The festival begins on the last Monday of August at 00:01 and lasts eight days. The climax takes place on the Saturday after sunset, when a huge wooden statue of a man is burned.
The first Burning Man Festival took place in 1986 on one of the beaches in San Francisco. A small group of friends gathered to fool around and burn a statue of a wooden man. It turned out to be fun, they decided to repeat it after a year, and then again after two. The number of participants was growing rapidly, the madness and freedom of expression grew, thus the holiday soon moved to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, where it is still held.
Each year, the festival brings together active dreamers who are ready to create a city of the future, in the desert and without the benefits of civilization, that will completely disappear as soon as the holiday ends. Incredible works of modern art are erected at the festival venue, mutant cars move amongst them, and participants dress up in any costumes that they can imagine. Artists perform, arrange other performances and there are dance parties with DJs around the clock. The festival atmosphere may be reminiscent of a science fiction film, but it’s all real!
The Burning Man Festival does not like spectators – they are, simply, not allowed. Everyone who attends automatically becomes a Burner, that is, a participant. The duties of an ordinary Burner are to actively express oneself and help others in doing so too. Installations, absurd performances and any type of fun, as long as they are unusual, are welcome. Otherwise, what’s the point of leaving your usual life for the desert?