Playa del Fuego, also known as P.D.F., is a Mid-Atlantic Regional Burning Man Event. Events are held every spring and fall, on Memorial Day and Columbus Day weekends in Odessa, Delaware.
Playa del Fuego is an experiment in collaborative community, featuring art and music. This community is created by volunteers working together utilizing the Ten Principles of Burning Man as our guide. There are no spectators at Playa del Fuego; everyone collaborates in some way to create the event. It's a place for radical self-expression, acceptance, inclusivity, and respect.
This is a sincere experiment in creating a gift economy. There are no concession stands. No cash transactions (except ice sales) are permitted at Playa del Fuego. Even bartering is discouraged. If you need something, ask for it. If you have something, gift it!
Non-potable water, porta potties and firewood are available on site and are paid for with money raised by tickets sales. There are no garbage cans: everyone is responsible for packing out their garbage or throwing it into one of the handy dumpsters.
The event began with about 20 east coast residents who had been to the original Burning Man in the Nevada desert, and wanted to get together a little closer to home to celebrate the spirit of the event. They joined together on the beach of Assateague Island on Maryland's coast in 1998 for a weekend. Since then, Playa Del Fuego has grown so much that a new site was needed to accommodate all the participants. The event was moved to a horse farm run by Vietnam Veterans in Delaware where it remains today. Now it has grown to over 1,200 participants, with volunteers working on giving out art grants, arranging parking, various workshops, dealing with ticket sales, medical emergencies and so much more.
Playa del Fuego's Mission
Playa del Fuego, Inc. is a non-profit, participant-directed organization whose mission is to hold interactive events that promote artistic creativity and freedom of expression. PDF provides the framework and the infrastructure to allow artists such as sculptors, painters, musicians, DJs, fire performers, dancers, and any other creatively-minded individuals to come together to practice their unique form of self expression and create a viable volunteer-based community that exists beyond the boundaries of the event itself. A fundamental tenet of these events is the establishment of a zone that does not involve any currency-based commerce aside from the initial ticket purchase, thus creating a gift-based economy wherein all participants can exhibit, demonstrate, and educate others about their particular form of creativity.