Gigsville is not a place. It occupies no location and has no address. Though its citizens come from all walks of life, have jobs (at least most of them), eat regular food, keep pets, sleep and all the things that normal people do, they are essentially a community of like-spirited folk who like to dress weird and blow things up. They do this kind of thing on a decently regular basis. They came into existance in the bleak days before the 1998 Burning Man Festival.
Since that time their numbers have grown into the hundreds, adopted a Code Of Conduct and now have their dark little hearts set on world domination. But since they are a relatively unorganized bunch as a whole, that will probably not happen any time soon. In the meantime they are content with regular outings into the desert to perform improvised fire haikus over a B.A.F., race rocket cars made from Twinkies and occasionally some of them will breath fire and drink too much scotch.
But they are not all about peace and love. There is also art. Some of it is 2, 3 or 4 dimentional but mostly Gigsvillians are their own artform.
"We're not here to accomplish anything greater than creating opportunities to spend time together a few times a year and inspire each other from time to time. There is not now – nor has there ever been - any great cabal dictating what people can and can't do here, except for matters of obvious public safety, and even that has been a kangaroo court at best." - Buck Down, Mayor Emeritus
Gigsville's Code of Conduct
Playa Surfers found its home on the playa in 2006 when founder Donald Cassel claimed stake to a spot on the Esplanade that was actually part of Diva Boot Camp. The following year it became officially established on the Esplanade due to the nature of our theme which offers the experience to “surf the playa” so a “beach front” location would be moist suitable.
Today the camp has grown to over a hundred people and become a main stay theme camp at Burning Man. Besides providing great surfing we also construct a full size lifeguard tower, bring Tiki Island ,a giant mutant vehicle art car that is over 50ft wide and three levels high as well as creating an infrastructure including a TIki lounge, showers , kitchen, water and power.
We also throw an amazing sunset party. Our goal is to provide a fun camp with a laid back vibe associated with the surf culture. While laid back is our vibe, the approach is the opposite. To accomplish our contribution to Burning Man a motivated and organized effort must be taken.
This is a camp that requires participation not in the sense of singing Kumbaya but actual teams of volunteers to make all the stuff we offer happen. We need build crews, mechanics ,logistics , surf instructors, organizers, etc., along with people just willing fo contribute in some fashion. Remember Burning Man is a gifting society and this is our gift. In return, no words will justify the experience that awaits you…
Most camp-specific information is private and communicated to our members only through our Google Group.
If you wish to be a member of the camp please Contact Us.
Thank you for stopping by! We hope you join us in the dust!
Black Rock City was originally centered on the French Quarter, or the Vieux Carre ("Old Square" in French) as it was known then, but as the city is recreated at a different location each year, the relative location of the French Quarter to Center Camp and other landmarks sometimes moves. The French Quarter is situated on the highest ground in the Black Rock Desert, and is the only location on playa that is not underwater during the rainy season.
Camps in this village include: Black Rock Bakery, Broken Angel Bathhouse, and Golden Cafe.