KaZantip Republic: Europe's craziest dance event?

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Consider yourself a party Trojan? Often the last guy/girl standing after an epic weekend? Well, Ukraine’s KaZantip Republic is the holiday for you. Kicking off on 31 July, the bonkers ‘festival’ (they don’t use that term) is set on the picturesque Ukrainian coastline of Crimea and stretches all the way until 18 August. 2012 marks KaZantip Republic’s 20th anniversary, and its mythical reputation is stronger than ever. It’s no surprise it’s sometimes called “the Burning Man of Europe”. Those 19 days see hordes of sun-seeking party people stretched across the coast of the Black Sea, taking in night after night of electronic music beamed out from one-of-a-kind architectural structures. You’ll get a sense of the madness from the photos below.

The vast KaZantip Republic site houses six dancefloors, 30 bars and restaurants, cinema halls and a host of stages with names like Shit Palace, Heaven, Faberge and Croissant that resemble something straight out of a sci-fi movie scene. Given the 20th birthday celebrations, a huge cast of DJs and live acts has been assembled. Among them are Sasha, Guy J, Audiofly, Booka Shade, Danny Howells, Laurent Garnier, Stanton Warriors, Tiefschwarz and James Zabiela, with a special live show planned from Gus Gus. There’ll be plenty more where that came from, too.

Tickets are called ‘Republican Vizas’ and the people behind it all write, “The KaZantip Republic is a nonexistent state somewhere under the sun, which may remind onlookers of a festival.” As you can see from these videos, the stages give the feeling of raving on the set of Mad Max – with the cooling ocean never far away. KaZantip also encourages “life without pants” and “freaks are considered to be a National treasure protected by the Ministry of Culture”, so pretty much anything goes.



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SeanFromSydney said on the 16th Jul, 2012

Holy bender Batman. Is there anywhere we can see a full lineup as it gets released? No way i'm going but it would be interesting to see how big that lineup gets


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the_bugryn_kid said on the 16th Jul, 2012

the ukrainian women would be enough reason to go....


Teknikall said on the 17th Jul, 2012

there's a good doco on vice.com about this place


MessJessMoore said on the 19th Jul, 2012

Booking my tickets for next year!!! Yeahhhhhh that looks AWESOME!!


willidust said on the 28th Dec, 2012

I want to got there this summer. It loos amazing, it is a month long rave, 22 hours of music a day and cheap as ****. 1-2 euro for a glass of vodka and the birds are just fecking savage looking.


GInna said on the 11th Mar, 2013

I've been on Kazantip twice and they were absolutely different. On Kazantip you can find music, people, and spend time in any style you like. For those who go to the festival for the first time suggest an article "How to Get to the Authentic Kazantip" from Terra Beatitudo.


Antony-Antony said on the 3rd Apr, 2013

Is anyone going to Kazantip this year? I am looking for a roommate to share a room with in the period 31 July 2013 to 14 August 2013. There are pretty many offers for hotels on the internet but I would prefer as cheap as possible. So far the cheapest option I have been able to dig up is a double room at a hotel in Popovka near Kazantip listed at


If I can share it with anybody, we would split the cost and pay $25 each. Not bad at all! So, is anybody going to Kazantip alone this year and looking for a place to stay there?!


LashaGiorgi said on the 5th Jul, 2013

I am going to kazantip 2013 alone, and looking for travelmate.