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Nest 2022 dates and Burn nights

By | Nest 2022 | No Comments

Happy Monday, Nestlings!

This year, our event is running from 30th May – 5th June. In previous years, we’ve had a bank holiday Monday on the day after the last day, but this year, we have two bank holidays during the week of the event itself.

This has raised some questions around the nights of the two burns (Effigy and Temple). Previously, the Effigy Burn – a fun, exuberant celebration of our festival, is traditionally on Saturday night. The Temple Burn is on the Sunday night – a calmer, more reflective time to look back on the week and say goodbye to each other before we all leave.

Without the bank holiday Monday in 2022, we recognise that many people may be leaving on Sunday night, to get back to work on Monday. The question was raised about moving the burns backwards by a night, to give people the opportunity to attend both burns (Effigy on Friday and Temple on Saturday). There are arguments on each side, so in the interest of fairness and openness, we opened a poll on Loomio.

We’d love for everyone attending to cast a vote and let us know what you would like to do – currently, we do not have plans to change the burn nights, as our application for extended capacity this year is also based on the burns being on the usual nights, but we have the ability to change this if needed. We are also happy for campers and theme camps to strike on Monday morning, as previously, but as in previous years, there will not be power provided past Sunday night.

Thanks for reading, and please do let us know your views on Loomio – the poll will close on 9th March.

Burn baby, burn: our Temple and Effigy

By | Art, Nest 2020 | No Comments

We’re sure you’ll have realised by now: we love to burn things, here at Nest. It’s in our nature. It’s in our name! But what are the Temple and Effigy burns, and how are they different?

2019’s Temple Burn

The first Burning Man event was a group of just 36 people, on a San Francisco beach. Larry Harvey called his friend Jerry James, and told him he wanted to burn a man on the summer solstice. So they constructed a man from wood, doused it in gasoline, and set it alight. The Burning Man event has grown from 36 to 70,000 participants each year, but the central event remains the same.

At Burning Nest, we traditionally have two burns, usually held on the Saturday and Sunday at the end of the event.

2017’s Temple Burn

Effigy Burn

The Effigy Burn is a celebration of life – a party, usually accompanied by dancing, performance, music and excitement. Past Effigies have consisted of pyramids, rockets and, of course, a man. It’s usually held on a Saturday evening, just as it’s getting dark – and is usually followed by our last big night of partying!

Temple Burn

The Temple Burn is a time for reflection, and quiet contemplation. We use the Temple Burn as a chance to look back on everything we’ve learned and experienced this year, and to prepare for our trip back to the default world. That’s not to say it’s sad – this time can be very spiritual and healing – people often write messages and wishes on the Temple, to be burned away.

We need your help!

If all of this has sparked a fire of inspiration inside you, then we need your help! We need help creating and realising both burns this year – could this be you? Get in touch with art@burningnest.co.uk if so, or fill in this handy application form (we really do love a form) x