Welcome to the Burning Man Vancouver information page!
The Burning Man Vancouver community (aka BurningVan) has grown up since 1999 when a small group formed the first 'BurningVan' email list to keep informed of what others were doing. Since then, burners have gathered to connect, plan events and camps, and share experiences.
►LOCAL RESOURCE WEBSITE & IMPORTANT LINKS
► Burning Man Marketplace, Tickets, Rideshare, etc
Vancouver Burners Marketplace
This group is a cuddle puddle of the buyers/sellers/traders/seekers made up of all sorts of festival-oriented/alternative culture folks (burner/raver/psytrance/goth/etc), situated in Vancouver (and surrounding areas).
► Burning Man Vancouver Google Calendar
Listing of local events that are recognized as official Regional events, but also listing events that are either put on by local burners or have an expected high burner attendance. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an addition. To add the calendar to your own GCal view, click on the "+ Google Calendar" icon at bottom right of page: bit.ly/BMVanCalendar
You do not have to be a Burner or have attended Burning Man to be a part of our community. A love of the arts and a respect for others and your community is all you need to contribute and participate.
The Burning Man Regional Network is the year-round embodiment of the Burning Man experience, supporting it as a global cultural movement. In cities around the world, the Burning Man Project has established Regional Contacts whose role is to help local Burners connect with each other, while bringing Burning Man principles and culture into their local communities.
The community strives to follow the core values that define the Burning Man culture, described in the Ten Principles of Burning Man, specifically: Radical Inclusion, Gifting, Decommodification, Radical Self-reliance, Radical Self-expression, Communal Effort, Civic Responsibility, Leaving No Trace, Participation, and Immediacy.
►CORE – Circle of Regional Effigies
The CORE Project is a celebration of Burning Man's Regional Network and of the work that groups throughout the world are doing to nurture and support the Burning Man ethos as a global cultural movement. The Vancouver Region has had the joy of being represented on playa as part of the Circle of Regional Effigies, since it's inception since 2011. Guided by the Ten Principles, CORE teams work together throughout the Spring and Summer to create art that celebrates their Regional identities and showcases the collaborative artistic efforts of their community members.
To read more on the CORE project, please visit: http://www.burningman.com/installations/art_core.html
►LOCAL and REGIONAL EVENTS
The community is active year-round, hosting 2 annual large (600+) events:
– Burn in the Forest (July), Offical Regional Event
– Decompression style event (November) (Afterglow 2012, Dust Off 2011…)
On top of these, members meet at a monthly Burners & Beers, as well as club nights, fire spinning jams, newbie picnic/playa skool, playa bike prep workshops, skate nights, sauna/hot tub nights, black light bowling, community potlucks, town hall meetings, arts and crafts bees and more. Join the announce list to keep informed and check the bit.ly/BMVanCalendar.
►Burn in the Forest
The first Burn in the Forest (BiTF) in 2002, was a rustic community campout gathering held deep in a forest valley below glacial peaks, in traditional Squamish Nation territory. This location is no longer available to us due to closure by wildlife officials following multiple grizzly encounters.
Burn in the Forest is the Greater Vancouver Interactive Arts Society’s (GVIAS) Official Burning Man Regional event.
The annual summer event takes place in the beautiful surroundings of the Squamish Valley. BitF has since grown to host over 650 participants, with over 120 identified volunteers stepping up.
Our community is built on the participation of its members – from the simple exchange of food, stories, or a lending hand, to the elaborate construction of a interactive art projects.
From 2000 to 2010, this community experience featured a Burn celebration, music, art, performance, workshops, theme camps, fire-spinning, ritual, gift-giving, experiential communication and friendship.
In 2007, the Burning Man Vancouver community formed a non-profit society to support it's community and events. The Greater Vancouver Interactive Arts Society (GVIAS) is the result of the efforts of the organizers and participants of Recompression and Burn in the Forest. Website: GVIAS.org
Get involved and find out about local happenings by signing up on our Announcement list, chat with other Burners on our Discussion lists, or follow us via your social media of choice - but definitely come out and get involved!
The Vancouver Announce list is a moderated announcements-only list for events of interest to local Burners. Recipients get regular updates, event listings, and Burning Man news from this list.
To subscribe, send a blank email to:
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