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Modifyre is an annual event and a year-round community dedicated to art, self-expression, and self-reliance. It is an immersive experience created by its participants - individuals and groups just like you - for the benefit of other participants. So it really is up to you!

Unlike many events, Modifyre is not created by a production company as a passive experience sold to consumers. To this end, there are no corporate sponsors, no stalls, no exchange of money, and NO SPECTATORS. There’s you, me, and our imaginations. There are also no prerequisites for participation in this experiment; anyone may be a part of Modifyre.


Modifyre is the regional Burning Man event for Queensland and northern NSW. Currently one of three such regional events held annually in Australia, it is built around a core philosophy derived from that of Burning Man, which takes place each year in the desert of northern Nevada. This philosophy is reflected in a series of key concepts that guide the event and the community.


Once a year we create a temporary village built on a gift economy, fuelled by communal effort, lit with radical thinking, and filled with participatory art, theme camps, performance, workshops, music and, of course, fire. At the heart of this village is The Bug, pollinating the seeds of our imagination. When the Bug burns these seeds are spread far and wide, helping creativity blossom wherever they land. When we leave, we dismantle and take the village with us, upholding our commitment to Leave No Trace wherever we go.



For its first year the Modifyre event was hosted by the Famunity at their beautiful home in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

We wish to honour the Traditional Owners of the Numinbah Valley, the Yugambeh People, and recognize them as custodians of this land. We pay our respects to their elders – past, present and emerging – and acknowledge the important role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to play within the community. Sovereignty was never ceded.

Next we headed west to Yarramalong Campground in the Fassifern Valley. Nestled among beautiful bushland at the base of Mt Edwards, this was the location of our Pre-Conception gathering back in 2014 and so brought a sense of homecoming.

We wish to honour the Traditional Owners of the Fassifern Valley, the Ugarapul People, and recognize them as custodians of this land. We pay our respects to their elders – past, present and emerging – and acknowledge the important role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to play within the community. Sovereignty was never ceded.


Now in our third year, we have a very special new site that we simply can't wait to share with you. Located 3.5hrs southwest of Brisbane, in Goondiwindi shire, we have finally found a place to call home. In this new home we will have the space to flourish like never before, whilst staying true to our community roots. 

As Modifyre's creative identity becomes ever bigger, ever brighter, ever more inspiring, so too grows the weight of our civic responsibility. We are committed to meaningful engagement with the regional community that hosts us, during the event and year-round. Keep an eye on the facebook page for updates! 


Modifyre does not just exist for the one week of the event. It is a year-round community of artists and activists, striving to make cities that are more open, inclusive, and innovative.

When we're not on site, we can be found plotting, scheming, planning and creating large-scale art in warehouses and under homes all over Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Northern Rivers and beyond. Come visit us at the awesome HSBNE (Hackerspace Brisbane), or find out what we're up to next on the Modifyre Community facebook page.





Modifyre is a year-round community of radical thinkers, dreamers and doers. We believe in the power of communal effort and the value of civic engagement.

Our participants come from all walks of life and all corners of the globe. By pooling the collective resources and skills of this diverse group, we hope to grow and support a flourishing community dedicated to the propagation of participatory arts and culture in Brisbane and Queensland.

There are no prerequisites for involvement in this community – we strive to be radically inclusive, irrespective of race, gender, age, ability, or sexual orientation.

Find Out More


Meet the hard-working folks who make Modifyre happen. And find out about our grand plans to take over the city with interactive art!



Find out who's doing awesome stuff near you. Connect with burners making the magic happen on the ground, in Brisbane and all over the world.



Help us build a community-driven not-for-profit arts organisation; created by you, for you.




Tier 1:  February 23rd, 2018
Tier 2:  March 23rd, 2018
Tier 3:  July 4th, 2018
Ticket sales close 6pm Saturday July 7th, 2018

Theme Camp, Art, Performance & Volunteer Registrations Open:  TBC for 2018

Theme Camp, Art & Performance
Grant Applications Open:  TBC for 2018

Theme Camp, Art & Performance
Grant Applications Close:  TBC for 2018

Theme Camp, Art & Performance
Registrations Close:  TBC for 2018

Volunteer Registration Closes:  TBC for 2018


Effigy & Temple working bees

TBC for 2018 (concept)
TBC for 2018 (pre-fabrication)
TBC for 2018 (construction)
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DIC Site Works:   TBC for 2018


Build crews:   TBC for 2018
Theme Camps:   TBC for 2018
Art:  TBC for 2018

SUMMIT:  TBC for 2018