Virtual Press Kit

Every August in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, Burning Man gives rise to the world’s largest temporary city known as Black Rock City. Here, 80,000 individuals engage in principles reflecting an immediate, non-commercial, and participatory culture. From that event, a global community has emerged that is committed to the arts, civic engagement, and community-building. These experiences are creating kinder, more connected global citizens with the collective potential to help make great change on the planet.

Our interactive historical timeline will take you through the cultural history of Burning Man as it has grown from a small gathering on San Francisco’s Baker Beach into a year-round global community and culture, with more than 115 Regional events in 32 countries. For more Burning Man history, philosophy and culture, browse the Burning Man Historical Archives and Founders’ Voices.

We encourage you to read as much information as possible before participating in Black Rock City. The Virtual Press Kit is only a jumping off point for your exploration. The rest of the website is an extensive resource of information; a thorough read will better prepare you for your Burning Man experience. Because Black Rock City is a dynamic event, held in an extremely harsh location, particular attention should be paid to the Event Preparation section, including the annual Survival Guide.

We’ve also included a link here for the Media Archive. Participants enjoy reading the articles about the event, but to some degree, we caution you to not read too many of them, as your experience will be better if you go in without preconceived notions and expectations.