European Leadership Summit


The Burning Man European Leadership Summit (ELS) draws 200 participants from across the European Burner community, Burning Man Project staff, and adjacent regions including Israel and South Africa.

The goal for the ELS is to foster co-learning amongst cultural leaders from across Burning Man’s European Network. Participants will share their experiences, hard-won expertise, inspirations and challenges with one another. It also aims to share Burning Man’s ethos and cultural values with our local host community each year.

2019 Summit

The Global Network team is working with the Aarhus, Copenhagen, and greater Nordic Regional Groups to create an inspiring and memorable 2019 ELS in Aarhus, Denmark from April 11 to 14, 2019. On Saturday, April 13, Burning Man Project will host a day-long program at the world-renowned Dokk1 library, host of the Aarhus Mini Maker Faire, which will be free and open to the public.

You can learn more about the host community and summit theme Radical City here. Ways to engage include:

  • Participating in the summit – If you are a Burner from Europe, please get in touch with your local Regional Contact. The ELS is intentionally designed to be a small gathering and is not open to the general public at this time.
  • Teach a session – Members of Burning Man’s European Network can propose a workshop or presentation. Please complete this form for your content proposal by January 31, 2019, 11:59pm.
  • Volunteering to support production – We rely on local Aarhus and Copenhagen-based volunteer teams but would welcome others to participate by filling key roles. Please indicate your interest here.

Past Years’ Summits

This annual summit both strengthens the international community and showcases an exemplary creative and cultural hub to ELS participants. Host communities include: