Burning Man Cancels 2020 Edition; Announces Virtual Black Rock City 2020

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Burning Man is the latest festival to announce that they will be cancelling their 2020 edition due to the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the planet.


As the world continues to manage the impact that the coronavirus pandemic has made already to local governments and economies, the festival scene has been hit hard as well. Major festivals and events around the world continue to announce postponements and cancellations as Stay-At-Home orders continue to lengthen, and now Burning Man has announced that the upcoming edition will not take place.

Originally announced to take place from August 30 to September 7, the Burning Man Project had already put a hold on ticket sales that were supposed to take place earlier this month. Now, they’ve given an update on the situation along with a detailed look at the steps moving forward and what they’ll be launching in response to this news.

“After much listening, discussion, and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision not to build Black Rock City in 2020. Given the painful reality of COVID-19, one of the greatest global challenges of our lifetimes, we believe this is the right thing to do,” the Burning Man Project team said. “Yes, we are heartbroken. We know you are too. In 2020 we need human connection and Immediacy more than ever. But public health and the well-being of our participants, staff, and neighbors in Nevada are our highest priorities.” 

The blog post on their website also has a lengthy question and answer section in which the organization covers everything from refunds to the future of the organization.

Additionally, in their efforts to connect Burners around the world together they’ve announced that they will be launching Virtual Black Rock City. Head over to the Typeform page to sign-up and tell them what project you’d like to bring to the virtual world!

Stay tuned for more information about other cancellations and postponements from around the world as we continue to follow the impact coronavirus has on the festival season this year.


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