Burning Man is the creation of a city in the middle of a desert in Nevada, USA. That’s it and that’s that. Basically. But of course it’s just not any city. It’s a city so full of creativity and creative souls that it can blow your mind. It’s a week of intense and strong impression. It’s a sharing community that is based on not taking but of giving. It’s an alternative to the commercialized and greedy society that’s taken over the rest of the world – or most of it. And it’s an environmental experiment – with 60 or 70 thousand people leaving no trace behind when they move out of the desert again.
But more than anything Burning Man is pure fun and joy. If you are willing to let yourself immerse into an intense experience.
Because Burning Man is very intense. When the up to 70 thousand inhabitants of Black Rock City – as the temporary city is called, taking its name from the desert it rises from – party around the clock for a week, it’s bound to be crazy. It’s loud, it’s hot, it’s wild, it’s a visual explosion, it’s white outs, it’s thirst, it’s contemplations, it’s friendship and it’s brother/sisterhood.
Burning Man is definitely a place for extroverts. There is no denying that Burning Man is a lot about sex, drugs and rock’n’roll (well, not really rock and roll, but more trance, ambient and electronic dance music). And no reason to deny it – it’s part of the fun and the liberty of Burning Man. For me Burning Man is in many ways a very American event, seeing it as a reaction to the conformity of the regular American society – where even showing a bare breast is more than most people can take. At the same time it’s an incredible arena for creativity and artistry, of visual expressions and a lot of good ethics – as mentioned before. At the bottom line Burning Man is really about sharing, giving and conscious existence. It’s definitely an experience to recommend – despite the hardship of being in the middle of a desert, with heat and dust and more dust…