Burning Man is more than 30 years old, yet it still fascinates. Discover the differences with past editions.
A Cosmopolitan Community gathers every year in the Nevada Desert for an immersive experience of tribal dances, DIY art, sandstorms and massive bonfires. Its name is Burning Man.
The Burning Man Festival is one of the most mysterious and original events on the planet: from August 28 to September 5, since 1991, tens of thousands of people populate a temporary metropolis made up of tents, vans, architecture, artwork, ephemeral constructions, and caravans, spanning more than 8 thousand square meters at Black Rock City, a boundless desert located in northwestern Nevada.
The purpose of Burining Man is to find oneself, and that is what every single participant says when asked why he or she is there.
Re-finding oneself with respect to the castrating rules of society: a necessary escape from the hectic life of the city, from the feverish race for profit and consumption; at Burning Man, in fact, any currency of exchange is forbidden and only barter or donation is allowed.
A very Hippie Mood, where a super-respectful anarchy prevails, the use of drugs is allowed – in fact -, orgies are held in specific and organized areas only for those who want to indulge in this kind of practice, sun salutations, ancestral rituals and workshops of oriental philosophies.
Each participant is given a handbook, where the rules of the community are explained, in which the limits of coexistence are actually very strict. Everyone must look after their own subsistence, bringing enough food, electricity and water to live for 8 days in the middle of nowhere, where temperatures reach as high as 40 degrees and there is no cell phone signal.
Civic and environmental responsibility is inescapable: the community pledges to leave everything clean at the end of the festival, as if humans had never lived there intensely for 8 intense days. Everything is picked up from the sand, even the most insignificant and carried away from the desert.