Is Burning Man 2021 cancelled? What will happen to the iconic festival?

Max Seeley January 3, 2021
Is Burning Man 2021 cancelled? What will happen to the iconic festival?
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Is Burning Man 2021 cancelled? Still mourning the cancellation of the 2020 event, fans are curious what the future holds for the iconic festival.

Burning Man is an annual event conceived in 1986 that, from 1991 onward, has been rooted in Black Rock City, in the middle of the Nevada desert. According to the official Burning Man website, the event is ‘an annual experiment in temporary community dedicated to radical self-expression and radical self-reliance.’

The week-long community centres around anti-consumerism and artistic free expression. Their mission is to guide, protect and nurture the community that is created by its culture and create a society that connects the individuals to their creative powers.

In 2004, co-founder Larry Harvey wrote ten principles for Burning man to reflect the ethos and community of the event. These principles include radical inclusion, communal effort, civic responsibility and respecting the environment by leaving no trace.

IS Burning man 2021 cancelled?

The 2020 event, scheduled to take place during the first week of September, was cancelled due to covid restrictions. However, the event was moved online, into the ‘multiverse’. The online Burning Man was made up of eight different ‘universes’, all created by community members, or “burners”.

Burning Man 2021 is currently scheduled to take place from 30 August, with the eponymous burning of The Man set for the Saturday before Labor Day.

However, after losing 90% of its revenue due to the cancellation of the 2020 event, the Burning Man project is asking for donations to help fund the community in 2021.

In a heartfelt email to Burning Man Journal subscribers, the people behind the Burning Man Project wrote: “Returning to Black Rock City is our number one priority; it’s our community’s largest cultural engine, and the world needs sources of connection, inspiration, and innovation more than ever.”

For the time being, Burning Man devotees are fairly confident that the event will take place as scheduled in 2021, though, with so many variables at play it’s impossible to say for sure what the future will hold.

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Max is currently studying Multimedia Journalism at Bournemouth University. Having played guitar for around ten years with different bands, he's always got a keen eyes on what’s happening in the music scene. Likewise, literature has also always played a large role in Max's life since reading On The Road as a teenager.