Burning Man In London

Derek Robertson, November 2017

There are festivals, there are adventures, and then there is Burning Man. One of the most legendary and infamous gatherings in the world, each year 70,000 people descend on Black Rock Desert, northwest Nevada, to construct a temporary city for nine days and nights of madness and mayhem. “An experiment in community and art” say the organisers, one that is guided by ten main principles, among them “radical” inclusion, self-expression, and “leave no trace”.

And now, thanks to some London-based “burners” and members of the Play)a(Skool camp, you don’t have to travel 5,000 miles to experience what makes Burning Man so special, for they’re bringing a dash of the desert to the capital. On Saturday 18th November, a secret central-London location will be transformed into Black Rock City for a night (and early morning) of drinking, dancing, and general revelry; as well as two rooms of DJs and live bands, there’ll be burlesque dancing, arts and crafts, and interactive theatre. They’ve even hired magicians for a touch of the surreal.

The “Pub At The End Of The Universe” – a venue based on one of Burning Man’s biggest communities – will be the focal point for the evening’s entertainment, hosting fine dining, and a special “midnight feast”, with roving groups of make-up artists to ensure attendees “look their extravagant best”. And all this is not simply for the benefit of those seeking a good time; all proceeds from the night are going to Burners Without Borders, a community-led volunteer organization that works across the globe, and Rebuild Oaxaca, an effort to rebuild houses in the Mexican City destroyed by the recent earthquake.

The only things you’re required to bring – aside from money – are a “sparkly outfit”, a cup for drinks, and an open mind; the rest is taken care of. So get booking for an unforgettable night, and a truly unique experience.

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