Could you handle Burning Man? Not everyone is capable of committing to the intense week long experience in the Nevada desert. But, then again, not everyone even knows what goes on at Burning Man. To get the scoop on the epic survival experience click here!
The first thing you have to know about Burning Man is it is all about survival, both as a 70,000 person community, and as an individual. That might sound a little scary, okay, it might sound a lot scary. But we swear, people actually have a really great time forming a community together and surviving for a week in the Nevada desert. Here are the top five things you need to know about Burning Man.
1. It’s an annual experiment dedicated to “radical self-expression” and “radical self-reliance” in a temporary community.
At Burning Man, they expect you to be “radically self-sufficient.” Seriously, you need to bring all the things necessary to ensure your survival, including water, food and shelter. You won’t even be let through the gate if they don’t think you can hack it with what you brought. But you can also bring the non-essentials, like earplugs to help you sleep better, a bicycle for getting around the “city,” and toys and costumes. After all, it’s also all about expressing yourself!
2. Burning Man is held in the Black Rock Desert, 120 miles north of Reno, Nevada, at the same time every year.
The towns of Empire and Gerlach serve as protectors of the desert region. Black Rock City, the temporary community created at Burning Man, is organized as 2/3 of a circle. There are axes on every half hour, from 2:00 to 10:00, intersecting with ten concentric semi-circles. Don’t worry, you’ll get a map upon entry where you can see Center Camp and the “man,” the structure for which the event is named. Burning Man is held the week prior to and including Labor Day weekend.
3. There is always an art theme.
This year’s art theme is da Vinci’s Workshop, and past themes have included Fertility, Time, Hell, Outer Space, The Body, The Floating World, Beyond Belief, Vault of Heaven, Psyche, Hope and Fear, The Green Man, The American Dream, Evolution, Metropolis, Fertility 2.0, Caravansary, and Carnival of Mirrors. Ya, some pretty intense stuff. But a lot to work off of!
4. Nudity is super popular.
When participants aren’t wearing very elaborate costumes to protect themselves from the dust, they are usually wearing nothing at all. But the community is careful to self-enforce against gawking at each other or exploitative photography. So feel free to let it all hang out!
5. The event is full of the rich and famous.
Nearly 60 percent of the people that participate in Burning man live in households earning more than $100,000 annually and tickets to the event are around $400, according to USA Today. So it’s by no means a cheap experience. But the camps that can afford to do so spread the wealth with open bars each day, and others give away free food. Celebrities have also made appearances at Burning Man in recent years, including Katy Perry and Karlie Kloss.
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