Get ready to dance naked round your laptop. Check that it’s safe to burn that effigy in your backyard. You should have made a start on the fancy-dress costume. You could parade it on Facebook. But will it be quite the same to take part in an orgy — sorry, “a consensual non-monogamy workshop” — over Zoom?

Burning Man, the free-spirited gathering that takes place every August in Nevada, has been canceled because of the global pandemic. It’s turn on, log in, and trance out for its tens of thousands of devotees. This year the world’s global community of “burners” will be meeting in virtual space.

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