Burning Man is a practice in community, an annual gathering of 65,000 "Burners" who meet in the Black Rock Desert of Northern Nevada to create art, exchange ideas, and participate in the burning of the Man, a symbol whose meaning is as varied as the attendees themselves
Burning Man is a practice in community, an annual gathering of 65,000 “Burners” who meet in the Black Rock Desert of Northern Nevada to create art, exchange ideas, and participate in the burning of the Man, a symbol whose meaning is as varied as the attendees themselves. From its early days on a small beach in San Francisco, Burning Man has grown from small groups of people gathering spontaneously to a community of over a million people.
This year Burning Man will take place from August 28 to September 5, 2016. Participants can join in the effort to co-create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to art and community.
This experimental community challenges its members to express and rely on themselves to a degree that is not normally encountered in one’s day-to-day life. This year’s theme is inspired by the Italian Renaissance of the middle 15th and early 16th centuries, when an historic convergence of inspired artistry, technical innovation and enlightened patronage launched Europe out of medievalism and into modernity. It 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 civilisation. Five centuries later, attempts will be made 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.