How it all began – our idea of the perfect event in January, in Telluride
The annual nonprofit Telluride Fire Festival made its debut in January 2015. The event was inspired by Burning Man, the annual celebration of community, art and fire, that draws 70,000 people to the Nevada desert every Labor Day weekend. The goal was to bring the Burning Man ethos to Telluride along with the larger-than-life fire art to the region to allow more people the ability to see, interact with, and create this visual magic. Dynamic art performances took place each evening on the public plaza in Mountain Village and on Telluride’s historic Main Street— FREE to all. Additional ticketed entertainment, including MarchFourth Marching Band, and an over-the-top Gala at a subterranean mine were available to guests after the free, outdoor art and performances. Free workshops in both welding and fire dancing were also available. The Festival was able to offer the free out door art and workshops through generous donations, grants, and sponsorships. This January 19, 20, and 21 we expect to change it up again with new fiery art and performances.
Growing from two single founders to a committed board of eight inspired members
Telluride Fire Festival is a nonprofit 501 (C) (3) organization. The Festival relies on financial grants, the kindness of friends, sponsors, and donors to help make this exciting event a success. There are many ways to make a tax-deductible contribution, from direct financial support to providing goods and services.
Important Participant Info. for Advance Planning
During the day, the public will be able to partake in a variety of educational workshops to learn of the different crafts of fire artistry firsthand from the artists. In addition, during the two weekends preceding the event, and during the January 19-21 Festival. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months.
Fundraising Fire Ball
The Festival culminates in a fundraising Fire Ball: a unique setting atop the gondola at Station St Sophia in the 30-foot high vaulted ceilinged venue. This location is ideal for both in-town and Mountain Village guests. This fete, where audience will become artist, offers a truly unique experience, combining exhibition with performance, and commemorating all forms of artistry. Attendees will choose between intimate lounge areas, and dance spaces, plus be able to purchase cocktails, wine, and appetizers. The ticket price includes access to the Fire Sculpture Garden atop chair 7. Click here to buy tickets.
Our Guiding Values
The Telluride Fire Festival is guided by principles that are meant to evoke the cultural ethos for the event—pre, post and during. Crafted as a reflection of the culture we wish all people to embrace…not just for this festival,
but also all times in our lives.
The Festival owes gratitude to Burning Man for their very meaningful Ten Principles, which guided us in the creation our eight.
Anyone may be a part of The Telluride Fire Festival. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation.
Gifting Of Fire Art
The Telluride Fire Festival is devoted to giving back to our community. The value of our gift of fire art is unconditional. We do not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.
Self-expression is unique to 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.
We value creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction and creativity.
We assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. We insist that our participants assume responsibility for conducting themselves and festival events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.
Leave No Trace
We respect the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather, perform and showcase art. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor to leave our community spaces in a better state than when we found them.
We are 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. Everyone is invited to work, volunteer and “play” at our Festival.
Net Zero Carbon Footprint
We respect and revere the earth that is home to all life as we know it. Our inherent existence in an energy-dependent culture has an impact on our well being and the well being of all life. We strive to be a net zero carbon event, being efficient with our use of resources and offset our consumption to improve the earth.