Regional Community

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.


  • Monthly Burners & Beers
    1st Friday of the month, check the calendar & FB page
  • Dustcovery 2016 – October 22nd, 2016



► Burning Man Marketplace, Tickets, Rideshare, etc
Vancouver Burners Marketplace

► 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 to request an addition. To add the calendar to your own GCal view, click on the "+ Google Calendar" icon at bottom right of page:


See more links below.

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:

2011: Playa Time | facebook
2012: Life Tree | facebook
2013: Artifactuary | facebook



The community is active year-round, hosting 2 annual large (600+) events:

– Burn in the Forest (July), Offical Regional Event
– Decompression style event (November) (Dustcovery 2015-16, Afterglow 2012-13, Dust Off 2011, Micropolis 2010)

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

►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 just moved from our 6 year home at the Squamish Valley Campground to the Cheam Fishing Village ofr 2015.  BitF has since grown to host 1000 participants, with over 250 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:

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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!

Announcement List:

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:

Regional Contact Email:

Social Media:

These days, most of the online community interactions take place on Facebook; the yahoogroup is pretty much "crickets".

Flickr tags and links:

Regional Contacts:

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