Burning Man 2012 Festival

A one-of-a-kind summer art event, Burning Man is held each year at the end of August in the Black Rock Desert, just outside of Gerlach, Nevada. For one week, revelers celebrate art and community in a myriad of ways.

Black Rock City is erected each year on an ancient lake bed, known as the “playa.” As if a mirage, the city appears out of nowhere, and disappears just as mysteriously a month later – leaving no trace of its existence.

Founded by Larry Harvey, the Burning Man festival has a specific theme each year; encouraging a common bond between participants, and tying together their contributions in a meaningful way.

It’s a sense of community like no other in the world.

Trying to explain what Burning Man is to someone who has never been to the event is a bit like trying to explain what a particular color looks like to someone who is blind …to truly understand this event, one must participate…

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…Participants are encouraged to find a way to help make the theme come alive, whether it is through a large-scale art installation, a theme camp, gifts brought to be given to other individuals, costumes, or any other medium that one comes up with.

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The Burning Man festival is one of those things that you simply cannot put into words. One must experience it for themselves to fully understand what it’s all about.

Have you ever attended a Burning Man festival? I would love to hear about your experiences.

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