Tropical Feelings at Brazil’s First Ever Burning Man Festival in Rio Grande do Norte

Compared to Black Rock City in the Nevada desert, Brazil’s first Burning Man looks more like a tropical hippie village. About 400 burners are divided among twelve camps, ten showers and sixteen toilets, all surrounded by hundreds of palm trees, cactuses, art-works, and a beautiful deserted beach.

By Vince de Jong & Marijne Scherjon

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In 1986, Larry Harvey and Jerry James ritually burned a 2.7-meter-high wooden man on a beach in San Francisco. At that moment, they created a tradition that would very rapidly grow into one of the most extraordinary festivals in the world.

Every year thousands of people gather in the middle of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, forming a temporary metropolis devoted to creative expression. Until today, the burning ritual remains one of the most important aspects of the world-famous Burning Man festival.

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