European Leadership Summit


The seventh annual Burning Man European Leadership Summit (ELS) will take place in beautiful Tallinn, Estonia from 2-5 April 2020. A Pre-Summit gathering will be hosted in Helsinki, Finland from 30 March – 2 April 2020. The main event in Tallinn will bring together a total of 250 participants from over 30 countries comprised of Regional Contacts, Burning Man Project staff, and a strong network of co-creators from across Europe and adjacent regions including Israel and South Africa.

ELS 2019 participants, Aarhus Denmark – Photo: Hervé PHOTOGRAFF

The ELS will also draw participation from local universities, arts and cultural organizations and artistic communities in Tallinn, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland, including Helsinki-based Aalto University, where the Pre-Summit gathering will take place. ELS participants will have a unique opportunity to explore the unique cultural landscapes of these two cities nestled alongside the Baltic Sea.

The goal of the ELS is to foster an inspiring atmosphere of co-learning amongst a diverse international group of cultural leaders. Participants will share their experiences, hard-won expertise, successes and challenges with one another, drawn from their year-round efforts to fostering local community events and initiatives inspired by Burning Man’s 10 Principles.

Participation is by invitation-only. Registration will open in Mid-December, 2019. 

Past Years’ Summits

The annual European Leadership Summit both strengthens the international community and showcases an exemplary creative and cultural hub to ELS participants. Previous Host Communities include: