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How Do You Survive Burning Man? [Resolved]

Your cash is no good on the playa. Other than ice, nothing is for sale, so if you see someone handing out beads or lip balm or handmade unicorn hats, they’re yours for the taking. You aren’t required to offer anything in return, but in the proper, communal spirit of the event, you should be prepared to contribute in some way, whether it’s food, entertainment, some type of service, or just helping your neighbours (who obviously didn’t read these tips) chase down their runaway tent 🤓 Note: health permits are now required if you plan to share, give, or serve food or drinks to people outside your camp 😁
Burning Man Hive is a new virtual space for the Burning Man community and the Burner-curious to share their skills and knowledge, to learn from one another, and to support each other’s work in the world. Join from your Burner Profile and start connecting with other Burners now. Join for free using your Burner Profile! Some great places to start are the interactive orientation Touching Down Course, the Virgin Burner Guide created by a fellow newbie RayC, the Matchmaker Group to connect new Burners with existing camps, and Ask a Burner to seek guidance from seasoned Burners. There is also the Black Rock City 2022 Topic for all-things related to BRC 2022. (we appreciate Tareq Michaud for pointing this out to us).
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Black Rock City is happening at night. You’ll be out frolicking and enjoying the sights after the sun goes down, but what will you do when the sun is up? You’ll be sitting under your shade structure with the people you came with, day in and day out. This bonding time can be incredibly fun, provided you like everyone in your camp. In 1994, I attended Burning Man for the first time with eight hardy, easygoing and resourceful individuals … and one neurotic and insecure woman who we invited on a whim. Her incessant and inane babbling had us all running for cover in the next camp. If you’ve ever stayed out late to avoid your roommate or spouse, you know this game. This is your home for the week. As such, it should be as comfortable as possible. (we thank Arash Blackman having pointing this out).
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A. No. Black Rock City is an experiment in temporary community. Relationships are created, neighbours meet one another, and our collective survival is challenged. This is not a spectator event. It is difficult for you to take a role in the community if you are in Black Rock City for one or two days. To experience Black Rock City, you will want to become part of the community. Therefore, there are no day passes sold, and no discounts given based on your length of stay. Of course, it is not necessary that you come for the entire week. You are welcome to arrive early in the week and stay for just a portion of the event.
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Based on a new article from whereandwander.com, for me to try and use one or even a handful of words to describe the experience of my first burn would only be an attempt that falls short of everything that it was and is. That said, there were times when I struggled. But that was OK. It was all a part of it and I had had the help of veteran Burners to get me through it. So in the spirit of giving back, here are a few things I’ve learnt during my week out on the playa that may be useful as a guide if this is your first time heading to Burning Man. From one previously-a-virgin burner to a bunch of new ones.
Burning Man is not a festival. Burning Man is a community. A temporary city. A global cultural movement based on 10 practical Principles. We don’t book acts or provide entertainment. There are no corporate sponsorships. What happens here is up to you! Commercial activity, including branding and marketing, is not allowed. You are entering a “decommodified” space that values who you are, not what you have. Black Rock City is not the place to increase your online following or generate media attention for your ideas, your business, or yourself. You are expected to collaborate, to be inclusive, creative and connective, and to clean up after yourself. Participate actively as a citizen of Black Rock City. (emended by Eria Bullard on October 23, 2020)
Mehreen Alberts

Written by Mehreen Alberts

I'm a creative writer who has found the love of writing once more. I've been writing since I was five years old and it's what I want to do for the rest of my life. From topics that are close to my heart to everything else imaginable!

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