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The Burning Man Festival Of Art And Music

The annual Burning Man Festival of art and music, held at the end of summer in Nevada's Black Rock desert, celebrates the act of self expression. Over the course of a week, visitors from all walks of life gather to create, sing, dance and simply enjoy the feeling of being immersed in a global community of free thinkers. Nearly 70,000 people attended this year's event, now in its 27th year.

A "man" is burned toward the close of the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival on August 31.
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A "man" is burned toward the close of the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival on August 31.

An aerial view of the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival taken from high above the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.
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An aerial view of the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival taken from high above the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.

Festival-goers dance in a special dome during the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival in Nevada.
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Festival-goers dance in a special dome during the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival in Nevada.

Gessica Preto Martini (left) and Amma Antwi-Agyei pose for a photo atop an art installation.
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Gessica Preto Martini (left) and Amma Antwi-Agyei pose for a photo atop an art installation.

Participants gesture toward the rising sun at the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival in Nevada's Black Rock desert.
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Participants gesture toward the rising sun at the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival in Nevada's Black Rock desert.

Participants dance atop a moving "hookah lounge" art car at the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival.
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Participants dance atop a moving "hookah lounge" art car at the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival.

A man pays homage to the pyramidic "Temple of Whollyness" as it burns toward the end of the 2013 Burning Man.
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A man pays homage to the pyramidic "Temple of Whollyness" as it burns toward the end of the 2013 Burning Man.

Jed Vassallo (left) and Erin Bohlmann cheer as the "man" burns during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival.
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Jed Vassallo (left) and Erin Bohlmann cheer as the "man" burns during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival.

Christian Jacobsen (center) stands by the "Guardian of Dawn" art installation during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert.
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Christian Jacobsen (center) stands by the "Guardian of Dawn" art installation during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert.

Participants dance on top of a car parked beside the "Truth is Beauty" sculpture, created by Marco Cochrane, at the Burning Man arts and music festival in Nevada.
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Participants dance on top of a car parked beside the "Truth is Beauty" sculpture, created by Marco Cochrane, at the Burning Man arts and music festival in Nevada.

A couple rest at a piano in the desert at sunrise during the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival.
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A couple rest at a piano in the desert at sunrise during the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival.

Festival-goers sit atop an art project to watch the sun rise.
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Festival-goers sit atop an art project to watch the sun rise.

Mutant vehicles drive across the main area during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.
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Mutant vehicles drive across the main area during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.

"Shabalaba," as this man calls himself at the festival, loses himself in dance.
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"Shabalaba," as this man calls himself at the festival, loses himself in dance.

Festival-goers gaze at the rising sun during this year's Burning Man arts and music festival.
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Festival-goers gaze at the rising sun during this year's Burning Man arts and music festival.

Participants cuddle at sunrise at the "Temple of Whollyness" during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.
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Participants cuddle at sunrise at the "Temple of Whollyness" during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.

Rochelle Schieck dances near the "Truth is Beauty" sculpture, by Marco Cochrane, at the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival in Nevada.
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Rochelle Schieck dances near the "Truth is Beauty" sculpture, by Marco Cochrane, at the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival in Nevada.

Rhonda Clark cooks breakfast on the burned remains of the "man" during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.
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Rhonda Clark cooks breakfast on the burned remains of the "man" during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.

Participants bike across the desert at sunrise at the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival in Nevada.
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Participants bike across the desert at sunrise at the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival in Nevada.

Dust envelops art installations during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in Nevada.
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Dust envelops art installations during the Burning Man 2013 arts and music festival in Nevada.

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