SAVE THE DATE: SeaCompression Returning to ‘Burn’ in Burien Oct. 13

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Music. Fire. Dance. Art. Pink.

‘SeaCompression, ‘ the Northwest’s official post-Burning Man celebration, held every Autumn, is returning to Burien on Saturday, Oct. 13!

It will be held in the same location as last year – the empty northwest parcel of land at Burien Town Square at SW 150th and 5th Ave SW.

“Held every Autumn, SeaCompression is our annual post-Burning Man arts festival (named after “Decompression”, which is held in San Francisco, the home of the Burning Man organization),” reads an announcement. “SeaCompression is a celebration of the interactive arts, with an emphasis on participation. Fire arts, live music, kinetic sculptures, art cars, multiple dance spaces, sound and light shows, all can be found at SeaCompression, in addition to random oddities such as a 30′ neon rainbow, a remote controlled blimp, a 12′ tall bundle of grapes, and a hydrodynamic science project that mixes fire and water in a 6′ whirlpool.”

SeaCompression also features extravagant live performances, including fire spinners, daring aerialists, interpretive dancers, contortionists, live musicians, and even an eclectic marching band. SeaCompression’s dance floors star impressive lineups of Seattle’s best known DJs.

Since its start in 2002, attendance has grown from 500 people to well over 2,000, with a volunteer staff of 200 to 300. Past venues have included the Fremont UnConventional Center, the Ballard Segway, Consolidated Works, Sand Point Magnuson Park, and a two-acre lot in Downtown Burien. Ignition Northwest and its event producers work closely with Fire Marshals, Parks Departments, private property owners, and a professional security team to ensure that all events are managed responsibly and leave no trace.

SeaCompression is sponsored by Ignition Northwest and produced by volunteers. Proceeds help fund large scale public art projects, an annual scholarship to the Pratt Fine Art Center, and other educational projects throughout the year.

If you are interested in learning more about the process of producing SeaCompression and how you might get involved, you are welcome to sit in their planning meetings. Since these are chiefly for team managers, please be respectful of discussions:

  • Wednesday, 10/10 7p-9p @ event site (after which we’ll probably move over to Mick Kelly’s)

Bogart’s is at 3924 Airport Way South Seattle, 98108.

Here are some photos Scott Schaefer shot at last year’s event – click images to see larger versions/slideshow:

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