May News

After a difficult spring, BC is starting to see many positive signs, and a vision of our new reality is emerging. We all continue to play our parts in the quaranteam effort, and creative burner projects have helped to keep us entertained, engaged and most importantly, safely physically distanced. 

While online events like theme camp dance parties, Burners and Beers on Zoom, Burners without Borders’ ongoing events, and Burncast can’t quite make up for in-person interactions, they have certainly helped to keep us all connected. Another exciting, upcoming event in the Burnerverse is this weekend’s Desert Arts 3View | Kindling. Burning Man is now requesting content through Kindling, in an effort to share regional projects and events more widely. For a concise list of local events, don’t forget to check out the Burning Man Vancouver Regional Community Facebook page. A Google Local Events Calendar is visible on desktop or laptop there, or can easily be accessed at https://gvias.org/calendar.

Call for Proposals – Taking BitF Online

GVIAS invites the community to create an online event in the spirit of Burn in the Forest! Just imagine the possibilities! Do you have a vision of how to engage the burner community while physically distancing and maintaining restrictions on in-person and group events? Do you have skills that you can contribute, to make this event a reality? The online event, to be held around the same time in July as BitF, could have trivia games, scavenger hunts, fashion shows, dance-offs, live DJs, and more – the possibilities are endless! The event could be held on a number of different platforms, such as Zoom or Twitch, and GVIAS is also able to provide website and/or tech assistance if needed. Share your ideas or interest with us – send an email to: [email protected]

Venue Committee

Two years ago, an informal committee helped us find our current home for Burn in the Forest, Snug Lake Amphitheatre. The GVIAS board now sees the need to form another such committee, in order to research locations for all of our future events. We hope to ensure that we are ready for when events can take place – and we recognize the need to be flexible on dates. If you are interested in joining the group looking for new venues, or if you have a lead on a great venue for BitF, Dustcovery or ReCharge, please send an email to: [email protected].

Resources Available

A reminder that helpful information and supportive conversations with other burners can be accessed via the Vancouver Burners Mental Health Support Group. A wide variety of mental health resources can also be accessed online here: COVID-19 Mental Health Supports. And, let’s remember to be kind, compassionate and patient – with both ourselves and others!