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Burning Man festival cancelled for second time

It looks like Burners will have to wait until 2022 to return to Black Rock Desert due to the coronavirus pandemic.

After initially announcing a COVID-19 vaccination requirement, Burning Man festival organizers have decided to cancel the event entirely for 2021.

The organizers released a public statement which said there are too many logistical issues to proceed during 26 August to 3 September in the Black Rock Desert 100 miles (160km) north of Reno.

Burning Man CEO, Marian Goodell, said the decision was reached due to a number of factors, not one particular issue.

“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 statement said.

While Burning Man was also cancelled in 2020, an unofficial event called Renegade Man took place over the same weekend. About 3000 people attended, which is a lot less than the 80,000 that usually show up. It’s highly likely the same unlicensed event will take place this year – only with more people.

The Burning Man Project has been in existence for over 3 decades. It has since birthed a counter-culture event in other countries around the world including South Africa (AfrikaBurn), Israel (Midburn) and more.

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