The topic keeps coming up, so I spent a few minutes talking about what I perceive as the main differences between “festivals” and “Burning Man.”
FESTIVAL: Organizers curate lineup & entertainment.
BURNING MAN: Organizers establish Framework only.
FESTIVAL: Ticket bought in exchange for entertainment. (Transactional)
BURNING MAN: Ticket bought to contribute your share of the city infrastructure costs. (Participatory)
FESTIVAL: Attendees are either Entertainers, Staff, or Audience
BURNING MAN: Every participant is Host, Medic, Janitor, Tour Guide, Audience and Entertainer.
FESTIVAL: Physical division between stages & RV and camping area.
BURNING MAN: No “Stages” area vs. “Camping” Area
Agree? Disagree? Other distinctions I missed?
UPDATE: Grey Beard correctly pointed out that this is just the tip of the sand dune. Study up on the 10 Principles, like “Gifting,” to see the deep differences.