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 will be the first official 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 25 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.


Entropy presents: Degauss

Entropy is bringing their soundsystem that will fill the air with rhythm and sounds for the whole of Saturday night.


Mönttilaiva Installation is a dreamland which invites the guest to dive into a play with humming lump-sculptures and mellow medusas. The installation leaves space to the viewer’s imagination and own thoughts with its light minimalism.


Mönttilaiva Installation is a dreamland which invites the guest to dive into a play with humming lump-sculptures and mellow medusas. The installation leaves space to the viewer’s imagination and own thoughts with its light minimalism.

Recover Laboratory

Recover Laboratory is a site-specific contemporary artwork. We build experiential labyrinths and performances in weird and ordinary places transferring them to another worlds.

Recover Laboratory - Love Edition is a true bundle of joy. It is the embodiment of love and safety. A state that we can no longer get back to in reality. Love edition is a re-make of an other world on this earth that is purely safe, where no thought of worry exists (were thoughts might even not exist), a place for the happily ignorant with true presence, a place for growth and restoration. The human womb.

We are born from the act of love or lust (or both), floating for months on end in a warm quiet sanctum, growing and prospering. After our conscious minds and material bodies become too big for our little home, we adventure into the world. As the cold hard world takes us into its hands and moulds us into unrecognisable shapes, we might be left licking our wounds. It’s time to be re-born. The recover Love edition will take you into its warm loving shelter, where you can take a minute to rebuild yourself and when you are ready, exit into the world again, a-new, recovered and stronger.


There might or might not be coffee. Somewhere. With someone. Don’t know. Find out.
But remember to make coffee for your friends too!

Glitter Mama's Face Paint Corner

I have some experience from painting faces and glittering people up at festivals, and I would love to bring a bit of that magic to Helsinki Decompression. You can see some of my work at Instagram (@enkelikala), although they are mostly a bit more intricate works that take several hours.

Trash Music

The workshop explores the sounds of different used, recycled or found objects and materials. During the workshop participants will build an interactive sound installation using sequencer controlled motors and solenoids to create acoustic sounds from different found and recycled materials. The end result can be an installation that other visitors can play and interact with when passing by.

Tea House Kolmikonna

Tea House Kolmikonna will be a Chinese-style tea table with kung fu tea equipment. The term kung fu tea literally means "making tea with skill". The strong high quality tea from the mountains of Yunnan province delivers a stimulating kick to all participants, while relaxing at the same time. The table seats around six partygoers at a time.

Making You Wonder Again

So the idea is to collect all the little puzzle pieces that astonish people, whether it is something in nature, in science, in communities, in spiritual, cultural or banal areas of life. Ranging from the existence of rainbows, the beauty of a dead leaf, the development of AI, the transcendent effects of psychedelics, the growth of a child, ... Well and whatever any one comes up with.

Burning Sauna Vihtori

Wood-heated Vankkurisauna Vihtori outside of the Circo building warmed on Sat 18-23 and possibly on Sunday. Bring your own towel, slippers and sauna hat. Showers possibly available in some of the buildings.


A mysterious dome alight with visuals and filled with secret wonders inside!

Kerozine Photo Exhibition

A photo exhibition of a Burning Man 2015 experience.


A touring service with self-flavoured schnapps.

Transformation Booth

Entrance gate - arc to the party - come through - enter and transform yourself to the party mood.

After Hours

After hours with 6-8 dj's playing deeper playa beats, balloon installation, low voltage lights, games, art car dj booth, gifting the party people with drinks, games, pile of pillows...

All Will Be Good Inside & Out

A graduate baker / pastry chef will teach the group how to make vegan chocolate pralinés. Their outsides may be light and the insides dark or vice versa, and the opportunities for decorating the pralinés are many: they can be painted on, sprinkled with glitter, sugar and spice, or maybe powdered with some fairy dust to mark the approaching Holiday season.


Chillout and hangout in a space like a simple home! One wall is projected with pictures and videos from homes around the world (including The H O M E of Burningman in BRC). Like in a proper home, there are comfy pillows, chairs and blankets. Not to mention tee and breakfast!

Trappy workshop + Show

Trapeze workshops during the daytime and a trapeze performance later in the evening before midnight.

Paste a body

It's an individual Virtual Reality experience where the viewer / experiencer is placed in another body and has an illusion that they can control the modern dancers arounds him/her. The experience doesn't rely on visuals but uses audio and touch to create the experience.

The Burn

You know it.

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