Burning Man is an annual experiment in temporary community dedicated to radical self-expression and radical self-reliance. It will be held in the Black Rock Desert, 120 miles north of Reno, Nevada. And it is the first time when Lithuania or any of Baltic states participates in this project. This year, Black Rock City will be home to the first ever Lithuanian theme camp: The Blukis Camp.
The Blukis Camp members will be sharing their Lithuania culture with Black Rock Citizens in a variety of ways. One such way is through the tradition of the “Blukis.” The word “Blukis” in Lithuanian means “tree stump” and is a symbol of underworld spirits. According to pagan tradition in Lithuania and many other Indo-European countries, to drag a Blukis around from house to house and then burn it is to perform a ceremonial act intended to free the Sun and good spirits from the dark underworld. The LT Burners will also be hosting percussion sessions at their camp, inviting participants to play percussion instruments, sing Lithuania chants called “Sutartines” and learn contact improvisation. They also plan to share Lithuanian potato pancakes, host clay workshops during which participants can make clay amulets, pipes and medallions. The Blukis Camp are bringing a bike-powered cinema called Velocinema to the playa. Ten bicycles will be placed in special stands equipped with power generators and wired to a video projector which uses the power created by the bicycle-riders to cast movies up on a giant screen.