Burning Man organizers announce theme for 2017 festival
Each year, thousands of eager burners flock to Black Rock Desert for an experience of a lifetime. Burning Man, the iconic desert festival, offers attendees a chance to experience art work, fashion, and music organized around a specific aesthetic theme. This week, festival organizers announced their chosen theme for the 2017 edition of the storied event: “Radical Ritual”.
In the announcement post on the Burning Man Journal, the organization offered this description:
In 2017, we will invite participants to create interactive rites, ritual processions, elaborate images, shrines, icons, temples, and visions. Our theme will occupy the ambiguous ground that lies between reverence and ridicule, faith and belief, the absurd and the stunningly sublime. The human urge to make events, objects, actions, and personalities sacred is protean. It can fix on and inhabit anyone or anything. This year our art theme will release this spirit in the Black Rock Desert.
Previous themes vary wildly, but are always clever and allow for a wide variety of interpretations like “DaVinci’s Workshop”, “Carnival of Mirrors”, or “Wheel of Time” among others. This year’s theme will offer attendees an opportunity “reinvent ritual in our post-modern world” by disregarding “assertions of belief and instead concentrate on the immediate purpose of play.” As the largest temporary playground in the world, playfulness and creativity likely won’t be a problem.