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Burning Man






The organizers of Burning Man consider the event “an annual experiment in temporary community dedicated to radical self-expression and radical self-reliance”. Each year for nine days the week before and including Labor Day week-end 70,000 people arrive at Black Rock City in the middle of the Nevada desert ready to party.


Nothing is for sale at Burning Man except coffee and ice, and participants must bring food, supplies, shelter and anything else they might need during their stay for survival in a harsh environment. Theme camps, set up throughout Black Rock, are groups of participants, called Burners, who come together to provide a service, entertainment, art or other interactive experience for everyone at Burning Man, such as massages, zip lining and wine tastings.  Art installations can either be built as part of the camps or set up on the open playa.  They are also where most people set up their tents and can be groups of anywhere from six to 400 people.  Participants often wear wild costumes full of color and decorated with feathers, glitter, beads, golden capes, giant wings, stilts or anything else that captures the imagination.  The website suggests bringing “toys and costumes which express your creative spirit”.


People amble around the site on foot, bicycles or scooters, and come together to cook, drink, make art, barter services, or generally enjoy themselves.  There is plenty of music, however no acts are pre-booked.  On the last Saturday of the event, a large wooden structure is burned, giving Burning Man its name.  When it is done, attendees are expected to clean up after themselves before they leave.


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