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Join the discussion about our shared Seed future

After six happy and successful years, it’s time for Burning Seed to look to the future.

To do this, Burning Seed organisers are exploring a new legal structure for Seed, one that will better reflect our community and the nature of our event. And we want you to join us for that discussion at The Future Forum at Centre Camp this Friday at 2pm.

Red Earth City Pty Ltd is the current legal entity behind Burning Seed. It has been an amazing incubator, providing the organisers and the community with the protection and structure needed to kickstart, stage and grow the Burn.

But now we need to plan the next steps in our Burning Seed story, and we want and need your input. Please join us at the Future Forum.

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Gatecrashers, security and gate — a message from Rangers

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Don’t poke the Bear – our beloved Ranger Team Lead has a serious message for everybody about gatecrashing and security.

Your friendly Rangers have a message about Gatecrashing: 

Non-ticketed people found at the event are Gatecrashers. They are not participants in our community, and will not be extended the same courtesies.

Anyone found on-site without a wristband will be:

A) fined for trespassing by Forestry Corporation of NSW
B) escorted out of the event
C) have their ID recorded and be ineligible to buy a ticket for the 2016 event
D) subject to indecencies arrived upon by DPI (and ooooo are they an indecent bunch!)

Rangers will be checking for wristbands. Rangers are participants just like you, and having to ask another participant to show a wristband is not the best part of the job, to say the least. Please cooperate enthusiastically in showing your wristband and make it much easier on us lot.

Ensure that ALL PASSENGERS IN YOUR CAR have their ticket before they get in the car. The entire car will be turned away at Gate if even one person does not have a ticket.

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Other awesome volunteer participants have another not-so-fun duty of inspecting your vehicle for stowaways and sufficient supplies (food/water). You WILL be turned away if you have more people than you should and/or less supplies than you should. If you are harbouring a stowaway, all ticket holders must watch their tickets be ripped up in front of them!

Security and Rangers will be patrolling the surrounding forest area and forestry roads. Any illegal camping or vehicles will be cited through the Forestry service.

Trust us, we hate this bit. It’s a love/hate kinda thing though. We must do this to maintain the longevity of the event.

See you all out there real soon, ya hear?!!

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The 2015 What Where When guide is here!

Got your tickle trunks, tutus and ‘tude at the ready? The 2015 What Where When — your guide to the most fantabulous creative juices ever released on the Paddock  — is ready for you to pore over with your sweaty little mitts.

The What Where When is your pocket-rocket roadmap to all the events at Burning Seed, and is handed out to every participant at the gate. Everything in this guide has been created by a participant like you — orgasmic yoga? Check. Bunny march? Check. Slayer sessions and hot chocolate? Check?

All manner of tastes are accounted for in the WWW but times can be.. shall we say… flexy. Find yourself rocking up for a workshop session only to discover it’s more like a snooze session for camp mates? Embrace immediacy and either join in or find some other amazing experience on the Paddock. There’s much to explore, and the Seed adventure is less like clockwork than creative, connective and continually full of surprises.

We have two versions of the 2015 What Where When available for download: one with spreads (recommended for printing) and one with single pages (recommended for viewing on your computer or mobile device).

 

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Message from your Gate crew

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Nick, our illustrious Gate Team Lead.

Written by Nick Westcott, Gate Team Lead.

The last few days have been tough. It has made us sit back and take a long hard look at a number of procedures we have in place for running gate at Seed this year. It has made us get on many phone calls, answer many emails, monitor Facebook and Gumtree, and drink many bottles of wine. It has made us have too many serious conversations with other teams about what this all means. It has made us sad.

Most of all it has stopped us doing the important things we need to do to get ready for Burning Seed 2015.

We’re not going to get into a discussion about the pros and cons of ticket limits. About the impacts on crewing, permits, insurance and the quality of event we deliver. All we on gate want to say is that once you get to the site PLEASE do what you can to make our lives easy.

Have your ticket ready. Have your ID ready. If you’ve bought a ticket from someone, else have a copy of their ID ready. Let us search your car. Listen to the crew and give them the respect they deserve.

We are people like you. We are doing our absolute best to get everyone into the event as quickly and as safely as we can.

We cannot wait to see you.

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Burning Seed now on the map

The site map for this year’s Burning Seed is now available. A copy of this map will also be handed to every participant when they arrive at the Gate. Can’t wait until then for your own copy? You can download it here.

And if you’re wondering why you didn’t notice that large lake in the middle of the Paddock last year, never fear. You’re not going crazy. This year’s beautiful map also indicates the water-logged land that was kindly gifted by the capricious weather gods and the rains at the end of August.

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An update on Burning Seed site conditions

A week to go until gates open at Burning Seed 2015, and the onsite crew has sent some updates about water levels and what to expect when you rock up to make Red Earth City your own.

Waters have receded since the heavy rains hit the site at the end of August. However, our city planning and preparation have needed to be fluid (get it get it?) as we waited to see whether areas would dry out in time for building infrastructure, art and theme camps and to allow camping in some areas.

The result? Our city is a little more compressed this year, with about 30 per cent of useable Paddock lost to water. We needed to move Temple from its traditional spot and this year’s greater number of art pieces are sharing a decreased amount of space.

Things are looking up up up, but gum boots, mosquito repellent and rubber duckies will still be the accessories du jour. Make sure you pack them all.

From Shane Kilcullen, DPI crew member and general know-it-all:

“We haven’t had any rain recently so it is beginning to dry out. The areas without any standing water are now very dry and good for camping on. The areas with standing water are slow to drain off and dry out, so there is a lot of standing water on the open Paddock.

The western edge of the Paddock –  “sunset strip” –  is partially water logged. We’ve opened up a lot more camping on the south west of that strip. That water is gradually receding, but the water probably won’t recede back as far as the fence line by the time the event starts, so some people will be camped right on the waters edge. This area has a lot of mosquitoes. The roads are fine as they have been reinforced, but if you’re going off-road, walk it first to make sure the ground is firm.”

And if you have seen the Facebook pictures of dark swarming mossie masses and limbs with great big red welts, remember: Burners love to yank your chain.

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The view of the Paddock from last year’s medic’s area towards the stockade.

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The view of Paddock from Mint Country Club’s old home.