Center Camp Café Performance

Jugglers, stilt-walkers, marching bands, and magicians are just some the participants of Black Rock City who fill the Café with their pulsing, raucous energies. In addition to the free-form entertainment that abounds, the Café hosts special events, and has a stage for scheduled community performances.

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The Performance Stage is a fun and high profile way for participants to share their talents at Burning Man. During the day, an eclectic mix of Café-style musical offerings such as instrumental, jazz, and world performances encourage community gathering, relaxation, and social interaction. We also host spoken-word, comedy and small-scale theatrical productions. In fact, the entire Café is a majestic space host to performances as unique as their surroundings; not all performances happen on the stage. We host aerial performances, large participatory and performance groups, dancers, and jugglers in what we call “the Center of the Center”: the occulus of the Center Camp Café.

Are you one of those black-clad gaffer’s-tape-and-flashlight types? Volunteer as a tech on the Café Sound and Performance Team!

The Café is seeking acts that can contribute to the Café ambiance with performances from opening Monday and throughout the event until Labor Day. Performers interested in performing in the Café should arrange for a pre-scheduled performance time during the event. You can get started by emailing some basic information to our Café Performance booking volunteers:

  • Your name
  • The name of your Act
  • Featured instruments and musical style
  • Brief sound requirements
  • Links to any online samples or information, excerpt from one of your poems, sketches, or plays, or a description of the type of performance you’re planning.

We have three wonderful volunteers to help get your performance booked. Email them to:

  1. For your spoken word/comedy stylings:
  2. For musical performances:
  3. For other all other types of performances:

If you have an event that may contribute to the overall Café community experience and require any additional assistance or if you have general questions about performing in, on, or around the Café, contact

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