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FAQ

Burning Man Netherlands & Where the Sheep Sleep is a non-profit organisation that runs solely on the energy and enthusiasm of its volunteers: everyone who attends is co-creating the space and experiences they wish to explore. No one gets in for free or gets paid for their contribution  – from carpenters, artists and musicians, right up to the organising crew and board members. The more you put in the more you get back.

Sound

For those of you who are not an official sound camp but would like to have music or other acoustic & amplified entertainment within their camp, the maximum sound limit at the camp site is 75db (A), comparable to an iPod with small speaker and definitely not a professional sound system.
Be thoughtful of your neighbors and respect our surroundings. Amplified sound after 1AM and before 10am is not allowed as the event takes place in a nature reserve.
Would you like to share louder music with the other guests please contact the organization, so that we can reserve a spot for you on one of the stages or help you with putting up a silent disco.

Electricity

We share power at WtSS. The reason for this is mainly environmental reasons, as we can get green power from the grid and we don’t want people to use generators in the quarry. However, this means that we will all have to help each other out in minimizing consumption and share extension cords /outlets et cetera – or the entire city might go down. Bring only LED lights, solar powered lights and try not to use heaters (toaster, water boilers, professional coffee machines). Turn things off when you’re not using them.

Fire Guidelines

In accordance to Dutch law it’s not allowed to have small fires close to the camping area (this is for our safety and includes flares, BBQs etc). A designated place to cook (where open propane fires and barbecue are ok) is at the central kitchen tents. We want to be able to come back to the place so please respect this.
Controlled bonfires are permitted only in the for this use provided “fire bowls” that are placed on designated areas on the terrain.
Before starting any open fire (including fireworks, open barbecues or bonfires), you are required to make sure that total fire prohibition is not in effect. This decision is taken on a day to day basis by the local government and is non-negotiable if in effect. Your nearest “Wolf Ranger” will know if this is the case.
Questions with answers:
  • Can we make a fireplace anywhere?
    Controlled bonfires are permitted only in the for this use provided “fire bowls” that are placed on designated areas on the site.
  • What is the difference between a fire and a stove?
    A stove is only for cooking (on gas), so no open fire!
  • How far from other things does it need to be?
    A minimum of 3 meters from (sleeping) tents is required.
  • How common is it that there is a general fire ban in the area in July?  
    It all depends on the weather. This Is Holland but we did place an order for the best event weather available!

Building Sh*t

Projections/ moving lights & smoke machines
WtSS is organized in the middle of a nature reserve and we honor this with respect for the surrounding nature and local wildlife. Use of moving lights, projections and smoke machines are in principle not allowed. In extraordinary cases and after careful consideration, the organization could provide an exception.
Vertical constructions
Would you like to build a vertical construction? Vertical constructions are allowed up to 2 meters. Would you like to build higher than this, please contact the organization so that we can work out the possibilities within safety limits.

MooP / Leave No Trace

It’s one of our core principles. No trash receptacles are provided. Please take everything you bring to the event, back home with you: pack it in, bring it out – every last tiny scrap. Never ever let trash hit the ground, but clean up as you go. If it is your cigarette butt, grey water, beer can or decoration: it goes home with you. Pack bin bags to separate your waste and use as much recyclable materials as you can.
No MOOP (Matter Out Of Place), so leave your feathers and loose glitters at home!

Ticket Questions

Where do I buy my
Secure your weekend ticket, children ticket and or RV/Parking ticket here:
Go to ticket shop

By securing your ticket you are also legally bound to the Event Participation Agreement.

Is my ticket personal?
Your name as buyer of the ticket is stated on each ticket you secured. In that way your tickets are personal. Every participant needs their own ticket and a valid and legal ID to be shown at the gate. Tickets are scanned at the gate and transferred into a wristband. After scanning the ticket becomes invalid. Attending without your ID and a valid ticket is a threat to the legal status of the entire event, and risk us getting shut down completely.

Can I transfer event tickets?
Yes. It is possible to transfer your ticket to someone else if you are not able to attend after all. You are allowed to resell your ticket(s) at face value, or you can gift a ticket. Tickets can be used only once; once a ticket is scanned at the gate it will loses validity immediately. After scanning, you receive a wristband for entrance to the event for the whole weekend. Visitors without the proper wristband will be asked to leave.

Are day tickets available, besides the weekend tickets?
No. Where the Sheep Sleep is best when experienced from beginning to end. Dropping in for a day doesn’t contribute to the safe and open community vibe we are trying to create.

Can I get free access through the grant process?
No. Nobody gets free access, it’s a participatory event so everyone that joins WtSS needs to get themselves a ticket. Only event participants/ticketholders can apply for Art and other grants. You have to obtain a ticket for the event first, like everyone else.

Do I need a parking or RV ticket too?
Yes. A limited amount of RV and parking tickets are available. We also encourage all of our sheep to minimize their carbon footprint by car sharing and public transportations. Shuttle buses take you or your luggage to the eventsite from the parking area, which is a nature reserve and not accessible by car. RV’s do have access to the event site (follow the signs), but only if they have a valid RV-ticket and if they have ‘APK’ proof and an oil-proof container to collect any possible leakage from the motor of their RV.

Where does the money of the ticket sales go to?
First, to cover some necessary costs; rent, permits, power, toilets, transport, safety arrangements and some other small things. The rest of the money will go towards Art Grants. As a participant you will be able to apply for grants to cover expenses but they need to be confirmed by the organizational team first. Your (Art) Lead can inform you on this process.

Can underage co-creators attend
Yes, Children up to 12 years participate for free, for children between 12 and 18 years old there’s a special kids ticket. Children receive a different colour wristband since they cannot be served alcohol or cigarettes. Kids under the age of 18 may only participate when accompanied by a legal guardian!

Terrain Do's & Dont's

Burning Man Netherlands invites you to the lush terrain of Park Berg en Bos, Apeldoorn.

Are there sound restrictions?
YES; all theme camps and participants will be asked to honor the amplified sound limitations starting at 23:00. There will be a 24-hour stage for the nightsheep.

Can I start my own burn?
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; Yes controlled fires are permitted at the various designated fire bowls on the terrain. No when a national dry weather alert is declared. Always ask your local Ranger for the current status!

Can I plug my Xmas lights & Smartphone in a socket?
YES; electricity is available on site and shared with all the theme camps, but we encourage the use of solar over anything! And we also encourage to leave your phone in your tent!
Note: please do NOT bring your own aggregate.

>> MORE FAQ’s on Terrain <<

Safe Space

Consent
Having an amazing time with your (new) friend (s) in an inviting space as Where the Sheep Sleep is only possible when everybody is on board! So continuous checking if agreement is still there, is essential for having the best of times.
“No.” is a complete sentence.

Participate
There are no spectators at Where the Sheep Sleep. Everybody is invited and encouraged to engage and participate in everything that’s happening at this event. But not without the described Consent taken into consideration.

Photography and video
In order to create a safe space for participants to discover their own boundaries, the use of photo and video is discouraged. In fact, more fun is to be had by looking up instead of at your phone. And if you want to take a picture, make sure everyone in frame is in agreement. As ticket buyer you also agree with our Use of Images.

NOTE: DSLR’s, professional gear and lenses are not allowed without an invitation and agreement of Burning Man Netherlands. See also >>

Press and Media 

Press, media and (semi) professional with professional gear are ONLY allowed at the event after signing the Media Agreement by Burning Man Netherlands. Based on their proposal a select group will be invited. Any other media creators who haven’t signed or aren’t invited by BMNL will be asked to delete all media and be removed from the premises.

Participants who feel limited in their participation by the presence of professional media (gear) are encouraged to notify the organization.

>> More FAQ’s on Safe Space <<

All Forms

Here is the listing of all our forms.

ART

THEME CAMPS

VOLUNTEER

MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE

MEDIA AGREEMENT

Good 2 Knows

What is provided?
At WtSS you’ll find a place to be, a place to pee & poo, some drinking water taps and a place where greywater can be disposed. Community power (up to max 100m away from you) and some kitchen tents (with tables and a simple gas stove).
That is all that is provided for you.

So… No food trucks, no showers, no ready-made-beds. It’s radical self-reliance!

Leave No Trace
It’s one of our core principles. No trash receptacles are provided. Please take everything you bring to the event, back home with you.

If it is your cigarette butt, grey water, beer can or decoration: it goes home with you. Pack bin bags to separate your waste and use as many recyclable materials as you can.

(no) Commerce
You cannot buy, sell, trade, promote or barter anything. WtSS is a place of sharing and free exchange within a gift economy. A real gift is given and received without any expectation of reciprocation. That said, don’t feel expected to give what you cannot or will not.

More on Decommodification

Legal Shizzle

Dutch Laws
The event is also subject to all Dutch law. Law enforcement agencies may come visit WtSS, and you risk being cited and/or arrested if you are caught breaking the law. WtSS does not promote or condone the use of illegal drugs.

ID and age limits
Upon arrival, all visitors should be able to present a valid ID and ticket. Different wristbands will be supplied for visitors over 18 and under 18. Under 18 = no alcohol!

Security
Security is present on the entire premises, represented by voluntary supervisors and security. However we would like to emphasize to leave any valuables at home and to definitely not leave them in tents or cars.

Drugs & medication
It is illegal by law to carry or trade illegal substances, such as drugs. Police and organization will have the right to check in luggage, cars, caravans and campers.

Heavy medication, food and fluids necessary for the treatment of allergies or other diseases can only be brought in with a valid medical certificate.

Seized goods
Non-Permitted items will be (temporarily) seized by the organization. When illegal articles or substances are found, security will be alerted and the visitor could be transferred to the police.

>> More FAQ’s on LEGAL <<

Press & Media

Burning Man Netherlands – “Where the Sheep Sleep” is a private event, and photographers, videographers and documentarians wishing to capture images intended for public distribution are required to submit a proposal and sign agreements prior to the event.

Approval to shoot images at Where the Sheep Sleep is not approval to exhibit or distribute.

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