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 .

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

Sign up for the international Jackrabbit Speaks email newsletter to receive periodic updates and important information about the event throughout the year. And while you’re at it, why not subscribe to the newsletter from Burning Man Netherlands as well. We keep you periodically informed on events, arts and general burner sweetness! 

Get yourself informed and start reading! Take a tour at the Burning Man website… watch one of the many YouTube videos to get a better idea of what to expect and how to get involved. We suggest you come to a Burner Pub 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 to truly enjoy the experience you really have to participate!

Visit one of our monthly Burning Pubs in Amsterdam, Rotterdam or Wageningen and get personal with  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.

  • Amsterdam: The Amsterdam Burning Pub is held every second Thursday of the month at Radion and starts at 7:30 PM.
  • Rotterdam: The Rotterdam Burning Pub is held every fourth Friday of the month at Eurotrash at 8pm contact or the Rotterdam Burners Facebook page 
  • Wageningen: The Wageningen Burner Pub is held every second Friday of the Month at Thuis Wageningen and starts at 7:30 PM. Contact Marjon or Mooniek on their Facebook page.

If you have a pressing question concerning burns, community or what to wear? Reach out to us at our Facebook page. We love to hear from you and are usually pretty quick in providing you with answers to help you along!

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