Mar 032012

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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜›

(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 πŸ™‚

  13 Responses to “KaZantip Primer”

  1. Youve been baiting us with the details of your kaz adventure for months!! Can’t wait to see the pics! It must have been mind blowing…

    • Haha have I been? Or have you just been anticipating it because that’s where I left off with blogging? πŸ˜‰

      In any case, don’t get your hopes up *too* much – I can’t exactly be fully uncensored on here, now can I? πŸ˜›

  2. Yes, I was just anticipating it! You left us with a clifhanger and months later this post is exactly what you titled it – a primer, or teaser for the actual details…. So is “baiting” not the right word? Haha

  3. Sounds great. Let’s try to make it for Z20 πŸ™‚

  4. Kazantip looks nice, but i totally dislike your overly political corectness, what is “offensive” about the video?” why state that the views (which views?) do not represent views of this site.
    Maybe it is better not for you to go to Kazantip….

    • …Um, do I really have to explain why some people might find a video with topless girls rubbing champagne all over themselves, & a host talking about stuff like “everybody just wants to f*ck all the time,” etc, might be offensive to some…?

      A better question might be, why does it bother you – at all – if I mention something like that before posting “adult content” on an otherwise family-friendly blog? So much so that you’d bother to challenge specific statements in not one but two places (i.e. both here and on Facebook).

      >>Maybe it is better not for you to go to Kazantip….

      …This is an even farther stretch that I comprehend even less. How does my warning readers about a potentially offensive video have *anything* to do with it “being better” for me not to go? As it happens, I’m already signed up for my 3rd consecutive year – making it the only festival I’ve ever attended thrice. I’ve met the prezident personally, and I have loads of friends who are very closely tied to the KTip government. So no, it’s not better for me not to go – because I issue a little warning before an “adult content” video on a travel blog πŸ˜›

  5. Hi there,

    I’ve been reading up on this festival. I’m pretty interested in checking it out. I’ve been around the show and been and seen a few places like a lot of people out there, but I was looking something a bit different. I’m a New Zealander living in Australia and think I’m going to throw the towel in here and jet off next year on a solo around the world trip. I’ve been as east as Hungary in Eastern Europe, so I want to know your opinion on Ukraine as far as a place to visit. As a Foreigner could I still attend? And how do you think I would go about visiting Kazantip on my own? In other words are the revellers of the event warming to solo travellers and do you think I’d be able to meet lots of new people (I only speak English but I’m pretty social).

    Cheers for the help πŸ™‚

    • Honestly, I don’t really know anymore, as the part of Ukraine where it used to take place is now Russia…I was planning to go this year too (my 4th year), but they moved it to Georgia at the last second. So in my eyes, the future of Kazantip is very unknown. Even if it does move back to Crimea, your experience will no doubt be pretty different from mine (since it’ll be Russia and not Ukraine)…

  6. I was in Kazantip a few years ago, and had a great time. Many gorgeous girls too. Russian Models Like American Eyes— here is the story. Hope you enjoy,

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