More than miles north of Reno, Nevada, is Black Rock City, an expanse of desert ringed by distant mountains that has been home to the annual Burning Man festival since the s. Started by a small group of artists in San Francisco inthe weeklong event is held around Labor Day every year. Most of the tens of thousands of attendees go to experience the openness, art, whimsy, freedom and — let's be real — the nudity.
A gigantic wooden sculpture known as "The Man" is engulfed in flames during the Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. A woman riding in an outrigger fires a flame cannon over the heads of Burning Man participants as they dance in the early hours of the morning. A fire tornado emerges from the burning embers of the "Temple of Whollyness" as it burns at the conclusion of the Burning Man.
Disclaimer: So many posts about Burning Man have already been written. The survival guides, the packing lists, and of course, the round-ups on Burning Man fashion. At the risk of sounding more woo woo than I ever have before, I needed to write this love letter to Black Rock City and the life-changing experiences it threw my way every single day. Years went by with Burning Man in the back of my mind, but I never knew anyone that was making the trip.
This is what it looks like when 60, misfits, freaks, adventurers, friends, overprofessionals, extreme amateurs, artists, musicians, scoundrels, heroes, and everything in between come together to build an epically alive desertart city that will disappear in just one week. The dust storm white-outs, the depth of earnest human connection, the dizzying energy and utter freedom… I am still reeling. There are varying levels of naked people up in here.
IN the Nevada desert, thousands are starting to gather for Burning Man, the craziest, wildest nine-day festival in the world. Set on a vast dusty lake bed known as the "playa", attendees wear Mad Max-style outfits - or nothing at all. Prowling the Playa!
The yearly Burning Man festival sees tens of thousands of people gather for at least a week of mayhem and mutiny on a scale that puts makes Glastonbury look tame. Revellers from all walks of life — from surreal artists and far-out families to high-flying CEOs and tech titans - head to the sands for a party like no other. From obscure sculptures and wacky outfits to the ever-popular Orgy Dome - Burning Man seems to get more insane every year. And in the past there's been a tent for mass lesbian romps, a human petting zoo and first-timers get hugged by a stark naked welcoming committee.
A new Nevada sheriff tasked with overseeing the upcoming Burning Man festival plans to crack down on the annual desert debauchery. Jerry Allen, 39, who was elected Pershing County Sheriff in January, said he plans to tighten law enforcement for the tens of thousands of festival-goers journeying to the remote Black Rock Desert next week for the annual event, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported on Tuesday. In recent years, many attendees at the weeklong event — where nudity is the norm, drugs flow as if on tap and orgies litter the desert — have not been charged for crimes like marijuana possession, according to federal reports on the event, but the new sheriff in town said he has a tougher police protocol in mind.