Fringing and glitter at the ready...
The New Age festival of sheer hedonism and NSFW nudity, Burning Man, happens every year in the middle of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada – and it’s now been confirmed that it’s coming to Europe.
What happens in Burning Man stays in Burning Man as it really is unlike any other festival you’ve been to before. More streaking, body paint and random vehicles (like the one pictured here), less wellies, dodgy tents and bumping into people from your past lives.
The festival originated back in 1986 where it was co-founded by a group of friends, in Baker Beach in San Francisco, after they decided to start a bonfire ritual on the summer solstice. They burned a 9-foot wooden man, and a small wooden dog, and it was all about self expression (AKA no rules.) By 1988, the wooden effigy was 40 feet tall, and the whole shebang had moved over to Nevada by 1990. It’s now considered one of the biggest (and sometimes strangest) cultural events of the year.
But, fear not, if you can’t make it to the Nevada desert, the infamous event is coming to Veluwe in the Netherlands. The European debut will be in 2017 with the theme ‘Where The Sheep Sleep’ over July 29 to July 31.
Celebrities enjoy the festival, too. Clint Eastwood’s son Scott Eastwood has been quoted saying: ‘I recommend it to anyone who wants a life changing cultural experience that will expand your mind.’ Well, it has been described as ‘the crucible of creativity.’
Other A-lister fans include Katy Perry who has attended the festival with multicolour hair and a furry pink face mask (a great disguise) as well as Poppy Delevingne and Cara Delevingne who enjoyed dressing up as robots and scooting around in carts. Karlie Kloss was also spotted there driving around a makeshift giant vacuum cleaner cart.