Published on September 8th, 2012 | by No Artificial
Burning Man 2012
More than 60,000 people have gathered at the festival in the Nevada desert to spend a week cut off from reality of everyday life.
Burning Man, founded in 1986 by Larry Harvey and a group of friends, is an annual gathering which takes place on “The Playa”, the enormous, flat, treeless, dusty and alkaline surface at the heart of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. The event begins on the last Monday in August and culminates over American Labor Day in September. It took its name from the ritual burning of a massive wooden statue – the Man – on Saturday evening.
The climactic festival, full of colossal art installations, throbbing music and happy people, is one of the most fascinating and least understood phenomena of our time.
Its roots can be traced back to Woodstock and though it is necessary to purchase tickets, Burning Man is not really a rock concert. It’s a community of Burners influenced by 10 principles that include communal effort, self-reliance, gift-giving and fostering a social environment that is “unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions or advertising.” Their slogan is “No spectators, only participants.”
This year the festival was celebrating its 26th anniversary and the theme was ‘Fertility 2.0′
For more info visit www.burningman.com