2014 Art Theme: Caravansary
For centuries, Silk Route travelers crossed paths in caravansaries, bustling caravan stops offering more than just shelter from the desert wilderness; they were vital centers of cultural exchange, bringing together traders, pilgrims, monks, nomads, traveling entertainers, and wild-eyed adventurers from all points of the compass to share their stories around a common fire.
What Is Burning Man?
Once a year, tens of thousands of participants gather in Nevada's Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever. Burning Man is also an ever-expanding year-round culture based on the Ten Principles.
What Isn't Burning Man?
Burning Man isn't your usual festival, with big acts booked to play on massive stages. In fact, it's more of a city than a festival, wherein almost everything that happens is created entirely by its citizens, who are active participants in the event.
The 10 Principles Blog Series
Representing the cornerstone of Burning Man Project's Philosophical Center, the 10 Principles blog series is an ongoing exploration of the values that have grown out of the Burning Man community. You are invited to join the conversation.
Want to Volunteer?
Give the gift of your time to the Burning Man community -- on playa or year-round. Volunteer! Please note that first-time volunteers do not receive a ticket to the event.
Live Gerlach Webcam
See a live shot of Main Street in Gerlach, NV, from the camera mounted atop Burning Man's Gerlach office.
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