Blazing Swan is an annual event celebrating art and community and individuality in line with the Principles of Blazing Swan and Burning Man.
Blazing Swan provide grants and assistance to people to help bring visual or performance art to the Event. Everyone at the Event is an artist, everyone is a performer, and everyone is part of this community. Blazing Swan is an officially recognized member of the Burning Man Regional Network, drawing inspiration from the Burning Man Event in the USA. Blazing Swan is not a doof or a rave. It’s not a cult or an exclusive community.
Blazing Swan does not stand apart from the world or ‘regular’ existence. When you become part of Blazing Swan, Blazing Swan becomes part of you. Friendships you make here will endure, ideas you find here and share here will grow. Blazing Swan is more than a seven day, once a year thing.
~ For more information check out the FAQ, “Who is welcome at the Blazing Swan Event?”, and “What can I do at the Event?”
In 2024 the Event runs from noon on Wednesday 27 March to noon on Tuesday 2 April.
Every year the Blazing Swan event opens at noon on the Wednesday immediately prior to Easter Sunday, and closes at noon on the Tuesday immediately following Easter Sunday. Friday to Monday is a is a public holiday and many Australians travel to the countryside. The roads will be very busy, the police will be very active, and hire vehicles are booked up months in advance. The date of Easter Sunday in Australia can be anywhere from 22 March to 25 April.
~ For more information check out the FAQ, “Are the Event gates open?”, and “When can I leave the Event?”
The Event is held near the town of Kulin in Western Australia
The Event is held on farmland 15km east of Kulin beside Jilakin Lake. When not being used by Blazing Swan the site hosts a community horse carnival (October), and for the rest of the year it is used for growing crops and pasture. This is the Country of the Njaki Njaki people and we ask participants to respect their relationship with the land, and to respect the Kulin community who have been good friends to Blazing Swan over many years. Kulin is not just where we hold the Event, it is our home.
~ For more information check out the FAQ, “What are my transport options to and from Kulin”, “Can I get supplies on the way to the Event”, and “While I’m here, what else can I see and do?”
It can be very challenging. Do not undestimate the dangers of severe weather.
The Event site is exposed and subject to high winds. At night it can be close to freezing, and days can be up to 40°C (105°F). There can be thunderstorms and hail, and parts of the Event site may flood. There is also the possibility of dust storms. The Event organisers will share weather forecasts via FM Radio and our Centre Kiosk infomation point.
~ For more information check out the Information Sheets, ‘Staying Safe at Blazing Swan’ and ‘Staying Healthy at Blazing Swan’.
Yes. There are rules to keep you and other people as safe and comfortable as possible. There are rules to comply with local and State regulations and laws, and there are rules to ensure that we can continue to present the Event next year, and the year after that. Why is it that Burn Events around the world have more rules than almost any other sort of Event? Maybe because we care more for each other. And because multi-day events in harsh environments (yes, that’s us) require more rules to keep everyone safe.
The Rules are on your Ticket in the Terms and Conditions. They are signposted at the Gate. They are written into our policies and Principles and Official Statements. If you’re not sure, ask.
~ For more information check out the FAQ, “Who is welcome at Blazing Swan?” and “What can I do at Blazing Swan?”
Blazing Swan is a ticketed event. Information on pricing will be available soon. Ticket numbers for 2024 are limited to 3,000. Members of the Blazing Swan Association, volunteers and members of accredited Theme Camps are given the first option of purchasing tickets to the Event. Any remaining tickets will be offered for sale to the public. Our tickets are sold through a not-for-profit organisation which directs the additional charges it levies towards charities. Blazing Swan is a not-for-profit organisations which directs any surplus revenue towards running the event and supporting arts in line with its Constitution.
Special categories of tickets are available for children, for recognized carers of attendees, and for Kulin locals (Sunday only). With that one exception, all classes of tickets are for the full seven day Event.
Blazing Swan Incorporated reserves the right to not sell a ticket to any person for any reason. Any person who is in breach of the Ticket Terms and Conditions may have their permission to remain at the Event withdrawn without compensation and with immediate effect by Blazing Swan Incorporated.
Follow the Principle of ‘Radical Self Reliance’ and do your own research.
- Look for and take advice from friends who have been to Blazing Swan
- Connect with people, stories and information through social media, our website and the internet generally.
- Look into specific topics such as ‘bush cooking’, ‘staying healthy while camping’ and information about Kulin and Western Australia’s Wheatbelt Region
- If you are working – book your leave early. You’ll be looking for a few extra days off around Easter. Note that School Holidays usually start on the Friday prior to Easter Sunday.
- Arrange to leave your pets with a friend. No pets are allowed at the Blazing Swan Event.
- If you are a volunteer coming to the Event site early (or staying late) find someone to mind your children. Children are not permitted on site prior to the Event opening, or after it closes.
- Leave sufficient time to travel to and from Kulin. Make sure you and your vehicle are in good condition. Car repairs and parts can not be obtained at the ‘last minute’.
- If you are hiring a vehicle or camper, get in early. There’s lots of demand for Easter bookings.
- Make time to be creative, to make costumes, to prepare frozen meals and to pack carefully. Don’t leave this until the last moment.
- Make a plan for keeping in touch with anyone you need to keep in touch with. There is only Telstra mobile phone/data coverage at the Event. If you have a special need, contact the Event organisers.
- Organise with your friends (and make friends) to attend the Event together and to share resources at the Event
- Come together before the Event to make plans, be creative and to prepare food and frozen meals
- Join a Theme Camp
- Volunteer with Blazing Swan
- Test all your gear. If your tent/trailer etc is new set it up at home (or in a local park) in daylight before coming out to Blazing Swan.
- Start thinking about reducing the MOOP (Matter Out of Place) in your life BEFORE you come to the Event. Reduce the amount of packaging, recycle more effectnively, repair rather than replace.
Brace yourself and pace yourself
- Expect the unexpected and go with the flow
- Relax and energise, stay chilled, and excited
- Stay healthy, treat minor bangs and scrapes with your first aid kit before they turn into something major.
- If your coming with people you are in an intimate relationship with, talk about spending time together and time apart. Making space for each other and each other’s needs.
- Have a personal safe space, and get to know the safe (quiet) spaces at the Event.
- When it’s hot, drink before you’re thirsty. Piss clear ! And don’t forget – in all the excitement – to eat.
- Practice self care, mutual care, and radical caring for strangers. Be open to help from others.
- Label your gear, even if travelling with friends. When everything is covered in dust everything looks the same.
- Leave your valuables at home
- Use protection
You can read more in our Survival Guide
Coming and Going
Your e-ticket and photo ID. Your ticket can either be saved on your phone (no cracked screens please) or printed.
You or the group you are with must bring your own shelter, and sufficient food and water (4 litres per person per day) for the duration of the Event. There is nothing for sale at the Event.
~ For more information check out the FAQ, “What should I bring?” and “What weather can I expect?”
The necessary things
For a list of things see the checklist.
Blazing Swan isn’t just the praciticalities. Bring toys or costumes which express your creative spirit. Keep an eye out on the Blazing Swan socual media for the annual ‘Costumery Thread’ which lists all the themed parties, marches etc and gives you a chance to get out to the Op Shops or make your own!
Consider sharing between friends, or making friends in order to share. Use Blazing Swan’s social media to reach out to others with collaborative projects. Sharing a toothbrush might not be an option, but you could share a tube of toothpaste. One less thing for one of you to bring. Explore the possibilities.
The Ideas and the expression
Make art, make music – bring an instrument or bring a choir. Scan the event schedule for Blazing Swan when it becomes available. Many Theme Camps invite people to gift performances or talks. Be a performance, dress up or dress down – be the personification of a Principle of Blazing Swan, or of all of them. If you plan on doing, that’s great. But also make time to do nothing. Leave space to soak up what other people have brought to the Event.
Get you head around the Principle of ‘Gifting’ It’s not quite what you expect
You are not expected to bring a gift, nor is anyone expected to offer you a gift at Blazing Swan. If you DO receive a gift you are not required or expected to give one in return. You might be uncomfortable with that. If you give a gift, you should not expect one in return. You might be uncomfortable with that too. That’s intentional, and it takes some getting used to. The Principle of Gifting challenges us to see the world not in terms of debt and obligation, but in terms of connection and opportunity. When we gift freely, the world becomes richer. Remember also that gifts are not always things. Sometime the most profound gift is simply making time for someone, or sharing your joy with someone. Give it a go.
Glass containers and bottles are not welcome at Blazing Swan.
Drones are banned, by a vote of the Blazing Swan Membership.
Pets are not allowed If you bring a pet is not an approved assistance animal to the event you will ba asked to leave.
Lasers that are not pre-approved by Blazing Swan will not be permitted at the Event.
For a more complete list, see the Ticket Terms and Conditions.
Participants at the “Event” who require the assistance of a registered assistance animal may be accompanied by their registered assistance animal where required. Identification and proof that the dog is an Approved Assistance Dog Cardholder is required.
If you are unsure if your dog is an approved Assistance Animal please contact us with your enquiry tickets(at)blazingswan.com.au
Because pets are not permitted, if you require your assistance animal with you in order to attend Blazing Swan, we require that you pre-register your assistance animal by sending an email to tickets(at)blazingswan.com.au in order for us to plan with you for your arrival and notify Gate staff of your attendance with an assistance animal.
We warn all participants that the “Event” venue often presents unforgiving physical environments for humans and animals alike. Inclement weather, fire, loud noises, crowds and flashing lights are all common, and if any of these would be too uncomfortable or pose a risk for either you or your service animal we ask that you carefully consider these factors as you decide whether to participate, with or without your assistance animal.
If you bring an assistance animal to the “Event”, you are required to ensure:
- the animal does not pose a risk or threat to any other person or assistance animals at the “Event” ;
- the health and safety of that animal at all times;
- the animal is in your control, or the control of a person known to you, at all times, which generally requires that the animal be on a leash or harness, or in an appropriate enclosure.
You must all meet the DLGSCV Approved Assistance Dog Cardholder terms and conditions.
The Event site is 290km (180 miles) inland from Perth, just beyond the town of Kulin. Your can get there by car, bus or rideshare.
If you are driving give your vehicle a check-over before you set out, don’t overload it and take your time. Avoid travelling to Kulin at sunrise, or returning to Perth at sunset – the sun will be be direcly in your eyes. There will be a massive police presence on the roads simply because it is the Easter holidays. Both the police and hundreds of locals will – somehow – instantly identify you as Blazers and word gets back to us. Don’t speed through local towns, it trashes our reputation. If you see a kangaroo cross the road, slow down. There’s almost always another one coming just behind. At high speed, drive straight and brake – you’ll survive a head on with a roo. But swerve and you’ll die. Mobile phone coverage drops out at points along the way, so work out where you’re going before your set out. Don’t drive tired – that’s the major killer on country roads. If you need to, pull completely off the road into a parking bay – you are sharing some very narrow roads with some very heavy trucks.
The Transwa Bus service from Perth to Kulin runs on Thursdays and Sundays, with a return ride on Tuesdays. The bus stop is in Kulin, but if you hang around the hotel or the shop there’ll be someone coming along who will give you a lift out to the Event site.
If you don’t have a vehicle, or if you’re looking to minimise your carbon footprint, rideshare might be the thing for you. Blazing Swan set up a facebook group each year which you can join. If you need a ride, or have space to share a ride, connect up there. If you’ve got up to Blazing Swan but don’t have a ride (yet) back to Perth, register at Centre Kiosk.
Self-reliance is a big thing at Blazing Swan. Everything you need, you need to bring with you.
That said, you can do some of your shopping in Kulin, just 17kmfrom the Event site. The IGA supermarket in Kulin has limited stocks, but you CAN pre-order and pre-pay and pick up your supplies there. You’ll need to put in your order at least a week ahead. The Kulin Community Hub (community owned pub) has limited take away, but again you can pre-order and pre-pay. The Kulin Mitre 10 hardware store has a good range of supplies.
Be aware that these Kulin outlets have limited hours – especially around Easter. Check the links above. Note also that the nearest Chemist is in Corrigin, 55km from Kulin. Finally, please note that Blazing Swan discourages people from leaving and returning to Event site to pick up extra supplies, so get all your gear on your way in.
A 24 hour self-service fuel station is available at Kulin (standard unleaded and diesel). LPG Autogas is available at Gasworks Narrogin (limited hours) and Ampol Williams (24 hours) . There are two EV chargers at Kulin operated by the Shire, one Tesla 22 kw and one 32A 3-phase non-networked.
Remember that the Gate opens to the public at noon on the WEDNESDAY prior to the Easter weekend. Aim to get to the Event site during daylight hours. Give yourself plenty of time to get from wherever you’re coming from. Drive carefully and take breaks.
You may drive directly to your camping spot, but do not plan to use your vehicle as transportation on site for the duration of your stay. This is a serious safety issue and will be strictly enforced
- For safety – arriving after sunset will result in you being asked to park in a temporary holding area. You can then walk to your camping spot to set up
- No driving will be allowed on site during the Event without a Blazing Swan DMT (Department of Mutant Transport) permit
- Site speed limit is 8 km/hr on all roads, to avoid any vehicle/pedestrian interactions and keep the dust down
- If you are camping with a Theme Camp you will be directed to those (otherwise) closed areas.
- Pedestrians and cyclists always have right of way on all access roads
Well yes, you can eventually. It’s not Hotel California. But we discourage people from ‘popping out’ and returning during the Event, as it creates extra traffic movements – and vehicles moving around the event are a risk to pedestrians. We normally levy a $20 fee for vehicles leaving and returning to the event site.
However, people may have good reasons to leave and come back, to pick up something from the pharmacy in Corrigin, or even to attend to an emergency in Perth. In ALL cases we ask that you check in with the site management BEFORE heading out. If you expect to have to ‘come and go’ we recommend you leave your vehicle parked near the gate.
If you aren’t volunteering with Blazing Swan, or a member of a Theme Camp you MUST leave the site by noon on the Tuesday following Easter. Have a designated driver and make sure that person has a quiet Monday night and gets a good sleep. And/or let them sleep longer on Tuesday morning while everyone else packs up. Pack your vehicle carefully (including all your MOOP) and do all the usual checks. Make sure your camping site is left spotless. Leave No Trace ! Drive carefully. Pick up fuel and some refreshments in Kulin. Do NOT dump your rubbish in Kulin, take it home with you. Take it easy on the way back to wherever you came from or wherever you are going.
Blazing Swan committee and crew work hard to build a strong relationship with local residents, service providers and the Shire of Kulin. With thousands of participants passing through Kulin, we have a significant impact on this normally quiet country town. Drive slowly, be polite. patient, and respectful. We are guests here.
There’s more to Kulin than just Blazing Swan. The water slide (hard not to see) is usually closed by the time Blaze come around each year, but check out the other local attractions. If you’re in travelling mode you can head East from here to Wave Rock, or south to the Stirling Ranges and the South Coast, or down through the South West to Margaret River This year – as in most years – the Folkword/Fairbridge 3 day music festival follows hot on the heels of Blaze. It’s a great place to decompress. Your wardrobe will blend in (they do require clothes), but you’ll recognize your fellow Blazers because they’ll be dustier than the rest.
At The Event
Blazing Swan will be very clear about what you must not do – what the Rules are, and what is not allowed. Read all about it in the Terms and Conditions on your Ticket.
But what about the things we recommend you do at Blazing Swan? Everyone’s ‘best’ Blazing Swan experience is different, but here’s some tips we’ve picked up over the years…
- Watch the sunrise and sunset from Cave Rock
- Be there for the Welcome to Country
- Watch the Effigy Burn on Saturday night and join in afterwards
- Watch the Temple procession and Burn on Sunday night
- Line up for some coffee at ‘Black Lagoon’ and pancakes at ‘Steampunk Pancakes’
- Be there for the Big Dress Parade
- Dress up for the themed events
- Check out the artwork and the artcars
- Drop into Centre Kiosk for our History Display, and our Worrldwide Burns Display
- Sample all the musical offerings
- Chill out in the chill out spaces
- Join the nude shoot on CNUT Rock
- Most of the volunteer positions will already be taken, but check in at Centre Kiosk to see if more are required, or to sign up for next year!
- Meet your neighbours
- Help a stranger and accept help from a stranger.
- When you see something or experience something great, recommend it to a friend
Read the WTF (Where’s the Fun) Guide and follow the map to all the sites and all the things. If you’ve lost your copy (it’s a good idea to keep one copy in your camp) pop up to Centre Kiosk to see the big notice boards and maybe pick up a spare copy of the WTF.
You need to bring all the water you will need for the week with you.
We recommend at least 4 litres per day – this water will cover you for drinking, cooking and washing. Radical Self Reliance!
This is where Decommodification and Radical Self Reliance meets Communal Effort and Civic Responsibility. We don’t want your food to go off and we certainly don’t want people coming down with food poisoning. So we provide bags of ice at a standard country town price.
- Ice must be pre-ordered online. Orders open in early March. There are no cash sales on site
- Ice comes in 5kg bags. Order as many as you need. Pick up your order on any/every day of the event
- Times and location for pick-ups will be announced closer to the event. Or check in with Centre Kiosk who know ‘everything’.
- Bring a trolley or a friend if you’re picking up more than one bag of ice
Sure. Cold showers. Remember that water is incredibly precious at Blaze. Here’s one wrong way and three right ways to do it:
- You could have a shower. If you keep it down to four minutes, we’re looking at (best) around 60 litres. Aaaarghhh!
- You could use the (1) shower (2) lather (3) shower-rinse method. Turning the shower off while you do the lather phase. You might get this down to 10 litres
- You could use the (1) bucket+cup (2) lather (3) bucket+cup method. You can easily get this down to 5 litres. Carry the water bucket with a sturdy handle (it can be warm water!) to the shower block and wash there. Use the cup to pour water over your head and body.
- You could use the (1) mist-spray (2) lather (3) bucket+cup method. You can get this down to 2 to 3 litres. Again, do this at the shower block, not on the ground beside your tent
You can cut down further by using baby/wet wipes in-between times. Use the eco friendly types if you can find them, and take the used ones home with you for disposal.
Yes there are toilets – lots of them, so use them. Pissing and pooping all over the countryside is not on. So don’t do it.
Toilets are being constantly cleaned, adopt one yourself and be a toilet-hero. You can decorate a toilet BUT please don’t put adhesive stickers on them. We have to pay a huge penalty to the toilet hire people. With portaloos leave the seat down when you’re finished – that way the ventilation works properly. We supply double ply paper because the portaloo people tell us it’s ok, but don’t bring your 9-ply magic soft paper, or put things down the loo that didn’t come straight out of your body.
Experiment with female urination devices. Practice in the shower at home! If it’s a long way to the toilets, use a pee bottle at night – and empty it in the toilets next day. Oh, and careful which bottle you reach for first thing in the morning to slake your thirst. Been there done that…
If you find a toilet that’s not working, give the Event organisers a shout. That way it’ll get fixed and everyone is happy.
There are two main burns during Blazing Swan. Typically the Saturday night is the Effigy Burn, and the Sunday night is the Temple Burn. The Effigy Burn is the loud party one, the Temple Burn is the quiet respectful one. Obey all instructions of officials at the Burns. Non-consensual photography is obsolutely forbidden during the usual post-Effigy Burn celebration (and anytime!). Don’t let anyone spoil anybody’s special moments at Blazing Swan.
Both Burns are dependent on suitable weather for safety. We’ll look at the situation and let people know. If you’re planing on visiting the Temple please be aware that it will be closed off to the public from the morning of the scheduled Burn onwards. So get there on the days prior.
It’s very possible that other artworks will be burnt during the week. Check in with Centre Kiosk to see what’s scheduled.
The ground you are standing on is not a Playa. A ‘playa’ is a dried salt lake. Lake Jilakin is a playa, although there’s usually a bit of water in it at this time of year. You’re standing on a paddock, or field, that’s actually used to grow crops (barley, lupin, etc) when we’re not around. The locals know it is as the Bush Race Track. A while back – 70 million years or so – it was the valley of the Pingrup River, flowing south down to the Great Rift Valley between Australian and Antarctica. Dinosaur country.
The Medical Centre and Rangers HQ are in/around Camp Hart – the building just to the North of the Racetrack. Patrolling Rangers (wearing distinctive shirts and hats), Centre Kiosk and every Theme Camp will have a radio and can call for assistance for you.
There is no truly Lost Property at Blazing Swan because everyone labels all their gear before they arrive. Don’t you?
Things do get misplaced, however. If you find something that looks like it has come adrift from its owner, you can take it to Centre Kiosk who will be handling lost property. Likewise, if you’ve misplaced something, come and check out the gear that’s been brought to Centre Kiosk. If it’s a valuable item bring photo ID with you.
Each year we collect enough phones to start a phone shop. Do yourself a favour and put some contact details / your name on your screen saver, or pop a note in your phone case.
Items not claimed during the event will be advertised to our community through social media following the event.
Campsites cannot be booked or reserved. If you want to camp with your friends, please plan to arrive together
Um, sure, yes. Just be aware that when the wind starts blowing 50-60km per hour your gazebo can easily fly away before landing on a bunch of innocent bystanders, breaking bones and puncturing soft bodies. So if you bring a gazebo, do these things as well:
- Try and get a good-ish quality one.
- Tie it down with double guy ropes and 250-350mm ground pegs on each corner
- Lock it down by driving star pickets at least 600mm into the ground alongside each leg, and secure the legs to the pickets
- Chuck a rope OVER the top of the gazebo and tie that rope down either to very strong ground pegs or the star pickets
- If you have a vehicle with good tie-down points (a roo bar or roofrack) consider lashing the gazebo to the vehicle as well.
Don’t even think about beach umbrellas. A giant stabby thing cartwheeling across the event site? No thanks.
No. Come early if you need space to add friends.
Sure. It should be the muffled or silent type and operated in accordance with its instructions. Be considerate of your neighbours and don’t run it late at night. Be VERY careful where you store the fuel (containers should not be on the ground), and likewise be EXTREMELY careful where the exhaust goes. A camper at a Burn event died recently from the fumes entering his tent from his neighbour’s generator. If you just need to charge your phone pop up to Centre Kiosk, or find a friendly Theme Camp that might lend you a powerpoint for a while. It’s your responsibility to ‘watch’ your phone in those circumstances.
Small music systems are ok in the camping areas, but be considerate of your neighbours – especially neighbours with children.
Bring your acoustic instruments – there’s always opportunities up at the Theme Camps to borrow a stage, and making music in a circle of friends in the camping area makes for a magical experience and memories.
No. You will see some fire barrels in Theme Camps, but they will have applied for permission. So if you are not a Theme Camp, the answer is no.
Yes, you may have a gas BBQ or gas cooker at your camp in both general camping and theme camp areas. The use of these appliances must be in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and the Gas Cookers and Barbeques section of the Blazing Swan Fire Management Manual.
However, if the Fire Crew or Blaze Officials announce a total fire ban, then these items may not be used. Listen carefully to instructions.
Don’t. Just don’t do it. Burns are horrible – burns caused by melting tent plastic dripping on you are worse than horrible. So don’t.
If you want to keep warm in your shelter at night, borrow a trick from the (fool)hardy folk who climb Everest. Pour hot water – carefullly – into a strong steel drink flask, seal tightly and pop the drink flask in a thick sock or two, and stuff that under your doona or into your sleeping bag.
If you are desperately cold seek assistance. If you see someone unconscious laying on the ground outside at night, call for assistance. Clear sky nights at Kulin can plunge down close to freezing. Without proper shelter that can kill someone very easily and very quietly.