Burning Man- An Annual Gathering


Where: Black Rock Desert, 120 miles north of Reno, Nevada.

When: August 26 – September 3, 2018

About: Burning Man is an annual gathering in the western United States at Black Rock City, Nevada. Black Rock City, often abbreviated to BRC, is the name of the temporary city created by Burning Man participant.

Burning Man is a thriving worldwide community of participants, with events happening all over the globe. The yearly event draws thousands of people from all walks of life in the name of community, during which festival goers also called “burners” are able to express themselves in whatever way they see fit, free of all scrutiny and judgment. Each year the festival features a different theme. The art theme for 2018 is I, Robot. Past themes have included Fertility, Wheel of Time, The Inferno, The Body, The Floating World, Beyond Belief, Vault of Heaven, Psyche, Hope and Fear, The Green Man, The American Dream, Evolution, Metropolis, Fertility 2.0, Caravansary, Carnival of Mirrors, Da Vince’s Workshop, and Radical Ritual. You have to bring all you need to survive. There are only two things sold in Black Rock City: coffee and ice, both found in Center Camp. You need to bring ALL supplies, food, water and tools you will need for survival in a harsh environment. No food or sundry items are sold anywhere in the Black Rock City. The event is clothing-optional and public nudity is common, though not practiced by the majority.

The ten principles of Burning Man: – Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey wrote the Ten Principles in 2004 as guidelines for the newly-formed Regional Network.

  • Radical Inclusion
  • Gifting: – Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional.
  • Decommodification
  • Radical Self- reliance: – Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his/her inner resources.
  • Radical Self- expression: – “Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.”
  • Communal Effort
  • Civic Responsibility
  • Leaving No Trace
  • Participation
  • Immediacy

History: The festival initially started out as a celebration of the summer solstice in 1986, during which Larry Harvey and a dozen of his friends would participate in a bonfire ritual at Baker Beach in San Francisco. it has since been held annually, spanning from the last Sunday in August to the first Monday in September (Labor Day). Over the years, more people started to attend the annual bonfire, during which Harvey would set fire to an effigy of a man, leading to the festival’s name. At Burning Man, the community explores various forms of artistic self-expression, created in celebration for the pleasure of all participants.

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