Burning Man is one of the most incredible festivals in the world. Tens of thousands of people from all over the world make a temporary city in Black Rock Desert every year. And it isn’t a common city as you can imagine. Walking in the desert you will see enormous buildings of all kind – castles, ships, shoes, fairy houses, glowing animals and other giant creatures. The vehicles around you are not the ones you have seen on the street. They are moving art installations in a variety of shapes and sizes, full of overjoyed people.
The festival has kept its spirit since 1986 when a group of friends had a small gathering on the Baker Beach in San Francisco and in the end they’ve burned an effigy. Namely from this pagan ritual the festival takes its name. This is the culmination of this annual celebration of the artistic freedom.
There are ten main principles in the Burning Man community – radical inclusion, gifting, decommodification, self-reliance, self-expression, communal effort, civic responsibility, Leaving No Trace, participation and immediacy. Absolutely everyone who is ready to accept the ten principles is invited on Burning Man. There are no restrictions.
„Burners” have the right and the obligation to express themselves in the most appropriate way as long as it doesn’t bother the other participants. The festival is a popular place for artists who want to share their creations. Some art installations are so huge that they need to be prepared long before the beginning of the event. As the festival is strictly non-commercial, the artists don’t get any money for their work. Some of them become part of various traveling exhibitions and you can see Burning Man art works in museums in Europe, Asia and Africa. But if you’re not an artist, don’t worry, you’re still welcome.
Just to be prepared. Although most people are dressed, the nudity is a normal thing at the festival and well accepted. But you are not obliged to be naked or to do anything without consent. You are only required to have fun.
There’s no other place like Burning Man where you can see so many crazy cars. Mutant Vehicles are unique, motorized creations that show little or no resemblance to their original shape and you will never happen to see them on the street.
In terms of safety all art installations, vehicles and bicycles are richly decorated with bright colours, lights and cheerful music sounds from them. In other words, it will be really hard not to notice them.