Disclaimer: Kazantip is not a family-friendly event. In fact, it’s by no small margin the least family-friendly event I’ve ever written about. I’ve considered how to handle this, and decided that censoring too much would pretty much misrepresent it entirely. After all, this is a travel blog and should be about all the kinds of weird, off-the-beaten path experiences that most only dream of. In that sense, Kazantip truly fits the bill.
So in order to keep things safe-ish I’ll make sure that nothing offensive is visible on the homepage – you have to “continue reading” (or access the article directly). That way at least nobody will get in trouble for loading up my site while at work 😉
As with many of the festivals I’ve attended, I first learned about Kazantip largely by chance. While starting to plan the summer of 2010 in Europe, I reached out to another digital nomad who’d spent some time living in Budapest. But rather than focusing on advice about Budapest…he made me promise to stop over in Ukraine. He was the first person to send me the following video.
Warning: Very NSFW. And offensive. The views expressed in this video do not represent those of this site, blah blah blah 😛
(Note that this is only the intro, but it should at least give you some idea of how crazy KaZantip is. Feel free to watch the whole episode here).
I didn’t make it to Kazantip that year, but needless to say, it piqued my interest. The more places I visit the farther I have to look for something completely unique…and despite everywhere I’ve been and everything I’ve seen, a free-love, imaginary republic of happiness isolated on a distant coast of the Black Sea was not yet one of them. So I started to Google. And the more I read, the more interested I became.
The Matador Network puts Kazantip first on its list of the “wildest electronic music festivals in the world.” EuroNews describes it as “the Ibiza of Eastern Europe, a Ukrainian Burning Man.” Even CNN has gotten wind of it, posting an article just this January.
For another more family-friendly overview (of the music-side rather than sex-side) of Kazantip, it’s worth watching EuroNews’ video as well. It was filmed during the year I attended:
Anyway, I think you get the point – I just wanted to give a bit of a primer before diving into my own Kazantip post. If you’re still curious (and not easily offended), you can read a full interview with the host of the VBS.TV clip here.
Otherwise, my photos are on the way 🙂