It is an open-air marketplace or quarter in Middle Eastern and North African cities. The equivalent Persian term is “bazaar”. And if you want the more Western understanding, try a chaotic Flea Market. This year it is a big part of our theme, Caravansary.
So how will that work in SL, and with our rules about no commercialism or selling stuff? Well we won’t lie, it is a difficult concept, we think we have it worked out, but we would like some fellow Burners to help us test it (and have a load of fun at the same time).
This Sunday, from 4pm, the draped fabrics part, to reveal the rich tapestries on the walls, which at night are lit by the hanging lanterns, that highlight the golden threads woven into them. Following the smells of incense, perfume, flowers and foods, you will pass sacks of dried fruits, pastas, spices. You can watch the potters wheel spinning up fabulous new creations, or the baskets weavers nibble fingers building things up layer by layer. Feel the fine quality of the rugs laid out or hung for your perusal, or grab a book for the same. Try not to get lost in the twists and turns, and as you pass the fire twirlers avoid the burns.
There are spaces for travel-wearied pilgrims to relax, have a bite to eat and and watch all the colourful characters, careful not to get too close to the snake charmer though.
This is no dump for gifts, it is an experience. You must entice the shoppers with a silver tongue and your fine wares, and those seeking treasures, make sure you look in every nook and cranny. You will come upon an inexhaustible array of teeming goods and unexpected services. All traded, not for money, but gifted, exchanged with other participants!
The gifts, trading, seeking and enjoying, are all provided but you, you make all parts of Burn happen, come, share, participate.
Come to the Souk, Sunday the 10th of August, between 4pm and 10pm PDT.