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Burn Event
Burn Event Logo
Begins 28 March 2018
Ends 3 April 2018
Venue Playa Location Name
Location(s) town, Region, Country
Years active 6
Inaugurated 2012
Attendance 2600 (2017)

THE EVENT is a regional Burning Man event held in LOCATION, STATE, COUNTRY. It is an experiment in temporary community and artistic expression, and is guided by NUMBER OF main principles, including EXABPLE, EXAMPLE and EXAMPLE. The event occurs around TIME OF YEAR each year over a period of DURATION. The event location is adjacent to LOCATION, and is referred to as EVENT ADOPTED NAME. The highhlight of the event each year is the burning of ITEM.

Vision & Organisation

  • Started by who, when, inspired by....
  • Started at location, in association with...
  • First presentation of event (year)
  • 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.)


The Ten Principles

The 11 Principles, Greeters Gate, Blazing Swan Elemental 2017.

The Ten Principles were originally written by Larry Harvey in 2004 as a guide to the organisation of Burning Man, and later adopted as a model of thinking and behaviour for participants to follow at the event, and in their lives generally. The Ten Principles apply to Regional Burns, including THIS EVENT. Perth graphic designer James Wickham created a set of pictographs in 2015 to illustrate the Ten Principles, and these have been widely praised and adopted.

PROMULGATION AND INTERPRETATION The organizers of THIS EVENT have a strong commitment to ensuring that participants are aware of the xx Principles. The organizers encourage all participants to become aware of all of the principles and understand that they are not single words or slogans, but a interconnected web of thought and actions that live in a wider contexts than the immediate event.

  • Principles displayed prominently on website, greeters gate, elsewhere?
  • Principles outlined in publications?
  • Discussion of principles at greeters gate?
  • Is there pre-registration which includes questions about knowledge of the principles?
  • Discussion about the principles on the Event's web presence, passive or active or both?
  • Are Theme Camps 'adopting' principles or sponsoring discussions

Participants frequently comment on perceived inconsistencies between some of the Principles. 'Radical Self Reliance' is sometimes held to be at odds with 'Communal Effort', and 'Radical Self Expression' and 'Civic Responsibility' do not seem to be a natural fit. The answer lies in considering the principles as a whole, rather than in isolation. This is the ongoing challenge for each participant and for the community as a whole. This is consistent with the Blaze mission - It is not there to provide answers, but to inspire inquiry. The participant who finds all this confusing might usefully reflect that the principles do not include 'Radical Self Entitlement', and follow the universal precept, 'Don't be the Dick'.

BZS Principles Radicalusion 001.jpg RADICAL INCLUSION

Anyone may be a part of the Burn Event. We welcome and respect the stranger. No pre-requisites exist for participation in our community. Every person in our community is a valued member.
BZS Principles Gifting 001.jpeg GIFTING
The Burn Event is devoted to acts of gifting: giving freely, without expectations of return or exchange. The value of a gift is unconditional. A gift is anything given in this spirit, whether it is a physical item, a service or performance, or something less tangible, such as friendship or companionship. Everyone has gifts to give.
BZS Principles Decommodification 001.jpeg 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.
BZS Principles RadicalSelfReliance 001.jpeg RADICAL SELF RELIANCE

The Burn Event encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.
BZS Principles RadicalSelfExpression 001.jpeg 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.
BZS Principles CommunalEffort 001.jpeg COMMUNAL EFFORT

Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. Volunteers are the life force of our community. We strive to produce, promote, and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.
BZS Principles CivicResponsibility 001.jpeg CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY

We value civil society. Community members who organise events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavour to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.
BZS Principles LeaveNoTrace 001.jpeg LEAVE 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.
BZS Principles Participation 001.jpeg 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 and create connection.
BZS Principles Immediacy 001.jpeg IMMEDIACY

Be Here Now. 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. Be aware of yourself, of others, of your surroundings and your place in our community and the world. No idea can substitute for this experience.


As of 2017 The Burn Event, like some other burns has officially adopted consent as the 11th principle.

BZS Principles Consent 001.png CONSENT
Respect the autonomy of the individual: every person has the right to make decisions about their own body, property, and personal space. What you see as a gift might be a curse if it is unwelcome (or unwanted), so when giving a gift, entering someone’s personal space, taking a photo or video, or using someone’s property, ask permission first. Only proceed if there is consent between all parties.

Do not ever assume that you have consent based upon what a person is wearing or how they are acting. Consent must be mutual, definite, and given consciously, and persons are free to change their mind at any time. Remember that consent for one act does not imply consent for all acts, and consent given once does not mean that you have consent every time. No always means no

Photography and Videography

  • Event rules?

It has been argued that there should be a complete ban on photography at the The Burn Event, as it is against the principle of Immediacy, has had the effect of constraining some people's willingness to Radically Self Express, and raised a significant problem of Consent. Against this is the actuality that mobile phones are now effectively high resolution cameras, and that a ban on phones would be almost impossible to enforce. The response from The Burn Event organizers has been to attempt to educate The Burn Event participants about consent, and particularly to empower people to 'call out' photographers who they believe are intruding on their privacy. Over xx photographers were 'accredited' by The Burn Event organizers in YEAR, with the intention that they would self-regulate, provide advice to the organizers on issues relating to photography, and enable participants to recognize and follow up with particular photographers any concerns they had or indeed requests for copies of images.

  • Social media upload access from the playa? Embargo on uploading artwork.effigy imagery prior to start of event?

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

BZS2017 TemplePortal 001.png
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:

  • Providing significant art grants to the community to encourage creative expression.[1]
  • Donating $10 from each ticket sold at the 2015 event towards funding a full-time age care nurse to the Shire of Kulin.[2]
  • Partnership with the Australian Government's 'Work for the Dole' program, to help job seekers gain skills and experience that give back to the community and can help them find a job.
  • Donating a three metre wide metal sculpture created by Matt Bray to the Shire of Kulin, as a permanent public art offering.[3]

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: https://vimeo.com/127262420 (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


  1. "Art at Blazing Swan". Blazing Swan. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  2. "Blazing Swan Comes To WA". Rotunda Media. Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
  3. "Blazing Swan memento: Kulin's giant egg". ABC Great Southern WA. 2015-04-14. Retrieved 2015-12-30.