Burning Man, a counter culture event held in the Black Rock Desert, has sold out it's 50,000 tickets it was allotted.
So, what is Burning Man? From their Web Site: Here you will find links that will take you on a trip through the past - through the history of Burning Man - from its early days on a small beach in San Francisco through its evolution into the bustling city of some 48,000+ people that the Burning Man event has become today. These people make the journey to the Black Rock Desert for one week out of the year to be part of an experimental community, which challenges its members to express themselves and rely on themselves to a degree that is not normally encountered in one's day-to-day life. The result of this experiment is Black Rock City, home to the Burning Man event.
There are no rules about how one must behave or express oneself at this event (save the rules that serve to protect the health, safety, and experience of the community at large); rather, it is up to each participant to decide how they will contribute and what they will give to this community. The event takes place on an ancient lakebed, known as the playa. By the time the event is completed and the volunteers leave, sometimes nearly a month after the event has ended, there will be no trace of the city that was, for a short time, the most populous town in the entire county. Art is an unavoidable part of this experience, and in fact, is such a part of the experience that Larry Harvey, founder of the Burning Man project, gives a theme to each year, to encourage a common bond to help tie each individual's contribution together in a meaningful way. Participants are encouraged to find a way to help make the theme come alive, whether it is through a large-scale art installation, a theme camp, gifts brought to be given to other individuals, costumes, or any other medium that one comes up with.
Burning Man is located literally in the middle of nowhere. The closest city is Gerlach, NV. http://gerlach.travelnevada.com/ It's located 2 hours north of Reno.
Apparently, there are different prices for tickets, based on your income. Interesting.
But in late August, 50,000 people will descend on the Black Rock Desert and make it into a wild San Francisco like city. to participate in an art/social/activism 1 week event.
They don't sell food there but sell ice and coffee.
For more information on the sell out: http://www.rgj.com/article/20110725/EVENTS04/307250002/Burning-Man-participants-express-frustration-over-sold-out-tickets?odyssey=tabtopnewstextFRONTPAGE
And the event has sold out a month before it starts. I guess the economy isn't doing so bad in the counter culture.
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