The Burning Man music and art festival, which takes place in the desert in the U.S. state of Nevada, has been canceled for the second year in a row because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the festival website.
According to the organizers, different scenarios for this year’s festival were worked out, but due to the lack of necessary time to prepare, the event decided to cancel.
“Although here in the U.S. it may seem like the mountain has slipped from our shoulders and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, we are still in a state of pandemic and the uncertainty to overcome in the remaining time we have left. We have decided to aim for Black Rock City 2022,” the message reads.
It is emphasized that fans can organize their own mini-festival by adhering to a number of principles. In particular, fans have been encouraged to financially support artists who create their work at Burning Man, and this year they intend to do so at home.
Last year, the festival was also canceled because of the pandemic. At the time, participants were refunded for their tickets, but organizers encouraged them to donate part or all of the ticket price to support the project.
The Burning Man festival has been held since 1991 and was named for the burning of a large wooden effigy of a man at the end of the event.