Burning Man Project organizers announced the cancellation on Friday (April 10). The week-long event had been scheduled for Aug. 30-Sept. 7 at Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.
“After much listening, discussion, and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision not to build Black Rock City in 2020,” the announcement reads. “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…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.”
This year’s Burning Man theme was “The Multiverse,” and organizers say they have decided the festival will take place virtually, in keeping with its theme.
“That’s the theme for 2020 so we’re going to lean into it. Who’d have believed it would come true? We look forward to welcoming you to Virtual Black Rock City 2020,” the statement reads. “We’re not sure how it’s going to come out; it will likely be messy and awkward with mistakes. It will also likely be engaging, connective, and fun.”
Organizers are also offering refunds to those who want them.
Burning Man Project CEO Marian Goodell addressed viewers in a YouTube message below:
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