A theme is a central idea to help inspire art, workshops, activities, and set it apart from previous or future burns.

A theme is not a requirement. It is an inspiration. We want to encourage installations that fit the theme to give the Burn a sense of being different to other Burns. But if you want to bring art, music, installations or anything else that isn’t related to the theme then that’s still okay. As always everyone and everything is welcome at Dragon Burn!

2024’s Theme: SPONTANEITY

2019’s Theme: The Great Offline

2018’s Theme: Glow…


has an intense color and a slight shine,

is a steady radiance of light or heat.


is a bloom on your skin,

is a feeling of warmth in the body, in the mind.


is to feel deep pleasure or satisfaction,

is a strong feeling of fulfillment and well-being…

Think shine, think radiate, think glow. Convey it through your expression and bearing.

The Nevada desert is situated right in the middle of the darkest part of the USA. At night time it is pitch black, a seemingly empty void. But once a year, for nearly two weeks a temporary city is built. It is a city of LED costumes, brightly lit sculptures, fire-breathing art cars, fire performers, and many Burns. Once a year Black Rock City makes the desert glow.

Let's make the forest glow
Let’s make the forest glow

This year Dragon Burn moves to a new site, a darker site shrouded by a forest. Participants will need to rely on themselves more for sources of light so our intention is to make the forest shine at night. When you plan your projects for Dragon Burn, think about how you can incorporate light into it. Maybe you can decorate it with LEDs or make it flammable for the final Burn (you MUST register anything flammable with DB Ministry of Art). Maybe your project could be based entirely on the concept of light or glowing in the dark, maybe it is not easily discovered during the day or could be hidden without darkness. Maybe it is about glowing coming from within, to the outside world. Maybe the glow is you. Don’t be afraid to take your own spin on this theme.

This year, let’s make Dragon Burn glow.

2017’s Theme: Jungle Magic! 

Jungle Magic: Get Inspired!
Jungle Magic: Get Inspired!