What to Expect at Burning Man 2022
The official date for Burning Man 2022 has been announced. This year's Burning Man will take place from Sunday, August 28 to Monday, September 5. With the official date finally revealed, anticipation for what to expect this year is building, particularly among first-timers eager to have their own first experience.
But that's not the only thing going on at Burning Man this year. This year's Burning Man is special in that it will be the first reunion of burners in Nevada's Black Rock Desert since the pandemic began. As a result, this year's edition is expected to unleash previously unseen levels of creativity.
Everything to expect in this city, whether as a first-timer or an old burner, is the result of the collective efforts of every congregating burner, which means you are expected to be a part of the machinery that is creating this incredible community that appears both elusive and fantastically exciting to all. Burning Man does not book entertainment for the event; rather, participants are encouraged to perform for the community for free, reflecting the gathering's principles.
Having said that, in this temporary, communal city, you'll find camps, workshops, performances, art, spontaneous music performances and dances, a lot of partying and spiritual sites. There are as many diversions as time allows, a plethora of theme camps— two or more people camping together and providing an interactive experience for other people to participate in. Sharing ideas or experiences with others is the underlying theme of theme camp. If you're camping alone at Burning Man, you can join as many theme camps as you want—and individuals hosting every type of event or show expressing self-creativity you can imagine, gifted food and drinks, fantastic get-togethers, workshops, and so on.
One such positive vibe that will undoubtedly dominate your entire experience as a burner in the city is inclusion, which emphasizes one of the Burning Man principles—radical inclusion. Nobody is left out. In fact, you will find yourself drawn into the city's life without even realizing it, as if it had always been a part of you. It's a completely welcoming city where everyone is welcome and everyone quickly becomes your friend.
Overall, you should expect an emotional breakdown at some point during your stay in the city in 2022. The experience at Burning Man is said to be so moving that both first-timers and veteran burners experience emotional breakdowns at some point. The Playa, for example, which is the vast open desert space that surrounds the streets of the City and where the "Man" is burned near the end of Burning Man, is filled with installations, art cars, and all manner of incredible experiences. A more remarkable experience here, however, has to be all of the tributes and remembrances for people who have died along the way, a symbol of man's mortality and the futility of life generally.
In short, there is a place for everyone in this respectful and communal city that welcomes the world, a world of open and nonjudgmental people. While this may sound like a nighttime story, the previously mentioned ten cardinal principles are the entrenched variables that make this a reality for all burners, new and old to the Burning Man experience.
As a parting gift as you prepare for your first Burning Man experience, if you value your sleep, stay away from the Playa, as the more music-themed theme camps are on that side.