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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