Theme Camps

Bring a Theme Camp

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So you’ve clinched a precious Nest ticket for 2023, or you’re anticipating one of our delicious future ticket releases… and now you’re wondering how to get involved next!

Well, consider this the first in our four part series on How To Maximise Your Burning Nest Experience (Or Any Burn, For That Matter!)

We’re firm believers that you get out what you put in. Here are four excellent ways that even first time burners can get involved:

  1. Bring a Theme Camp

  2. Make Art

  3. Offer An Event
  4. Volunteer

Applications for theme camps are closing on the 15th. There is still time to start your application! Just fill in what you can so far, plant your flag and open up a conversation. 


A Theme Camp appears when a collection of humans get together to co-create their vision of a communal space that’s on offer for all Nestlings to enjoy. Amplify your wildest ideas with like-minded humans, and make an epic space in the process!



Theme camps are, among other things, mini venues that facilitate a lot of the goings-on at Nest. Want to host a workshop, throw a party, or play some music? You probably want a space to do that in. It’d be a pretty empty glade without Theme Camps!



Take inspiration from our existing camps:

Or check out offerings from other burns! Jump over to the websites for Burning Man, Afrikaburn, Nowhere or Borderlands to check out some of their previous camps. Kiwiburn alone had some 80+ camps this year, so there’s plenty of ideas to get your brain ticking.



Be the change you want to see in the world

Ever wished there was more dancing/snug space/food offerings/gremlin cave vibes that you could experience at a burn? Lucky for you, this is a do-ocracy – which means you’re responsible for making it happen! You can have exactly the experience you want to have. Just grab some likeminded humans and get creating!

Find a friend… and another, and another, and another…

Bring together Nestlings like you with similar passions and interests. We’ve got this “missed connections” spreadsheet, Facebook, WhatsApp and Signal groups where you can recruit fellow participants – even if you’re brand new. Put the call out and see what happens. 

Food, glorious food

Sharing a camp kitchen and/or meal plan is a great motivator for joining a group who plan to eat together. Plenty of people don’t like carting the kitchen sink to the burn; if you can delegate that job to only one person in your camp instead of everyone having to do it, it’s a win for Communal Effort and Leave a Better Trace.

Play that funky music

Maybe you’re a DJ, maybe you just really love a particular type of music and want to enjoy it in the Glade. This is a great way to make sure your tastes are represented, and facilitate that same option for other Nestlings.

You better WORK(shop)

Same goes here as for the music. If you think it would be amazing to have a zen garden space to host your breathwork, or a hookah lounge for your intro to shisha class, or a floor area suitable for your dance class/jiu jitsu bout/model train workshop, then you can explore what it would be like to have a purpose-built space.

Put your money where your mouth is

If you resonate with any of the above, banding together as a theme camp is a great way to split costs and spread the load on bringing your dream to life!


Placement A great placement spot according to your requirements. This may also include camping near your camp for your crew

Power Link in to the Nest grid. We can work on better, eco-friendlier power solutions together. Generators are not permitted. 

Sound A direct line to our sound lead who works collaboratively with you to ensure your parties don’t get shut down or cause our event licence to be revoked (this is very important! We have very specific sound requirements on our licence and the council does visit site to check!)

Advertisement and promotion of your theme camp to participants in newsletters and on our website for recruitment of camp members, as well as your events in the What Where When guide.

Support A direct line into other event leads such as LNT, Community, and Consent who can help you with making sure your camp plays a part in protecting and safeguarding our culture and principles, and how best to fulfill any other community agreements which are important to enable us to keep putting on the event and for your theme camp to be able to come back year after year.



Get your applications started before March 15th 2023.  It’s okay if not everything is finalised or you haven’t recruited all your members just yet – just get as much down as you can to let us know you’re keen, and reserve your spot on the Glade. Make sure to hit submit on the form! You can come back and edit later. 


Theme Camp applications now open!

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Do you have a burning desire to bring a Theme Camp to Nest? Then please fill out our Theme Camp Application form NO LATER THAN 20TH MARCH.

What are Theme Camps?

A Theme Camp can be a bar giving out gifts of food or drink, a place to dance, a quiet sanctuary for workshops and cuddles… they are whatever you want them to be! If you bring it, the Nestlings will come!

We need to know who is bringing what, so we can plan out where to put you, and how to organise your power and infrastructure needs.

How do I join a Theme Camp?

Once we know which Theme Camps are coming to Burning Nest in 2020, then we will add details of how to join any camps that may be open to new members. Watch this space, and keep an eye on our Facebook Community page too.

Theme Camps are now LIVE!

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Ohhhh yes, dear Nestlings – you heard correctly! Our Theme Camp page is now up and running, showing you the details of every camp due to be at Burning Nest in 2019!

Have a browse, and if you’re looking for a theme camp to join, get in touch with them directly. Many are also offering space for workshops or performance – why not bring your talents to the masses?

Only a month to go…. we’re so excited to be back in The Glade! x

What’s The Point?

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RIP Centre Camp… Long live The Point!

Centre Camp has always been the heart of Burning Nest – a place to meet, to hold events, to come together for the Cabaret! This year, we have a new name, and a renewed sense of purpose. Introducing… The Point!

The Point is where you can make your point. It is a pointed pavilion. You can point to it from the distance. It’s a meeting point. An info point. The point where our community’s and camps intersect.

The Point is YOUR space in the Glade. A buzzing hub of activity, yoga, workshops, talks, lectures, theme parties, fashion shows, discussions, activities, crafts, performance, entertainment, art, collaboration, games and much more – if you can think of it you can probably do it at The Point.

If you have grand ideas for The Point, please fill in this form, and tell us a little bit about your event!

Programme Applications Now Open!

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LISTEN UP THEME CAMPS 🌞🌈✌️ The form to submit any and all scheduling info you want to be included in this year’s WHAT?WHERE?WHEN guide is OPEN – submit your applications here! You may not have started thinking about scheduling for your camp yet but consider this your call to arms. Start recruiting performers, workshop-runners etc. now, schedule in slots and prepare to submit your full schedule by 23rd April – stick it in your calendar!

If you have any questions, OR if you’re an individual keen to put on some kind of scheduled spectacle but don’t have a camp to host it, please get in touch at and we’ll gladly help you out!

Much love,
Team WWW

Theme Camp Applications OPEN!

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We can now proudly declare, applications for theme camps are open! If you’re planning to grace our primordial wonderland with your theme camps, please fill out the application form. This provides essential information for the core team to undertake all the boring stuff (placement, risk assessment etc.) that brings your vision to life and helps us to promote your camp and to grow the buzz around Nest 2019.

You can submit the form once you have filled in the basics, such as contact details, and return to add to it later but we need your complete form by 31st March (that’s a hard deadline hippies!). This is not a licence to be a last-minute merchant either; the earlier you submit, the quicker we can send you important need-to-know information that will help with planning your camp.  
We have tried to make the form as clear and accessible as possible but if there’s anything you’re not 100% about, please contact our brilliant, tame and domesticated theme camp liaison Nick.