle of the desert every year. It is not a music festival, but more a community where creativity, art and radical self-expression is key. Midburn lasts six days and the festival was first held in 2014.

It's best to compare Midburn to a temporary city far away from the real world. Yes, it is dusty like Burning Man and also very hot with temperatures well above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit). But all these things don't seem to matter once you emerge yourself in the full experience. After a short week, the city evaporates and it leaves no traces. 

The festival is built around the 10 basic principles of Burning Man. In a nutshell, these principles indicate that everyone is part of Midburn, no matter who they are or where they come from. However, they all need to work together in the spirit of the Community of Midburn and share a culture of "gifting". No money is allowed at the festival and leaving no trace is another essential part of the concept. The environment is a crucial concern for everyone. Perhaps the most important principle of the festival is immediacy with each other and nature.

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Midburn is not a music festival, but a matter of art and expression, of creativity rather than consumption. For many, these six days are more than just a feast – they are nourishment for the soul. 

Midburn happens every year in May. Click here to find out more.

This article was last updated on July 12, 2021.