May News

ParticiParty on Sunday, May 5th! 

The ParticiParty will be hosted at Makerlabs from 4-8 pm this Sunday, May 5th! Did you know that Burn in the Forest is completely volunteer-run? Are you curious about the different volunteer roles? Come find out what might suit you, and even sign up for a shift! Volunteers who donate at least 4 hours of their time at BITF this year will qualify for a past volunteer advanced sale ticket next year.

Event details at:


Legacy Ticket Program


Over the years, GVIAS Board of Directors has received inquiries from long time former community leaders who want to attend our events, but have been unable to secure a ticket. Those leaders have since “retired” or stepped away from active leadership for various reasons, including burnout, family/kids, or other life issues. Last year the Board created the Legacy Ticket Program to give back to qualifying leaders by giving them access to a ticket for purchase to attend Burn in the Forest, as a thank you for their years of dedicated service to further our community’s goals.


To be eligible, applicants require 4 years of leadership in the GVIAS community, taking into consideration:

1. GVIAS Board of Directors membership;

2. Producer of a GVIAS event;

3. Vancouver Regional Contact for Burning Man;

4. Held a leadership position at an event that doesn’t fall under the above groups, but is recognized by the GVIAS BoD as having played a significant role in the creation, curation, setup, or cleanup of GVIAS events prior to 2014.


In order to keep the application overhead to the rest of the BITF Production team at a minimum, the GVIAS Board of Directors will be responsible for determining eligibility, reviewing applications, and supporting utilizers of this program. The application period for submissions will run for a week, after the general sale has completed; applicants must first attempt to obtain a ticket through one of the prior sales.

With the help of long standing GVIAS members, we have compiled a list of qualified candidates from previous years and when in doubt we’ll work with the applicant to verify their tenure, with other long standing GVIAS members. The Board will meet as a group to discuss all applicants for that year, and seek quorum at a Board meeting, prior to the tickets being allocated. Applicants may use this program multiple times; however, preference will be given to any new applicant over someone who has been previously granted a legacy ticket. The Board will maintain a record of who has applied and received tickets under this program, however there are no guarantees of a ticket every year.

The GVIAS Board of Directors anticipates this program will be utilized a handful of times in the first few years, and will slowly expand, with more leaders becoming eligible as they cycle through.

Applications will be accepted between May 12 and May 19. Apply here:

GVIAS Legacy Ticketing Program


ReCharge Survey

Did you attend ReCharge this year? The Producers and GVIAS Board would greatly appreciate feedback about the event, so that we can make it even better in the future!

Please complete the short survey at the following link:


Looking for Dustcovery Producers

The Vancouver-area Burner Community has been very fortunate to have amazing producers for Dustcovery and Recharge – and we’re still looking for the next leader to step up to the challenge! Dustcovery is our Regional Burning Man Decompression event, which will be held in the Fall of 2019; this year’s event was a huge success, with 1600 attendees at a great new venue, Harbour Convention Centre in downtown Vancouver.

The GVIAS board hereby invites prospective applicants to submit their expression of interest to [email protected] – let us know a bit about your vision!


Important BITF Information

Important Dates:

Saturday, May 11th – Past Volunteer Sale closes

Sunday, May 12th – BITF Main Sale

(note registration is required by May 11th)

Friday, May 24th – Final Deadline for Art and Theme Camp placement

June 18th – WWW Submissions due at midnight

Sunday, June 30th – Last Minute Sale


*there is no grid power on site

*there is no access to potable water – bring enough!

*grey water must be contained and brought out

*most of the ground is not level or flat

*all participants must be off site by 3:00 pm on Sunday

Membership Is Free

But Some Assembly Required

We are guided by the 10 principles of Burning Man. These principles guide our interactions with one another and the environment and have a strong ethos of participation. As such, our events and the society are entirely dependent upon community participation.

Membership isn't required to participate, but members enjoy a number of perks including access to a community of doers and dreamers.

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