We want to make art again an interactive, participatory and shared experience of creative expression. Community-driven, inclusive and interactive art is vital to a thriving culture.

Photo: Mari Mur


Too often performance means the accomplishment of a given task measured against preset known standards of accuracy, completeness, cost, and speed. Here, performance means creating. Presenting works of art to and with the audience.

A decompression party, decom or decomp is a gathering that brings people together to decompress the weight of the everyday life. The gathering is an easy portal for newcomers to step into the Burning Man culture. Decompression is about co-creation, community and people - it brings together art, performances, workshops and music.

Helsinki Decompression is the regional Burning Man event in Finland. We, you and I, will create an immersive space where art and music becomes tangible. We believe that traditional consumer-producer events are boring, thus this event will not be boring. Together we will co-create this party to re-create the everyday reality with a more interesting one.


Not just passively listening to a lecture or a presentation, but rather actively taking part. Through workshops the masters and apprentices meet. By teaching we share our expertise and knowledge to others. But by teaching we also learn ourselves.


To celebrate the life and to decompress the stress levels produced by the rat race, the music and dancing will be a paramount for successful stress relief.

Photo: Mari Mur


First of all, creativity is not a performance sport. No one will rate you, no one will demand anything from you. You are welcome just as you are, and you are free to contribute in just the shape of form that you feel comfortable with.

We encourage you all to contribute in your own way to this magnificent experience. It could be an interactive art project, DJing, music performance, free hugs, a trolley for give away smoothies, an army of friendly drones, improvised performances or just a silent place to meditate. Big or small, all ideas are welcome!


We want to break the barriers between artists and visitors. You don't come here only to be entertained, but to co-create. In the spirit of equality, the same goes for the tickets and we require everyone to buy a ticket with the price of 30 euros.

But we wouldn't consider it as a payment, but rather as an investment in the common dream, because most of the money will be given back in the form of grants to those who create program.

Art Grants

We aim to give as much of the money gathered from tickets back to the community in the form of art grants. Art grants are a financial support that each creation can apply for. This might cover some of the expenses, but be prepared to handle your own budget.

Not all creations will be granted financial support.



The Ten Principles

Burning Man has established ten guidelines over which it has built the Burning Man culture. They were crafted not as a dictate of how people should be and act, but as a reflection of the community’s ethos and culture as it had organically developed since the event’s inception. Helsinki Decompression will be built over these fundamental principles.


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.


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.

Radical Self-Expression

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.

Radical Self-Reliance

Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.


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.

Civic Responsibility

We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavour to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.

Radical Inclusion

Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.

Communal Effort

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.

Leaving No Trace

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 endeavour, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.


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.



Kaasutehtaankatu 1, Helsinki