burningmanThe Burning Man Festival has grown from a small group of people gathering spontaneously to a community of over 48,000 people. There are no rules about how one must behave or express oneself at this event rather, it is up to each participant to decide how they will contribute and what they will give to this community. The event takes place on an ancient lakebed in the desert of Nevada, known as the playa. By the time the event is completed and the volunteers leave, sometimes nearly a month after the event has ended, there will be no trace of the city that was, for a short time, the most populous town in the entire county. Art is an unavoidable part of this experience, and in fact, is such a part of the experience that Larry Harvey, founder of the Burning Man project, gives a theme to each year, to encourage a common bond to help tie each individual’s contribution together in a meaningful way. Participants are encouraged to find a way to help make the theme come alive, whether it is through a large-scale art installation, a theme camp, gifts brought to be given to other individuals, costumes, or any other medium that one comes up with.

This documentary about the Burning Man gives some great insights into the whole project and expresses in beautiful pictures how it is to be part of the Burningman-Project.

Burning Man Festival (Video 1/2)

Burning Man Festival (Video 2/2)

The official homepage of the Burning Man Project: www.burningman.com

Will you be at the Burning Man Festival 2009?

If you plan to go to the Burning Man 2009, which starts at the 31th of August and lasts until 7th September it would be great if you could leave a comment here. Maybe we can all meet up then in the desert of Nevada and watch the man burn!

3 COMMENTS

  1. I’m surprised that there are not more comments here from people who have been to the Burn. In 2000 my then “friend” and I went to Burning Man for the first time. It absolutely changed our lives. We’ve been back every year since and were married legally out there in 2002 at the suggestion of my two children from a previous marriage. Both of my daughters have been since and have been fully immersed in local Burning Man culture since we moved here to Arizona in 2001. Arizona has a very large and close knit community of Burners and we are blessed to have one of the best Regional events in the country. It boils down to this: People in this day and age need to unplug. From their phone, their computer, their television, their job and sometimes from what they’ve become. Burning Man reminds me and teaches others that the Golden Rule is really all you need.

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