So, you know a bit about what Kiwiburn is… you may have even come along to the festival a few times… but do you know how it works? How does so much chaos get facilitated and organised? How does a festival run entirely by volunteers even function? How does it all happen?  It has taken some of us a long time to figure it out, because the people who have been very busy organising the event year-round and running the on-site operations have been too busy doing everything at once. So here’s a basic run down.


We’ll start with you…

You buy your ticket. This makes you a part of Kiwiburn, whether you realise it or not. This is all part of the participation. The money from the tickets goes into financing the festival; all of it. That is why everyone, even year-round organisers, buy tickets. This money goes into hiring the site, the toilets, the medics, security, paying for Art Grants, the Temple and the Effigy… among other things. If you want to know more about the finances, you can read about them in our Afterburn Report.

The decision-making structures for the festival have been evolving over the years. Recently things have decentralised a bit, so that the volunteers who make this even happen can focus on the areas they care about without getting burnt-out. Currently, we have various teams who handle the year-round media, administration and so on. We have the Site-Ops who take responsibility for the smooth running of the event and we have the ExCom who handle policy and write lots of emails. If you are interested in knowing more about the strange goings-on of the Kiwiburn ExCom you can check out the Google Group. If you are a visual person, take a look at out handy-dandy diagram:



Now, let’s go back to you. You have bought your ticket and now you’re looking for the best way to participate, right? What are you into? Perhaps you want to be responsible and busy during the event, or, if Kiwiburn is your holiday, perhaps you would like to put in a few hours doing a bit of admin during the year or writing a blog post here and there.


For more information check out our volunteer teams or contact us and tell us exactly what your strengths are and how you can contribute to making our festival even better.