What is the difference between the Kindle Arts Society and the Burning Man Community?
Many people who are part of our membership are also part of the larger Burning Man community and identify with the ten principles. Although some of our events are officially sanctioned by Burning Man, and must comply with the rules of regional events, not all Kindle Arts events are official Burning Man events.
The Kindle Arts Society has its own constitution that guides the framework of how we operate.
What do you mean when you say there are no spectators?
Kindle Arts events are unique in the sense that they don’t happen unless everyone contributes and brings something. Our events are entirely run by volunteers.
The entertainment, performances, DJ’s, music, art, etc. don’t happen unless attendees choose to bring it. We provide the necessary infrastructure (security, first aid, porta potties when necessary), but it is up to you as an attendee to participate and make the event what you want it to be.
If there is something you see that you think will make the event better, we want to empower you to take action and make it better. If you see something that you think you can improve, bring it!
What are rangers? And why are they important?
Rangers are participants that help us to ensure safety at our events. Rangers are folks who volunteer their time as non-confrontational community members who help facilitate mediation and communication among attendees. Rangers can assist in de-escalation, provide information of potential hazards, and carry radios to quickly relay important information in case of emergency.
In order to volunteer as a ranger, you must complete training on an annual basis in your area. If you would like to find out more about how to become a ranger, or available training in your area, visit https://bcrangers.ca/
Can I bring my pet(s) to this event?
No, this event is not pet-friendly. Please leave your pets at home.
Is this event family friendly?
Otherworld is an event that is open to all ages, and it is a family friendly event. Children must attend Otherworld accompanied by a parent or guardian. Most areas of Otherworld will be family friendly, and there is often a designated area for folks who would like to bring kids.
However, there will also be separate areas that are designated for adults only. Please take note of these areas upon your arrival and ensure your children do not enter these parts of the event.
What are the specific requirements for a guardian bringing minors to Otherworld?
As mentioned earlier, Otherworld is an all-ages event. Young people are welcome here, and many will be in attendance. They must be accompanied to the event by a guardian or a parent.
There are certain requirements for the guardian to abide by, including bringing or supplying a proof of consent of the young person’s parent(s) or guardian for them to attend this event. From the terms and conditions of the tickets, all people under 19 years of age in the province of BC are a Minor.
You assume all liability for that Minor, and just as you would be responsible for obtaining insurance for yourself, you are also responsible for obtaining insurance for any Minors in your care.
You are obligated to supervise at all times Minors 12 years and under, and are obligated to know where Minors aged 13 to 18 years old by knowing where those Teenagers are and what they are doing. You acknowledge that Minors may be exposed to nudity, sexuality, intoxication, and other adult situations. There may be areas of the Event marked “adults only” and You will ensure that all Minors within your care will comply with and do not enter these areas.
For greater clarity and correctness, inspect the Terms and Conditions of the ticket you intend to purchase or have already purchased.
Getting There - International Flights
Please see the “How to get there” section from the top/menu bar
Are there rideshares/carpooling available?
Yes! Please use this Google document to find yourself a ride to or from the event. This sheet is not maintaining by Kindle Arts or Otherworld and is set up to help you help yourself.
When are the burns scheduled?
Effigy and Temple burns are planned for 10pm each night.
At what time do gates open?
- Thursday: 11am-10pm
- Friday: 11am-8pm
- Saturday: 11am-8pm
On Friday & Saturday, security will still allow vehicles to drive in up until 10pm, however on all three days, it’s walk-in only after 10pm.
Can I get early access to the event?
Anyone with a directed, companion, member ticket or name on the org chart or volunteer schedule will be added to early access automatically, as will everyone in the vehicle traveling with such a person.
Early Access is for individuals who will primarily be working in a volunteer capacity, such as on production, setting up their art, theme camps, or other items.
Apply with this form
How long can I stay?
The event is from June 8th (Thursday) to June 12th (Monday). Sunday has a full night of programming.
Technically, some of us will start building as early as Sunday 4th, and most of the build will happen Tuesday June 6th to June 7th. The event packs up and leaves on the afternoon of June 12th.
Can I bring an RV/Trailer instead of tent/car camping?
You can. A number of people do. Depending on the size of your vehicle, we ask that you use the lower field for large vehicles if possible.
What's the weather like?
Temperatures at the site will be between 8 C (46 F) at night and 17 C (62 F) during the day, with rare spikes as high as 21 C (70 F) or as low as 4 C (40 F) if cloud cover is weird or it’s a particularly sunny day. There will almost definitely be at least one day with rain.
In the past, some attendees rented a U-Haul when arriving in Victoria and used that as transport/shelter and found it worked quite comfortably.
Rogue Art; Do I need permission for my artwork?
Rogue art and projects are welcome at Otherworld. If your projects don’t require safety reviews (like fire effects or major structures safety), you are welcome to bring your projects and set them up even if you haven’t informed production of them.
You’re responsible for ensuring you place your art in a location not reserved for another person’s art (and there is a lot of unreserved space), ensuring the project complies with all of the rules of the ticket, and making sure you completely clean your project up when you leave, leaving nothing behind.
Is there hiking?
You can hike. There are trails on the upper level that do not connect with the road or leave the venue property. There are no ins and outs from the venue, so be careful to not accidentally leave. Please do not hike into or past the satellite dishes.
Can I bring fireworks?
Do not bring fireworks.
Fireworks without a license will agitate the local community and our venue, and the we would like to be invited back next year.
Can I have a campfire?
No! It is fire season and no open burning of any kind is permitted. Cigarettes butts on the ground are not permitted.
However, Propane fire pits are permitted and encouraged.
What are the safety measures around COVID-19 and other communicable diseases?
Otherworld will continue to operate in accordance with all current federal, provincial and local health guidelines and recommendations. If these guidelines change, Otherworld will also change.
We understand that every person has different comfort levels regarding health and safety around COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. We also recognize that it is impossible to eliminate risks entirely.
We empower theme camps leads and leads of communal areas to create and communicate the health and safety guidelines that make them feel most comfortable. Otherworld is a wonderful, diverse community and everyone is welcome. Any theme camps, in their space, may choose to require masks or other measures.
We expect all participants to follow the rules theme camps may have around their spaces. Consent is one of the core principles of Otherworld and the Kindle Arts Society. Refusal to follow with the health and safety rules of theme camps may result in removal from the event. It is absolutely fundamental to our community values to respect boundaries and consent.
How do I claim tickets that someone else purchased for me?
I can’t attend Otherworld, but I bought a ticket. How do I transfer it?
What about kid’s/teens tickets?
Tickets for kids and teens will be released as part of the main sale on May 6th, 2022 at 2:00pm
What about Caregiver tickets?
Caregiver tickets will be released as part of the main sale on May 6th, 2022 at 2:00pm
What about subsidy tickets?
Subsidy tickets are released separately from other sales. There is an application process involved that is posted about on the main page.
The subsidy ticket sale began on Sunday May 14th at 2:00pm.
Subsidy tickets have reached current capacity for 2023. There is a wait list established, but there may not be more tickets released for this year’s event
Can I transfer a subsidy ticket to someone else if I cannot go to Otherworld?
No. Subsidy tickets are non-transferable. If you realize that you are no longer able to attend, please request a refund directly through Eventbrite. You can find instructions on requesting a refund through this link.
What is your refund policy?
You have until June 2nd, 2022 at 11:59pm to request a refund. After that time, refunds will be officially closed. We have implemented this policy, as we are allowing participants to register on a waitlist if tickets are sold out.
Once a refund is issued, that ticket will be offered to the next person on the waitlist automatically. However, we want to make sure that those on the waitlist have enough time to plan for Otherworld if a ticket becomes available to them.
Although refunds are unavailable after June 2nd, ticket transfers are available right up until the gates open on Thursday June 8th at 11am, as the process is self serve. Please see the above link about ticket transfers for details on how to transfer tickets yourself.