ABOUT VILNIUS DECOMPRESSION
“Decompressions started as a way for us to celebrate and cope with challenges of re-entry. Along the way they have become cultural showcases and a way to bring what we love about our culture to our year-round cities and unite “Home” with where we live. For me, they offer proof that we can bring some of what we love about our temporary cities to our year-round lives and communities.”
$teven Ra$pa (Burning Man’s Community Events Producer)
A decompression event or decomp is a local gathering of Burning Man participants and those who are interested in Burner culture to share feelings, art, performances and memories. It is a perfect place for burners to help ease themselves back into everyday society after the “big Nevada event” and for newcomers to get some dusty flashbacks from playa. Decompression is about co-creation, community and people - it brings art, performances, workshops and music together.
Vilnius Decompression in Space is the first official regional Burning Man decomp event in Lithuania. It is run entirely by volunteers following the 10 core principles of Burning Man – self-expression, self-reliance, community, no commerce, leave no trace, participation, inclusion, gifting, co-operation and immediacy. We all, including YOU, will create this community gathering to escape the everyday reality exchanging it with a more interesting one.
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 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.
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.
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.
Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.
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.
LOCATION is SECRET
To get the most of the Decomp we recommend you to get involved. From helping with welfare to making Space decorations, free hugs or kisses to everyone you’ll meet at the party, doing your performance, running the bar or even cleaning up afterwards. Everybody can play and you can contribute in the shape of form that you feel comfortable with. The suggestions list you’ll get in a questioner is just a seed for your creative brain to grow the unique idea that you want to gift to people in this event. Shifts are usually just a few hours and you’ll have plenty of time to party – and working at Decomp is really, really fun!
Everyone attending Vilnius Decompression buys a ticket, including volunteers, performers, artists and DJs. However, 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.