“The physical, psychic, and emotional impacts of this pandemic are real and the recovery from this experience will happen at different rates of speed,” organizers said in an announcement. “This is the time to gather with our friends, crews, families and communities…” They also argued that in an abstract sense, “Burning Man is happening right NOW, all around you,” urging people to create experiences, opportunities and connection at the local level. (Their suggestions include planning to join a mass “Burn Night” livestreaming event on September 4, or preparing for “Virtual Burning Man” from August 21 to September 5, 2021.)
Per the fine print of this arrangement, there will be only 1,000 of these $2,500 reservations that are essentially tickets to buy tickets… “It’s going very well!,” Burning Man’s communications team tells us. “We’re so grateful for our generous community. As of this writing, we have only a few hundred left….”
Burning Man has to get creative, and maybe perks for big spenders is an acceptable one-time trade-off to ensure its ongoing solvency. The project has gone nearly two years since its last infusion of direct ticket revenue, and the permits and attorney fees necessary to pull off this event on federal land have not gotten any cheaper despite the pandemic.