Originally started in 2002, SeaCompression is Seattle’s annual post-Burning Man cultural reunion arts festival. The Burning Man festival is held every year at the end of August in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Burning Man started in 1986 as a wooden human effigy, built by Larry Harvey and Jerry James on a San Francisco beach. In 1992, Burning Man and about 600 participants moved the event to the Black Rock Desert. You can check out more about Burning Man’s timeline and history here.
SeaCompression, held after Burning Man in the fall, is a volunteer run participation-based event. Many members of the Seattle Burning Man community volunteer to make SeaCompression happen. However, SeaCompresssion is not strictly a Burning Man event. The philosophy behind SeaCompression is to not only serve as a reunion for Burners dusting off after Burning Man but to also offer opportunities to the plethora of Seattle makers, performers, artists, designers, fire experts, musicians, DJs, sculpture and kinetic art creators, and everything in between. SeaCompression is an event that fosters connection, memories, community, celebration, an upbeat family-friendly vibe, and is guided by the ten principles.
Past venues that have hosted SeaCompression include the Fremont UnConventional Center, the Ballard Segway, Consolidated Works, Sand Point Magnuson Park, and a two-acre lot in Downtown Burien.