Burning Man 2016

Burning Man is an event which is held every year in Nevada.  Thousands of people gather in the Black Rock Desert area – also called “The playa” and create a temporary city called Black Rock City.  This city and community is dedicated to creating community through self reliance, self expression and is dedicated to living simply.  It is also a platform dedicated to all art forms – the unique feature of this event is that when people leave after a week, they don’t leave any trace behind.

Burning Man Information

Location(s) Black Rock Desert, Nevada, U.S.
Website burningman.com

How to Learn and Connect

Participating in this event is not for the faint of heart – but once you experience the event, you will be a changed person.  Sign up for the Jack Rabbit Speaks newsletter by email to get all the information and updates you will ever need to get prepared.  The event has a different theme every year – so research, plan and participates in an event where one can learn invaluable skills.  Not only that, as a participant, you get to connect to others and become part of an experimental community.  The members are challenged to express their individuality and learn to rely on themselves – to a degree that they generally don’t, in every day life.

Burning Man History

This event was founded by Larry Harvey in 1996.  It began in San Francisco and its profound impact and magical feeling associated with the event is undeniable.  For instance, the Black Rock Arts Foundation promotes art that is interactive beyond its borders and plays an active role in supporting regional art events.  Over two thousand volunteers work year round to bring the event to fruition. Do check out the website and the FAQ page to find out all you need – to participate and expand your horizons.  Discover the definition of the ideals that are the bedrock of this community – participation, community, self reliance and expression. Give yourself the greatest gift by participating and helping this unique experiment survive.

Burning Man Timeline of the Event

Year Height From Ground to Top of Man Location Participants Ticket Price Theme
1986 8 ft (2.4 m) Baker Beach, San Francisco 20 Free None
1987 20 ft (6.1 m) Baker Beach 80 Free None
1988 30 ft (9.1 m) Baker Beach 150-200 Free None
1989 40 ft (12 m) Baker Beach 300+ Free None
1990 40 ft (12 m) Baker Beach / Black Rock Desert, Nevada 500 / 120 Free None
1991 40 ft (12 m) Black Rock Desert 250   None
1992 40 ft (12 m) Black Rock Desert 600   None
1993 40 ft (12 m) Black Rock Desert 1,000   None
1994 40 ft (12 m) Black Rock Desert 2,000   None
1995 40 ft (12 m) Black Rock Desert 4,000 $35 None/ (Good and Evil; unofficial)
1996 48 ft (15 m) Black Rock Desert 8,000 $35 Helco
1997 50 ft (15 m) Hualapai Playa 10,000 $65 Fertility: The Living Land
1998 52 ft (16 m) Black Rock Desert 15,000 $80 – $90 Nebulous Entity
1999 54 ft (16 m) Black Rock Desert 23,000 $65 – $130 Wheel of Time
2000 54 ft (16 m) Black Rock Desert 25,400 $200 The Body
2001 70 ft (21 m) Black Rock Desert 25,659 $200 Seven Ages
2002 80 ft (24 m) Black Rock Desert 28,979 $135–$200 The Floating World
2003 79 ft (24 m) Black Rock Desert 30,586 $145–$225 Beyond Belief
2004 80 ft (24 m) Black Rock Desert 35,664   The Vault of Heaven
2005 72 ft (22 m) Black Rock Desert 35,567 $145 – $250 Psyche - The Conscious, Subconscious & Unconscious
2006 72 ft (22 m) Black Rock Desert 38,989 $185 – $280 Hope and Fear: The Future
2007 65 ft (20 m) Black Rock Desert 47,366 $195 – $280 The Green Man
2008 100 ft (30 m) Black Rock Desert 49,599 $210 – $295 American Dream
2009 66 ft (20 m) Black Rock Desert 43,435 $210 – $360 Evolution: A Tangled Bank
2010 100 ft (30 m) Black Rock Desert 51,454 $210 – $360 Metropolis: The Life Of Cities
2011 104 ft (32 m) Black Rock Desert 53,963 $210 – $360 Rites of Passage
2012 NA Black Rock Desert  56149 $240 – $420 Fertility 2.0

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