Korea Burn, a regional version of Nevada’s Burning Man festival, is happening next weekend. (As if you didn’t know already.)

Here’s our awesome video coverage from last time around.

Held annually, Korea Burn is back for it’s third year in a row, this time on Chungpodae on the west coast of Korea. The festival is organised by a group of dedicated volunteers and is centred around the idea of art, community, self-expression and self-reliance.  Korea Burn is a creative community of participants who unify at the festival site to create theme camps, art installations, music, and much more. Each year, the festival coordinators and volunteers vote on a theme for the year’s gathering. Last year, the festival was themed “Coexist,” with the theme for this year being “Flow.”

The festival focuses on creating a place for people to experience amazing creativity in a compassionate and inclusionary group. It is up to each participant of the festival to determine how they will contribute to the community, whether through creating art or art installations, music, performance through movement, gifting, or creating a communal space like a theme camp. Theme camps are campsites which artistically demonstrate an idea or concept through interaction with the festival participants.

Theme camps and participants contribute things such as yoga classes, belly dancing workshops, live painting exhibitions, fire spinning shows, and musical dance parties. There are theme camps that revolve around athletic activities, dance groups, DJ’s, artists, and also regions of the world. For example, participants from the Pacific Northwest of the US will be creating a camp with themes around food and nature from home. Fire Conclave will be hosted by Manshigan Studio, a fire dancing performance troupe based out of Seoul, and any other experienced participants interested in collaborating to create an evening of entertainment. Workshops will be hosted during the day for anyone interested in expanding their skill in flow arts such as poi, staff, hoop, and juggling.

Last year, Korea Burn saw theme camps such as Garden of Glow, an interactive tent filled with blue and white LED lights creating a space for friends to play music, games, and hold conversation. The Cunning Linguist tent was tucked back in the woods with the rest of camp. Here you could find an oasis of pillows, hookahs, and fun facts filling the tent constructed from mosquito nets creating a calm atmosphere.

Active participants in Korea Burn are welcome to create a theme camp of their choosing. All that is necessary is an application and an idea. Korea Burn can help bring their vision to life or they can manifest it on their own accord.

The actual name of “Burning Man” stems from the ritual celebration of burning the large wooden effigy of a man on the second to last day of the festival every year. This man effigy is included in every regional burn.

While the original Burning Man festival in Nevada is a week long, KoreaBurn festival is currently a three day long celebration. The volunteers rely on ticket sales, donations and fundraising to fund this festival and the resources needed to keep people safe, and happy . The festival this year is being held on privately rented land, which is one of the largest expenses this year. Other aspects such as security, facilities, the creation of the iconic “man” effigy, and art grants are other large expenses that ticket sales support.

Tickets for this year’s KoreaBurn will be on sale until September 5, 2013 and can be bought from the KoreaBurn website. Go get ‘em!

Photos by Matthew Stroud. See more images from Korea Burn 2012 on Chincha.
Words by Sarah Lee DeRemer