On the first weekend of April 2019 during Taiwan’s Tomb Sweeping Holiday we, the burner community, hosted a small pre-compression event called Spark on top of a mountain in Jiaoxi, Yilan. Spark was a sort of mini trial run for the first larger official regional burn that was being planned for 2019, Turtle Burn! Turtle Burn has been successfully held twice now and is continuing on strong. Below is a short summary of what happened for our Spark event.
Event Summary 活動摘要
Participants journey began Thursday night or early Friday morning with either a bus or train ride to the east-coast county of Yilan. Once in Yilan most people negotiated a taxi to take them up the mountain to the remote 杉林奇蹟 camping ground. The camp ground is private owned land run by an adorable, loving family who were totally supportive and even participated. The campsite was very spacious, complete with very nice open air bathrooms and showers, and had an absolutely stunning view overlooking the Ocean, Yilan City and Turtle Island. Event or not, we definitely recommend the place to everyone.
With only about forty people, it was amazing how much of the Burning vibe was recreated. There was a free bar to hang out at with only one rule; bring your own cup! There was a dome with an abundance of pillows for chilling out and massage, a mutant crystal art car, and an outdoor dance floor complete with DJ sets and light projections that lit up the forest. There were some awesome performances throughout the weekend as well including: burlesque dancing, drag queen lip singing, an impromptu puppet show and community KTV. Aside from what could be seen from just walking around the camp grounds there were also some amazing scheduled workshops. Spark had figure drawing, beer yoga, improv comedy, modeling, dance classes and so much more. Lastly, on the final night everyone gathered around and we burned our mini lotus effigy.
As for the whole gifting economy there were custom made turtle burn rings, hand crafted metal flower clips, free alcohol, home made ice cream, an abundance of hugs and many other things. Many people were also wearing amazing costumes and outfits throughout the whole event and they were lots of fun to look at. On Sunday we all took down our stuff and cleaned thoroughly. As per the 10 Principles, Leave No Trace! Once everyone was packed up and ready to go we had a short final closing circle before people took their rides back down the mountain that they had ordered earlier that morning.
Overall we think Spark was a great success and was very informative on how we could build and make our future regional burns even better. If you were unable to come to the Spark event we hope you can make it to one of our future regionals, Turtle Burn!
*Language borrowed from Blogger and Spark participant Ray Hecht
*此部分引用 Ray Hecht 文章，Ray 是部落客，參加過熾燄(Spark)活動。