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, portapotties 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. Pets are not welcome, other than legally recognized guide/service animals. 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 are often organized camps and other areas dedicate to folks with children.
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?
Otherworld is an all-ages event. Children are welcome and many will be in attendance. They must be accompanied to the event by a guardian or a parent.
There are certain requirements for guardian to abide by, including bringing or supplying a proof of consent from that child’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 B.C. 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.
Minors 12 and under must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times. For minors aged 13-18, parents/guardians must know where those children 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.” You are responsible to make sure that all minors in your care will comply with and do not enter these areas.
For greater clarity and correctness, inspect the Terms and Conditions of the ticket upon purchase.
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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?
At what time do gates open?
Gate hours: TBD
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.
Form for early access: TBD
How long can I stay?
The event is from Thursday, June 6 to Monday, June 10, 2024. Sunday has a full night of programming.
Technically, some of us will start building as early as Sunday, June 2, and most of the build will happen Tuesday, June 4 and Wednesday, June 5. The event packs up and leaves by the afternoon of June 10.
Can I bring an RV/Trailer instead of tent/car camping?
You can. 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 making sure you place your art in a location not reserved for another person’s art (and there is a lot of unreserved space), that the project complies with all of the rules of the ticket, and completely cleaning your project up when you leave. Leave no trace (LNT). Campfire rules.
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 to or past the satellite dishes.
Can I bring fireworks?
No. Do not bring fireworks.
Fireworks without a license will agitate the local community and our venue. 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 (LNT).
However, propane fire pits are permitted.
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 child/teen tickets?
Tickets for all minors will be released as part of the main sale. Date: TBD.
What about caregiver tickets?
Caregiver tickets will be released as part of the main sale. Date: TBD.
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 start on: date TBD.
If subsidy tickets have sold out. There will be a wait list established, but no guarantee there will 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 May 31, 2024 at 11:59pm to request a refund. After that time, refunds will be officially closed. We have implemented this policy to allow 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 May 31, ticket transfers are available right up until the gates open on Thursday June 6 at Time TBD, as the process is self serve. Please see the above link about ticket transfers for details on how to transfer tickets yourself.
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