Burning Man is an annual event held in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. It began in 1986 and is held the week leading up to and including Labor Day.
It is an experiment in community and art, influenced by 10 main principles, including radical inclusion, radical self-reliance, radical self-expression, communal effort, civic responsibility, gifting, decommodification, participation, immediacy, and leaving no trace.
During the event, participants are encouraged to express themselves artistically and create art installations, performances, and other interactive works for the benefit of the community. There is no central authority or organization, and the event is self-governed with the help of a volunteer staff. Burning Man culminates in the burning of a large wooden effigy, the “Man”, on the Saturday night of the event.
There are also regional events across the world including AfrikaBurn in South Africa.
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