What is BURNING MAN
and what’s in it for you
Probably you’ve heard about Burning man not long time ago and do not know much so far. If so, the information below might come in handy.
If you are an experienced “burner”, you may skip this preview and go straight to the part where we tell about who we are and what value we bring.
And with you, virgin , let’s start from the beginning.
First of all, don’t be offended with the word “virgin” – when coing to Burning man for the first time you will hear it many times about yourself.
Virgin means that you experience everything for the first time, so there is nothing to compare your experience with.
Another word that you will meet frequently is “Playa”.
By Playa the burner means dried-out bottom of the lake in Black Rock desert – this is the actual venue for the festival where once in a year everything is possible.
Camp is your home for all the time of the event.
This is both place and community where people are united by some idea while organizers make sure that “citizens” of the camp have everything they need from food up to entertainment and other facilities which are not available when staying alone.
The 10 (+1) Principles of Burning Man
We are all part of this small planet floating in the endless space. Treat everyone with care, love, unity, and respect. Create new relationships, strengthen old ones and be kind to everyone. Give people your love, your arms and a piece of your energy. Serotonin is a hell of a drug – feel it, bringing some love next time!
Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.
Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.
In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.
Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.
We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.
Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.
Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.
So what will
the BM 2019 be like?
This year’s theme is the celebration of changes and exploration of uncertainty, so it assumes examination of time instead of following its cyclic pattern and rituals related to that. The theme glorifies continuous flow of time and ability to embrace the present moment.
The memory is not constant and the future is not certain. No one knows whom he or she will become, but still we can try to realize where we are on the transformation trajectory of ourselves.
The transformation is happening no matter if we believe in it or not. If we learned something through our experience of “burning man”, we have the voice in defining our own future and this culture is ours as long as we wish to follow it. Nevertheless, we might never know the result.