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ArtSpeaks
Episode 9: Art Ablaze

Wednesday, January 20th, 5:00pm PST

What would Burning Man be without burning ART? It is truly a hallmark of the event in Black Rock City, from small burns that warm the night and inspire community, to huge spectacles that make you lean back from the radiating waves of heat as the artworks are consumed in flames.

In this episode of ArtSpeaks we will explore the intricacies of art that is built to burn. Why did the artists choose to release their art with fire? What goes into making a structure that will burn spectacularly? And what behind-the-scenes logistics are needed to ensure that every burn is done safely? Join us to learn all this and more at ArtSpeaks Episode 9: Art Ablaze.

Community Activation: ‘Lasting Community, Temporary Space’

Tuesday, Jan 26th – 10:00-11:00am PST

The Burner Embassy Berlin is a semi-permanent community space created to facilitate communication and connection. Burners adapted an abandoned building to serve the community, as a welcome point of entry for visitors, and invite cultural exchange between Berlin-at-large and Burner culture.

Join the Burner Embassy Berlin founders in a discussion about its formation, and its unique organizational model. We will talk about how the 10 Principles of Burning Man may be integrated into city development and urban design practices to support resilient, transformative communities.

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Pedacito de la Tierra

A Film Premiere and Community Meal

Saturday, Feb 6th, 11:00am-12:30pm PST

Burners Without Borders and Alight are kicking off, Pedacito de la Tierra (A Little Piece of Home), a global movement to create sustainable spaces of hope and refuge for people experiencing migration, beginning at the U.S./Mexico border. You’re invited to virtually join our global, decentralized table alongside community members gathered in Nogales, Sonora for a meal, a film premiere, and conversation about cultivating belonging in our own homes and across borders and cultures. All are welcome – this is a family-friendly event and we encourage you to share this opportunity with your friends, families, neighbors and colleagues!

 

Watch the film trailer and learn more about the event here.

Winter Wonderland

An Immersive Social Experience

December 1st – January 15th

‘Tis the season! Come share a special moment of festive joy in #GetSocial’s new magical world in the multiverse. Let the warmth of friendship shine bright in the multiverse. Over 100 international events! We have an ice rink, a café lounge, a Holiday Giveaway, an exciting VR/AR Advent Calendar, comedians, performers & DJs rallying up to make this happen for communities at large. Join us in AltspaceVR, VRChat, Rec Room & ENGAGE.

Corporation Chaos Ask A Philosopher Booth

Friday, January 15th – 5:00-9:00pm PST

Got burning questions? Ask burner philosophers. This live Q&A show brings Deep Playa wisdom to the internet! Our staff are on call to answer your most pressing questions. No paradox too deep. No concept too abstract. Come give us a piece of your mind.

Blueprints

A Kindling Oral Storytelling Project

The word Blueprints implies instructions to build something — in this case, we’re offering up individual stories as maps for becoming kind and resilient leaders, workers, citizens… in short, better humans.

This micro story podcast series features candid conversations with remarkable humans — from imagineers and city builders, to intriguing humans from across the global Burning Man community.

Each oral story offers up personal, professional, and creative perspectives on how to approach one’s daily life, based on the knowledge gained by being active participants at Black Rock City and to have a meaningful impact on the people around us and the communities of which we are all a part.

Culturally Attuned Podcast

Coming Soon

Have you ever wanted to work in a community or culture that was radically different than the one you grew up in? The Culturally Attuned podcast and curriculum is a partner effort between the United States Institute of Peace and Burning Man Project. This podcast and course will share real world stories, lessons, and practical advice for people who work in a range of settings around the world and who may find themselves in unfamiliar surroundings.

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Enter the Kindling Escape Pod

Exit the 24-hour News Cycle

We know things can feel a little overwhelming sometimes. The Kindling team put its heads together about what we all need came up with a cozy escape pod for any and all to curl up in and hide from the 24-hour news cycle. Introducing the Kindling Escape Pod, featuring Slow TV from our friends at Nomad, colouring pages, deep playa DJ sets, a virtual tea ceremony, and…baby animals. Get some snacks. Climb in. Seal the hatch. And forget the world. It’s nice in here.

Artful Urban Design Part 2: Public Art for Better Mental and Physical Health

Tuesday, Jan 12, 11:00am-12:00pm PST

Part of a webinar series on creative placemaking that offer insights for newcomers and seasoned practitioners alike. Join us for 1 hour of presentation and dialogue, and stay the extra half hour at the end for unstructured networking with peers. This interactive, virtual event will explore how to encourage and place outdoor art to achieve these purposes.