Hushville is a village within Black Rock City
open to anyone who wants to camp with us. The only requirement is
that you do not have a generator or any amplified sound.
Additionally, you should not generate any continuous sound that
carries much farther than your own camp. So banging pots and pans
together would probably not be a good idea.
The idea for Hushville came after some of us had a rather
unpleasant time at Burning Man 2000, where we were under nonstop
sonic bombardment from five directions for the entire week. After
returning home, we discussed how nice it would be to have a place a
tad bit quieter, and well, that was that. Hushville debuted in 2001
and is now one of the largest villages in the city.
(Please note that Hushville is a village, not a camp. A village
is a large collection of camps.)
Do I need to join a theme
There's a common misperception that you have to be
associated with a theme camp in order to attend Burning Man. Not
true. That said, being part of a
theme camp can be a blast and it may work out best for you to do
your own theme camp or to align with some other group.
There are several theme camps within Hushville - some of them registered with Placement and some of them organized on their own. If you find an interesting theme camp on the Burning Man list and it's listed as residing in Hushville, you're welcome to drop them a line and find out what's up. If you want to form your own theme camp and think it would fit into Hushville, you're more than welcome. All the rules apply to everything that you do and all your members, but we have a lot of diverse groups within the village - your presence will add to our richness.
How do I join
It is necessary to register in
advance in order to camp of Hushville. The
registration instructions are below.
What do you call someone in
The official name for a resident is
Hushvillain. Note that that's Hushvillain, not
Hushvillian. There's a big difference. Some of us renegades use the term "Hushvillero." It's got a nice Sam Peckinpah flavor.
Where is Hushville
With the Hushville officials scattered over several
states, we don't consider Hushville to be based out of any specific
geographic location, and we're proud to have folks from all over the
world join us every year.
Can I have a theme camp camp
within Hushville? If so, does it have to adhere to a specific
We would like for Hushville to be packed with
theme camps! Information about Theme Camps can be found in the
members-only section of this site. And no, there will be no unifying
Where will Hushville be
For 2014, we will let everyone know our location when The Org lets us know - usually in early July.
Can I reserve a certain spot
For the most part, no. All
space are first-come, first-served. Generally, BManOrg does not
select spots for camps within villages, it is up to the village
organizers. But that's a level of complexity we just don't want to
deal with, so it will be up to you to get there nice and early to
select the space that fits your needs. That said, we do hold some
locations for camps that want to be along the perimeter - camps that interact with the rest of Black Rock City.
Will there still be room for me
if I arrive on <fill in a date>?
Every year people
become concerned that if they get to the playa too late in the week
there won't be any space left for them in Hushville. Yes,
this is a possibility but it is not a given. Obviously, the
earlier you arrive the easier it will be to fit you in,
but you shouldn't give up hope just because you can't get there
until later in the week. Our placement people do an excellent job of
maximizing the real estate and are wizards at fitting people into
tight spaces. Plus, some people only attend Burning Man for the
first part of the week, opening up space when they leave
mid-week. Even if you think you might be too late, you should always
swing past the village and inquire about the status. Don't just
drive by and assume we're full because it looks full...
stop and ask!
I have a great idea for something
that should be done in Hushville.
Wonderful... do it! We
just set up the infrastructure... all the cool stuff comes from
those of you who camp in it!
Will there be a community kitchen
/ shower / evap pond?
No, all camps within Hushville
operate autonomously. Just as though you were in open camping, you
are responsible for all aspects of your own experience. Likewise,
there is no community shower or grey-water evaporation system. It's
all up to you, folks.
Just how quiet do we have to be?
Can I play my drum?
The last thing we want to do is draw up
a detailed list of what sound-related things are and are not
acceptable. Just use common sense... people will be camping in
Hushville because they want some peace and quiet. Will your activity
(singing, yelling, drumming, chanting, blacksmithing, whatever) be
at odds with this? If so, please reconsider doing it. We don't
expect people to sit around in muted silence, but c'mon, just keep
in mind why it's called Hushville.
How about a radio or
Technically, these come under the category of
amplified sound, but we're not going to be overly zealous about
this. The single most important thing is that the sound not extend
beyond your own camp. This means you are going to have to keep that
thing turned WAY DOWN. Way, way down.
Is it OK if I bring an
Sure, as long as you don't plan to use the generator.
That doesn't mean only running it two hours a day or only fifteen
minutes a day, it means never. Other than that,
just be mindful of where you park it... RVs can be very imposing if
they're pulled up right next to someone's tent.
Can I run my car engine from
time-to-time to charge my
Absolutely not. An idling car
engine is a generator. It makes noise, creates exhaust and is not
allowed in the village. If you have a weak car battery that you need
to keep charged, please note that idling the engine does no good...
the engine needs to be revved at a good speed in order for an
appreciable charge to make it back to the battery. And you can be
damned sure that your neighbors are not going to like having a
revved engine right next to them!
But I really need air
conditioning during the hot part of the day.
you're going to have to find it somewhere else. Go volunteer to help
hand out ice for the afternoon! It's the coldest place on the playa,
and you'll be doing a good deed.
Will there be someone responsible
Yes... you! Please do not even think about
camping in Hushville unless you are 110% committed to thoroughly
cleaning your area, the village area, and picking up MOOP as you travel about the playa. If there is any indication that you are not
willing to comply with the Leave No Trace policy, you will be asked
to leave the village immediately.
When is Burning Man? What is
Burning Man? How do I get tickets? How do I drive there from
Piedmont? What should I bring?
Sorry folks, this is not a
general purpose Burning Man FAQ. Please go to www.burningman.com
for all that type of information.
What's to stop someone from
setting up a giant sound system right across the street from
Technically nothing, provided they're not
violating the official sound policy. We hope, however, that we'll
have the full support of the Rangers in dealing with anyone who is
maliciously trying to screw with us.
If I camp in Hushville, will I
have to do anything special?
Since we're somewhat of an
open village, we hope that all participants will take an active role
in welcoming newcomers and verifying that they're aware of where
they're camping. We hope to have ample signs up around the
perimeter, but undoubtedly some people will completely miss these
and later get really pissed that they camped in the quiet area.
Does camping in Hushville qualify
me for early arrival into BRC?
No. Please do not arrive at
the event earlier than the official start time and expect to be let
in just because you are camping in Hushville. The gate
will turn you away.