Our History

2007 was the inaugural year for Alchemy. The 2007 event grew from a thought to a 350+ person participatory experience in a manner of months.

After the conclusion of the 2007 burn, a town hall meeting was held in order for the team leads to recap their roles at the event, and to solicit comments from the community. Since it became apparent that people wanted to continue doing this thing, we determined that we needed a Board of Directors. The first BOD was voted on and chosen by the community to oversee finances for the burn and make key strategic policy decisions.

As our events grew, and the needs of our community changed over the years, so has the organization. Alchemy is now one of several events that fall under the umbrella of Flashpoint Artists Initiative. All FAI events strive to consider and honor the 10 Principles of Burning Man as well as the Mission Statement of the organization:

"The mission of Flashpoint Artists Initiative is to encourage growth & development of a community that promotes artistic creativity & freedom of expression."

Alchemy, like all FAI events, is run entirely by volunteers who gift an incredible amount of personal time and effort to the continuation of the event. If you would like to get involved, be sure to jump over to the volunteer page!

Historical Event Details:


2007: no theme

  • Participants: 374
  • Dates: September 21 - September 23, 2007


2008: no theme

  • Participants: 656
  • Dates: October 2 - October 5, 2008

2009: Shock and Awe


2010: Skeleton Key


2011: Mutagenesis


2012: Choose Your Own Adventure

  • Theme Description
  • Participants: 3,499
  • Dates: September 27 - October 1, 2012
  • Alchemy 2012 was the first year with a ticket cap.

2013: Catalyst


2014: Tabula Rasa

2015: Amalgamation

2016: Decadence

2017: Effervescence

2018: Percussive Maintenance

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