Burning Man officially cancels 2021 edition focusing on 2022

“Burning Man now wants to see how it can shape the world it is part of instead of just reacting to that world.” - J. Duane Hoover

Burning Man Koro Loko by Emily Nicolosi, 2019 (Photo by Ales Dust To Ashes)
Burning Man Koro Loko by Emily Nicolosi, 2019 (Photo by Ales Dust To Ashes)

Burning Man has canceled this year’s event, opting instead to focus on the 2022 edition.

The event was supposed to take place from August 26th to September 3rd this year, but the team claims that pandemic-related uncertainty has made it impossible to proceed.

This is not a decision that weighs on just one specific issue; rather, it’s a combination of problems that in an ever-changing world resist certainty to move forward.

Although here in the United States we may be feeling the weight lifting and the light at the end of the tunnel brightening, we are still in the pandemic, and the uncertainties that need to be resolved are impossible to resolve in the time we have – The Burning Man Journal

In a typical year, over 70,000 people visit Black Rock City, and camps like Robot Heart and Mayan Warrior have become important stops for big-name DJs.

According to Burning Man, there still will be visitors in the Black Rock Desert. Some people will choose to gather, co-create and celebrate Burning Man culture on the playa this year. The Bureau of Land Management says at this time public lands will remain open to the public. Anyone choosing to camp on the playa this year will need to be entirely self-sufficient. For 35 years, since long before the current organization existed, Burners have looked after themselves and each other.

The full statement is available on the Burning Man Journal here.

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