27th February - 1st March 2020 in a castle near Halle, Gemarny

Zum brennenden Bären 2020

Winters in Germany are tough and long. German Burners found a way to meet friends in a sophisticated environment in an enchanted castle near Halle. It evolved to be a German Winter Burn and follows the ten Burning Man principles.

Information to all lucky MembersHippies

Please stay tuned for more information about transport. There will be buses starting from Berlin heading to the castle on Thursday/Friday and back on Sunday. We will inform you soon.

Currently we are looking for bus greeters: If you wanna become one, please write us an email.

Who we are

We are an open community.

We learn from each other and share responsibilities and tasks.

We live the 10 (+2) Burning Man principles (and carry them out into the world).

We live a culture with which we want to be a role model for others.

We create something new instead of consuming.

We do not judge.

We test our limits and respect those of others.

We welcome new friends with open arms and curiosity.

We are aware of the responsibility for our environment and act accordingly.

We do not take ourselves too seriously.

The theme for 2020: Extended Life

29th of February, we have one more day to live life in year 2020. It can be also be seen as a gift - an extension of our life. In times when humanity become fragile we can think what extending life means: Bringing new values and changing direction, extending biology with technology, moving to another planet? Using the existing and build up something new? The theme can feed the minds in topics like society, the human itself and physical things like art and it’s material. Let’s get creative with the challenges of tomorrow.

How to participate?

Zum brennenden Bären is all about participation! It is an event co-organized by its participants. But how does it work?

Last November, we asked the community for ideas and applications. You couldn't just apply for a workshop, an art project or as a DJ. You also had the chance to apply for taking over a whole room, creating the main dance floor, having your small, interactive happenings (such as creative food giftings, interactive theatre etc.) funded or hold a talk at the newly installed “Salon” - a place for knowledge sharing, ideation and hot-topic-discourse.

After all applications have been examined, a great selection came to life. But that's not all: Co-creation also means that we all volunteer. All of us will do at least two shifts. Holding a workshop or playing a set as a DJ doesn't count as a shift. That's a gift. To get all volunteering stuff sorted we have an own department:

Supreme Injustice (a.k.a. the Volunteer-Lounge)

Ever strolled around a burn having deep existential riddles like:

“was I supposed to do a shift today?”

“when is my kitchen shift again?”

“where do we meet for ranger shifts?”

“how much time should I arrive before my gate shift?”

“any idea what time is it?”

“would love to help with something now, but where oh where should i go?”

Supreme Injustice (a.k.a volunteer lounge) has the answers, with an attitude! Our centrally locationed prosecutor, judge and jury will get dat ass of yours sorted! Come with any mystery about well... anything... but mostly about shifts and you shall get your swift sentence. More info on the process soon! For any questions about shifts - volunteers@z2b.org

What to expect?









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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is "Zum brennnenden Bären"?

Zum brennenden Bären is the regional German event inspired by Burning Man. It's a co-creation event based on the 10+2 principles.

Where take the event place?

The next Bär will burn in the same venue as last year: a 19th-century castle near the city of Halle.

What is included in the ticket price?

A gathering of like-minded people, different floors and rooms, the best food (breakfast and dinner), all drinks at an open bar, comfy beds, linens, a sauna and much more.

What is not included in the ticket price?

Arts and program: nothing comes to life if you won't make it happen! Snacks: make sure you bring whatever is necessary for your personal needs. Transportation to and from the event are your responsibility!

May I bring my kids and/or pets?

The castle is not a suitable environment for kids or animals, but you can bring your favorite spirit animal onesie or costume!

Is it possible to pay a lower ticket price (low income)?

As every year there will be Low-Income-Tickets on demand. The amount of those tickets depends on the amount of donations we get from the community.

How do I get to the venue?

The best way is to take our shuttle bus. We inform here and by email about the bus connections we will offer. Arriving by public transport or by car is also possible. Stay tuned for more details.

What should I bring?

Beside snacks (see above) bring your favorite outfit(s), gifts, a towel or two (we have a sauna) and your personal belongings. More infos will follow in our survival guide, which we publish later here.

Contact us

In case of any further questions please write us in the Facebook group or via email.

Disclaimer: Zum brennenden Bären is a private event from friends for friends. You are responsible for your own wellbeing. The organizers are not liable for any damage on your belongings or your person.
Photo Credits: Russarts (Header; Workshops), Sascha Baridara (DJ & Liveacts; Cabaret; Art Grants; Interactive Experiences; Salon), Karlo Walz (Dancefloor; Art)