All Things Virtual del Fuego!

VDF Art Grant Applications Now Open 

Virtual del Fuego 2.0

Memorial Day Weekend 2021
Fri. May 28, 2021 6pm et - Mon. May 31, 2021 3pm et




What is Virtual del Fuego (VDF)? 

VDF is an EXPERIMENT in creating INTERACTIVE communal SPACES in virtual places. Everyone is INVITED to work. Everyone is invited to PLAY.

For those who missed it last year, VDF is a FREE sanctioned Burning Man REGIONAL with a unique BURNER BUILT website using JITSI that captures the NEIGHBORHOOD FEEL of a physical burn. Participants can move from CAMP TO CAMP, create IMMEDIACY ROOMS, sign up for STAGE time, and share your favorite STREAMING platforms. 


VDF is Offering Art Grants - Applications Extended to April 30th! 

VDF is offering Art Grants, including an EFFIGY Art Grant!  You can DREAM BIG but also you can DREAM SMALL! The Art Grant Committee is pleased to offer $50.00 microgrants to ART UP YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE! Make a fancy hat! Or a costume! Or use fabric or paint to decorate your background! Fire up that hot glue gun and get your imagination going - VDF wants to SEE Your ART!

APPLY for an ART GRANT here:



VDF Volunteer Hours Count towards PDF Volunteer Reserve Ticket Program!

Join the VDF TEAM of RANGERS, SANCTUARY, and PLAYA INFO, collectively known as the R U OK CORRAL, and have those hours count towards a RESERVED TICKET for the next PLAYA DEL FUEGO, tentatively assumed for Memorial Day Weekend 2022.  


  • Playa Info - The R U OK Corral is the collective team for VDF support services and Playa Info is the public-facing piece of the R U OK Corral team. Playa Info volunteers at the R U OK Corral will interact with participants to determine what type of help they need: general information, a ranger, sanctuary, or immediate harm reduction intervention. 
  • Rangers- A role to be filled by those who have Rangering experience from previous Burning Man/regional events, either live or virtual.
  • Sanctuary- Sanctuary volunteers provide an ear to listen, a hand to hold, or a heart to heart for those in distress or crisis to reach out. Previous harm reduction and/or mental health training is encouraged for sanctuary volunteers, who hold space in three-hour shifts throughout the event.

Email inquiries:




Effigy Builder Wanted!

VDF is eagerly looking for one special ARTIST TEAM to design, BUILD and BURN our signature effigy, the PONY!

Ponies aren't your thing?  VDF is open to facilitating other LARGE SCALE effigies, temples, or BURNING ART pieces and communal effort BUILD TEAMS.  Do you have an idea that you want to see come to life? Are you organized? Can you help us help you make your project happen? Well then, what are you waiting for? Apply now!

APPLY to build the EFFIGY here:



Donate to VDF!

VDF is FREE to all who attend. The VDF Art Grant fund is generously seeded with funds from our host, FIREPONY CREATIVE SOCIETY.

A bigger ART GRANT fund means bigger ART, so VDF is now accepting DONATIONS through PAYPAL. Donations from GENEROUS community members will directly support VDF ARTTHANK YOU for your generous GIFT!

DONATE to the VDF Art Grant Fund 


Coming Soon!

The VDF Website!

What Where When Submissions - Integrated into the VDF website, you'll be able to create events, schedule time on the main stages, and/or provide links to outside platforms. 

Theme Camp Applications - Theme Camp rooms will stay throughout the duration of the event and not fall off the platform after a period of inactivity. 

Art Placement Applications - This is if a room is needed to be dedicated to the art piece for the duration of the event and not fall off the platform after a period of inactivity. 

And More!

Note:  please used the links within this article and not website applications!


Ticket Refunds and Art Grants from PDF 2020

No Changes!
2020 Tickets:  For anyone who bought tickets for PDF 2020 and chose to roll them over to 2021, your tickets will be automatically rolled over to PDF 2022. 
You can request a ticket refund at any time by emailing
2020 Art Grants:  All art grants approved for PDF 2020 will be honored for PDF 2022 with a new application for the same project. 

Playa del Fuego 2021 Cancelled

After a Community and Planning Committee vote on Feb. 16, 2021, the consensus is that Playa del Fuego 2021 will not be held as a physical event due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

As we all know, vaccines are rolling out and the pandemic landscape shifts day to day.  Unfortunately, this was a decision that could not be delayed as PDF needed to notify the landlord of our intentions regarding PDF 2021 as soon as possible.  

A proposal was received to cancel PDF 2021 and the new voting process was engaged. 

As a result of that vote, PDF 2021 has been canceled.  Please know, it breaks our hearts to cancel for the 2nd time.

Thank you to all the community members who took the time to participate in the vote!

The results from the open community vote were 46 Yay in favor of canceling and 22 Nay to go forward with planning the event. Under the newly instated Planning Committee voting rules, the Community vote is a simple majority of the votes cast and counts as 1 vote. 

The decision was made official during the Feb. 16, 2021 Planning Committee live vote with a final vote tally of 16 Yay, 0 Nay, and 2 Abstain. 

Item for Community Vote - Cancel PDF 2021 due to COVID-19 Pandemic

The PDF Planning Committee has received a proposal to Cancel PDF 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

This proposal item that will go to a live vote on a Zoom call on Feb. 16, 2021 at 7 pm et.  The community is invited to watch the live vote at

The item is a simple YEA or NAY vote to cancel PDF 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

YEA to cancel PDF.  NAY to go forward holding an event.  

As we all know vaccines are rolling out and the pandemic landscape shifts day to day.  

PDF needs to notify our landlord and vendors (firewood, ice, porto-potties etc.) of our intentions regarding PDF 2021 as soon as possible.  

Going forward with an event in Tamaqua will require additional considerations and will require community members to fill vacant roles.   In addition, PDF will adhere to all federal, state, and local laws and protocols surrounding quarantines, masks, handwashing, and occupancy for outdoor gatherings.  A summary of considerations can be found on the voting form. 

Community members can vote here:  


The voting period is open until Feb. 16th at 3 PM ET.  Please see the below article for details on the new voting process.

Announcement of Planning Committee New Voting Process

Playa del Fuego 2020 may have been cancelled but the Planning Committee (aka “the PC”) has been busy!  Recently, we voted to update the Proposal Voting Process - and yes - that means we voted on how to vote!  

As PDF is uniquely community driven, it was imperative that the new Voting Process include a way for the Community voice to be heard.  

Voting Process Details:

Why Was The Process Changed?  The prior process did not provide flexibility for all department leads to participate.  The new process allows for absentee voting for department leads and targets those impacted by the proposal's change.  

Who Can Vote?  Current department coordinators and leads (primary, assistant, and co-), two board members, and one community vote.  The single community vote is determined by a simple majority of the public vote.

What Items Go For Vote?   Proposals are for items large scale items that impact all departments. 

Where Do I Vote?  The community will vote using a google form available on this website, department leads and board members may vote during the live vote on the designated PC call or cast an absentee vote by email. 

When Do I Vote?  After the proposal is discussed, finalized, and determined to be ready for vote in a PC call, the community will be notified shortly thereafter and the voting period will stay open until 4 hours before the next scheduled PC call, which will call for the vote

How Will I Be Notified Of The Vote?  Through the Burning Poney Express newsletter ("BPE") and on the website   The item will also be announced on the PDF Facebook group as a post of the newsletter announcing the vote.  Vote result will be announced in a BPE.

Not getting the newsletter?  Check your spam or promotions folder or sign up here:

VDF Post - Burn Survey


Just like always, Communal Effort and Participation came together on Memorial Day weekend to create a temporary community that celebrates Immediacy and Self-Expression and which has now disappeared into the past, Leaving No Trace. has dissipated into the digital cloud from whence it came, and we would like to thank all those who participated by signing in, making a pony, sharing your art, joining discussions, playing trivia, shenannying shenanigans, and everything else!  THANK YOU!

Now we are asking that you Participate again by telling us about your VDF experience!

When did you attend?  What worked for you?  What didn't work for you?  This is your chance to congratulate or complain in a constructive way!

Thank you Survey is closed. 



Virual del Fuego is a sanctioned Burning Man Regional Burn running from Friday May 22, 2020 at 6 PM ET - Sunday May 23, 2020 at Midnight ET.

Please be patient with the website. We're still busy testing and putting the finishing touches to make the website ready for Friday's gate opening at 6:00 PM ET.

You'll be able to create a login and get properly greeted then!

PDF Refunds Are Complete (Almost!)

All the refunds that were able to be completed are done! 

There are a handful of could not be completed for various reasons, and attempts have been made to contact those involved.  

If you are expecting a refund and did not recieve one, please email  to get it sorted out. 

For the curious, the ticket stats are:  

67.2% requested a refund
29.3% kept their tickets for 2021
3.5% donated their ticket money to cover expenses - THANK YOU!


Community Q&A and Site Demo

Friday 5/15/2020 8 PM ET

Our wonderful web team has been busting their butts building an all-new website for VDF! Thank youz!

Now the web team needs YOU!  We invite everyone to a site demo and VDF Q&A this Friday!!  Find out what VDF is all about, see how the website will work, and ask all your questions to those who are making this happen! 

The web team is hoping for a decent turnout via video stream in order to put the server through its paces while giving everyone the opportunity see the website functionality.  There's only one week until the event!!!   Fire up those web cams and join us for some fun!

Y'all wanted Early Entry, right? Now's your chance!

Update:  Demo went great and as a result we made a beefy server even beefier!  Thank you to everyone who participated!

VDF Event Submissions Now Live!

This year the WWW (What Where When) will actually involve websites!

Submissions are now being accepted for any sort of event you can dream up. You can: 

  • grab a one hour timeslot on the Main Stage (all ages) or Backstage (18+)
  • create your own Immediacy Room on the when you need it (good for longer events, or super short ones)
  • host an event in your Theme Camp's room (apply for one here)
  • provide a link to an external website ( Facebook Live, Zoom, etc.) where you will host an event

Submit your VDF shenanigans HERE

Event Submissions close on Firday 5/22/2020 at Noon ET