Telluride Fire Festival Brings Welcome Spark To Winter Festivities!

It’s hard to imagine Telluride taking on ANOTHER festival. However, I gotta say, the new Telluride Fire Festival coming to town in 2015 has me a little excited. This festival is described by organizer’s as a “Community Celebration of Excellence in Interactive Fire Arts” and is taking place from January 15-19, 2015 and I just know it’s going to bring a welcome spark to the brisk mid winter season….pun intended. Take a peek at the promotional video….

Festival Director, Erin Rees is a longtime Burning Man aficionado. Rees plans to bring fiery art to the picture-postcard town of Telluride in 2015. She describes the festival as “cooler than burning man…literally!”.

The Telluride Fire Festival will create an interactive fire art experience on Telluride’s Main Street, and in the pedestrian plazas of Mountain Village. Like Burning Man, the Festival will feature multi-storied, fire emitting “art cars” and burn barrels, while other larger-than-life, animated, fiery art installations will line public spaces. Fire artists and dancers will also be on hand to offer spontaneous performances in the streets.

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Telluride Fire Festival makes it’s debut January 15-19, 2014.

Unlike Burning Man, attendees will not be subjected to a five-hour line of car traffic to get in and out of a sweltering desert, nor wear a facemask to keep dirt and dust out of their eyes and nose. Rather, this landmark Festival will take place in the comfortably cooler climes of a quaint, historic township (elevation 8750 ft.), with just 2500 year-round residents.

The Fire Festival, a 501c3 event, is the creation of Telluride residents Erin Ries and Chris Myers, and is a collaborative effort with the Ah Haa School for the Arts and Deep Creek Experimental, two other local nonprofits.

The Festival will begin on Thursday, January 15, with an Art Walk that features galleries showcasing a wide array of fire art, including installations. The next day, when darkness falls, Main Street and the Mountain Village Plaza will be the centers of the action. Saturday and Sunday will feature workshops on fire-performing and fire art creation.


The inaugural Telluride Festival is set to take on Burning Man in awesomeness.
The inaugural Telluride Festival is set to take on Burning Man in awesomeness.

“Telluride has a thriving arts community, and we are offering a new platform that will help amplify this dynamic art form,” says Erin Ries, Event Director.
The Festival appeals to a growing national audience for this artistry, and brings both regional and nationally recognized fire artists to Telluride. Among the Festival’s scheduled talent are mural artist and kinetic sculptor Duane Flatmo; metal sculptor Jamie Vaida; fire performers Fractal Tribe; and Telluride architect/metal artist Anton-Viditz-Ward.

Ticketed entertainment is also being offered after the free outdoor events each evening. Among the currently scheduled acts is MarchFourth Marching Band (January 16), the internationally renowned American music-and-performance group, based in Portland, Oregon. Combining their musical artistry — led by a 5-piece percussion corps and 6-part brass section — with such dazzling visuals as stilt-walking, acrobatics, dancing and hooping, MarchFourth (or M4, as it is known to its fans) is far from a “marching band” in any traditional sense of the word. The 15-20 member troupe is also known to enter the stage via an energizing parade though town, typically inspiring wild dancing among spectators.

Because the Festival is a community-wide, community-supported event, local establishments will join in the fun by customizing their usual goods and services to the festival’s fiery atmosphere — from fire-themed art exhibits at local galleries, to flaming food on restaurants’ weekend menus, to fire-themed book signings.
“Fire is at the very core of human existence: it transformed our ability to survive,” says co-founder Chris Myers. “Today, it is still critically important to mankind’s survival, and the human fascination with it has led it to become an art form.”

For more information about the Telluride Fire Festival — or to become a sponsor or volunteer, or to submit a fire installation for consideration — please go to, or email

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