Woman killed at Burning Man, muddy year for festival

Friday , August 29, 2014 - 12:12 PM

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Standard-Examiner staff

A 29-year-old woman was killed at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert Thursday when she was hit by a bus near Center Camp in Black Rock City, Nevada.

She has been identified as Alicia Louise Cipicchio, 29, who managed an art gallery in Jackson, Wyoming. She studied art and had a great love for the outdoors though it is not known if this was her first time to the arts festival. 

On Monday the festival, now in it’s 28th year, had been postponed for a whole day because of torrential rain. The whole playa was thick with mud but once it had settled, droves of people arrived to share this week in love and artistry.

If you haven’t been to Burning Man you may have heard that it involves a white-hot desert filled with 50,000 stoned, half-naked hippies, doing sun salutations while techno music thumps through the air. That may be how it began but this time-lapse video from last years Burning Man speaks about what it has become.

The last two years has brought about some changes as an influx of millionaire and billionaire technology moguls have decided to get into the groove. CEOs such as Larry Page (Google) and Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) has flown in on a helicopter. Long-time lover’s of the festival are saying the billionaires are ruining the peace and free-love atmosphere with their attitudes of “I-have--more-money-than-you.”   

What Is Burning Man?

Once a year, tens of thousands of participants from around the world gather in Nevada's Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance.

They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever. Burning Man is also an ever-expanding year-round culture based on the Ten Principles.

What Isn't Burning Man?

Burning Man isn't your usual festival, with big acts booked to play on massive stages. In fact, it's more of a city than a festival, wherein almost everything that happens is created entirely by its citizens, who are active participants in the event.

You can read more about the Ten Principles at the Burning Man website. 

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