Newbies (Virgins)

Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert (also known as “the playa”) to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever.

Even considering going to Burning Man for the first time can be daunting. And while it’s true that Burning Man is not for the faint of heart, with some research, preparation, and planning, an experience — and opportunity — beyond your wildest dreams awaits you. In Black Rock City, you’re guaranteed not to be the weirdest kid in the classroom. And you’ll become a part of the growing community of Burners who are active year-round, around the world, ensuring that the fire of Burning Man culture never goes out.

What’s the best way to learn about Burning Man?

  1. First, sign up for the international Jackrabbit Speaks email newsletter to receive periodic updates and important information about the event throughout the year.
  2. Second, visit one of our monthly Burning Pubs in Amsterdam, Wageningen or Rotterdam and get to know the Dutch Burners Community. At the Burning Pub you can meet other Burners, hear about their experiences and ask your questions. Pubs are announced through our facebook page.
  3. Third, get yourself informed and start reading. Take a tour at the Burning Man website to get a better idea of what to expect and how to get involved. We suggest you follow the links below to the Survival Guide and then branch out to see how you might contribute to a theme camp, art project, build your own sturdy shade structure, turn your car into a giant spider, or paint your body to look like … well, that’s up to you. You can participate as little or as much as you want, but it is said that you really must participate to truly enjoy the experience.
  4. Fourth, we do offer you some extra help with a Virgin Guide in Dutch.
  5. Fifth, contact Manon Lens. Being part of the Dutch Burners community, Manon became the ‘Virgin Mom’ helping Virgin Burners with all sorts of questions possible. There is a lot of information to be found and read at the official Burning Man site but sometimes you just don’t know where to start. Getting things organized from an EU Country is bit more challenging and can be overwhelming. And for that reason we wrote a Virgin Guide in Dutch with all sort of topics, FAQ etc. Just follow the link below. Next to that Manon frequently has small gatherings for Virgin Burners. Contact her through email or facebook.

Burning Man is not a festival. It’s a catalyst for creative culture in the world.