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Burning Man cancels 2021 event, organizers set sights on next year

A mock burning man sits on the southern side of the Black Rock Desert.{ }(Photo: KRNV/KRXI)

For a second straight year, Burning Man is canceled.

In a release posted on Tuesday morning, organizers say, "All of us at Burning Man Project have been busy projecting all the possible scenarios that would allow us to bring our desert city back to life in 2021. The variables are many, and our capacity to overcome challenges is high. It’s what we do. ...We have decided to set our sights on Black Rock City 2022."

Organizers say the decision to cancel was not based on one specific issue but rather a combination of problems that make moving forward challenging.

The annual event held in the Black Rock Desert about two hours north of Reno usually sees about 80,000 burners over the span of a week from across the country.

Many are asking if other large-scale events are happening, why can't Burning Man? Organizers say it's radically different than other events because they're building a city and not a stage.

While we’re confident in our ability to get a permit and to safeguard public health, we know that co-creating Black Rock City in 2021 would put tremendous strain on our community while we are still ironing out uncertainty. We enjoy building together with gusto. What would it look like with the loss of spontaneity and an increase in social uncertainty? Not Black Rock City. Our surest path forward is a full-on, all-systems-go Black Rock City in 2022.

The Black Rock Desert, also known as the Playa, is public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. People can still visit the Black Rock Desert outside of Burning Man but must follow requirements and guidelines set forth by the BLM.

Hundreds of people made their way to Black Rock City last year despite the cancellation.

Event organizers weighed the option of requiring COVID-19 vaccines but quickly back peddled on that stance.

To read more about the decision to cancel, click here.

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