Burning Man Goes Virtual

There’s always a first time for everything, including for Burning Man

Scheduled to be held at the beginning of this September, the annual Burning Man Festival in Black Rock Desert, Nevada has now been cancelled—due to the spread of COVID-19. This marks the first time ever that Burning Man has been cancelled since 1986. The organizers of the annual festival announced that after much listening, discussion and careful consideration, they have decided not to built Black Rock City in 2020; which is a wise decision because the annual festival used to have around 80,000 people gathered in the desert.

“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. Yes, we are heartbroken. We know you are too. In 2020 we need human connection and immediacy more than ever,” the organizers stated. “But public health and the well-being of our participants, staff, and neighbours in Nevada are our highest priorities.”

In place of the traditional event, Burning Man will host an online festival called Virtual Black Rock City or VBRC which leans into the 2020 theme, The Multiverse. The virtual event will be ticketed and allow up to 100,000 attendees. On this virtual platform, there’s no limit to who can participate and they will explore fun new ways to live more sustainably, connect in these challenging times and take care of one another.

Here is a message from Burning Man Project CEO, Marian Goodell.