Burning Man Festival comes to Europe!

Burning Man Festival comes to Europe

Famously held in a desolate Nevada desert at the tail-end of summer, Burning Man Festival is upping sticks and crossing the pond to unleash its craziness in Europe.

Burning Man

For the uninitiated, Burning Man Festival is an annual, week-long event that is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Based three hours north of Reno and attracting around 70,000 revellers, the event’s arid setting is a million miles away from the highly corporate, sticky mud fests we’re used to here in Britain and Europe.

A celebration of art, culture, love, community and entertainment, the gathering’s Black Rock City is heavily influenced by thought-provoking principles such as self-reliance, self-expression and decommodification, making for a peaceful vibe and aesthetic that wouldn’t look out of place in a sci-fi move.

Burning Man – a not-for-profit establishment – is keen to bring its temporary, open-to-everyone metropolis across the Atlantic to enable more people to sample its inimitable atmosphere, whilst immersing in the back-to-basics ideologies the festival’s foundations are built upon.

Although the main event will still take place in America in August, the organisers have established a Netherlands-based sister festival named Where The Sheep Sleep. With a tag line of “A dream you dream alone is only a dream, a dream you dream together is reality”, the ten Black Rock principles will manifest themselves through art installations, awe-inspiring sculptures and endless self-expression to encourage its inhabitants to live better, more fulfilling lives.

Where the Sheep sleep Map

Image: burningman.nl/where-the-sheep-sleep/

The three-day Netherlands Burning Man festival will take place in Veluwe between 29 and 31 July 2017. If you’ve always wanted – but never dared – to experience Burning Man in the unforgiving US desert, this European chapter offers the perfect opportunity to see what it’s all about.

If you’d like to attend, you need to register with Burning Man Netherlands through their Facebook group. Once a member, you can purchase tickets as and when they come on sale.