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Burning Man

When: 26 August - 03 September 2018
Where: USA

Burning Man is an annual event, which began as an informal bonfire practice in 1986, and now draws thousands of visitors from around the world to Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, in the United States. This annual arts festival is a week-long event that commences on the last Monday in August, and ends on the first Monday in September.

Burning Man gets its name from the practice involving burning of a huge wooden figurine, which started off as a small gathering. People who have participated in the event before describe it as ‘an experiment in community, art, radical expressiveness, and radical self-reliance.’

People gather in Nevada's Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City (a temporary hamlet), dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance, where participants combine artistic and personal liberty. They head off one week later, having left no mark whatsoever. For one week participants are disconnected from their normal lives and challenged to express themselves and create art. The main attractions of Burning Man include massive art installations, all-night dance parties, marathon kite-flying sessions, unconventional fashion shows, and classes where festival goers can learn things like Hula Hooping, amongst others.

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