Burning Man Reveals 2023 Theme, Animalia
Following a successful return to the playa in 2022, the organizers of Burning Man are starting to prepare for next year's edition by announcing its theme: Animalia.
The theme was revealed in a blog post published in The Burning Man Journal by Stuart Mangrum, the director of Burning Man Project's Philosophical Center.
"This year’s Burning Man theme will celebrate the animal world and our place in it—animals real and imagined, mythic and remembered—and explore the curious mental constructs that allow us to believe that imagined animals are real, real animals are imagined, and that somehow, despite all evidence to the contrary, mankind is somehow not part of the animal kingdom," Mangrum wrote.
That may take a minute to digest, but it leaves room for interpretation. It's important to note that the theme is not "animal," but rather "Animalia," which refers to a diverse biological kingdom that includes both invertebrates and vertebrates.