MicroBurn is a not-for-profit event born in the North West of England and inspired by Burning Man and related events. The event is organised by members of our nationwide UK Burner Community and once again will be hosted on a beautiful, family-owned eco farm in Powys, mid-Wales.
We're excited to invite Burners and those interested in the culture to join us in co-creating something magical. The Welsh hills provide fertile land to dream, gather, create, dance, hug, laugh, sing and dance some more.
Of course, this is a BURN – which means we're here to practice the principles of Burning Man
"Principles WHAT?" you say? Be sure to verse yourself in the values that guide us and check out the Principles here.
Most importantly for us:
1) YOU are the event. And when we say 'what you bring is what you get', we mean it. There are no spectators at the MicroBurn, and no centrally organised or pre-booked entertainment. So bring your art, bring your style, and bring your ideas: the MicroBurn community offers you a supportive environment to prototype your dreams. Get involved!
2) This is a LEAVE NO TRACE event. Everything you bring to site, you take back with you. There is no waste-collection service here: plan ahead to take your trash off-site with you. If it fit when you packed up, it will fit when you pack out. And if you see trash or something that's out of place lying around, pick it up and put it where it belongs - we are all caretakers of the land around us. And we love this farm: if something is going to damage the environment there, please don’t bring it: let's leave the site as delightful as we find it.
3) EVERYONE pays for a Membership, including the organisers. We are not a commercial event: everyone is a volunteer, and no one profits from MicroBurn. Every penny that's paid by you goes back into the event and the year-round processes to keep it going. And when you arrive? You'll find a gift economy built on love and generosity: no buying, no selling, no trading.
If you're on a low-income, we have a limited number of reduced-rate memberships available. Applications are considered on a rolling and first-come, first-serve basis. Apply here.
Our general Memberships FAQ can be found here.
Recipients of low income memberships will be provided with a code to purchase their lower-rate membership. This is a single use code for personal use only. Apply the code before selecting membership type to reveal the low income option and then make your purchase. Enter the code in the 'use a promotion code' field. Kitchen memberships are an additional purchase.
The MicroBurn community is organising a kitchen to provide two meals per day for a limited number of membership holders. Kitchen memberships are sold separately from event memberships, so you can choose whether to opt in or rely on yourself, bringing your own facilities and food with you. Remember that no food is bought or sold on-site during the event. All food will be vegetarian as standard. We cannot guarantee any other dietary requirements will be catered for. The kitchen team will send a survey to kitchen membership holders during the summer months to get a better idea of this year's needs, aiming to cater for the most common allergies, intolerances and requirements. If you have very specific requirements, you should cater for yourself. Finally, this being a co-created event: everyone who opts into the kitchen plan is required to do at least one kitchen shift. Shift sign-up will become available during the summer months.
TRANSFERS & REFUNDS
There are no refunds for any type of MicroBurn membership, but this year, you can arrange your own transfers via Quicket (except for low income memberships). The most secure way to give a membership to someone else is to transfer it from your Quicket account. This will remove the membership from your account and put it into the recipient's Quicket account with a new barcode.
As always, we'll organise a space with a bar at the MicroBurn. Any if you haven't gotten the idea by now: no booze will be bought or sold, the bar runs entirely on donations by YOU. The bar team will be requesting both your elixirs and time ahead of the event.
MicroBurn is a co-created event meaning it's run by YOU! Everyone is asked to do one or two shifts on-site, in addition to a kitchen shift if you have opted in and purchased a kitchen membership. Specific volunteering roles include rainbow rangers, welfare, leave no trace and more. Full details and shift sign-up will be out during the summer.
How to get involved?
- Join us on Slack, where most of the action happens! Whether you're a lead or not, everyone is encouraged to join. Sign up here.
- Join us on Facebook, and reach our to the wider community here.
- Come along to an online community meeting. Dates and links to join are posted on Facebook and Slack just before meetings.
- Email [email protected] describing your skills and the area you'd like to get involved in. The participation lead will try to hook you up with a team that suits.
- Await the grand volunteering spreadsheet, where on-site shifts will become available to claim.
And if you're interested in helping to organise the event throughout the year, get in touch and join an online meeting!
Do you have an idea for an art project you'd like to make reality? Test-run your dreams in the Welsh hills! Grants are available for a limited number of art, decor and performance projects. The first deadline for submission is 14th June and the second 1st August. Apply here.
Got a workshop or performance idea? We are all co-creators of MicroBurn, so if you'd like to run a workshop, lead an event, or perform something, you can! If you'd like your activity listed in the central schedule, keep your eyes peeled for the sign-up form during the summer months.
ADOPT A YURT or BRING A SPACE
On-site we're able to use three yurts, one furnished, available for participants to take over and turn into enchanting spaces for all. Or if you're planning to bring along a tent or structure for the common use of MicroBurn participants, let us know in advance so we can ensure it's placed and on the map.
Nestled in the Welsh hills, this is working farm with live animals: be mindful of them during your stay. Remember to use the recycling facilities provided, only bring what you need and plan to take your own garbage away with you.
The farm site has a working kitchen, toilets, various indoor and outdoor spaces, camping fields and some limited space for campervans.
The site owners have requested that we do not publicise the venue location. Exact details will be shared with membership holders closer to the event.
Please share rides or use public transport where possible. This reduces the quantity of vehicles on-site, for which we have a limited number of vehicle passes, and is of course better for the environment. The nearest train station is Caersws. You can offer and request rideshares here.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE
Arrival is from Thursday morning and the event officially begins from 2pm. The site cannot accommodate many people arriving early- only those on the Build list will be permitted to arrive before Thursday morning. If you'd like to help with Build, watch out for the sign up sheet later in the summer. Build begins Monday.
The following Monday is Strike day, and everyone is asked to contribute at least a couple of hours of their time to help. A limited number of people will be staying on until Tuesday to finish the job. Everyone else needs to have left site by Monday evening.
LEAVE NO TRACE
MicroBurn, like all burns, is a Leave No Trace event. We aim to leave our environment at least as clean and tidy as we found it, if not better. All waste and garbage must be taken off-site at the end of the event, and at MicroBurn we all work together to do this.
There will be a Recycling Station on site, where participants can separate their waste. This will then be taken by volunteers to the local recycling station. We are all responsible for making this happen, and you can sign up for a recycling run or LNT shift on the Volunteer's Spreadsheet both ahead of the event and on-site.
We will do our best to accommodate your needs.
NEED TO GET IN TOUCH?
And if you're still lost, a few weeks before the event the SURVIVAL GUIDE will be emailed to all membership holders. This contains everything you need to know.
See you in September!