Burning Man adopts two-tiered ticketing system

A man wearing an animal mask glances at the camera during the15th annual Burning Man festival September 2, 2000 in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nevada.
A man wearing an animal mask glances at the camera during the15th annual Burning Man festival September 2, 2000 in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nevada. David McNew/Newsmakers

The annual desert encampment known as Burning Man is offering a new ticketing system starting Monday.

Every summer, the creative, the committed and the curious construct a temporary city in the Black Rock Desert about 125 miles east of Reno, Nevada.

Organizers call Burning Man an exercise in radical self-sufficiency and expression. It’s become an increasingly popular exercise in collective living – at least for a few days – without cash, conventional cars or many comforts of home.

That popularity is the reason Burning Man has established a two-tiered system for ticket access. The first will offer 3,000 pre-sale tickets for $420 each. Registration begins Monday for tickets on sale through December 11th.

A second lottery for 40,000 tickets – priced from $240 to $390 each – will take place in January and February.

The event’s website tries to address concerns that this system contradicts the Burning Man principle of inclusion for all. saying: “An event that might sell out and can't accept all who want to participate is already in conflict with such a principle to some degree.”

With contributions by Cheryl Devall

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