Wonderever barrio at Nowhere

A couple of people went to Nowhere in 2012, had a great time and decided to make there own barrio, and it’s official now; Wonderever is coming to Nowhere 2013. A new barrio built from a lot of enthousiasm and good vibes.

We are a small but super chill barrio where we keep it to luxury basics in order to wonder and wander as much as possible with the rest of the Nowherian community. Eclectic sounds, excellent food, loving people, relax zone, tastings, wonderings, shade, little projects, dream atmospheres and so much more. A perfect base to launch and land your liminal wondering and wandering. Be welcome as you were, are and will be. Wonderever is limited to 20 people.

To join us, contact us via http://barrio.zonk.be/

Nowhere Performance grants

Nowhere keeps coming up with new exciting things, thank you Norg for the following:

Performance grants

Yet more proof this will be our best year yet – along with art grants and our brand-new innovation grants, we’ve also now got performance grants!

We’ve two kinds of performance grants:

Level 1: €350 
This grant is aimed at applicants who can choreograph a multimedia live performance, including live music and theatrical dance. We are interested in a large-scale, professionally produced act suitable for the opening ceremony (Wednesday 10 July) and closing ceremony (Sunday 14 July).

Level 2: €150 
This smaller grant is to support a more intimate one-off act at some other point during the event. The emphasis is still on live music and dance but on a smaller scale.

The deadline for performance grant applications is Monday 10 June.

For more details and to apply, check out the Performance Grants page.

Nowhere Innovation Grant

Nowhere has got a new grant scheme, next to the Art Grants: an Innovation Grant. The idea is to promote projects that reduce the environmental impact of the Nowhere festival. A very nice idea, since last year it kind of bugged me that there are so many diesel generators there. Running whole sound systems such as those of Übertown or the Garden or even smaller ones of solar or wind power might not be feasible, but I hope more sustainable ways will come to Nowhere this and the coming years.

Here’s the info from the Nowhere website:

Innovation Grant GuideNowhere 2012-060

We suggest you print this page out and read it carefully before filling in the grant application form below. Remember to complete a leave no trace form too and email it to us at innovation@goingnowhere.org

What is the Innovation Grant?

The Innovation Grant is a brand new assistance team at Nowhere, bringing even more creative ideas to the playa and encouraging invention, problem-solving and tinkering as great forms of radical self-expression! It runs alongside, but separate to the existing Art Grant scheme.

How is the Innovation Grant different to the Art Grant?

The Art Grant funds participatory art projects at Nowhere, that bring people together and get them to interact and have fun together. The Innovation Grant fund practical projects that improve Nowhere and the infrastructure and processes that enable our community to exist.

Example projects might speed-up construction & takedown of Nowhere, provide better lighting, save water or electricity, provide greener power, reduce vehicle use, or find a clever way of reusing rubbish. Innovation Grant projects don’t necessarily have to be participatory or artistic, they can be ‘behind the scenes’ or purely functional.

What are the application requirements?

The Innovation Grant only helps projects that improve Nowhere or reduce our impact on the surrounding environment. Any project must benefit the wider Nowhere community and cannot simply benefit a particular person or theme camp.

Innovation projects could be a single item, a series of items or even a service (such as a bike-loan scheme). Projects can be something you have developed from scratch, something you have assembled from parts or something you have purchased and want to bring to Nowhere. If in doubt, email us and we’ll tell you whether it’s suitable!


What support can the Innovation Team offer

The Innovation Team can provide you with support to help you plan your project, find expertise and overcome problems. We can also offer you financial assistance of up to €200 to help with the costs of building your project and getting it to the playa.

  • The maximum grant amount is €250 or 70% of your project cost, whichever is lower.
  • We cannot fund your time, your labour or any personal costs such as your food or travel.
  • Grant expenditure must be agreed by us beforehand and receipts must be kept for all costs.
  • Grants are usually paid in arrears, on production of valid receipts. Advance payments can be arranged in exceptional circumstances.


How do I apply?!

To apply for Innovation Grant help, fill in the Application Form below. There are two deadline dates. We strongly encourage you to apply as early as possible!

The first round of grants close on 5th April 2013

The second round of grants close on 5th May 2013

Click here to view and download the application forms

Nowhere 2013 tickets

Nowhere 2013 tickets are selling fast, get yours now!

Level 1 tickets for 105 euro till 30 April or till they sell out (there’s 400).

Last year there where about 1000 participants at Nowhere, but if the growth trend of previous years continues, there could be more then 1200 this year. And AFAIK the cap for the current location is 1200. So in theory Nowhere could sell out this year.

Prices for 2013 are:

  •  Level 1: 105 euros (available until 30 April or sold out)
  •  Level 2: 115 euros (available until 30 April or sold out)
  •  Level 3: 125 euros (available until 31 May or sold out)
  •  Level 4: 135 euros (available until sold out)
  • Gate sales: 170 euros (no gate sales after Friday midday)
  • Children under 14: Free (click the ‘Buy tickets’ link below to get child tickets – these are free so there won’t be a charge)
  • Low-income tickets level 1: 75 euros (available until 30 April or sold out – see Tickets FAQ for how to apply)
  • Low-income tickets level 2: 95 euros (available until sold out – see Tickets FAQ for how to apply)



Please pay what you can afford, so more money can go towards art projects. Nowhere is a not-for-profit organisation and nobody gets paid or receives free tickets, including artists, performers, volunteers and organisers.

We have had to raise ticket prices slightly this year. This is to cover a substantial increase in VAT in Spain. Nowhere does everything we can to keep ticket prices as low as possible. This year we are also capping the number of tickets available at each price to help us budget. To get the cheapest tickets, buy your ticket early.

VERY IMPORTANT: Tickets are electronic; you won’t get a physical ticket sent to you. We need to scan the barcode on your ticket at the Gate, so make sure you print it out and bring it with you!


All tickets are subject to a booking fee. The booking fee is the charge that Brown Paper Tickets and the credit card companies charge, and is the lowest we can find. Tickets cannot be bought through any other channel.

By purchasing your ticket, you agree to be subscribed to our mailing list, which we use to send out important information about Nowhere. You can unsubscribe from the mailing list at any time.

Please read our Tickets FAQ before buying your ticket


Junk Raft Armada, art boat from Barcelona to Stromboli

Some Nowhere folks (some call them Nooners or Nobodies) are planning a Junk Raft Armada. The idea is to build a boat, more specifically a gunk. Here’s the idea:

This summer, we plan to build a fleet of 2 or more rafts in Spain and travel across/around the Mediterranean to southern Italy (Stromboli).

The rafts will be made from ‘junk’ anything we can find, reuse, recycle or buy very cheap when we have to. see here for some more info http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junk_raft

We are inspired by the Floating Neutrinos, Richie Sowa’s Spiral Island project, the ‘Junk’ plastic bottle craft that crossed the Pacific to highlight the ‘trash island’ in the Pacific Gyre, Plastiki, the art rafts at the Venice Biennial, the Ohio River Trip and many other floating art and activism projects.

We would like to have performers aboard so that we can stage performances at towns/ports along the way from Spain to Italy (fire/circus/burlesque etc…)

One of the rafts will be a large floating stage. Another large raft or two will provide cabins for crew, a galley and common area. Anyone who wants to build their own smal raft/boat/floating home is welcome to join the Armada.

The build can start any time, but we are working towards mid-May, building until late July in Barcelona.

The trip should take about 4 weeks, from late July to the beginning of September.

We want to make it to the Stromboli fire performers festival in time to put on a show and join in the festivities. http://www.festadelfuocostromboli.com/?page_id=29

Right now we need people to start getting interested and talking about this project with each other (the reason for starting a Facebook group).

Please get in touch with Ants Hiron ASAP if you are interested in getting involved in any of the following roles (this is just a starting list of volunteer positions, I’m sure there will be more to come later).

The 2013 Junk Raft Aramada

Sounds like a crazy idea, but there are some other people who have done it already:

Chicken John's art boat
What are these art boats? POST #2 Lost Vegas this Saturday night at CELL SPACE « Chicken John.

Burning Man 2013 Ticket Sales

From The Jack Rabbit Speaks (the official Burning Man newsletter):



We’re excited to announce the sales plan for tickets to Burning Man 2013. Burning Man is making 58,000 tickets available, 3,000 of which were already made available through the Holiday Sale. Details regarding the remaining 55,0000 are outlined below. You’ll notice we’re doing things differently this year. We’ve listened, we’ve learned a lot and we’ve worked hard to come up with a plan that we believe will meet the needs of the greatest number of people possible.


We’ve included the general gist below, but you can find all the nitty-gritty details on http://tickets.burningman.com, and answers to your questions in our Ticketing FAQ (http://tickets2.burningman.com/faq.php) and spiffy new online ticketing forum (http://ticketsupport.burningman.com/).


PLEASE NOTE: Pre-registration is required in order to gain access to any of our sales for 2013. Once you’ve registered you will be able to participate in the first-come first-served sales. So … here’s the plan:


55,000 Tickets for Burning Man 2013 will be sold as follows (details below):

1. Directed Group Sale (10,000 tickets) – January 30 (Pre-registration required)
2. Individual Sale (40,000 tickets) – February 13 (Pre-registration required, February 6-10))
3. Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP) – February 28-July 31)
4. OMG Last Chance Sale (1000+ tickets) – August 7 (Pre-registration required, August 2-5))
5. Low Income Ticket Program (4,000 tickets) – Application required)



Directed Group Sale: 10,000 tickets)
We are once again taking steps to ensure critical theme camp, art installation, and mutant vehicle crews gain access to tickets. In addition to supporting the core social infrastructure of Black Rock City, providing these groups with access to tickets early on will decrease demand (and therefore competition) for tickets in the main Individual Sale. 10,000 tickets at $380 each will be offered to these core crews on Wednesday, January 30. Group leaders will receive an email on Friday, January 11, 2013 with detailed information about how to provide their core group members with access to the Directed Group Sale. These tickets are transferable and eligible for STEP.


Individual Sale: 40,000 tickets)
The Individual sale will make 40,000 tickets available at $380 each, with a maximum of 2 tickets per person. To participate in the Individual Sale, you must pre-register between Friday, February 6, 2013 at 12pm (noon) PST and Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 12pm (noon) PST. Detailed information about how to register for this sale will be available in mid-January at http://tickets.burningman.com. This first-come first-served sale begins at 12pm (noon) PST on Wednesday, February 13th. These tickets are transferable and eligible for STEP.


NOTE: There will not be tiered pricing for this sale – all 40,000 tickets are $380. (If you’re curious about how this compares with the ticket prices for major festivals, please see “Where Does My Ticket Money Go?”: http://www.burningman.com/whatisburningman/about_burningman/ticketprices.html.)


Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP))
We’re bringing back STEP to facilitate the secure, safe, hassle-free exchange of tickets. People wishing to purchase tickets may register to enter the STEP queue starting Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 12pm PST at http://tickets.burningman.com. When tickets are put into STEP by ticket holders, the person at the front of the queue will be offered the opportunity to purchase them (maximum of 2 tickets per person). STEP will close on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 12pm PST. Stay tuned to the JRS for details about the STEP process. Tickets bought through STEP are transferable, but they are ONLY available for pickup at Will Call.


OMG Last Chance Sale: 1,000 tickets)
For those who decide at the last minute that they Absolutely Must Go To Burning Man, and to further combat scalpers, we will sell 1000 tickets at $380 each, maximum of 2 tickets per person. In order to participate, you must pre-register between Friday, August 2 at 12pm (noon) PST and Monday, August 5, 2013 at 12pm (noon). Details for how to register will be available at http://tickets.burningman.com. This first-come first-served sale starts Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 12pm PST. Tickets purchased through the OMG sale are transferable but will not be shipped — they are held for pick up at Will Call only.


Low Income Ticket Program: 4,000 tickets
Our Low Income Ticket program will provide 4,000 tickets ($190/each) to those who provide proof of financial hardship. Our Ticketing department reviews each application and awards tickets to those who are best able to demonstrate need. Applicants should receive a response within 4-6 weeks of submitting their application. Details regarding when and how to apply will be made available shortly. These tickets are non-transferrable and must be purchased and picked up at Will Call in Black Rock City.






Ticket Fulfillment – June 03 – July 15
Shipping tickets in the summer allows folks a longer window to buy and sell tickets through our Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP), helps put a damper on the scalper market, limits the amount of time scammers have to counterfeit tickets and sell them to unsuspecting Burners, and allows us to include a printed Survival Guide with each ticket. Tickets purchased in the Holiday Sale, the Directed Group Sale and the Individual Sale will start shipping in early June. We cannot give you an exact delivery date since that depends on where they are being sent, the USPS, and other factors outside of our control. But rest assured: you will receive an email when your tickets have shipped.


Don’t Panic! A Word About the After-Market
Each year, we see a lively after-market kick up during the summer, when many tickets change hands as people realize they can’t make the trip to BRC — and others realize they can. If you’re unable to get a ticket through one of the above means, don’t panic! The likelihood of your being able to acquire a ticket is quite good if you keep your ear to the ground and tap into your community. In 2012 tickets to the event became available in August, as they do each year.


What About Scalpers?
A big worry about tickets in 2012 was that scalpers had scooped up a huge number of Burning Man tickets. However, our research shows that less than 1.5% of the total tickets in circulation were available on scalper sites, which is extraordinarily low for an event as large as ours. In order to thwart scalpers this year, we will be weeding out known scalpers through the pre-registration process, and spoiling the market by selling 1000+ tickets on August 7th. But ultimately, stopping scalpers is up to you. As long as there’s no demand, they’ll be stuck with their supply.


Why Not Implement Identity-based Ticketing (Non-Transferable, Name-on-Ticket)?
There are valid points on both sides of this question, and it’s something we’ve thought about and discussed at length. In addition to logistical and administrative challenges (including increased wait times at the gate), non-transferable tickets would put an end to the acts of gifting that frequently happen with Burning Man tickets — we don’t want to see that tradition die. For more information, see this blog post from Larry Harvey: http://blog.burningman.com/2012/12/tenprinciples/why-not-implement-identity-based-ticketing/

The Story of the Cacophony Society

If you ever wondered how Burning Man came to be in Black Rock City, the short answer is The Cacophony Society.


Honored and excited to announce two European screening dates. Into The Zone – The Story of the Cacophony Society will be shown at 8;30 pm on October 29th as part of TinaB ? The Prague Contemporary Art Festival.

Screening with Harrod Blank’s Art Car Documentary, Automorphosis at 6:30 pm


ITZ is also invited to play Halloween in Hamburg, as part of the Radar Hamburg International Independent Film Festival.


Looking forward to additional screening engagements TBA for 2013

Like it on Facebook for updates: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Into-the-Zone-The-Story-of-the-Cacophony-Society/164743650208016

Or Twitter @IntoTheZoneMov

Nowhere, Occupy and Transition Town


Good intro into what it is like to go to Nowhere, especially if doing build and strike with Workhaus. And the last paragraph about extending Nowhere into a transition town like thing is very exciting. Would be a logical next step I think.

Stay in the loop

Here’s an overview of all the local burner groups in Europe, from the Nowhere mailing list:

A great place to start if you want to join email lists and see what events are coming up

Nowhere – Espania

UK Burners

French Burners

Italian Burners

Amsterdam and Netherlands Burners

Mediterranean Burners

German Burners

Burners from Belgium

Irish Burners

Burning Man Czech

Burning Man Lithuania

Burning Man Russia

Burning Man Eastern Europe

Burners without Borders

Interview with Dave Bradshaw, co-founder of Nowhere.

There’s a nice interview with Dave Bradshaw, who was one of the people to start Nowhere. It’s in French: Dave Bradshaw, co-fondateur d’un festival artistique affranchi. Here is a link to the Google translation for those who don’t understand French and don’t mind a computer translation: Dave Bradshaw, co-founder of an arts festival freed (Google Translate)