Theme Camps

Placement registration for Alchemy 2019 will open Jul 25.

Theme camps are an important part of the burn. A theme camp is a group of people collaborating to camp together and create a common theme to present to the entire burn through services, activities, a great place to hang out, art, performances, etc. Just about anything goes — the themes and offerings span a wide range: a dance club, a bar, a classroom, a chill crash space, a stage for wild performances, an amazing art installation, or whatever else your heart desires. Creativity rules!

Theme camps are autonomous centers within the burn. The camp provides its own water, power, building equipment, labor, etc. And everything that comes in, goes out, leaving no trace. Theme camps will often also have their own schedule of events, classes, presentations, etc.

A theme camp doesn't have to be big. It could be three friends camped around their art project or the base that launches a mobile theme camp or troops carrying services out into the city.

In order to bring a theme camp, you'll need your tickets and you'll want to have your camp planned out and give some thought to the needs of the camp. Will people be passing through 24 hours a day or just for limited events? Is the camp intended for daytime or nighttime activity? Are you planning to burn in your camp? Or burn your camp? Do you prefer or require peaceful surroundings? Is your camp loud?

While for the most part you don't have to register your camp to bring it to Alchemy, you are strongly encouraged to do so.  Registering will get your camp placed, so you can come knowing that you'll have space allocated for you already!  

What needs to register?

  • Theme camps, with or without art, sound, flame effects, and mutant vehicles. The Theme Camp Organizer [TCO] will register all the bits and pieces.
  • Standalone art, flame effects, or mutant vehicles.
  • RVs not parked with a theme camp. 

Any Sound Camp MUST register and be placed.

Dates you need to remember:

  • Aug 15: Placement registration closes
  • Sep [TBA]: Placement map released
  • Oct 3–6: Alchemy 2019


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