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.”