About Our Burns

About us, our history, and lots of cool pictures of the amazing things we’ve seen and done at AfterBurn and Preheat.

About AfterBurn & Preheat

PreHeat and AfterBurn are community art events which follow the 10 Principles of Burning Man. Our events are official fundraisers for Burnt Oranges Inc, a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is devoted to cultivating interactive art through artist funding and advocacy, by creating supportive venues for interactive artists and performers, and through public education of interactive art. For the last decade, we’ve had our events each year at Maddox Ranch in Lakeland, FL. As a continuation of this social experiment, AfterBurn will be moving to a new venue in Bartow (about 20 miles south of Lakeland), and we’re looking forward to starting a new chapter in its evolution. Burns gives participants the opportunity to share, create, evolve, experience, work, play, contribute, and love! We welcome you to join us.

Yeah, but what is it?

AfterBurn is an experience and opportunity for diverse people to collectively build a temporary “Utopic city” of their own creation. If you want to create a dazzling space where people can dance, or invent an interactive experience, or share your special healing power, or organize a toga party pub crawl, or build something big, crazy and beautiful then burn it down, this is your opportunity to bring that idea to life and gift it to the other participants. And since everyone is a participant like you, we all feel very connected to each other as we share our gifts that built our city, and volunteer a couple shifts of our time so our city can operate.

In addition to the selfless joy of creating something and sharing it with others, we also get to enjoy the many diverse gifts from others, making every event unique and different. You will see yogis, massage therapists, musicians, fire performers, costumes, healers, thinkers, art, lights, fire, and a few random surprises that will blow your mind. You never know what you’ll encounter, which is half the excitement. So bring us your passions, share your dreams, and meet some amazing souls along the way. Let us all be part of this incredibly beautiful experience together!


A small collection of some great photos and memories. Click them to enlarge. More will be added soon.