Amsterdam’s Alternative to Burning Man

Mon, 10 August 2015
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At last there is a scaled-down, less intense and less pricey alternative to the Burning Man festival. Enter Amsterdam’s Urban Campsite, more of a galactic hamlet in comparison to Black Rock City’s metropolis.

While many can appreciate the greatness of artworks hung on the wall of a museum, there is something intimate about experiencing art physically. The Urban Campsite does just that giving you the chance to sleep in the actual installation. As a team of sun-worshippers our personal favourite is Universe 7, which can move as the sun moves. But take your pick from the 11 surreal pods from Goathi, a Sami hut that resembles a tee-pee to the Ibc shrinkwrap house that is made from recycled garbage. The Superfire Camp, where people can hang out around warming flames, is a galactic interpretation of your everyday campfire; even trips to the toilet could be a potentially thought-provoking experience in the Tribal Toilet Tower.

The pods are available until the 31 August to book via Airbnb, but in the spirit of inclusive art you’re allowed to see the installations for free even if you are not staying in them. Book one here.

Words by Electra Simon

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