Burning Man without borders

Organizers announced Tuesday they are canceling the annual counter-culture festival in the Nevada desert for the second year

Burning Man organizers announced on Tuesday they are canceling this summer’s annual counter-culture festival in the Nevada desert for the second year in a row because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The San Francisco-based group posted a video on its website that said there are too many uncertainties to resolve in time to hold the event as scheduled from 26 August to 3 September in the Black Rock Desert 100 miles (160km) north of Reno.

The Burning Man CEO, Marian Goodell, said the “difficult decision” was “based on the best information available to us”.

“We know the need for community has never been stronger. And building community is what Burners do best. We also recognize the pandemic is not over,” she said. “We have decided to focus our energy on building Black Rock City 2022.”

The Reno Gazette-Journal first reported the news on Tuesday on its website.

The decision was based on a combination of factors, not a single issue, the group said.

“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.

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[Thank you to Alex Teitz, http://www.femmusic.com, for contributing this article.]

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