|We know you are all wondering about the fate of Nowhere next year, as are we. |
November is the month of our annual Town Hall and accompanying leads meeting, where we debrief the year’s lessons after a well-deserved rest.
It is also the time when we start working on securing our permit for the next event.
Obviously, things are very different this year.
Many of us are still sheltering at home, live meetings are out of the question, and nobody knows what the upcoming year will look like.
You probably wonder whether there will be an event next year.
The short answer is, we don’t know.
The virus is likely to remain with us for some time, but things could be much better by next summer. Even then, organising an international event during an unprecedented pandemic is no small feat. Even if the Spanish authorities allowed our event to take place, we’ll still have some tough decisions to make: will we be able to safely organize Nowhere in 2021? Will it be the right thing to do?
Thankfully, we still have some time before we need to decide. As our Directors have been advised, we have until February to begin the process of obtaining a permit for our event in July.
In the meantime, we’ll have many technical details to follow closely:
what kind of international travel will be possible,
whether our usual contractors like the Red Cross
will be able to work with us, and so forth.
Most importantly, we’ll need to be sure that holding Nowhere will be ethical and safe, for the community that welcomes us as well as for us visitors in this wonderful land.
This will, no doubt, be the object of many discussions, and as always, we expect community feedback to be a precious help in reaching the best ethical decision that we can make. We’ll keep you updated on the usual channels as we get closer to this deadline.
Lastly, we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated part of their ticket back to Nowhere. The amount raised was enough to cover our running costs for this year, and, if necessary, should see us through 2021 as well.
10% of tickets purchased donated their full ticket.
35% were full ticket refunds
the remainder were partially refunded with an average donation of 30%.
A few people have asked if they could make another donation. For now, we think we should be ok. If you do have the ability to donate, please consider helping your local community.
As always, stay safe, take care of yourself and others, and don’t forget to stay hydrated.