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 our Monthly Burning Pub in Amsterdam and get to know the Dutch Community. At our 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 and a & Virgin Mom as contact person: Manon. Being part of the Dutch Burning Man organization, 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 at

Burning Pub Amsterdam

Every second Thursday of the Month you can join us at our Burning Pub in Amsterdam, Aknhaton (Nieuwezijds Kolk 25) starting at 19:00. Our pub is the place to meet other Burners, Virgins Burners or people that show interest in the Burning Man principles, culture and the international Burning Man events.

Our pub is an excellent way to get to know the Community in the Netherlands and learn about Burning Man, because it is so much more than just that thing in the desert. We Burners love storytelling and we do that one on one during our Pub but each month we also have guest speakers sharing their experience or story on for example AfrikaBurn, Nowhere, Art projects, Freespace etc. We challenge the community to participate and become our next guest speaker and share with us your story!

Like our Facebook page and get informed about the next Burning Pub.

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