Burning Man Reveals ‘Animalia’ Theme For It’s 2023 Edition

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Burning Man revealed their theme for Black Rock City 2023 and it’s about to get wild.

‘Animalia’, the theme for Burning Man 2023 is looking to “celebrate the animal world and our place in it—animals real and imagined, mythic and remembered—and explore the curious mental constructs that allow us to believe that imagined animals are real, real animals are imagined, and that somehow, despite all evidence to the contrary, mankind is somehow not part of the animal kingdom.”

While the Black Rock Desert may appear lifeless at first glance, it’s far from the fact. The high desert sees soaring ravens in the skies, buzzing insects and countless other species roam the transition zones where the playa edges into scrub and wetlands.

You can read all the details behind the theme and idea behind it here, but to sum it up they said, “This coming year in Black Rock City, or wherever you burn, you are invited to bring your imaginary menagerie with you. Not flesh-and-blood animals, thank you very much, but the creatures of spirit that give you confidence and courage, and that may express themselves in whatever art you choose to create. And, of course, to comport yourself like evolved humans, in the best sense of the word, with love and respect for our fellow creatures great and small.”

Burning Man 2023 will return to Black Rock City from August 27 through September 4, 2023.

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