Dear Burner friends, While up until now we have followed a planning schedule that hoped we would be able to responsibly welcome everyone back to Turtle Burn at the beginning of April, the leadership and planning committee has made the tough decision to defer the event until the fall. Turtle Burn draws individuals from all over the island and sometimes the world, and we know the potential dangers of doing so. Nobody can see the future, and so we feel that it is in the best interest of ourselves, the Taiwan Burning Man community, and the people of Taiwan to play it safe this year. Therefore, it is with a combination of sadness and respect for all of you whom we hold so dear, that we lean into the principle of Civic Responsibility and take the safe path. We hope to see you all on the mountain in October!
Turtle Burn 籌備團隊至目前為止都以「在4月初歡迎大家回家」為目標來召開定期會議；然而我們不得不做出一個艱難的決定：將活動延遲至秋季舉行。 由於 Turtle Burn 吸引了來自全台灣、甚至世界各地的參與者，考量目前的疫情狀況，堅持舉辦活動可能有潛在的風險；謹慎行事是將 主辦團隊、台灣火人社群、和台灣人民的健康擺在第一優先。 面對我們珍視的朋友們，我們以一份遺憾而尊重的心情，堅持履行公民責任，選擇安全的做法。 希望十月在山上與你們相見！
In the spirit and tradition of building something out of nothing, the Taiwan Burner community has a Discord Server where conversations and discussions take place between our face to face meetings. To join in the conversation please click HERE.
For Turtle Burn, we will revisit our mountain in Yilan for the Tomb Sweeping Festival weekend, April 2nd – 5th 2021. Come and be a part of the Taiwan burner community! This event is based on the 10 Principles philosophy, celebrating participation, consent, self-reliance, and self-expression. For more information on the 10 Principles, please visit the About page.
Turtle Burn is an extension of Burning Man itself. Our goal is to bring the Burning Man culture and community to Taiwanese locals and the residing foreigners. Join us in creating Taiwan’s first official Regional Burn and second ever official regional event, following 2014’s Decompression – Burning Taiwan!
Whether its a heartfelt conversation, someone giving a hug, or sharing food – gifting will be everywhere at Turtle Burn. Some of the best experiences will be between you and others at the most unexpected time. You can prepare a small trinket of your appreciation ahead of the event and keep them on you for when you have shared a moment with others, OR to just give out randomly because you want to. Gifting is an exercise in generosity and sharing for the sake of sharing without expecting anything in return.
Turtle Burn is based upon the 10 Principles of Burning Man. It is these principles that makes it a Burn, which is unlike a normal festival. The Ten Principles of Burning Man are:
Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.
Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.
In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.
Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.
We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.
Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.
Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.