Think global, burn local
May 16, 2010 6:44 AM Subscribe
posted by adamrice (46 comments total)
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Sure, you've heard of Burning Man
, that art festival/intentional community/temporary autonomous zone thing in the desert, but did you know that it has spawned a host of events called regional burns
? As the name implies, these are smaller and mainly draw a local crowd; they operate under a charter from the Burning Man organization and all abide by its Ten Principles
. Most are in North America, but they have crossed the pond with Nowhere
The oldest and currently the largest regional burn is Burning Flipside
in central Texas, which began in 1998 or 99 (depending on who you ask) and is edging up towards 2500 people; there are other regionals with well over 1000 participants, and many more with a few hundred.
Regional burns were started by Burning Man participants as a way to keep that Burning Man feeling alive during the rest of the year. But with the trip to the Nevada desert being long, expensive, and difficult, the regionals have become the focal points of burner culture for a lot of people, and several have grown to where they are destinations in themselves.