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.
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:
- Aarhus, Denmark in 2019 (Explore videos of plenary presentations here),
- Nantes, France in 2018 (Check out videos of presentations and breakout sessions),
- Stockholm in 2017 (Check out a video of “Can Burning Man Spark Political Change?” keynote presentation from Stockholm),
- Barcelona in 2016,
- Amsterdam in 2015 (Explore videos of presentations and breakout sessions here), and
- Berlin in 2014.