If you want to go to Burning Man, but the desert is just a little too far away for you to make the trek, Alchemy is a great local alternative. The festival is modeled after the various “Burns” around the country, which means using money at the fest is banned, everyone who attends also participates, and lots of fire. Alchemy 2009 is taking place October 1st-5th, and this year’s theme is “Shock And Awe”. “Invitations” to the event are already on sale starting at $35 for the extended weekend, and since this is a small intimate fest, you should buy your invitation now if you want to go. I was unable to attend last year, but the Ohmpark entourage went and had a blast.
Here is some photo journalism of Alchemy 2008, all photos and words by Clint Miller:
A man dressed as a pirate pulls passengers with his art car at the 2008 Alchemy Festival near LaFayette, Georgia on October 3rd, 2008. Alchemy Festival offers a currency free society where participants offer transportation, performance art, food, and many other services to one another free of charge.
A couple plays a game of black light ping-pong at one of the many camps at Alchemy Festival on October 3rd, 2008. Alchemy Festival, in the spirit of Burning Man, is known as a “burn” which is an arts festival where participants set up large camps where they decide what happens.
The large effigy burns white hot during the final ceremony of the festival on October 5th, 2008. Despite numerous safety precautions a man was badly burned when he caught himself on fire hours before the final burn.
- Posted by Davy Minor on May 27, 2009 at 7:43 pm