So, on the meeting yesterday we decided that the best way to handle this situation, safety wise and administrative wise etc, is to postpone the event. And to do that now (we only have about 150 tickets sold). We will say that we postpone it “indefinitely”, but will continue the contact with the venue. We aim for an Urban Burn in late September/early October. Or something like that.
Here is a draft of a post to the community. I also suggest that we e-mail this to everyone who has bought a ticket.
At the open meeting for Urban Burn 2020 yesterday (11/3), a decision was made to indefinitely postpone the event. This means that there will NOT be an Urban Burn 2020 in April. Representatives from the venue was with us at the meeting and has agreed to keep our communication so that we can hopefully plan an event there in the foreseeable future. Our best bet at this moment is that we will have (the best ever) Urban Burn after the summer, in September/October.
The reason for this is, as you can guess, the spreading of the covid-19. We are in no way panicking over this. The reasons to postpone in regards to the virus are several. Partly, we believe that this is the responsible way to go, so that we as a community are not part of a wider spreading of a disease that will hurt people and society. We also believe that the specific structure of Urban Burn with many people (we are counting on up towards 1000 attending), a short timeframe to plan and a very open organizational structure would make us too vulnerable in too many ways.
The membership sale on BurnerTickets is closed since yesterday. Any already bought memberships will be valid for the future event, and you will get updates as soon as we know more. Questions on potential reimbursement will be discussed, as we are still figuring out this whole situation ourselves. More information on this will come.
We would like to see this as something positive. We will probably be able to have the venue (we are still not sure if our contacts there will still have the venue next semester, but probably) and even more time. We can use this time to build and prepare something truly amazing. I am personally extremely hyped about what can come out of this. Let’s spend the summer building crazy shit and come back with a bang!
And remember to take care of each other and the community. For the new faces who has emerged who were looking forward to their first burn experience, feel free to reach out and keep in touch!
All the love,
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