October 6-15, 2023
These are the questions we get most often about events at Octoburn. If you have other questions, ask a Burn2 Ranger or other Burn2 staff, and they will either assist or direct you to someone who can help you. Keep in mind some of these are subject to change year to year.
No Main Stage at Octoburn
Last year we made this change and this year we continue it. Our aim is to echo Black Rock City just that little bit more by having no "official" stages at Burn2's event. But since Center Camp has a stage, it will still be there!
Center Camp Stage
This is a more laid-back, relaxed environment, at Center Camp. While Center Camp occupies a 64x64 meter area, the stage is smaller, with plenty of area for dancing and comfortable seating on rugs, cushions or chairs, almost a sort of coffeehouse environment in a large round tent open at all sides. This is an ideal place for poetry readings, discussions, live singers and bands who find this type of environment well suited to them. Typically there is enough room to rez a piano (or one may be already be in place) or other instruments, microphones, etc. but it is not a large area.
What's This About HUBS?
In 2022, we offered camps the opportunity to manage their own schedules and stages through Burn2's website. Those who tried it, found it gives them great advantages: better control over their own scheduling, ability to cancel and reschedule. We're going to offer this again this year!
This year we are taking this a bit further. We want to emulate a system that was first used at BRC in 2022, called HUBS (Humans Uniting for Better Sustainability). It is a system that is designed for camps to partner up and share resources such as power, water, transportation. Placement has always tried to place camps together when requested, but with HUBS we will give priority to camps who are partnering together to share resources.
But what resources are there in a virtual world? Sound stages. Art installations can be shareable experiences for participants. Common areas for activities. Share the same schedule among participating camps. Shared schedules can feature not only music on the shared stage, but also activities on partner camps in a HUBS village, such as art installation shows or activities that bring Burners together. Camps can be those that are complementary in what they feature, or they can be sound camps that are willing to share the stage and schedule resources together.
This is an effort to "echo" Black Rock City just a bit more, but in a virtual way. Communal effort and civic responsibility can be magical!
Participating in a HUBS is not required. We just really encourage this because it is such a Burnery thing to do! For a little light reading about HUBS, you can visit this page: HUBS (Humans Uniting for Better Sustainability).