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Burning Man 2021

“A city in the desert. A culture of possibility. A network of dreamers and doers.” The Burning Man arts festival describes itself as the place to “find out who you are, and then take it a step further.” The event is held annually at “Black Rock City” in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada (roughly one hundred miles north of Reno). It’s an experiment in art and community founded on ten principles: radical inclusion, radical self-reliance, radical self-expression, communal effort, civic responsibility, gifting, decommodification, participation, immediacy, and leave no trace.

It all began with a simple bonfire ritual on Baker Beach initiated by Larry Harvey, Jerry James, and a few friends. They burned an eight-foot-tall wooden man and a small wooden dog.Read More ...

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  1. Notable Themes and Artists

    Everything at Burning Man is considered to be art. One of their principles is participation, which is more of a heavy expectation. The attending community is invited and expected to work, play, and engage with the art and each other. Every year, there is a theme that guides the art at Burning Man. Themes range from Mysteria (1997) and The Wheel of Time (1999) to American Dream (2008) and I, Robot (2018). Starting in 2000, the tradition of burning a temple, as well as a wooden man, was established. They are also themed and built as major art features of the event.

    When the event was still young, electronic music was played throughout the site, mostly by amateurs. Nowadays a wide range of minor and major electronic artists find their way to Burning Man. They often represent a range of eras and sub-genres. Armin van Buuren, Carl Cox, Markus Schulz, Francois Kevorkian, and Freq Nasty are just a few to have performed. Skrillex and Diplo are a couple of the most mainstream artists who have performed.

    Buying Tickets to Burning Man

    Tickets to Burning Man go on sale starting in February every year. There are a number of opportunity windows for different ticket sales. It’s important to check SeatRetrieverearly and often to make sure to buy your tickets in the correct sales window. SeatRetriever helps you get the tickets to the events you love for the best prices.

    Burning Man tickets are sold in limited quantities and increase in price through July. The event itself typically takes place in late August or early September. For those with a smaller budget, Burning Man does offer a Low-Income Ticket Program.

    More Information and Details

    The lines between culture, event, and community are blurred when you arrive at “Black Rock City” in the Nevada desert. It requires quite a trek for those attending. There is road access if you are traveling by car, but the entrance to the main gate requires you drive across a long desert dirt road. To drive into the event, you must purchase an additional vehicle pass. Bicycles and tricycles are popular options for traveling around the site once your car is parked.

    The closest airport to Burning Man is the Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Reno, which is a two-hour drive away. The next closest commercial airport is the San Francisco International Airport which is a six-hour drive away. There is an additional temporary airstrip created for the event. General aviation and charter flights are welcome to use the airstrip. There are also prepaid shuttles available from Reno and San Francisco to transport participants to and from the event.

    Do note that the event takes place in a very raw and very hot desert. To be safe at Burning Man, you need to bring plenty of water, eat salty foods, and pay close attention to alcohol and caffeine consumption. It is also recommended you bring clothes for a variety of weather situations. Rainstorms can come and go in a flash. There are a number of designated camping areas with banks of ports-potties for participants. You cannot camp in a car or an RV. Camping spots are available for reservation or for walk-in first come, first serve.

    The Burning Man Experience

    There is no experience quite like Burning Man. While it attracts some of the wealthiest and most famous individuals as well as popular electronic music artists, the event is truly what you make of it. Come prepared for a wild and creative time away in the desert. Don’t miss your opportunity to get tickets for you and your friends by visiting SeatRetriever today.


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