are you ready?
After two chaotic years, and as many missed events, we hope to finally meet each other again in the Monegros desert this summer. In other words, the event is a go!!!!! We are currently planning Nowhere “as usual.¨
That’s the good news. Now the bad: in a world where Covid is very much still with us, it will be a serious challenge to plan our event. It will require a lot of extra work and resources to comply with local regulations and do everything we can to ensure everyone’s safety, both that of our participants, and also of our hosts in Castejon, Sariñena, and beyond.
As suspected, all the changes this year considerably impact the price of entry to our event. There’s no way around the facts of how the pandemic has affected our ability to organize Nowhere: our suppliers have become more expensive, our pandemic protocol will be costly, and it’s become clear that we also need to spend money on critical event infrastructure, from toilets to crew welfare, more paid staff, and some long-term changes to our company structure.
At the same time, we know the pandemic has hurt the finances of many in our community – including a number of NOrg volunteers – and we are painfully aware that pricier Nowhere tickets will only add to that injury. That’s why we’re sending you such a painfully long email: we want to be completely transparent and explain all of the new costs Nowhere faces, so you can understand why we have to raise ticket prices.
TL;DR – Nowhere 2022 is happening! Tickets will be more expensive, because pandemic. Low income ticket applications are now open via the website and will close on February 28th. The volunteer presale for tickets will open on March 1st, and the main sale on March 8th.
And of course, Nowhere can’t happen without your participation: see here for open year-round and onsite volunteer roles.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT LOW INCOME TICKETS:
We offer 11% percent of our tickets at a significantly lower rate to make sure Nowhere remains economically accessible. In particular, many of our volunteers and build and strike crews are only able to come to Nowhere on low income tickets. If you need a low income ticket to come to Nowhere, please apply via our website. Every year we receive more low income ticket applications than we can accommodate, and every year, some people who aren’t able to afford coming to Nowhere any other way are left out because of their economic situation.
If you can afford a normal priced ticket, please leave the low income tickets for those that cannot afford to come to Nowhere any other way. If you need a low income ticket to be able to come to Nowhere, please apply via our website before February 28th.
If you want to read more about the planning for Nowhere 2022, keep reading:
The real costs of handling the pandemic and complying with the regulations are uncertain. Our estimates are based on what it would cost us to hold Nowhere now, under current restrictions. The situation this summer will be different, so it’s hard to predict what this will cost us. One thing is certain: Covid will have a major impact on our costs this year, both because of the pandemic regulations we have to follow and because many of our suppliers — landworks, materials, transport, storage—have become more expensive.
All NOrg departments also face increased costs to replace material that has been damaged after three years in storage.
We’ve spent the last two years planning and scheming as to how we can better organize Nowhere. This year’s budget includes some long-due items related to participant and crew welfare: more and better toilets, changes to our build and strike departments to enhance crew safety, and major changes to Cantina to better feed crew on site.
We now have four paid staff members this year to provide crucial support on central matters like finances, logistics, and compliance to local regulations, at an increased salary to offset the rising costs of living and to fulfill our duty as an ethical employer. We view this last point as non-negotiable, as offering anything but a living wage to Nowhere employees would go against our deepest values.
Last fall we decided to sell the same number of tickets as we planned to in 2019, so as not to add the complexity of managing a larger event to all our other problems. Naturally, this means that the cost per ticket will rise in proportion to our general increase in costs: Main sale tickets will now cost €305. Not all ticket buyers will face this increase, however, as we will keep selling the usual number of low income tickets (11% of the total) at the same price as 2019 (85€), so that our community members who were hit the hardest do not face yet another difficulty in an increased ticket price.
With respect to tickets themselves, the fees from our ticket company (Quicket) will now be part of the ticket price, rather than being an additional fee as before–that’s why you’re not seeing round numbers in our ticket prices anymore. This change will make everyone’s life simpler and our ticket price more transparent. And if you’re interested in more information about Nowhere’s finances, you can see past years’ financial reports on our website.
The last two years have been really weird, and not in a good way. We are so excited about getting together to make Nowhere happen this year. For more information about this year’s event, subscribe to this newsletter or check out our Facebook page or Telegram channel. And remember, Nowhere can’t happen without your participation: See here for open year-round and onsite volunteer roles.
Be well, stay hydrated, and see you in the dirt!