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Artichoke announce 'Temple' Kickstarter

Date uploaded: September 22, 2014

There is now just over two days to support Artichoke's Kickstarter campaign to support a new and ambitious project entitled 'Temple'. The project aims to bring together the artist at the centre of the USA's Burning Man Festival, David Best, and the people of Derry-Londonderry, to turn the idea of bonfire burning on its head. the campaign closes at 11pm on Friday the 31st of October 2014.

Across Northern Ireland, there exists an extreme tradition of bonfire burning.  On the other side of the Atlantic, in the heart of the Nevada desert, fire is the centre of a festival that celebrates the spirit of community, art and freedom of expression.

Each year at Burning Man a temple is built: it's the spiritual heart of the festival, a place for remembrance and letting go.  Over the course of the event the inner temple walls are covered with letters and mementos, and at the end of the week everything is set alight in a special ceremony, releasing its messages of hope into the sky.

David Best and his crew have built eight temples at Burning Man, including this year's Temple of Grace (pictured).  Working with the local community in Derry, Artichoke will bring David and his crew to Derry, to build a structure that will tower over the city, uniting everyone in a huge collaborative effort, in the creation of a temporary shared space that will be burned in March 2015.

For the first time, Artichoke will be using Kickstarter to help fund one of their projects.  A target of £30,000 has been set, to raise through the crowdfunding platform and fans and supporters of their work have been invited to contribute, with offers of rewards in return for donations.

For more information about the campaign click here.