Burning Man Reveals Its Plan To Be The First Festival To Go Virtual In Response To The Coronavirus Pandemic
For the first time in its nearly 40-year history, the annual Burning Man festival will not take place in Black Rock Desert, Nevada. Instead, in a creative response to the global pandemic, the whimsical, temporary city will be held online.
“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,” the Burning Man Project said in a statement. “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.”
Fittingly, the theme of this year’s festival was “The Multiverse” with the idea being that festival-goers would experience alternate realities within the temporary metropolis known as the playa. “We are, however, going to build Black Rock City in The Multiverse.” the project said. “Who’d have believed it would come true?”
In this virtual playa, Black Rock City will be brought online and everyone is invited to participate. According to the website, it won’t be like the BRC many burners know and love, it’s set to be a new kind of Burn—a co-created experience with over 100,000 participants from all over the globe. Virtual Burners can expect yoga practices, cooking classes, dancing events, art workshops, and more, all from the comfort of home.
“Burning Man is a culture, it’s a movement,” Marian Goodell, Burning Man CEO said in a statement. “We look forward to inviting you to the virtual Black Rock City.”
Interested in participating? Tickets are set to become available in the coming weeks while the virtual festival is scheduled to run from August 30 to September 7.