Our Events

For over a decade GVIAS has been successfully bringing the Greater Vancouver Burning Man Community together to co-create in artistic, interactive and participatory experiences.

Burn in The Forest

Burn in the Forest began in 2002 when a group of loosely organized Burners from Vancouver decided that it was time to create an outdoor camping event in accordance with the 10 principles of Burning Man.

Many people in the community felt this was a magical event where the community came together with minimal central organization and everyone participating to create an event like no other.

Burn in the Forest is now home to over 1500 participants who trek into the BC mountains every year to co-create a collaborative and magical environment unlike any other.

Burn in the Forest is 100% volunteer run, and hosts hundreds of art projects, theme camps, sound stages and otherworldly experiences that only each of its participants can imagine and bring.


Each year, hundreds of us dusty participants return from a magical week in the desert and begin the difficult process of re-entry into the Default World.

We have experienced something nearly impossible to explain, the cosmic shifts inside of us are not reflected in the world around us. Friends, family and co-workers expect us to be the same, but we are not the same. We long to escape the confines of our daily existence, but we’re stuck in the patterns of our lives for another, long, year.

The decompression process culminates in the opportunity to re-create our experience for one night, here on our home turf. Here, we can share our experience, celebrate our personal transformation and officially make the transition back to life as we know it. We can also party with hundreds of our closest friends, and check out some of Vancouver’s best Burning Man art, music, theme camps, performances, activities, costumes and revelry.

Like the Burning Man festival itself, it is most rewarding when experienced as a participant rather than a spectator – so get involved! Bring the project you brought to Burning Man, left half-finished on your couch, or have been dreaming of for months. Help us build, decorate, ranger, greet or break down. Invite your cool friends who will “get it.”


The goal of Recharge is to bring ideas and sketches to life at BiTF, Burning Man and Dustcovery.

Artists get the opportunity to pitch their projects using miniatures, visual aids, or partially complete visions in a competition for tokens offered to the guests upon entry.

The fundraiser provides an opportunity for artists to present their visions to the community, collaborate with other artists who might want to be involved and to get an idea what kind of community support is available to them.

The event aims to be fully transparent and revenue neutral with the lions share of the funds raised going directly to artists.

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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