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Sun 24 Aug 10:00 to Mon 1 Sep 2014 11:59 (Sun 24 Aug 11:00 to Mon 1 Sep 2014 12:59 America/Kentucky/Monticello)

Thousands gather at Black Rock City - Burning Man

One of the biggest art events in the world, Burning Man 2014 takes place. It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy, which is set alight on a Saturday evening.

Once a year, tens of thousands of participants gather in Nevada's Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. The Burning Man organization (Black Rock City LLC) creates the infrastructure for the 'temporary city'.

Burning Man 2014 starts Monday 25 August, but the gate opens for all participants at 10am on the Sunday prior to the Man Burn. You must have a ticket to enter Black Rock City.

One of the very best things about Burning Man, the week-long, post-apocalyptic celebration of creative expression that pops up in the Nevada desert each August, is the awe-inspiring collection of art on display. The installations and the “art cars” roaming through the two-mile stretch of temporary city render humanity’s capacity for imagination limitless.

Burning Man has become too popular for its own good, and it's losing its edge. This is inevitable, I think -- it's the same reason nightclubs are great, then are popular, then are bad. So anything that can slow that process is a good thing. The more limousine liberal Times readers think Burning Man is a "festival" with "stoned hippies," the less likely they are to go, and make it suck for the rest of us.

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