Friends, Freaks, and Oddballs of all ages:
Get all excited!
Great Lakes Experimental Arts is pleased to announce that from Thursday, June 25th, through Sunday, June 28th, the Great Lakes region will become home to its very own officially-sanctioned Burning Man Regional Event, Lakes of Fire.
Hosted on private land in Southwest Michigan, USA, this collaborative celebration of art, fire, music, and friendship will be for you, and by you. Lakes of Fire will have outdoor camping, theme camps, music, a glorious effigy, open camping, large and small scale art both fiery and otherwise, and all of the energy and wild spirit that you and 999 of your closest friends from around the Great Lakes and around the world can bring! Envision the upper midwest/Ontario version of Black Rock City. Lakes of Fire will be smaller than Burning Man, more accessible, and with rolling hills, forests, and fields instead of open playa. Instead of dealing with dust storms and temperature swings, you'll deal with mosquitoes, rain, and toxicodendrons-radicans (poison ivy.) Our site also has a small number of public showers.
If you're driving, Lakes of Fire's location is roughly two hours from Chicago, four hours from Detroit, Milwaukee, or Indianapolis, six hours from Cleveland or Columbus, and seven hours from Toronto. Our rules, regulations, and binding principles are simple, and can be found here.
If you can live with these guiding principles, you're beyond welcome to join us at the very first Lakes of Fire.
Lakes of Fire is a private gathering on private land in beautiful Southwest Michigan, USA. The Great Lakes area’s official Burning Man Regional Event, Lakes of Fire is sponsored by the Great Lakes Experimental Arts, LLC, and seeks to bring the artistry and energy of Black Rock City to the Upper Midwest and Ontario. Specific location details will be sent to those who purchase tickets.
Thursday – June 25th, 2009
12:00 Noon – 12:00 Midnight – Gate closes.
Friday – June 26th, 2009
8:00 AM – 12:00 Midnight – Gate does not close!
Saturday – June 27th, 2009
12:00 Midnight – 6:00 PM – Gate closes.
Participants only! No spectators please. You must be on site by 6:00 PM to participate in Lakes of Fire. No admittance will be allowed after this time.
Sunday – June 28th, 2009
All participants except for organizers, DPW, and Earth Guardians must be off the property by 2:00 P.M. No exceptions.
The Greeters’ Station will be your first stop on your way into the event. We ask that you stop your car, stretch your legs, and come say hello to the Lakes of Fire Greeters. They will fill you in on what you need to know for the weekend of fun, family, friends and FIRE! You can check in your Art Car here! But please do not try to run the blockade at Greeters’ Station. Pink Gorillas are on hand with stun guns to deal with such individuals. You’ve been warned.
Details are still emerging. Tickets will be available in March. We hope you can join us for this celebration of art, fire, and friendship!
Great Lakes Experimental Arts, LLC