The weeklong festival, which began Monday, attracts tens of thousands of people to a makeshift desert city at which participants provide all the art, entertainment, food, and water, based largely on a barter system. Some regulars, known as “burners,” have expressed misgivings over a lack of financial transparency by the company.
How much money has the festival made over the years? Its organizers don’t disclose revenue figures on a year-by-year basis. Burners know little about the finances behind the event they work so hard to create, and that bothers some of them.
California Highway Patrol is seeing a surge in nighttime traffic in the Alturas area, with drivers from around the West heading down Highway 139 en route to the Burning Man festival in northwest Nevada.
CHP spokesman Tyler Fromening said the Alturas office is “seeing tremendous amounts” of traffic, especially during the hours of darkness and overnight.” However, it’s difficult to tell just how many of those motorists are heading to the festival, which runs Aug. 29 to Sept. 5.
Fromening said he’s dealt with more traffic crashes over the last three days than he’s used to seeing at this time of summer.
As I’m in the midst of preparing for my yearly pilgrimage to Black Rock Desert, the location of Burning Man, the annual art/music/alternative culture gathering in the Nevada Desert that takes place the week prior to Labor Day, I start to get a lot of questions from both my team here at gyro and from many of my clients on what it is and why do I go.
I’ll bet $450—the going price for a ticket on eBay—that the coming Burning Man rave in the Nevada desert is not on your to-do list. It’s not on mine either. (I like bathing.) But 50,000 souls are headed there on Monday. For the first time in 25 years, this festival of self-expression, self-reliance and (supposedly) “de-commodification” has sold out.
The Flat Smiley Project is collaborative new media project and community building activity for Burning Man 2011. Flat Smiley invites participants to befriend him and take him along on your travels to Black Rock City. Flat Smiley’s message is: “No Burner left behind!” Using Flat Smiley is like sending a postcard from the playa for many burners who are not able to attend the event this year due to fact that Burning Man sold out this year. It’s also a really fun project to get kids involved with, too. Download Flat Smiley now!
Black Rock Beacon Remembers Rod Garrett - Burning Man 2011
An appreciation piece for Rod Garrett is slated for the Tuesday or Wednesday edition of the Black Rock Beacon. If you knew Rod and want to share memories come to Center Camp on Monday at 1:30pm or message Mitch on Tribe.
If there’s any sign that festival fashion trends are going mass-market, it’s that Burning Man, the ultimate outlier festival, has now provided inspiration for this summer’s TopShop makeup line. Burning Man is merely the next event in a series of festivals to undergo large-store treatment — think of LF stores’ guide to Coachella, or endless fashion blog posts about “that perfect festival dress from Urban Outfitters.”
The Rev will once again be hosting a radio show on BMIR during this year’s Burning Man festival. Tune in at the link below at 9:30am PDT starting Monday, August 29th. You can also follow Rev across the desert with the Twitter hashtag #Burnalujah.
I do take exception with your demand for more social media from the artist-supporting Burning Man (if I may suppose an demand to your article). I think that often, social media use in situations commonly found at Burning Man are inappropriate. Plenty of film crews and other media outlets get press passes and ask participants to consent to photography and interviews. For attendees without a press pass, it’s a bit different. While one person may desire to share a particularly thrilling sight or display that includes recognizable people who haven’t given consent, they’re perfectly welcome to ‘capture’ it - for their own enjoyment. The problem is when one person’s desire to capture a moment - photographs, videos, audio recordings, even drawings - infringes upon the personal freedom of another person to be left alone or to simply stay out of the limelight.
“The Burning Man Terms and Conditions are terribly anti-social media, and entirely against the digital media culture that’s grown around it. If you “buy into” Burning Man (and for something like $300 a ticket), you immediately give up any rights you have to place your photo on Twitpic, where the World can see it, especially if you have something like 40,000 Twitter followers.”—Is Burning Man Anti Social-Media? : Zennie Abraham : City Brights
This is a Christian news article from over 10 years ago that describes “The Burning Man” from a conservative religious perspective. What is noteworthy are the readers comments. It begins like this:
For the past ten years earth-worshipping pagans have migrated from Canada, Brazil, Germany, Russia, and 25 other countries, to an isolated corner of Black Rock Desert in Nevada, where a four-day-long New Age techno-fest known as “The Burning Man” has been conducted.
Recent attendance at The Burning Man surpassed 15,000 wiccans, satanists, goddesses (white witches), nudists, and a consortium of other lost party-goers, who converged on the hot Nevada desert for a Labor Day weekend of “glorious Hell on earth.”