Burning Man, 2016: AUGUST 29 – SEPTEMBER 5
The Burning Man Project is dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance, once a year, tens of thousands of participants gather to create Black Rock City in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Departing one week later, having left no trace whatsoever. This year’s art theme is DaVinci’s Workshop.
The story of Burning Man this year will focus on the republic of Florence, for it was here, in a city-state of about the same size and population as Black Rock City, that humanist ideals, a rediscovery of science, and funding from a newly moneyed class of entrepreneurs fueled a revolutionary cultural movement that redefined Western civilization. Five centuries later, they will attempt to recreate this potent social alchemy by combining Burning Man art, maker culture and creative philanthropy to make Black Rock City the epicenter of a new renaissance.
Even considering going to Burning Man for the first time can be seriously daunting. And while it’s true that Burning Man is not for the faint of heart, with some research, preparation, and planning, an experience — and opportunity — beyond your wildest dreams awaits you in Black Rock City.
There are no rules about how one must behave or express oneself at this event (save the rules that serve to protect the health, safety, and experience of the community at large); rather, it is up to each participant to decide how they will contribute and what they will give to this community. There is no dress code or even a costume theme. All you need to do is decide how you want to express yourself through what you wear, how you paint your face, and what you wear on your head. Plan, also, to bring items for barter with fellow participants. Come in to Etoile Costume & Party Center, look around and let us help you bring your self-expression to life. We can also suggest barter items for you.
The event takes place on an ancient lake bed, 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. This year’s theme is “DaVinci’s Workshop”.
August 29 – September 5, 2016
Black Rock City
Black Rock Desert, NV
For more detailed information about the Burning Man experience and the events of past years, enter the official website HERE.
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