Telluride Fire Festival

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Before Erin Ries could invite any artists or performers to the Telluride Fire Festival, there was one small but very important bit of red tape to work through: applying for a special exemption to the mountain town’s burn ordinance. “These are artists who normally don’t get to showcase their fire art in public, because in most places it’s illegal — so people are traveling from all over the United States to perform,” Ries says.

Along with ongoing shows at the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art and the Arroyo Fine Art Gallery & Wine Bar, the weeklong festival will feature nightly art installations and performers at 5 p.m. in the Mountain Village Plaza — including one by Denver’s own Fractal Tribe, which will offer a free fire-spinning workshop on Sunday at 1 p.m. Most activities are free and open to the public, but there are a few ticketed events, such as a performance by the MarchFourth Marching Band tonight at 9 p.m. at the Telluride Conference Center ($35) and a Eufórquestra concert tomorrow at the Sheridan Opera House ($20).

Want to really light things up? Splurge for the $200 ticket to the Fire Festival’s Sunday fundraiser gala at the Mine, an abandoned mine just outside of town that serves as the studio for Telluride artist Anton Viditz-Ward and showcases his large-scale spectacles of steel and fire. “The gala is going to be an over-the-top event, with art installations that won’t be seen anyplace else, two different bands playing inside the subterranean mine, DJs outside, and lavish decor and food and drinks provided by Ashram Galactica, a Burning Man favorite,” Ries says.

Visit telluridefirefestival.com for tickets and more information.
Jan. 15-19, 2015

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