Announce for April 2016


The countdown to NO continues. How will you participate?

You may NOtice a theme in the rest of the Announce post: Volunteers Needed! There are NO spectators at Burning Flipside, so get your volunteer on!

For more info, stay tuned to:

Remember, if you have something you’d like to contribute to the Flame or Announce, use Flipside Flame/Announce Submission page to send it in. Announce tends to be at the beginning of the month, and Flames usually get published around the middle of the month. Get me the info at least a week before then, and I’ll do my best to get your contribution included.


 Global Leadership Conference

Every year, Burning Man holds the Global Leadership Conference for its Regional Contacts and leaders in the Burner community around the world. At the just-concluded 10th GLC, Burning Flipside was well-represented, with 10 “community leaders” and three RCs, out of some 500 people from around the world. Three of our representatives were also panelists, sharing how Flipside navigated the Mass Gathering Permit process, how we responded to Floodside, and how we manage growth.

The Flipside community has earned a reputation among Burners around the world for Doing It Right, and those of us at the GLC were excited to share the benefits of our experiences with our peers. We also learned a lot, and should be able to put some of that learning to work improving our organizational competence. And we were inspired by what others are doing to try some new things ourselves. It’s a heady, energizing environment for people who nerd out on improving burn-event operations and building community.

Work Weekend Volunteers Needed

Sign up for Work Weekends!

Please put these remaining dates in your calendars and join us for prepping the land!BurnPile

  • WW-III – April 9
  • WW-IV – May 7

We will be working on roads, clearing downed branches, poison ivy removal etc.
We are also in need of wheelbarrows so if you have them, bring them.
The silk screen should be on site to make shirts, so don’t forget to bring one.
Bring everything you need to sustain yourself for the weekend, and feel free to bring something to share by the fire.
If you have any questions, please let me know!

Saraphina, 2016WWComm

Boundaries and Safety Signage Volunteers Needed

Do you like working with your hands? Do you want to help keep the fun peoples INSIDE the bizzaro world safe zone we call Flipside? The Boundaries and Safety Signage team needs a couple of volunteers!

This is the crew that places:

  • boundary fencing and tape around the event’s perimeter,
  • safety signs at Gate and Greeters, and
  • signs that alert participants to safety hazards such as
    • high-density cactus areas,
    • cliff edges,
    • slippery surfaces, and
    • other danger zones.

We have to erect this stuff before participants roll in on Thursday, and then take it all down on Monday; more volunteer people would make this much easier. Contact Ronin City Signage at to discuss the details.

Guardians Volunteers Needed

Wanna help keep the city safe? Need a little reprieve from the constant hum drum of Flipside? Interested in playing with night vision? Well then the Guardians department is right up your alley.

We’re stationed along the perimeter of the property and make sure hooligans aren’t trying to sneak in. Night shifts include night vision nudge nudge Shifts are only 4 hours (6 hours if you have a shift lead position), super chill and quiet, plus you get awesome swag if you do 2-3 shifts. So come join us, have fun, and get super cool points added under your belt for volunteering. Because volunteering is sexy! – Froggy

Echelon Volunteers Needed

If you’re looking for a volunteer position that is physically low-impact but will have a big effect on the safety teams’ operations, consider joining Echelon. We help the safety teams do their jobs by helping them out with logistics. For more information, please contact Grendel, the Echelon lead at

Parking Volunteers Needed

This year’s parking lead is still looking for volunteers. Parking is more fun with goofy people playing Cornhole, Sack Races, and other various field day games (to be played safely in the aisles already full on Saturday and Sunday) with a Limbo Contest on Sunday afternoon. Sign-up in the Parking Wiki, and also find the Facebook group “Flipside Parkers 2016” for more info.

~Sausage Patties, Parking Lead 2016

Recycling Volunteers Needed

recyclingRecycling will be back this year, thanks to the wonderful efforts of the Recycling Lead and the citizens of Pyropolis. Shifts are 4 hours long, and it’s a great project for theme camps to do together.

Participants who wants to volunteer for recycling: Recycling sign-up is open!



Sound Camp Placement

SOUNDAre you bringing a sound system to Flipside? Are you bringing a LOUD sound system to Flipside? Is your camp going to be an all-night disco bass party? Are you going to be that camp that finally gets the neighbors to call the cops? The sound team wants to hear about it!

Contact Sound at
with details of your sound system, camp size, vibe, musical styles, etc. The sound team works with theme camps and city planning to arrange Pyropolis so the LOUD camps can be loud and the less-loud camps can still get some sleep. Do you have any general comments or complaints about sound at Burning Flipside? We’d love to hear from you!


Register ALL the Things!

There are some deadlines you need to know about if you’ve got Art to place, Events to list, and Mutant Vehicles to bring to Pyropolis.

Survival Guide (There WILL be a quiz!)

The Survival Guide is THE reference to read for how to make it through a weekend on the pecan playa. It’s where you go to find out the things that Greeters will quiz you on to enter the event. For all our silliness (and we are silly), this bit’s serious. Survival Guides help you survive. That’s a good thing. Download a copy for yourself to get a head start on NO!

CC Meetings

The Combustion Chamber is an advisory committee to the Austin Artistic Reconstruction LLC to facilitate community input & transparency for the policy-making process and organization of burn community events. CC meetings each start at 7:42 pm at the Warehouse. Special topics are as follows:

April 11:

  • LLC/Regionals/AF Updates
  • Fireworks – Recent changes to state law will allow fireworks sales over Memorial Day weekend. This topic is an opportunity to reaffirm, strengthen, and disseminate Burning Flipside’s fireworks policy.
  • General Social-Media Communications

Have a topic you believe the community needs to discuss? Send suggestions to us at at

Keep in mind that we discuss community and policy issues, not operational ones.