Burning Man 2020 has unfortunately been canceled – another casualty of the coronavirus. Sadly, 80,000 people frolicking in the desert is simply not a good idea during this global pandemic. However, the Burning Man crew has something digital up their sleeve…
Burning Man has decided to hold a virtual festival with (hopefully) as many as 100,000 attendees. Apparently, the event will be ticketed; however, no price has been announced yet. This is a big hit to the Burning Man organization, both spiritually and financially. Staff layoffs and pay reductions are imminent while the group tries to stay afloat using a virtual stage that will hopefully attract large crowds from the interweb.
“Yes, we are heartbroken. We know you are too,” the group said in a statement, but there was a lot of concern regarding “public health and the well-being of our participants, staff, and neighbors in Nevada”.
If you had already purchased tickets – Burning Man will offer refunds to those who need them. However, the organization is asking everyone who is capable to donate their ticket money so that Burning Man can continue next year in Black Rock City as originally planned.
“We invite you to imagine a new reality where 100,000 people converge to imagine, explore, celebrate, and take care of one another in these uncertain times,” their new website suggested.
“Black Rock City 2020 is in the multiverse.”