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Burning Man Teases Announcement About 2021

By Dan Gentile

A participant has a custom vehicle to get around Burning Man 2019, the largest outdoor arts festival in North America, in the Black Rock desert of Gerlach, Nev. | Jane Hu

Like almost every other large event last year, Burning Man went digital in 2020. Although some bad actors did continue the tradition, both at Ocean Beach and the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, the community largely kept things safe, organizing socially distant and online events across the world.

The jury is still out, but it looks like future attendees will know what 2021 holds before long.

In a post on their blog, the Burning Man organization recapped its 24-hour worldwide live "Burn" and thanked the 21,000 donors who offered up $12 million, in addition to the $2 million-$5 million from a PPP loan, after the organization announced it had lost 90% of their 2020 budget. Despite the setback, it has continued progress on its roadmap to become carbon negative in 2030, and launched a new page on the website dedicated to "diversity and radical inclusion." The big news is an announcement of, well, a future announcement. Given that so many attendees organized their vacations around the event, Burning Man revealed that the organizers plan to make a call on this year's event by mid-February with the help of a COVID-19 task force. "Oh, what’s that? BRC tickets?" wrote Burning Man Project's associate director of communications, Dominique Debucquoy-Dodley. "We’ll have more on that in less time than it takes to find your bicycle after a deep playa sunrise dance, we promise. Stay tuned."

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