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Burning Man launches crowdfund campaign to secure future of the event

The festival is facing financial hardship

Burning Man has launched a crowdfunding campaign to secure the future of the annual event.

After weeks of deliberation and uncertainty, which culminated in the postponement of the Burning Man annual gathering’s main ticket sale earlier this year, the announcement was made on 10th April that Burning Man 2020 would not be going ahead due to ongoing concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Following the launch of their virtual events platform Kindling, Burning Man have now launched a fundraiser, after an "unprecedented revenue shortfall" amid the cancellation of the flagship Nevada event. 

"Sadly we will not be gathering in the Black Rock Desert in 2020," an accompanying statement on the crowdfunder reads. "Though this will result in an unprecedented revenue shortfall for Burning Man Project, we remain optimistic. We are committed to maintaining the critical infrastructure we’ll need, after cuts to expenses and staffing, to produce Black Rock City 2021 and continuing our vital off-playa work in the year ahead. We can’t do this without your help."

"With your support, we will continue to offer opportunities to share your creativity and passions and, above all else, stay connected with others in these challenging times."

Supporters can make a one-off donation to Burning Man Projedct, or set up a recurring payment, via the website here.

In July, Burning Man hosted a virtual conference on environmental sustainability via Kindling.