Festivals

The 10 Principals Of Burning Man Festival In Images

The 29th annual Burning Man festival held in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada has just concluded in spectacular fashion. This year there were an estimated 70,000 participants from across the globe, each wanting to experience this once-in-a-lifetime combination of culture and art.

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In 2004, Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey proposed the ethos of the Burning Man festival. To achieve this, Harvey compiled the following 10 main principals which I’ve depicted via imagery. This possibly explains a rationale as to why the Burning Man festival continues to grow each year.

Radical Inclusion
“Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.”

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Gifting
“Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.”

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Decommodification
“In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.”

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Radical self-reliance
“Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.”

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Radical self-expression
“Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.”

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Communal Effort
“Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.”

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Civic Responsibility
“We value civil society. Community members who organise events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.”

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Leaving No Trace
“Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.”

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Participation
“Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.”

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Immediacy
“Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.”

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For outsiders who have only seen imagery of amazing artwork and the happy faces of the temporary residents of Black Rock, who knew such a deep philosophy was at the heart of the festivities? I sure didn’t, but I can see the attraction. Obviously next year’s 30th annual Burning Man festival will certainly be something to keep an eye out for.

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September 10, 2015

Weekend Getaway: Blues And BBQ Festival

Are your BBQ ribs worthy of rock star treatment? Anyone with a passion for meat, music and mingling over fires should head to Port Macquarie for the Blues and BBQ Festival on March 27-28.

This two-day celebration of Australian rituals includes the Australian BBQ Wars, a huge line up of blues bands and the Cutthroat Beard and Moustache Championships.

Teams from across the nation will cook up their best dish in the Vic’s Meat Australian Barbecue Wars, the biggest barbecue competition in Australia, with $10,000 in cash and prizes. There are categories for beef, lamb, pork, chicken, pork ribs and a mystery ingredient, announced a week before the event. Entry is just $150 per team and includes two nights camping, so get your team together and register now!

“The trend in barbecues is ‘low and slow’, cooking meats for up to 16 hours over low temperatures using timber and charcoal. The teams will play with different types of woods to create a unique smoking flavour including apple, cherry, peach, hickory and oak,” says Jay Beaumont, organiser of the BBQ Wars.

A line up of blues bands includes Mia Dyson, Henry Wagons and Chase the Sun, who will play all day at Town Green on March 28. Eat your way around BBQ food trucks from That BBQ Joint, Carlos & Co, Rangers Texas BBQ, Bella BBQ and XS Foods, plus a variety of craft beer including Port Macquarie’s own from Black Duck Brewery.

To take the competition element one step further The Cutthroat Beard and Moustache Championships will celebrate the best clipper action on men’s facial hair.

The festival will take place on the Town Green which is in Port Macquarie’s town centre and alongside the beautiful Hastings River. Attendees can camp or stay at a variety of accommodation within walking distance of all the action.

For more information go to www.bluesandbbq.com.au. Port Macquarie is a 4-hour drive North of Sydney or a 1-hour flight from Sydney and Brisbane with connections to the rest of Australia. Call 1300 303 155 or go on-line at www.portmacquarieinfo.com.au

March 13, 2015