This is a weekend filled with a sense of anticipation, excitement, a sense of culmination with a bit of sadness mixed in. This weeklong festival is drawing to its inevitable close.
The Man has been turned nearly every hour, thanks to the efforts of the Burner community, who came when called and pushed together to make the Man above Turn. He turns for the last time today. The Lamplighters will bring the fire to the Man with a procession from their now burnt-down Village, followed by a Fire Dance. Then the Man will Burn.
The Temple will also Burn, but tomorrow. These dwindling hours of the festival until tomorrow morning are your last chance to visit the Temple, to reflect, ponder and reconnect to your innermost self and your fellow beings in this incredible world we have. The tradition of leaving messages in the censer continues, in the form of a sheet of paper under a lamp next to a da Vinci-esque printing press. Simply touch the paper and follow the instructions to leave your message. Just before the Temple Burns, the messages will be read out for the community - always a deeply moving shared experience. Then the Temple BURNS, taking the messages with it. After the final Burn in the evening, in keeping with the RL Temple custom, the messages are not saved; they are gone with the virtual Temple. Prior to this, the Lamplighters will bring the fire to the Temple in procession and perform a Fire Dance.
The weekend's Burn schedule is as follows, all times are given in SLT/US Pacific time.
Man Burn: Saturday, 22nd October 2016
11:00am - Lamplighter Procession and Fire Dance
12:00pm - Man Burn
5:00pm - Lamplighter Procession and Fire Dance
6:00pm - Man Burn
Music will be performed/provided by Cuga Rajal and featured DJ set TBA
Since last Saturday, da Vinci's Workshop has been open and BUSY! Artists have completed their installations and music has been bouncing the playa amid much merriment and celebration.
The party continues through Sunday night - don't miss it! There are three stages, little surprises tucked into a number of camp plots, catacombs to explore - which is incidentally the starting point of a hunt. Cuga Rajal's Thunderdome has proven a popular way to work out one's frustrations amid much laughter and joking. The Lamplighters' twice daily processions are an adventure in themselves while also providing a means to glimpse a good number of beautiful builds. There is even a walk-in camping area where you can set out 25 prims of camping gear for a little "home" to call your own during the festivities.
“Welcome Home!” we say to Burners and friends! “Benvenuto a Casa !” in the language of Leonardo da Vinci - artist, inventor, eternally inquiring mind. We are calling out across the grid, welcome Home to the Playa! You’re invited to our next Big Burn we call Da Vinci’s Workshop set to open in just two weeks!
The playa is now filled with camps of every sort, creativity overflowing, inspiration radically expressed and the dusty air is rich with anticipation and excitement. Musicians tuning their instruments, dancers going through their steps, DJs planning their playlists, and artists continually adding more gifts and mischievously fun touches to their camps.
And oh, the Man will Burn! As is our annual custom, we will Burn the Man on Saturday the 22nd of October, followed by the Temple Burn on Sunday the 23rd. You are all invited to come share in the tradition once again - the events will be noted on the BURN2 calendar, found via the menu at left on this website.
The Press are invited to come and visit on Friday the 14th of October, our Press Day, during two periods when the playa will be open for their visit. It will be open exclusively for the press to enjoy the playa views and find things to hint about. Simple fill out a Press Pass Signup so that we can tag you for special access at the following times on the 14th of October:
12:00pm - 2:00pm and 7:00pm - 10:00pm
There are still slots available on the DJ and live performers schedules for the weeklong festival! Contact one of the following individuals inworld to sign up:
DJ Stage Tracer Graves Fifi Candyfloss (siouxsieincognita) Leondra Larssen