Schedule

This is the current lineup of the festival.  The Catolith burns at 10PM on Halloween – firm. 

More acts and attractions, and further details are to be added.

This project will require a collective effort, please consider how you may play your part, make your individual contribution, and/or coordinate your friends/groups to manifest this vision.

  • October 26th – 28th Pre-event Setup:
    • Help Build the Catolith and Setup Festival Infrastructure
      • Assembly of the Catolith, laying out of festival grounds, power generation, lighting, sound, sanitation, shelter, safety, and medical.
  • October 29th: 
    •   5:55 PM (Sundown): Raising the Cat
      • The Catolith Cat effigy will be raised up ‘Iwojima’ style.  We’ll have ropes attached that everybody will pull.  The Catolith will be anchored solidly to its plinth and on that axis it will raise up to stand upright.  This will take place Thursday, October 29th at sundown.
    • 7:00 – 10:00 PM: Cosmic Cat Talks at the Rock 
      • Audiovisual presentation of evening lectures.  Slideshows projected on the Giant Rock.
        • Erik Davis,PhD, Counter-culture Historian, Psychedelic Scholar, and Technotheologist, will talk about the history of Saucer Cults, California Mysticism, Giant Rock and the Integratron.
        • Dr. Paul Koudounaris, aka “Indiana Bones”, cat photographer extraordinaire, and leading authority on feline history, will talk about demonically possessed cats, cat worship traditions old and new, and heroic felines in history.
        • Sir Davy Normal, “The Austin Powers of Burning Man”, and organizer of Blazing Cat, will talk about “Holofelinity: The Extraterrestrial Origin of Cats and the Cathenge Mythos”
    • 11:00 PM Cat Priestess Opening Ceremony: “Invocation of Holofelinity”
      • An exotic sensual costumed cat dance to arouse the feline power of Universal Cat Consciousness, “Holofelinity”, and kindle the festive spirit of Blazing Cat!
    • Midnight: Ambient Interstellar All Night Mutant Cat Vibes with “Spukkin’ Faceship” and SPAZ Voyager crew!
  • Friday October 30th 
    • Morning: Ritual Offerings and Decoration of the Catolith
      • Place gifts, offerings, remembrances, prayers, relics, sacrifices and decorations upon the ribs of the cat.  You may climb the cat to make dedications to specific cat chakras.  
    • Afternoon:  Eccentric Excursions and Bold Adventures Beyond the Zone
      • The surrounding desert is rich in natural wonders, historical sites, and local culture.  Suggested day trips:
        • Integratron:  Enjoy sound baths in the unique cosmic dome, a one of a kind architectural curiosity and engineering masterpiece, built by the pioneering ufology legend, George Van Tassel, with the guidance of space beings.
        • Noah Purifoy Sculpture Garden:  Folk art environment life work by African-American sculptor Noah Purifoy.  A deeply moving artistic statement!
        • Mojave Megaphone:  Inexplicable metal cylinder mounted atop a mountain crag resembling a megaphone.
        • Desert Labyrinth:  A colossal labyrinth formed of stones set in a dry lake bed.  Similar in form to Celtic labyrinths such as the famous one at Chartres Cathedral, France.
    • Sundown (5.58 PM): Binding Mummification of the Catolith
      • Ceremony of binding the Catolth.  All the ropes that were used to to lift up the cat will be wound around the cat tightly as though she were an Ancient Egyptian mummified cat.  This rite will be similar to a Maypole dance where all may join in running round and round the Catolith to the beat of wild drums, winding then unwinding, to and fro, until finally the ropes are wound tight and the Catolith is mummified in kitten bondage.
    • 8:00 PM: Live Bands and video projections on the Giant Rock
      • A full evening of Alien Themed Music
        • The Aliens
        • Martian Circus
        • Theremin Barney
    • Midnight: Ambient Interstellar All Night Mutant Cat Vibes with “Spukkin’ Faceship” and SPAZ Voyager crew!
  • Saturday October 31st
    • 11:00 AM:  Cat Chakra Meditation Workshop with David Normal
      • Explore the Nine Cat Chakra system of Holofelinity through creative visualization and self-realization.  Using written affirmation, sound vibration, and hatha yoga asanas guided by the essential principles of Universal Cat Consciousness;  you can transform your world.  Change the way you see things and the things you see shall change!
    • 7:00 PM:  Cat Priestess and Alien Costume Halloween Fashion Show
      • Put on your finest, glitziest, sexiest, and wildest; cat ears, paws, tails, whiskers, and claws.  Leopard, tiger, cheetah prints! Beautiful cat eyes glowing! Prance, dance, pounce and play!  Naughty kittens get tied up and suspended!  Whipped, collared, caged, and leashed!  Wild cat training, gentle kitten training, cat freaky sexy circus animal fetish romp!
      • Go full on, all out, EXTRATERRESTRIAL!!!  Tentacles, translucent epidermis of mauve and chartreuse, robes of spun unobtainium, almond shaped obsidian eyes of deep telepathic wisdom, mutant carapaces, interstellar spores of symbiotic fungi.  Arcturians! Pleiadeans! Martians and Venusians!  The legendary Lyran Cat Lords, creators of humankind.  Dare we mention the dreaded Disco Reptilians???
    • 10:00 PM Sharp:  The Catolith Burns!!!
      • The Catolith, timeless icon of Holofelinity, the emblem of Universal Cat Consciousness, will be set ablaze, BLAZING CAT!!! A form that burns through both space and time illimitable, anchor of reality, burning, blazing, in conflagration, “Conflamingulation” even, an ever present origin, a continuum and conundrum of eternal return, catharsis, and transcendence!
    • Late Night (post-burn):  EVERYTHINGATHON!!!
      • Let it all hang out!  Everything and Anything goes!! Always and ever anon for pleasure everlasting!!  Master Cat Blasting!! The Jackpot struck when the Carnival King has spontaneously combusted and all the world is topsy-turvy, funhouse looking glassy curvy, groovy, sniffy-gluey, hysterically grand hilarity of RELEASE from all that was.  All the flotsam, all the jetsam, the trash and the treasure, lost and plundered, squandered, and RETURNED from ages past, RENEWED to ages new, in innocence in the dying embers of the Cat’s Meow.
  • Sunday, November 1st:  
    • Capture the Flag!!
      • Finally, for Sunday’s relaxation, what could be better than a by-any-means-necessary all out game of Capture the Flag beneath the Desert Sun?
  • Monday, November 2nd (Dia de Los Muertos):
    • Clean Up, Tear Down, Pack it Out, LEAVE NO TRACE!!!
      • The party’s over.