“My police watches over me” – (c) Vladimir Mayakosky
This was supposed to be a report from one of the most anticipated parties of the season — the fifth Moscow Burning Man Decompression party, but instead you are reading yet another funerary speech.
Dressed in the spirit of a Desert Warrior, I was already tying on a hand-made turban when I heard an “Oops…” from the kitchen, which did not bode well at all.
At 7:07 PM, about an hour before the official start of the party, the following Facebook post was published:
Due to reasons beyond the organizers’ control, Moscow Decompression is cancelled with possibility of reschedule
Watch for announcements, in the nearest time we will come back with details and a new date of the event.
Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org about refunds for your tickets.
As eyewitnesses reported, there was police and narcotics officers on the scene.
First thought: déjà vu. Events of July 2016 when the same thing happened at Outline (electronic music festival). Its cancellation was also announced a just few hours before the beginning, with supposed organizational and fire safety rules violations given as explanation.
The Decompression organizers in turn say that the event will be rescheduled. Although the new date has not been announced.
– Well, at least, this is quite authentic… Smells like motherland.
– What does?
– Aborted fun.
Moscow Decompression – is a party conducted a few months after the Burning Man event. The Russian Burners community has been throwing Decompression parties in the capital for five years now, minding the 10 main principles of Burning Man: Radical Inclusion, Gift Giving, Decommodification, Radical Self-reliance, Radical Self-expression, Immediacy, Communal Effort, Civic Responsibility and Leaving No Trace.