Catching fire: Burning Man is sparking sister festivals around the world

Devotees have taken the commerce-free philosophy of the Burning Man festival, which starts today in Nevada’s Black Rock desert, to their own countries and created affiliated events where the same spirit and ethos endures

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Nearly 70,000 participants are gathering in Nevada’s Black Rock desert for alternative arts festival Burning Man, which begins today (Sunday). Visitors can expect 5.7 square miles of giant flaming art, surreal costumes, a collection of esoteric workshops, wild parties and a spirit of freedom. Born in June 1986, when founders Larry Harvey and Jerry James burnt a wooden figure on San Francisco’s Baker Beach with just 35 friends and onlookers, Burning Man has grown into an international phenomenon.

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