The festival has announced its theme for the next edition!

Burning Man will be making a return in August 2017 with a theme to match this year’s incredible “Da Vinci’s Workshop” theme. They have officially announced the theme that will steer most of the art and installations at the festival.

Ladies and gentlemen, here introducing – “Radical Ritual.”


The theme will centre around the idea of religion as an opportunity to choose one’s path as well as what each individual will revere as sacred. The attendees are also being encouraged to perform rites, rituals, create shrines, temples, idols and more.

According into the Burning Man Journal, the theme writer Larry Harvey states that, “Beyond the dogmas, creeds, and metaphysical ideas of religion, there is immediate experience. It is from this primal world that living faith arises. In 2017, we will invite participants to create interactive rites, ritual processions, elaborate images, shrines, icons, temples, and visions. Our theme will occupy the ambiguous ground that lies between reverence and ridicule, faith and belief, the absurd and the stunningly sublime. The human urge to make events, objects, actions, and personalities sacred is protean. It can fix on and inhabit anyone or anything. This year our art theme will release this spirit in the Black Rock Desert.”

Instead of following a strict mentality towards religion, the organisers will be guided to a playful surrounding and “induce self-surrender to experience that is beyond the realm of reasoned thought.”


A temple will be built which will honour the Golden Spike and the circles will converge beneath the Man. The place will be marked with the Greek sculpture representing the naval of the earth, The Omphalos, as the gathering place. You can read the entire journal entry here for more information.

So all you Burners out there, get started on your ideas ASAP!