Black Rock City, Nevada, United States
The next Burning Man will be happening sometime in the future.
Typical Attendance: 70000
Annual Summer Festival
Ages: From 0 To 100
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About Burning Man
Words from the festival
"Our mission is to produce the annual event known as "Burning Man" and to guide, nurture and protect the more permanent community created by its culture. Our intention is to generate society that connects each individual to his or her creative powers, to participation in community, to the larger realm of civic life, and to the even greater world of nature that exists beyond society. We believe that the experience of Burning Man can produce positive spiritual change in the world. To this end, it is equally important that we communicate with one another, with the citizens of Black Rock City and with the community of Burning Man wherever it may arise. Burning Man is radically inclusive, and its meaning is potentially accessible to anyone. The touchstone of value in our culture will always be immediacy: experience before theory, moral relationships before politics, survival before services, roles before jobs, embodied ritual before symbolism, work before vested interest, participant support before sponsorship. Finally, in order to accomplish these ends, Burning Man must endure as a self-supporting enterprise that is capable of sustaining the lives of those who dedicate themselves to its work. From this devotion spring those duties that we owe to one another. We will always burn the Man."
The Ten Principlesof Burning Man
Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.
Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.
In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.
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.
Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.
We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.
Leaving No Trace
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.
Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.
Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.
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In The News!
- burning man 2019: a first look at the art and architecture present at black rock city - Designboom Aug 27, 2019
- See What the Burning Man Festival Looks Like From Space - TIME Aug 28, 2019
- Burning Man 2019: Town of Gerlach, population 200, adapts to influx of 80,000 Burners - Reno Gazette-Journal Aug 26, 2019
- Burning Man 2019 photos: A look at the art and architecture on day one - Curbed SF Aug 26, 2019
- Burning Man hair, nails, fashion: Burners prep their 2019 playa looks - Reno Gazette-Journal Aug 24, 2019
- Burning Man 2019 weather: It should be a 'fairly tranquil' week in Black Rock City this year - Reno Gazette Journal Aug 23, 2019
- This year is my sixth Burning Man. Here's what it's really like. - Business Insider Aug 23, 2019
- Burning Man to host conference in Reno in 2020 - Reno Gazette Journal Aug 21, 2019
- Burn, baby, burn: Meet the families who are raising Burning Man's next generation of burners - Roadtrippers Magazine Aug 19, 2019
- Babies and diapers are replacing sex and drugs at Burning Man - New York Post Aug 21, 2019
- Art Cars, Plug and Play & Playa Tech: How Electronic Music Culture Is Evolving at Burning Man - Billboard Aug 21, 2019
- Timeline: Burning Man's tumultuous past - Fast Company Aug 19, 2019
- Instagram culture is coming for Burning Man's desert utopia - Fast Company Aug 19, 2019
- Experts: Burning Man playa dust not serious health concern - Santa Rosa Press Democrat Aug 19, 2019