Are you sitting on your Effigy and Temple designs? Get them in quick smart!

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  Photo by Volker Huenert   Howdy ho, it really is time, and your last chance to submit an EOI for Effigy and/or Temple designs. Make your Big Art Dream a potential reality! For all of the details, click away! Apply to build Temple or apply to build Effigy. You have until Monday 19 August 2019 (oh hey that’s like… a week … Read More

Sneak peek at 2019 Burning Man Art

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Step Forward, a conceptual art project at the 2017 Burning Man by Miguel Angel Martin Bordera with a giant puppet who walks and talks, and interacts with fellow participants. SCOTT LONDON

Photo by Scott London   Not long now! The Golden Spike has been hammered into the ground, which makes the ceremonial beginning of all things Burning Man and Black Rock City 2019. Lots of you are going, lucky sods, so we’re sure you don’t need many reasons to get even more excited (never mind a thinly disguised hint of jealousy … Read More

Final Month for Kiwiburn Art Grants Submissions!

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We’re still calling all artists! (clue: that’s you) Have you got an epic idea for Kiwiburn 2020 and need a little help to make it happen? Art Grants are open until 1 September! It’s been a long time coming, your ideas and dreams have been stewing – now comes the time to collaborate and take action! Get those cogs turning, get … Read More

Meet Kali – Event Manager for Kiwiburn 2020

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head shot of Kali Zahira, Kiwiburn Event Manager 2020. 3/4 pose, smiling, black and white, long dark hair, wearing a white shirt.

In our series to introduce you to some of the behind-the-scene volunteers who help make Kiwiburn happen, we would like to introduce to you to… drumroll please… Kali, who is our brand-new Event Manager, a freshly created position for Kiwiburn 2020. However, Kali is not new to Kiwiburn, nor are the skills that she contributes. Kali has attended seven Kiwiburns, volunteering … Read More

Art at Kiwiburn

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Every artist was first an amateur - quote from Ralph Walso Emerson

We thought we would give this Fencepost a bit of an artistic vibe, given the recent release of Art Grants and the call out for Effigy and Temple designs. We know that you peeps are amazingly creative, out-of-the-box thinking, artistically gifted individuals, so for the more reluctant of you, we want to tease out your inner artisan. Have you thought about … Read More

Bringing Art from afar to Burning Man

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The Giant Weta by Cliff Baise, 2016

  The Giant Weta, by Cliff Baise In 2016, a group of plucky Kiwis thought it would be fun to bring some locally inspired art to the Playa at Black Rock City in Nevada, USA. So they designed and built a Giant Weta, because why not? What better way to introduce international Burners to the culture and fauna of New … Read More

Call out for Effigy and Temple designs for Kiwiburn 2020

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Temple of Perennial Bloom Kiwiburn 2018

Photo by BJ Wilson   CALL FOR KIWIBURN 2020 EFFIGY AND TEMPLE DESIGNS! The largest art pieces on the Paddock are created by passionate Kiwiburners like you. Do you have an idea? And a hankering to build large art? Make your ideas a reality – Kiwiburn is receiving Expressions of Interest (EOI) for both the Temple and Effigy crew managers. … Read More

Kiwiburn Art Grants are NOW OPEN!

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Kiwiburn Art Grant design Poster

Calling all artists! (clue: that’s you) Have you got an epic idea for Kiwiburn 2020 and need a little help to make it happen? Well, today is your lucky day! Art Grants are now open! It’s been a long time coming, your ideas and dreams have been stewing – now comes the time to collaborate and take action! Get those cogs … Read More

Eclectic Decade winning poster design

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Kiwiburn 2020 Eclectic Decade winning poster design, by Erika Pearce

Wow! We had the most ever entries for the poster competition (six) this year which made for tough decision making for the Kiwiburn Arts Committee (KAC). It was super close, and the winner is Erika Pearce. Thanks to everyone who entered the competition, and to the KAC team!   Erika talks about her poster design: “I felt very inspired by … Read More

Photos taken at Kiwiburn

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If you are using a photo to illustrate an Event, a Page, or a Group on facebook (or IRL) that you have found online, please remember to gain permission first, and credit the photographer. It is their gift to give, not yours to take. You may also need to get the permission of the people in that photo if they are easily … Read More

Last call for poster designs

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Do you have an incredible idea for the KB20 poster? Untold glory and appreciation await! Thanks to those who have already submitted entries. Eclectic Decade poster designs are due by midnight tonight! Info here.

Lōemis: a magical event with burn-esque leanings…

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This just in! If you are hip enough to be in Wellington and maybe missing Kiwiburn a wee bit, check this out… There is a cool weeee arts festival called Lōemis. From their website: “It is our offering towards Maruaroa o Takurua; the winter solstice, which connects with and takes place around the rise of Matariki and Puanga.” They are … Read More

Enter the Kiwiburn 2020 poster competition!

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Do you have an amazing idea? Every year, Kiwiburn chooses a different theme to inspire art on the Paddock. And we need a design to use for posters, facebook, tickets, wristbands and patches. How are your 2020 Eclectic Decade poster designs looking? Keen to enter? Details here.

Drum roll please for the 2020 art theme!

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THE ART THEME FOR 2020 IS: Eclectic Decade   Thank you for all your art theme ideas – the winner is Jessica Smith, who explains: “Ten year resource consent means that as long as we keep doing the mahi, we have ten years of treats to look forward to! What kinds of changes do you think we will see by … Read More

The Giant Weta found a home

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Photo by: Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre/Sarah Watkins The 50:1 scale giant (previously flame throwing) weta sculpture has travelled far and wide, from Aotearoa to Black Rock Desert and back, to the Paddock, Corban’s Estate and MOTAT in Auckland, and now to the Wairarapa at the Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre, it’s new, permanent home. Read the story, and maybe visit one day!

Introducing the new Arts Facilitator for Kiwiburn – Diia Bourke

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye, a new Arts Facilitator is in town! We’re very pleased to introduce Diia Bourke as the new person in charge of managing Art at Kiwiburn. She has been involved with Ignition and Burning Seed, helped build art at Kiwiburn and always seems to have a smiling face on the Paddock. Diia is a fantastic asset to … Read More

Paddock Radio: online

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Paddock Radio has come so far, it’s now online. What’s this noise you ask? Here is TripleFFF to explain what it’s all about… Paddock Radio started as an art project for Kiwiburn about three years ago. It’s a 100% solar powered, mobile, independent radio station built out of hobby gear and slapped into the back of a house truck. It’s … Read More

Decommodification vs Burning Man art on a runway

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An internationally renowned fashion designer and veteran Burner decides to make Burning Man the focal point of his newest collection debuting during Paris Fashion Week, and Burning Man was not impressed. Where is the line between fashion, commerce and preserving the integrity of art displayed on the Playa, even when the artist gives consent? Read all about it in our KB-log … Read More

Maslenitsa – Russian Shrovetide festival

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Humans burning things is deeply entrenched in many cultures, religions and folklore. The Russian festival of Maslenitsa is no different. Held just prior to Lent, the 40 day fast preceding Easter observed by Christian and Orthodox followers, the event has been celebrated for centuries.   It features the making, and subsequent eating of an unlimited supply of pancakes (yum!) and … Read More

What will be the Art Theme for 2020?

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We missed being on the Paddock this year and are now looking to the future. What will the Kiwiburn 2020 theme be? The 2019 theme was to be Fractalicious, and we are going to automatically add it to the list for 2020. You have probably had some divine inspiration over the past year and we’d love to know your ideas! … Read More