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Current TV Coverage of Burning Man Event

Marking the 20th anniversary of the Burning Man festival and its first major live TV coverage, Current TV has partnered with the event, which will allow the network unprecedented access during a week in Black Rock Desert, 120 miles north of Reno, Nevada.

Burning Man, which attracted over 35,500 participants last year, is a conceptual and performance art-infused celebration described as “an annual experiment in temporary community dedicated to radical self-expression and radical self-reliance.” Throughout the week-long festival, Current will produce daily, 8-10 minute feature stories to rotate within the network’s usual “shuffle” programming, including articipant-created content by veteran festival goers and neophytes alike.

On the night of Saturday, September 2, Current will air its first-ever live block of programming at 9:00-10:00pm PST, capturing live performances such as fire dancing leading up to the capstone of the festival -- the burning of a giant wooden “man” sculpture. Current’s television coverage will be supplemented by video pod content on its website.

“Burning Man is, at its core, about self-expression, breaking conventions, and forging a community experience that stresses our essential interconnectedness,” explains David Neuman, Current’s president of programming. “It also has an inclusive vibe, with participation of people from every walk of life and every continent. Current shares all these qualities in the TV and internet realm and is thrilled to be able to bring 'Burning Man' to a wider audience on its 20th anniversary.”

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