The annual Burning Man festival in Black Rock City (USA), which was originally scheduled to run from August 30 to September 7, 2020, is canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Such a verdict was passed by the organizers and informed that in return the event will be held in the virtual format of the "Multiverse".
Burning Man gathers tens of thousands of people in the desert in the state of Nevada, where the whole city of Black Rock is being built for several days. The event becomes a temporary mecca for communication between people, free art and self-expression.
“Yes, we have a broken heart. We understand that you too. In 2020, we need simple human intimacy more than ever. But the health and well-being of our members, employees, and neighbors in Nevada are still our top priorities. However, we look forward to welcoming you to Virtual Black Rock in the Multiverse. This is a 2020 theme. We're not sure yet how this will look; probably sloppy and inexperienced. But we also believe that it will be exciting and - as always - incendiary. "
The organizers of Burning Man assure that they will reimburse the cost of tickets already purchased to everyone who declares such a desire. At the same time, the project must remain afloat, alive and prosperous so that next year, when the pandemic passes, thousands and thousands of creative people can come together again and build a city in the middle of the desert. Although the organizers' situation will already require staff layoffs, wage cuts and other unpleasant measures in order to survive. Therefore, the Burning Man team looks forward to the understanding and generosity of their fans.
Burning Man CEO Marian Goodell said work will continue on ongoing projects, including grants for artists and musicians. There are also new interesting projects on the horizon - for example, the publication of a book and the release of a culture magazine.