Principle 1 of Nevada festival Burning Man's 10 Principles is "racial inclusion". However, according to a survey, the racial makeup of festival-goers is mainly white (87%), with six per cent Hispanic, six per cent Asian, two per cent as Native American and just 1.3 per cent black making up the remainder.

Speaking to The Guardian, festival founder Larry Harvey discusses reasons as to why his festival isn't as racially diverse as it should be, according to its own set of ethics. He was pressed, in particular, to respond to comments he made about black people not liking camping as much as white people.

"Remember a group that was enslaved and made to work. Slavishly, you know in the fields. This goes all the way back to the Caribbean scene, when the average life of a slave in the fields was very short," he said. "And, so, there’s that background, that agrarian poverty associated with things. Maybe your first move isn’t to go camping. Seriously."

Whilst this comment, although searching for logic in the realm of something like a collective unconscious or genetic memory, feels a little blundering, he did make a good point about forced diversity:

"We’re not going to set up a Marxist state. We see culture as a self-organising thing. And we’re unwilling to impose and mandate behavior from the outside, we want to generate change from the inside."