Watch: Burning Man Co-Founder on Charlie Rose

The burning man effigy
Burning Man 2013, Photo: Julia Wolf 
A week-long festival celebrating "radical self expression and self-reliance," Burning Man started in 1986 and has grown each year, with close to 70,000 attending last year alone.

In his interview with Charlie Rose, Larry Harvey talks about what draws people to Burning Man, how it began, the rules of engagement, and the philosophy behind the event.

He has this to say about the ritual of the burning man:
"When they ask us what it means, we say, "'You have to achieve that through your engagement, through your actions, what you are.' We won't tell you."
Burning Man has been the inspiration and model for many festivals in America and around the world. Every year, tens of thousands flock to Nevada's Black Rock Desert to nurture this spontaneous community built on art, autonomy, and authentic interaction.

As Harvey says, "It's a retreat from the normal."

Have you been to burning man? Are you planning to go in the future? What makes Burning Man special to you? Share in the comments below.
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