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Burn Event Logo
Begins 5 July 2018
Ends 8 July 2018
Venue Playa Location Name
Location(s) Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.
Years active 3
Inaugurated 2016
Attendance 140 (2017)
Sunburn Website

Sunburn is a regional Burningman event held in New Mexico, typically the weekend of July 4th. Sunburn is a New Mexico Burners cultural movement based on the 10 principles of Burningman and a quest to experiment our ideas within community. This event is a temporary village that you make by participating in the experiment of radical expression and do-ocracy. Meaning, this is your chance to express yourself! Sun Burners build themed camps with friends and invite other burners to participate in them during the event. Sun Burners provide music and art because they love to share it. Now you can be the act and the entertainment you want to see because what happens here is up to everyone! Leave your money at home because we are a gift economy. Gift what you have to share, and you will always find what you need. We collaborate. We are inclusive, creative, connective, and activated. Lastly, Sunburn is a Leave No Trace event so clean up after yourself so someone else doesn’t have too. Sunburn continues to be a hard-won expression of creative and loving New Mexicans and our friends from afar. We welcome all players, new and old, to enjoy together what we call “the burn”.

Vision & Organisation

  • The event began as Enchantment Burn in 2014 (Theme: Monomyth) & 2015 (Theme: The Encan-Ta-Dah!) at Witch Wells in Arizona. In 2016, we had the opportunity to move to land in New Mexico, hence the recreation of a more local event and brand.
  • Now managed by (organisation), nature of organisation [include link]
  • Membership of organisation rules/mechanism
  • Executive of organisation, elections etc
  • role of volunteers

  • aims of the organisation (from its legal document) -quote

  • The registered business location of the organisation. Associated addresses (workshops etc)

(A photo of the business headquarters and workshop help people locate them.)

Event Culture

The Ten Principles

The 10 Principles of Burning Man Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey wrote the Ten Principles in 2004 as guidelines for the newly-formed Regional Network. They were crafted not as a dictate of how people should be and act, but as a reflection of the community’s ethos and culture as it had organically developed since the event’s inception.

  • Radical Inclusion

Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.

  • Gifting

Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.

  • Decommodification

In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.

  • Radical Self-reliance

Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.

  • Radical Self-expression

Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.

  • Communal Effort

Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.

  • Civic Responsibility

We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.

  • Leaving No Trace

Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.

  • Participation

Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.

  • Immediacy

Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.

Additional Principles

Sunburn, like some other burns, has officially adopted an 11th principle.


Photography and Videography

- Photographic & Video Consent - Both fall into the same Consent category. Permission must be given BEFORE taking pictures of participants, especially if they are performing. Always ASK. You agree that all images video and filmmaking are for Personal Use Only (this doesn't mean Facebook!). No commercial use of images allowed without a signed written agreement from the event organizers and the people shown in the images.

Burn Community

The Burn community encompasses present, past and future event participants, extending beyond THE EVENT and LOCATION to include other local and overseas Regional Burns. The Community has no specific locus, but is broadly associated with the Burn event, the Burn Headquarters, with the Burn social media presence in FaceBook, and with the wearing and display of symbols on clothing and wristbands retained from each Burn event. Continued involvement with and connection between the Burn organizers, the Theme Camps and participants generally is facilitated by a schedule of events throughout the year.

The increasing size and sophistication of Theme Camps has resulted in many people becoming involved in Burn associated fund-raising, and design and construction activities throughout the year. Furthermore, there has been an increasing trend of Theme Camps sharing experience, work and workspaces, and for special interest groups - such as photographers - to meet and discuss issues of common interest in person or in Burn specific social media spaces. It may be said that the Burn community is not only becoming more 'continuous' but also that it is becoming more deeply involving and rooted in friendships and a history of collaborative activity.

There is a notably strong presence of Burn participants and Theme Camp organizers in LOCATION and LOCATION is home to the event headquarters/workshops

The Burn Event

  • Frequency, duration and character of event
  • Quick summary of location
  • Focus/culmination of event

Event Presentations

  • History of presentations - first + any changes.
  • Story behind selection
  • Ongoing lease/arrangements

Location Theme Date Participants Ticket price
[Event Year]] Location Theme Title Day Month Year ~Number
[Event Year]] Location Theme Title Day Month Year ~Number


  • A Map
  • A Climate Chart
  • Relationship of the event site to the local area, eg 'adjacent' or 'distance from'.
  • Ownership status of land event is held on - private, reserve etc
  • Alternate uses of site - sporting events, agricultural, tourist use etc
  • Nearest Towns, Cities
  • Climate + link to local weather
  • Geology and landscape and hydrology (and hazards)
  • Flora fauna (and hazards)
  • Earliest and subsequent Human habitation
  • Significant sites in area
  • Governance structure - Local and State authorities and agencies.
  • Population relative to other towns cities in this area

Town/City Plan and Infrastructure

This relates to the Event site and the (often) Burn-related name given to the site, ig 'Black Rock City', 'Tankwa Town' etc.

  • Origin of Name. Changes of Name
  • Area and shape of site
  • Permanent Infrastucture
  • Internal divisions/neighborhoods - explain functions and relative locations
  • Created infrastructure - effigies etc, power, water, waste, lighting

Presentation, Performance and Interactive Art

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The Burn Events are at their core - philosophically and literally - a celebration of expressive art. The artistic expression takes the form of buildings and passive sculptures, interactive structures (including vehicles), fire effects and painted work and crafted objects, and presented and participative performance activities including dance, music, voice performance, costumes and body decoration. Certain artistic expressions are traditional at each Burn Event, such as the Temple and the Effigy structures and the Example Activity. Some expressions such as the [example artwork] can be traced over multiple presentations of the event, while others such as the [example artwork] or example activity are once-off events, or repeated only intermittently.

Artworks and art expressions may be linked to specific Theme Camps (for example Camp XX and the Xexample activity), but many are constructed or presented by individuals or groups who have no Theme Camp association. The Burn Event organizers fund (link here to process) the construction of the major structures, and provide grants to individual artists and performers. Virtually all of the work in developing and presenting artworks is done by volunteers.

Structures & Effigy

Art Vehicles: Main Article: Art Vehicles

Presentation, Performance & Interactive Artwork

Volunteer and Contracted Services

The philosophy of the Burn is that individuals and Theme Camps take responsibility for looking after themselves and others at the Burn (Self Reliance and Civic Responsibility and Communal Effort). However, some services require more co-ordination or planning, or skills and equipment than could be spontaneously assembled on site. The Burn organization consequently undertakes to create and support a range of Volunteer Groups, and contract in outside support (voluntary and commercial), in order to provide a range of essential services. These services include security, fire fighting, water and sewerage carting, infrastructure creation and maintenance, regulation and compliance, medical services and environmental services. Participants in the Volunteer Groups are enrolled some months prior to each event and given appropriate training.

Lost and found items are handled 'on-playa' at the Center Camp. Following the Burn found items are taken to LOCATION. People seeking lost items, or wishing to post notices about found items are directed to the Blazing Swan Lost & Found facebook page.

Theme Camps

Theme Camps work with the event organizers to present static and/or mobile public venues, performances and services, while providing their members with camping areas and communal facilities. Theme Camps are required/encouraged to register with the event organization prior to the event in order to receive support including grants, priority location, and publicity in the event guides. Registered Theme Camps are expected to provide a significant public offering, and undertake to conform with event, Shire and State regulations regarding buildings and safety.

Camps start arriving and setting up about a week prior to the event commencement. Theme Camps are allocated positions closest to the Effigy and Temple structures, and are broadly zoned 'Music', 'General' and 'Quiet'. The increasing number of Theme Camps, and the growing membership of Theme Camps resulted in 2017 in some Theme Camps having insufficient space to accommodate all of their members together. As this problem is likely to increase in future years, strategies such as having car parking areas separate to the camping areas, and the provision of separate Theme Camp member camping areas may need to be considered.

A complete list of Theme Camps at each presentation of the event can be browsed on the Event Presentation pages of this Wiki. Theme Camps that have had a recurring presence at the event include:

Participant Experience

Participants bring their enegy, their expression, and many of the best aspects of humanity to each Burn event. Inspiration for modes of participation come from the participants diverse and often rich backgrounds in the arts, science, engineering and humanities, and from ideas developed and extended in other Regional Burns and Burning Man itself. Participants create expression individually and collaboratively in and across Theme Camps, and by their participation in activities within the event, and simply by their presence at the event. Burn participation is encouraged by all ages and there is a growing demographic of families with young children, overseas travelers, and pre-retirees and retirees (50 to 70 years old).

Specific practical guidance is provided to the event participant in the 'Survival Guide' prepared and updated each year. New and returning participants are strongly urged to acquaint themselves with the content of the Survival Guide as lack of preparedness or current knowledge of the evolving arrangements for the provision of services can severely curtail a participant's ability to fully participate in the event. The event is attractive to and supportive of participation by people who are challenged in the areas of physical and mental health and sociability and social skills, and provides a considerable depth of medical, psychological and social support utilizing contracted and volunteer services.

The event organizers recognize that Theme Camps providing music and dance venues are a core and valued part of the Burn experience. Music Theme Camps have evolved and diversified and provide very high quality DJ and live and participative music performances. Music and dance, however, are only two of many aspects of the event and there are a considerable number of Theme Camps built around artistic, reflective, healing, supportive and playful concepts. Nevertheless, there remains a strong public perception that the event is a 'bush doof', a misconception that is being consciously addressed by the event organizers through a more extended process of ticket purchase, and by greater involvement of the Burn in public events.

There are constraints on participation in the event. Firstly, there is no provision for 'free tickets' and there is a strictly limited number of discounted tickets for people involved in volunteering, in Theme Camps and for residents of the local community. Tickets are only available via a process of pre-registration which works to ensure that participants are congnizant of principles of the Burn, and of the 'Terms and Conditions' attached to the ticket, which include (but are not limited to):

  • You certify that you are physically able to participate in the Blazing Swan Event and in any activity or performance associated with it, and have not been advised otherwise by a qualified medical professional.
  • You acknowledge and fully understand that as a participant, you will be engaging in activities that involve risk of serious injury, including permanent disability and death, property loss and severe social and economic losses...
  • You understand that some participants at the Event may engage in expressive activity and dress, which may include partial nudity or nudity and other types of expressive activity. You agree that such expressive activity and dress is not indecent nor offensive to you, and that you have decided to attend the Event with full knowledge that such expressive activity and dress may occur. If you are accompanied by minors at the Event, you acknowledge that you have made a choice that the minors may be exposed to the expressive activities and dress that take place at the Event, and that you have exercised parental responsibility and control in bringing the minors to the Event. Should you find that any activity at the Event is offensive to you, or to any minors accompanying me, you acknowledge that you can avoid such activity by, among other things, leaving the vicinity of the activity or leaving the Event.

Participants are reminded that all State laws and regulations apply on site, and that the organizers will refer violations of the law to the Police if they come to their attention. The organizers and participants have built and maintain a very good relationship with the Police who maintain a presence on site during the event.

Getting To and From THE EVENT

  • location and routes
  • Road conditions, including at various times of day
  • general care and safety, road regulations
  • Public transport
  • Vehicle hire and care
  • Vehicle share

  • fuel and supplies availability en route, and at closest towns
  • supporting local economy, ordering supplies locally - options

  • vehicle parking and movement onsite.
  • shuttle services
  • Nearby attractions

Carbon Offset

Participants wishing to offset the carbon footprint they incur in traveling to and from LOCATION can refer to a range of online calculators. As a rough guide, purchasing AU$5 worth of carbon credits would offset a vehicle's costs and also make a reasonable contribution towards offsetting the shared carbon impact of fire effects and electricity generated at the Blaze site. The Burnn organizers have not nominated an official Carbon Offset Partner for the event, but individuals have made contributions to 'Activate the Wheatbelt' who undertake participative landscape restoration projects in the LOCATION.

Other Events & Activities

The Event Organisation is involved with a number of community art projects and philanthropic activities in LOCALITY. Some examples are:

Significant Dates



Official accreditation process. Rules for photograpy and videography.

Internal Publications

The Burn's website.....

The Burn's social media presence.... (official and unofficial)

The Burn's newsletter.

  • Since
  • Explanation of name
  • Access to current and previous copies
  • Subscription process

Commercial Media Coverage

  • Media Kit for commercial media (cf AfrikaBurn)
  • News articles

Blogs, Videography and Reports

  • Example Vimeo: Vimeo: From the Befotke Kosche Theme Camp: AfrikaBurn 2015: (5:22) Some beautiful drone footage and soundtrack.


I am testing whether storing administrative documents here is a good idea by adding some of Blazing Swan's documents and asking those who make and those who use these docs to comment.

Probable pros:

  • Standardised formatting - docs are easier to make and read (some may feel this limits creativity, but I think they'll be okay)
  • Centralised location - with all/most docs in one place they'll be easier to find and link together
  • Version control - wikis have excellent version history and tracking
  • Collaboration - wikis are designed as a collaboration tool, passing documents as volunteer roles change is trivial
  • Accessibility - wikis are easier to use (that pdfs) on desktops, mobile, and with screen readers

See: Burning wiki does not have namespace "3000".

See Also

  • miscellaneous links


This is as draft page containing publicly posted information and links relating to the Sunburn Event.

GOVERNANCE/DEPARTMENTAL STRUCTURE Sunburn is governed by a 5-member Board of directors, below, and 2 event co-leads. • Cattalac • Godzilla • Blaze (Regional Contact) • Just Ray • Momo The Board of Directors represent the legal entity NMSPF90 LLC, formerly NMBurnersLLC. The BOD oversees the budget and flow of monies from ticket sales and expenses. At the moment, New Mexico has one regional contact, Christopher Blaz aka: Blaze.

All board members and Sunburn staff are unpaid volunteers. Event Co-Leads: Sweeney & Squirt Department Leads: • Gate/Greeters/Parking: Sweeney • Volunteer Coordinator: Squirt • Finance: Blaze & Momo • Placement: Catt & Brain • Art Department: Blaze • DPW: Collective Effort • Young at Art (Kid’s Camp): Mama Fox • Website/Communications: Blaze & Brain • Ranger: Number Nine • Medical: Tiffany • LNT: Catt & Godzilla

  • Burn 2016. Jemez Mountains, New Mexico Theme: Living Flame
  • Burn 2017. Jemez Mountains, New Mexico. Theme: HydroRhythm
  • Burn 2018. Eaves Movie Ranch, New Mexico. 'Theme: The Sun is Flat Too"'

Ticket Handling: Brown Paper Tickets Ticket information and conditions 2018: We may be sold out, but this description has been updated as of 6/28 - WITH NEW LOCATION INFORMATION! Woo! (It's in a few places down there so you might want to just reread it... Refresh your memory before you get quizzed at the gate.)

SunBurn, New Mexico's regional Burning Man event, will be held for its third year at the exciting Eaves Movie Ranch outside of Santa Fe! This year we will open the gate at noon on July 5th and conclude at noon on July 8th. Join us for a cultural movement centered around art, community, fire, and embracing Burning Man's 10 Principles, along with our 11th adopted Principle, Gratitude. Our theme this year is "The Sun is Flat Too!" We hope to encourage you to riff on space, conspiracy theory, the improbable, the impossible, the weird, and beyond. Anything is possible; expect anything to happen. The event is a village built by participant contribution to the experiment of radical self expression and do-ocracy. There is no corporate sponsorship or provided entertainment. What happens here is up to you! You are entering a decommidified space that values who you are, not what you have. You can collaborate, be inclusive, be creative, and be connective with your fellow SunBurners and also the world around you. Sunburn continues to be a hard-won expression of creative and loving New Mexicans and visitors from afar. We welcome all players, new and old.

Note: SunBurn is not a rave. SunBurn is an interactive community for artists, performers, and musicians, all participants, creating both large and small scale art on private land.

Please note: We will be under a burn ban, and participants and organizers will adhere to all local and State fire ordinances. There will be no hard fuel, ember-producing fires, campfires, or fireworks. Smoking may only take place within an enclosed vehicle. The permanent movie set structure on the property is NOT for smoking. Spark arrests on generators will be required, as well as safe storage for fuel (bins, kiddie pools, etc.).

For a more thorough description of the event, please check our webpage at


As a ticket holder and/or participant at SunBurn, you agree to all the conditions as listed on and below within this disclaimer in order to gain entry to the property and the SunBurn event. You agree that you are willingly entering this property and event at your own risk; that in order to gain access and attend this event that you will abide by the conditions, policies, guidelines, and rules set forth herein and subject to change at any point prior to the event. By purchasing a ticket and/or attending SunBurn you KNOWINGLY AND VOLUNTARILY ASSUME ALL RISK OF PROPERTY LOSS, PERSONAL INJURY, SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH, WHICH MAY OCCUR BY ATTENDING THE 2018 SUNBURN EVENT, AND HEREBY FOREVER RELEASE, DISCHARGE AND HOLD NMBURNERS LLC, NMSPF90 LLC, THE LANDOWNER AND ALL VOLUNTEERS HARMLESS FROM ANY CLAIM ARISING FROM SUCH RISK, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF NM BURNERS LLC OR BY THIRD PARTIES, AND ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY AND LIABILITY FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION.

The nature of this event, the property, the unique interactive art, the rapidly changing weather conditions, presence of wild or venomous creatures that inhabit the area. The site may contain natural or man-made hazards. These may cause serious personal injury or death. You agree to release the event producers, property owners, staff, rangers, and organizers from any liability or responsibility should you be injured, sustain property damage or die while attending this event. This Release of Liability agreement includes you releasing us from any and all claims from surviving family or heirs. You agree that you will sign a physical Release of Liability agreement prior to entry.

SunBurn is a private event on private property and is not open to the general public. Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at least 21 years of age at check-in who can provide documentation to support their guardianship status. The price of youths 13 and under is $0, however you must still obtain a ticket for all children under 18 so that we may get an accurate head count for the event.

All will-call changes may be submitted to Please submit all ticket changes by Sunday July 1st.

We reserve the right to deny entry to any person or party, or to revoke permitted access by any person or party to the venue/property at any time and for any reason.

You agree that you are 100% responsible for your camp, your personal well being, and your personal property at all times. There is no water, food, or fuel within several miles of this property. The new property is much more open than our previous location in the Jemez. There is no power available outside of the movie set, which will be designated for certain things by the event organizers. You must come prepared with food, water, shelter, shade, warm clothing, bedding, and anything else you may need to survive during this event. You must pack all of it out with you and dispose of it in proper receptacles (random dumpsters are not proper receptacles and they make the neighbors upset, and when neighbors get upset, our event is at risk.)

Animal Policy: No dogs are allowed. The new property and event is entirely too hot and not suitable to pets. Please leave them at home.

- CONSENT: Personal Boundaries must be respected at all times. Only Yes means Yes, No means No, and anything else in-betweenis not Yes. Ask first. - Photographic & Video Consent - Both fall into the same Consent category. Permission must be given BEFORE taking pictures of participants, especially if they are performing. Always ASK. You agree that all images video and filmmaking are for Personal Use Only (this doesn't mean Facebook!). No commercial use of images allowed without a signed written agreement from the event organizers and the people shown in the images. - This is a decommodified event. Advertising or offering any items or services for sale is prohibited. - This is a Leave No Trace event. Pack it in, Pack it out. Only human waste goes in the portopotties. Leave NO Trace.

All policies will be emailed to participants prior to the event, will be posted on the webpage, and will be available to read at the Gate on entry. Should you transfer a ticket in any way to a new ticket holder, that new ticket holder automatically assumes all of the terms and conditions herein.

A couple final things:

We are excited to be able to offer art grants again this year! The deadline to apply is June 1, 2018, and the application form can be found here:

And lastly, these events are not possible without your participation. SunBurn like Burning Man, is not a spectator sport. Whether you're bringing art, creating a theme camp, or participating some other way, you are the lifeblood of the event. If you want to get involved but don't know where to start, start here!