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World's greatest rave ends in blaze of glory

September 02, 2014 10:46 IST

The Burning Man festival came to its traditional spectacular conclusion on Saturday night, when the huge wooden effigy that gives the event its name was set alight. 

More than 50,000 revellers have spent the last week camping in the Black Rock desert in Nevada. Money is outlawed at the festival, so revellers must bring everything they will need for the week-long rave.

Reuters photographer Jim Urquhart captured this year's festival, which had the theme ‘Caravansary’.


Dillon Bracken and Atalya Stachel dance during the Burning Man festival.


Rachael Neubauer and James Wheeler dance during the rave often described as Mad Max meets Woodstock. 


Paulina Carey dances during the Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.


Participants interact with the art installation The Super Pool during a dust storm at the Burning Man festival. 


The Man burns during the Burning Man 2014 ‘Caravansary’ arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.


The art installation Pulse & Bloom is seen at nigth during festival.


People dance for a DJ at the Dancetronauts mutant vehicle during the Burning Man festival. 


Wade Harrell and his wife Heather Harrell gear up for the dust during the Burning Man 2014 festival. Over 65,000 people from all over the world gathered at the sold out festival to spend a week in the remote desert cut off from much of the outside world to experience art, music and the unique community that develops.


People look at the art installation Embrace during the music and arts festival in the middle of the desert. 


A view of the Playa and the Man during the festival.


An aerial view of the desert during the Burning Man ‘Caravansary’ arts and music festival.


The Temple of Grace is seen during the extravagant festival.