In Bid to Change Culture, Burning Man Boots Camp Catering to Wealthy and Adjusts Pricing | Modern Society of USA

In Bid to Change Culture, Burning Man Boots Camp Catering to Wealthy and Adjusts Pricing

In Bid to Change Culture, Burning Man Boots Camp Catering to Wealthy and Adjusts Pricing

Burning Man’s chief executive has disinvited one camp for wealthy attendees and warned a dozen others as it outlines steps the organization has taken to return the event to its egalitarian roots, according to a blog post the organization posted over the weekend.

Burning Man disinvited Humano The Tribe, a turnkey or “plug and play” camp that catered to the moneyed class and was cited for not complying with the organization’s requirement to not foul the environment. Twelve other camps received warnings. Burning Man, once a low-key gathering which now attracts celebrities and billionaires, is attended by 70,000 participants who gather to create music and art in the Nevada desert every August.

The announced changes also include adjustments to ticket pricing at the event, which will make it easier for an economically diverse crowd to attend. The executive, Marian Goodell, decried what she called “convenience culture.” Critics have contended the recent influx of wealthy attendees who pay to stay in prepackaged camps upend the ethos of radical inclusion and community the event was founded upon.

“Our job is to shine a light on an issue and do our part,” Ms. Goodell said in an interview Thursday. “Because you are building a community, you need to act like a community. You don’t have transactions and businesses. You don’t have velvet ropes.”

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