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.
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.
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.