Every year, more or less around the winter solstice, a Vortex gathering takes place. The destination is a forest, on a secluded farm, in the shadow of the picturesque Riviersonderend mountains.

The gathering, known as the Phoenix Festival of Fire, is a celebration of the change of season, a winter festival complete with bonfires and fire-dancers – but not forgetting the giant dancefloor in which to revel through dance and movement. Guests are encouraged to set up camp for the weekend in this serene space, which is a short distance beyond the town of Riviersonderend.

A full weekend of fun and laughs, dancing and socialising, the Phoenix Festival of Fire encourages the spirit of togetherness in a safe environment. On the decks will be a back-to-back lineup of psytrance DJ’s who will be spinning beats to get the crowd moving well into the wee hours. Stalls will be offering a variety of fresh meals and hot and cold beverages.


Vortex 2

Read about all the must-haves and what to bring here.

Vortex 2

Where Circle of Dreams, Riviersonderend
When June 23rd, 4 pm  – June 25th, 5 pm
Price R450 (Full Festival ticket), Quicket
Contact Website

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Justin Williams

Justin Williams is a born-and-bred Capetonian with a flair for writing. His icons include the late South African authors Lawrence Green, Eric Rosenthal and T.V. Bulpin, literary figures who continuously inspire him to cover the avenues of lifestyle, travel and nature in a local context. When Justin's not covering a story, he can be found in the mountains - he's a renowned wild food forager and is currently learning herbalism.