Theme Camps

What is a Theme Camp?

When a group of people camp together, that’s a camp…. when they do it with interactive style and have a rocking great time – that’s a Theme Camp.

Theme Camps are an essential part of the heart and soul of Kiwiburn, they are social meeting places where anything can happen, and often does. Featuring art and activities, Theme Camps are interactive in nature. They are a direct expression of the principles of inclusion, communal effort, participation and gifting.

A Theme Camp is a pocket of reality created by a group of friends who get together to do something interesting. Theme Camps create an ambiance, a visual presence, provide a communal space or create/host activities. 

Registering your Theme Camp

Theme Camp Registrations for 2020 are now closed!

You need to have registered your Theme Camp to ensure placement and to be included in the event programme, on the website and on the event map. You will also be able to post your planned event onsite on a bulletin board located at the Depot or Town Hall.

Registering online is just the first step in the process of becoming a Theme Camp at Kiwiburn and bringing something awesome to gift to our community.

In order to complete this process you’ll need to:

  1. Submit your Health, Safety & Well-being plan and have it approved (nb click ‘Enable editing’ at the top of the form once you’ve downloaded it so you can fill in the empty text boxes)
  2. Agree to our Theme Camp Memorandum of Understanding
  3. Agree to our Incident Report Plan as outlined in Theme Camp Guidelines
  4. Register 3+ events/activities
  5. Have no MOOP or sound violations on record from previous events
What is a Sound Camp?

A Sound Camp is a Theme Camp whose primary gift is music, dance and sound. All Sound Camps must register for placement and meet Kiwiburn’s Resource Consent conditions to participate.

Continuing from the systems put in place at the 2018 event after discussion with our community, and in line with our new resource consent conditions, we will be implementing stricter sound control on site in 2020.

If you plan on bringing a sound system to Kiwiburn, you will need to follow these guidelines:

  • You will be asked to provide details of your sound system during the registration process, if this changes you must notify us immediately.
  • There will be no sound check for amplified sound systems prior to 9am Wednesday 22 January or after 7:00am Monday 27 January 2020.
  • At other times your sound levels must not breach these restrictions

7am to 10pm:

  • a) 40dB Laeq(5min)
  • b) 65 dB Laeq(5min) at 31.5 Hz
  • c) 55 dB Laeq(5min) at 65 Hz
  • d) 55 dB Laeq(5min) at 125 Hz
  • e) 70 dB Laeq(5min)

All other times: 

  • a) 35dB Laeq(5min)
  • b) 60 dB Laeq(5min) at 31.5 Hz
  • c) 50 dB Laeq(5min) at 65 Hz
  • d) 50 dB Laeq(5min) at 125 Hz
  • e) 65 dB Laeq(5min)

Sound Camps in breach of these guidelines will be shut down for the remainder of the event.

Sound Camps will be required to nominate a sober person or persons to participate in the sound monitoring schedule. Taking a shift to monitor and provide feedback to sound camps in order to keep Kiwiburn compliant with our Resource Consent conditions.

For our more detailed policy visit our sound policy page

Tickets and Early Entry

Please note that all participants of Kiwiburn must hold a valid ticket to obtain entry into the event.

Established Theme Camps can apply for up to five direct sale tickets (DDT)

  • To be considered established, you must have run the Theme Camp successfully for at least two consecutive years, and have completed the registration process for this year.
  • Theme Camps from other official Burning Man Regionals can apply for DDTs though must provide a reference and confirmation from their Regional confirming they meet this criteria.

Kiwiburn needs to keep pre-event population to a minimum. Early entry will be strictly limited in 2020.

  • Large structures will be allowed to arrive three days early
  • Large camps will be allowed to arrive two days early
  • Medium and small camps are encouraged to arrive and set up on the first day of the event and will not be granted Early Entry (requests can be made in your application and will be dependent on many factors, such as what your camp set up comprises of and what it provides).

To apply for Early Entry you must first complete the registration process and complete the application form Theme Camp Early Entry Application form.

Submitting an application form or the guidelines above do not guarantee Early Entry.

Other important information to note

Camps are not allowed open fires of any sort. Fire is only permitted in designated zones.

Leave No Trace! Please be aware that there will be NO RUBBISH BINS ON THE SITE! Everything that your camp brings, your camp must take away. Everything that visitors deposit in your camp, your camp must take away (for this reason please consider carefully as to how and where you deal with your rubbish and waste).

MOOP includes many smaller items, such as nut shells, bottle caps, cigarette butts, plastic ties – the list goes on and on. It is easy to ignore such items on so small a scale, but ALL of these things must be cleaned up.

All Theme Camps should employ a systematic grid to MOOP their site. Walk this grid before departing with your fellow campers and pick up EVERYTHING in your path.

Are you bringing a generator to Kiwiburn?Please be considerate of others by following these guidelines:

  • Bring the quietest generator you can afford, and the smallest that will meet your actual needs. Larger generators are more difficult to transport, use more fuel and create more pollution.
  • Don’t run your generator late at night or early in the morning.
  • Place the generator as far from other camps as possible.
  • Cover your generator with a sound shield or baffle. Do NOT bury it to shield the noise. No matter how well it is filled afterwards, the hole leaves a tremendous gouge in the ground.
  • Make sure people can’t trip over any power cords.

Safety First
Kiwiburn has on-site medics, though you can make your camp more safe, secure, and self-reliant:

  • MEDICAL: Keep a well-stocked first aid kit in camp. If possible, have at least one member of your camp certified in first aid and CPR.
  • FIRE: Keep a fire extinguisher in camp should a fire start or go out of control.
  • SAFETY: Consider the safety of all who are in and may attend your camp. Small things like tripping hazards can really spoil someones experience. Your Theme Camp should be a safe environment for all who enter.

Kiwiburn has no main stage, though there will be camps where people and music groups perform. Any structure from which people may fall more than one metre will draw the attention of the building inspector and should be well constructed and signed off the H&S Team.

Large structures need to be secured properly with ropes, rebar, and commonsense. All designs are strongly advised to include safety provisions. Note that strong winds are common in the area.