Burning Man Event is an annual week-long event that is celebrated in Western United States at Black Rock City. Black Rock City is a temporary city in Black Rock Desert of northwest Nevada, which is approximately 100 miles north-northeast of Reno.
Burning Man Definition and Its History :
Burning Man began in 1986 as a bonfire ritual on the summer solstice when Larry Harvey, Jerry James and a few friends met on Baker Beach in San Francisco and set fire to an eight foot tall wooden man as well as a smaller wooden dog.
Harvey has described his inspiration for burning these effigies as a spontaneous act of “radical self-expression”
In 1987, the sculpture grew to 15 feet tall, and by 1988, it had grown to 30 feet.
By 1988, Larry Harvey formally named the summer solstice ritual “Burning Man”.
The name “Burning Man” comes from the symbolic ritual burning of a large wooden sculpture that usually takes place on the Saturday evening of the festival.
The people who attend Burning Man are called “Burners”.
Burning Man closed with the burning of the Temple Galaxia, a 65-foot wooden structure, which symbolizes how the fabric of the universe connects all living beings.
Temple Galaxia :
Temple Galaxia was designed by the architect Arthur Mamou-Mani.
It was built in two locations-> Reno, NV and Oakland, CA.
Galaxia was shaped by 20 timber trusses converging as a spiral towards one point in the sky.
The triangular trusses formed different paths towards a central space holding a giant 3D printed mandala at the center.
The timber modules start large enough to hold small alcoves in which people could interact with the structure in peace.
As participants walked through the path, the timber modules lifted up and became thinner towards the sky as they reached the central mandala.
For the burning of the temple, people created memorials for deceased loved ones and past relationships, according to the Reno Gazette Journal.
Burning Man Tickets, Facts and Statistics :
The nine-day gathering of 70,000 people includes wild costumes, art installations, spontaneous musical performances, and lots of partying.
Burning Man is organized by a non-profit organization, called Burning Man Project.
The Burning Man Project endorses several smaller regional events, inspired by the Burning Man principles both in the United States and internationally.
Burning Man does not book any entertainment for the event, but instead encourages participants to perform for the community free of charge.
🔥 People wander around the camps on foot, bicycles, and scooters, cook together, dance, drink, make art, and generally just party, according to insider reporter Aly Weisman, who attended the event in 2013 and 2016.
Burning Man 2018 tickets were ranged from $425 to $1,200.
Burning Man 2019 will place August 25 – September 2, 2018 in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.
According to the event’s official website, you will also have to purchase an $80 vehicle pass for each car you drive in.
Approximately 5,000 pre-sale tickets also came available at the end of each January, at two prices: $990 and $1,200.
🔥 In 2016, CNBC estimated that total cost of attending could range from $1,300 to $20,000, including food, transportation, costumes, camp fees and gifts.
Burning Man, which costs over $8 million dollars to run, is supported by ticket sales. (In 2006, a ticket at the gate cost $350.) No money is exchanged at this Event.
So participants are expected to bring their food, water, sunscreen, shelter, supplies and anything else they might need and then pack it out with them afterward.
The only things you can buy there are coffee and ice.
The official website suggests participants bring a bicycle to get around and “toys or costumes with which you can express your creative spirit.
🔥 Many people even get married at Burning Man, Weisman reported.
🔥 Nearly 70,000 people went to Burning Man in 2017, according to the Black Rock City census project.
🔥 If you want to go, you shouldn’t wait to get a ticket, as the event typically sells out quickly. This year, 26,000 tickets sold in the first half hour, according to USA Today.
Burning Man might have a reputation for being full of “hippies”, but some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley have reportedly attended the event.
Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook reportedly dropped in to Black Rock City by helicopter for just one day to serve grilled cheese sandwiches to participants, and Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin went disguised in full spandex body suits.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, went on more than one occasion, Business Insider previously reported.
🔥 “If you haven’t been, you just don’t get it,” Musk said of the event, according to The New York Times.
🔥 Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has also been a Burner, according to The Times.
10 Principles of Burning Man :
- Radical inclusion : Anyone may be part of Burning Man
- Radical self-reliance : You are encouraged to rely on and discover yourself
- Radical self-expression : Arises from the unique gifts of an individual
- Communal effort : Work together
- Civic responsibility : Society should be civil and respect all outside laws
- Gifting : Gifting is the basis of Burning Man. The value of a gift is unconditional.
- Decommodification : There is no sponsorship or advertising at Burning Man
- Participation : Change occurs through deeply personal participation
- Immediacy : Seek to overcome barriers
- Leaving no trace : Clean up after oneself and leave the space better than when you arrived.
In 2005, Burning Man featured over 275 art projects, 485 theme camps, an extranet , intranet and a WiFi network that provided the entire area with connectivity.
The Burning Man Art Festival attracted more than 35,000 participants in 2005.
In 2010, 51,515 people attended Burning Man event.
Attendance in 2011 was capped at 50,000 participants, but attendance rose to 70,000 in 2015.
In order to truly understand Burning Man, the annual summer event held in the middle of the Nevada desert, you probably just have to go.
Burning Man Themes :
Since 1995, every year Burning Man has a theme. Prior to 2019, Larry Harvey has decided the Burning Man Theme and announced in essay form to steer the imagery and participation. But Larry Harvey passed away in 2018, leaving the Burning Man organization responsible to name future themes of burning man. Some year-wise burning man themes are as under:
- 1995 – Good and Evil
- 1996 – The Inferno
- 1997 – Mysteria
- 1998 – The Nebulous Entity
- 1999 – The Wheel of Time
- 2000 – The Body
- 2001 – The Seven Ages
- 2002 – The Floating World
- 2003 – Beyond Belief
- 2004 – Vault of Heaven
- 2005 – Psyche
- 2006 – Hope & Fear
- 2007 – The Green Man
- 2008 – American Dream
- 2009 – Evolution – A Tangled Bank
- 2010 – Metropolis – The Life of Cities
- 2011 – Rites of Passage
- 2012 – Fertility 2.0
- 2013 – Cargo Cult
- 2014 – Caravansary
- 2015 – Carnival of Mirrors
- 2016 – Da Vinci’s Workshop
- 2017 – Radical Ritual
- 2018 – I, Robot