Every year, right before Labor Day, 50,000 people travel to Black Rock City, Nevada to take part in Burning Man — an experimental community dedicated to radical self reliance, radical self-expression and art. As Burning Man’s own web site will tell you, “Trying to explain what Burning Man is to someone who has never been to the event is a bit like trying to explain what a particular color looks like to someone who is blind.” Nonetheless, the Burning Man organizers offer a short, introductory essay and a First-Timer’s Guide to get you started, plus some photo galleries to help fill out the picture. And then above, we have a newly-made short film that offers a glimpse into the art and culture of the Burning Man experience. It highlights some wondrous artistic creations and the artists, designers, builders and sundry minds behind them. The documentary, Dream: Art & Culture of Burning Man, premiered at the Sonoma International Film Festival.
If you’d like to support Open Culture and our mission, please consider making a donation to our site. It’s hard to rely 100% on ads, and your contributions will help us provide the best free cultural and educational materials.