Following the cancellation of the Burning Man Event due to Covid 19 concerns for the second year in a row, an alternative event was held at the same time and nearly the same place in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.
The gathering was known to former Burners as Plan B, and to non-Burners as the Renegade Burn. This was a spontaneous gathering of people determined to have a Burning Man-like experience without Burning Man controlling it. Primary motivations for attendance varied and overlapped. Some camps and projects were determined to assemble their members somewhere to carry out the premise of the event through their interactivity. Some imagined a simpler mode of radical self-expression freed from the yoke of oppression they experienced from Burning Man’s tedious and maddening vetting process.
Well over half of the attendees (recently estimated by BLM to be in the range of 17,000) were people who always wanted to go to Burning Man, but couldn’t get tickets, people who hadn’t been attending because tickets were too expensive, or those who didn’t want a full week commitment and only sought a Labor Day weekend experience, commuting mostly from the Reno area.
Pretend for a moment you’re the Burning Man organization.