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Firefly Policies

Below are the policies and guidelines that we’ve developed that make our community work- they’re the result of a continuing community dialogue informed by the Ten Principles of Burning Man. These policies are specific to the Firefly Arts Festival in Vermont. Most have been previously listed in the Survival Guide and are summarized here; see the Survival Guide for more details.

CONTENTS:

Standards of Behavior

Participant Code of Conduct

You can read in more detail about our Participant Code of Contact here.

  1. This Code of Conduct is guided by the 10 Principles of Burning Man and regional events.
  2. All Firefly participants are expected to take personal responsibility for their actions and the effects of those actions on others.
  3. Firefly Arts Collective will respond to any participant behavior that directly endangers its participants or its ability to hold the annual festival and other community events.
  4. Firefly Arts Collective expects that all participants will endeavor, as they are able, to resolve their own issues and conflicts, and to not rely on FAC leadership to address all problems and conflicts. Participants accept that the volunteer resources of FAC are limited, and that the Firefly community contains diverse values and goals.
  5. Firefly Arts Collective leadership commits itself to taking the needs of its community and Firefly participants seriously, to handling reports of issues responsibly, equitably, and in a timely manner, and to making its best effort to resolve matters consistent with our organizational values and community standards.
  6. Firefly Arts Collective welcomes the stranger, and we share an expectation that all participants will work to create a space that is welcoming for everyone.

Participants may report any incident in which another participant is behaving in an abusive, intimidating, threatening, or unsafe manner. (Physical hazards, such as unsafe art installations or fires, should be referred to Rangers or Fire Core.)

The Conduct Committee Policies page has a FAQ and details about handling behavioral issues at Firefly Arts Collective events.

Warnings and Bans

The Warning and Ban Policy details the manner Firefly Arts Collective could ask participants to change their behavior or not attend events.

Photography at Firefly

Firefly Arts Collective recognizes and supports photography at our Events as a form of expression and participation valued by many Fireflies.  Some participants feel that photography at Events or the use or publication of personal images negatively affects their experiences, and our Photography Policy is intended to help Fireflies navigate competing desires about photography.

It boils down to: consider Personal Use, Public Spaces, and Consent.
Read our full Photography Policy here: Event Recording Guidelines

COVID Policy

Firefly 2022 will use a “vaccinate or test-to-stay” approach. Before entry, all participants will be required to show proof of current full vaccination status or a negative PCR test administered within 72 hours. Those choosing to show test results will be required to demonstrate negative rapid test results each day they are at the event. 

Policy Details

At Firefly

  • Upon arrival at Gate, unless evidence was previously accepted through the ticketing portal, participants will be required to show one of the following:
    1. A current COVID-19 vaccination record in the participant’s name. The record must show the participant as fully vaccinated under the CDC definition. Suitable forms are:
      • An original paper vaccination card
      • A SMART Health Card QR Code 
      • Other medical provider records of administered vaccine doses
      • A picture of your vaccination card on your phone
    2. The verifiable results of a lab-administered PCR COVID-19 test from a sample taken less than 72 hours prior to arrival.
      • A printout of the results from the lab
      • An electronic version of these results
  • Participants choosing option (2) will be given detailed requirements for on-site rapid testing each day during the event. Such participants should bring sufficient rapid tests for the duration of their stay. If you require rapid tests but obtaining them is a logistical or financial hardship, contact lia@fireflyartscollective.org who is coordinating bulk orders.
  • If the CDC definition of “fully vaccinated” changes after June 1st, participants will be encouraged but not required to meet the updated standard.
  • Participants who do not meet the requirements above will be turned away from Firefly.
  • To minimize the chances for logistical challenges at Firefly, all participants are requested, as they are able, to take a rapid test at home prior to departing for the event.
  • If you test positive within 10 days before your arrival at the event, we ask that you do NOT attend Firefly. 

At other Firefly events

At in-person Firefly Arts Collective events before and after Firefly 2022–including Work Weekends, Town Hall gatherings, and LNT events–all participants will abide by the same requirements as for Firefly–either (1) full vaccination; or (2) COVID testing before arrival and during each day of participation.  Rapid tests are adequate for the testing requirement.  As these events are open and unticketed, rather than a volunteer examining paperwork on entry, each participant will affirm that they have met the requirements of the policy as a condition for their participation.  If the testing requirement is a financial barrier for you, please contact info@fireflyartscollective.org for assistance in obtaining testing supplies.

Context and Background

  • An informal survey of over 500 Firefly community members showed widespread support for a vaccination requirement (75%) but also a common desire to make Firefly participation possible to the whole community regardless of vaccination status or eligibility. The policy balances these needs and establishes a high bar for safety.
  • Of other Burn events in 2022 with published policies, Bequinox, Playa del Fuego, Flipside, and Transformus require vaccination for all participants; Love Burn, Saguaro Man, Lakes of Fire, To the Moon, and Burning Man allow a choice of showing vaccination or test results. Our policy is squarely in the center of the policies of similar events.
  • Firefly is an outdoors event in a heavily-vaccinated population, and is probably of similar or lower COVID risk than other events people might choose over the holiday weekend.
  • In considering whether or not to attend Firefly this year, all of us will consider what level of risk we can accept, and what COVID-19 prevention steps we want to take. Here are the CDC’s recommendations.
  • All Fireflies are expected to evaluate their own COVID risk tolerance, and those of their living unit and campmates, when determining whether and how to participate in Firefly and Firefly activities. This policy is intended to help you make good decisions with information about the event context, not substitute for your own knowledge of your situation and preferences. 
  • While a vaccine-mandatory policy would be simpler to implement, we believe daily testing provides a similarly safe environment, while still providing for the participation of those who are not vaccinated.
  • Firefly will also have a limited supply of rapid tests for participants who may require them, although we also encourage all participants to bring tests with them if they may wish to test during the event. We will have a small separated isolation area in the case that a participant tests positive during the event and must make arrangements to depart.
  • This policy goes beyond current guidance by both the State of Vermont and the CDC for an outdoor event. 
  • Firefly Arts Collective may update this policy due to changes in conditions or public health recommendations, or to meet event insurance requirements.

Fire Policies, Art, Setup

Fire, Fireworks, Firespinning, and Firearms

Fireworks and firearms are not permitted.

Firefly is in large part a fire arts festival, and we welcome artistic expressions involving fire. If you have any fire art (including burn barrels or other open fires and flame effects), you must get it inspected by the Fire Core prior to burning. Also, please let us know in advance if you plan to bring fire art so we can coordinate placement and inspection.

Fire Pits/ Camp Fires

All fires of any kind must be attended at all times.

  • Do not create new fire pits.
  • Ground fires are not permitted in the camping areas except in approved fire pits.
  • Burn only wood in the campfires.
  • Tiki torches are not permitted.

Portable above-ground fire pits ARE allowed, following the same rules as fire pits.

All fire pits are the responsibility of a particular camp. If your camp has stewardship of an in-ground pit, please make it available for use by all responsible Fireflies.

Camps with fire pits will:

  • Clear brush, leaves, and pine needles at least 5 feet back from the fire pit.
  • Keep a bucket of water available at all times.
  • Not leave the fire unattended.

Fire Core may implement additional restrictions depending on current local conditions.

Spinning

Fire spinning is allowed in appropriately cleared spaces–not the deep woods or the parking lot.  If you spin, please make sure you are familiar with fire safety guidelines, and contact fire@fireflyartscollective.org.

Anyone wishing to perform with fire as part of the fire conclave prior to the burning of the BUG must attend a fire safety meeting, and check-in with the Fire Performance Lead before performing. Fire safety meetings will be at Love & Lion’s Den on Thursday12-1pm and at Diode on Friday 1-2pm.

Store fuel away from ignition sources (including generators), and tents or other structures.

Full fire policies are here.

Art Cars

Small art cars–think “small enough that two people can free it when it inevitably becomes stuck in the mud”–are welcome at Firefly!  To help vehicles fit in with the general pedestrian feel of the event, some specific Art Car Guidelines are available.

Work Weekends

See the Work Weekend Policies page for full details. Participants in Work Weekends must register in advance and sign in at the shelter in the field upon arrival.

Please do not arrive before 5pm on Friday of Work Weekends; plan to leave by dusk on Sunday.  Do not bring pets.

Please do not drive your vehicle into the woods or field without coordinating with a Work Weekend or DPW Core lead. 4WD does not mean you won’t get stuck in mud.


Festival & Camping Policies

Tickets and Wristbands

No tickets will be available for purchase at the gate. All participants (over the age of 10) must have purchased a ticket to be admitted. All tickets are will-call: Bring your ID.

The Gate crew will check your ID and give you a wristband.  There are different wristbands for over-21 and under-21. People without wristbands will be asked to leave the event so please keep your wristband on.  If you lose your wristband please talk to Gate.

Early Arrival

The 2018 Firefly Arts Festival opens at noon on Tuesday July 3rd. If you have large projects and camp infrastructure to set up, you may apply for Early Arrival access for entry starting at noon on Monday July 2nd. Email early@fireflyartscollective.org with questions.

Parking

All cars and trucks arriving should have purchased a Parking Pass at tickets@fireflyartscollective.org. Designated Transport Vehicles are eligible for reduced-cost passes, email parking@fireflyartscollective.org.

Your vehicle may be blocked in by other vehicles. There is no re-entry to Firefly; please come prepared with everything you need.

Camping

Maps of the site will be posted on kiosks. Please respect the event boundaries and the designated sacred spaces. Camping is not allowed in the main field–please camp in the woods.

Camping in your car or trailer is not permitted.

Neighbors, Nudity, and Sound

Please remain fully clothed when in view of the neighbors or public roads–this includes when visiting the portapotties and in the main field.  Do not approach or bother the horses in their pasture.

The main field is a quiet space after midnight.

If you plan to bring amplified sound louder than a boombox, contact sound@fireflyartscollective.org so noise impacts on neighbors can be minimized.

Animals

Pets or other animals are not allowed at Firefly.

There is one exception only: Service Animals as defined by the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) are permitted to accompany any participant with a disability who requires one. For planning purposes we do request that you email info@fireflyartscollective.org as early as possible to notify us that your Service Animal will accompany you.

No other animals are allowed at Firefly, including emotional support animals, or creatures in cages.

Do not bother, feed, or otherwise approach the horses which live on site.

Leave No Trace

Firefly is a Leave No Trace event.  Take everything you brought back out with you, and make sure no trash or other foreign matter is left in your campsite when you leave.

No trash facilities are available. Plan to put all your trash into your vehicle and take it home with you–please don’t deposit your trash in local dumpsters.

Trees, holes, and other permanent modifications

Do not cut live trees. Collect only dead trees for firewood.

Do not dig holes in the ground for firepits, latrines, garbage disposal, or any other purpose.

Do not build permanent trails or other installations without permission from Placement or DPW Core Leads.

Water Use

In the stream and ponds, please do not use soap or shampoo of any kind.

Please do not dispose of any rinsewater containing soap within 100 feet of the stream or other surface water.

Bathroom Facilities

Portapotties are provided for the event near the upper and lower parking lots.  These are pumped and cleaned during the event–please don’t discard trash in the portapotties as this clogs the pump.

Portapotty and outhouse structures not adjacent to the parking lots are off-limits during the event.

Feel free to pee in the woods, away from the stream.  Do not poop in the woods–there are too many participants in too small of a space.

Vending

Vending is not allowed.

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