Burning Man is the first festival to go virtual in response to the Coronavirus outbreak

For Art lovers, Burning Man is one of the most anticipated events of the year. It’s no wonder then that thousands of enthusiasts flocked to Nevada each year to attend the illustrative show. However, much to the dismay of ardent burners, the mega event will not be held at its regular magnitude this year but will instead be conducted virtually in the midst of the global pandemic.

Originally set to take place from 30 August to 7 September at the Nevada Dessert, the ticketed festival will be conducted online and will be open for all to participate in. Throwing light on the situation, a statement on the Burning Man Journal read: ‘After much listening, discussion, and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision not to build Black Rock City in 2020. Given the painful reality of COVID-19, one of the greatest global challenges of our lifetimes, we believe this is the right thing to do. Yes, we are heartbroken. We know you are too.’

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Burners can typically expect to catch on yoga practices, cooking classes, dancing events, art workshops, and more from their homes as the festival goes online. And while the ‘Virtual Burning Man’ will still be a paid-for event, it is expected to attract over 100,000 participants. Tickets are set to be rolled out in the coming weeks with the festival scheduled to run per plan from August 30 to September 7. Fancy attending it?

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