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The Ten Principles… for Dummies

by Havoc

I lost my burginity in 2014, turning up to Burning Seed ImagiNation with so much crap it took two trips from Sydney to fit my kid in. I didn’t know anybody and my little girl had no idea that her mum was a dooflord in the olden days. I had never put up a pup-tent let alone the eight-man monster I now call the Taj Mahal, which was to be our home in unknown territory for the next week.

10 principlesI discovered Burning Seed while “researching” how to do Burning Man. I noticed the ‘regional’ tab and thought “maybe there’s a burn in Asia…wait, what? Burning Seed in Wagga Wagga?!“.

There’s nothing really that can prepare you for the experience of a Burn, you have to just brace yourself and get in it. But we’ve all been there. We’ve all been first timers. We’ve all been Burner Virgins or ‘Burgins’ and the majority of participants are prepared to help each of you through this experience.

So you may hear a lot of arguments about Burns not being festivals or doofs. They are “events”, “gatherings”, “celebrations” and the words used by some cause a great deal of consternation to others at times. The truth is they are all of those things depending on your own perception and more importantly what you make of it.

So what differentiates Burning Seed from a vapid party tribe at a commercial festival (and you are allowed to do that in your spare time too by the way)? The Burning Man project, of which Burning Seed is officially a part, is based on some key values known as “the Ten Principles of Burning Man” – Go ahead and take a look but don’t be gone too long now!

When you are new, the online chatter around a Burn can be bewildering. The information available on the website is brilliant but it is all created by volunteers, and it is always a work in progress. If you are at least mindful of the Ten Principles, everything goes chaotically smoothly or it also doesn’t. It will be more fun than you can conjure by yourself and believe it or not you might even grow as a person.

At AfrikaBurn and other regionals around the world an “11th Principle” is making the rounds – Each One, Teach One. In the spirit of EOTO, I present to you my “Ten Principles for Dummies”. Nobody does this the same way and few practice it perfectly. All of this is corruptible, corrupted and ultimately meaningless in the best possible way. The Principles are the recipe and we all add our own spice….



THE TEN PRINCIPLES: FOR DUMMIES

1. Wear What Makes You Happy 
If you want to be a fish, a robot, a dressage champion or a human that is entirely OK with almost everyone. If and when someone calls you out for some random faux-pas only they understand, all you need to do is listen to their point of view and change your behaviour if they have moved you to do so or carry on as you see fit.  Similarly with your words, you can say whatever you want but that doesn’t mean the community will take your crap. The scum always rises to the top to be skimmed off…well no, that didn’t come out right at all…see how easy it is? NEXT!
2. Don’t Sell Shit To Other Burners.
Unless someone consents to being sold shit in places like Burner Classifieds or down a dark alley, leave your business cards at home. Yes money is a reality, and yes you need resources to burn bright but do not spruik, sell or buy at a Burn or on Burner forums or stolen email lists from fundraisers (this includes drugs, parties, sunglasses, shamanic actualization. The only exception is ice…made from water).
3. Paddle Your Own Canoe
Don’t be a Drainbow. The community functions best when nobody has to waste valuable love/art-making/dancing/learning/cuddling/slapshotting time getting other people’s shit together. Conditions can be really difficult at times so prepare well to joyfully participate in the miseries of Burning.
4. Muck In
If something needs doing, do it. If you can’t do it alone find other do-ers to help and amazing things happen. Do not place orders for your dreams to come true.
5. You Are a Citizen (be a good one)
Don’t believe the titles, nobody is your boss here. You and you alone are responsible for your actions and their impact on your community.
6. No One Gets Left Out
….(but that doesn’t mean everyone is going to like you)
7. Muck Out
Do not leave anything you brought with you behind, with the exception of the things you silently and respectfully release in the Temple.
8. The Power of Now
The days go by fast and they are never repeated. Don’t hesitate.
9. Get Amongst It
…but if someone else is part of your cunning plan, ask them first.
10. Plan to Give More Than You Decide to Take.

 


So now you know the Ten Principles (for Dummies). If you need to do this one more time…print it, record it or whack it on a T-shirt. Most of all take this lesson to heart. The Principles are the light that gets through the cracks, the cracked, and the crackpots alike and which makes even the dim ones shine.

With love from Havoc… “Magis Chaos. Narratio Glorificata.”

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Community Crew – it’s all about YOU YOU YOU!

Community Crew makes Seed happen

You. Yes YOU! (Photo: Onur Karaozbek)

by Neil Power aka Neillo

Righto, righto.

So you want to go to Burning Seed this year and are wondering what your gift will be? Well maybe start thinking along these lines – why not gift your time as Community Crew…?

To operate a successful (read: stress free and safe) Burning Seed, the organisers need to fill a whole swathe of crew positions during the event.

Do the Maths

With insufficient numbers volunteering,  for instance, for shifts at the Gate and with Rangers patrolling the Paddock making sure everyone and everything is cool, there can be only very limited growth in the number of tickets on sale for the event each year.

It really is that simple. More crew = more capacity to accommodate more people.

Last year only 8 per cent of Burning Seed participants that weren’t on the organisation team filled a crew shift  during the event.

That is an utterly unsustainable number. We need to AT LEAST double it in 2016. Are you up for it?

Burning Seed is a Do-Ocracy

Burning Seed can only operate with the boots-on-the-ground help of our community and in 2016 we need everyone please to step up and to do so well in advance of the event.

And look at this way, as part of the Community Crew you are signing up to spend a shift or two meeting some of the most awesome people on the planet. Bummer, eh?

So. Many. Options.

So here’s what I’d like you to consider:

1. (a) Find a mate. These experiences can be so much better shared, yeah? and (b) Do it on you own because your friends are usually worthless bastards that end up just letting you down.

2. Consider whether you are a ‘walk around the Paddock looking good in orange with a radio’ type person (Rangers) or a, ‘hmmmm, I’d like to stand in one spot and let the people come to me!’ dude or dudess (Gate, ice sales)

3. Email the awesome Crew Wrangler team on jointhecrew@burningseed.com with your offer to assist or to ask as to how otherwise you can help. (If you like getting your hands dirty, we’ve got some perfect gigs for you too).

4. Turn up! Oh, yeah, and about half the people that signed up for shifts last year didn’t front up. That’s pretty unhelpful too. This is serious people. A smooth Gate experience (and we need Gate people ALL the way through the event, not just for the first couple of days) and a safe Paddock environment are critical to the safe staging of Burning Seed and we simply need more people on site during the event helping out. And if we don’t have that help, the event can’t grow. It’s pretty binary.

So please start thinking about it and start getting in touch NOW!!! Help us stage a great event and allow as many people as possible enjoy the Burning Seed experience by putting your hand up to help.

How Will YOU Role?

We ALWAYS want to hear from people keen on Gate and Rangers shifts but over the next few weeks we are particularly keen to fill a couple of essential Burning Seed roles – we’ve drafted role descriptions so you can see exactly what’s involved and what skills are required for each role:

Check out the link for more information on Crewing and how it all works. www.burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/ or email the Crew Wranglers on jointhecrew@burningseed.com.

Thanks heaps! See you on the Paddock! – Neillo

 

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INDIGENOUS ASTRONOMY – YINDYAMARRA CIRCLE

by Niki Wheatley

Yindyamarra (respect, be gentle, to honour, to do slowly)  

Yindyamarra Circle is a space held at Burning Seed for the Indigenous sacred fire which burns for the duration of Seed. The Circle is a space for participants to connect with indigenous art, stories, learning and a quiet place to talk and just take a moment to reflect.

The sacred fire is maintained and cared for by Peter Ingram – a local Wiradjuri man. This sacred fire is treated with respect (we don’t throw rubbish in it!) and the Wiradjuri people, on whose traditional land Red Earth City is built, welcome participation in the Circle.

The theme for this year’s Burning Seed – DEEP SPACE – offers all of us an opportunity to explore, engage with and find inspiration in the ancient but living wisdom of Australian Indigenous Astronomy.

Emu in the Sky

The ‘Emu in the Sky’ – Indigenous astronomy is linked to the natural world

Ancient Wisdom

The observation and use of astronomy by Aboriginal people is recognised as one of the oldest on the planet. The stars and sky were used for survival, seasonal awareness, storylines and a connection to the Dreaming.

For example, Autumn evenings will soon bring the ‘great Emu in the Sky’ a dark shape with a black head (the Coalsack, next to the Southern Cross) and dark legs trailing along the Milky Way to Scorpius.

In the Kuringai National Park in north Sydney for example we find extensive rock engravings of the Guringai people, including representations of Daramulan and his emu-wife.

One of these engravings shows an emu in the same pose and orientation as the ‘Emu in the Sky’ constellation. On Autumn evenings, the emu in the sky stands directly over this engraving – just when it’s time to gather emu eggs.

Find Out More

There are many more stories and ideas to explore. Check out the Australian Aboriginal Astronomy Project at the Department of Indigenous Studies (Warawara) at Macquarie, an interdisciplinary collaboration of academics and Indigenous Elders who are researching the astronomical knowledge and traditions of Indigenous Australians. You can also stay in touch with the project on Facebook.

A new documentary – Star Stories of The Dreaming – sees Ghillar Michael Anderson share publicly for the first time teachings passed to him as the knowledge holder for his People, the Euahlayi. Prof Ray Norris, CSIRO astrophysicist meets with Ghillar to look at parallels – such as ‘wormholes’ and the pathway to Bullima, the Euahlayi Sky Camp, via the hollow Coolabah tree.

Charles Sturt University’s Sky Stories Project also offers heaps of resources and insights on Indigenous Astronomy.

Yindyamarra Circle

Wiradjuri elder, Uncle Jimmy Ingram (right) and his grandson Peter (Centre), perform a smoking ceremony at Burning Seed 2015

Yindyamarra Circle at Burning Seed

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Burning Seed this year and to the opportunity for all of us to be a part of learning through stories and talks in the evening under the stars at the Yindyamarra Circle.

If you are interested in being a part of First Camp, crewing, getting involved by helping during Seed or set-up and pack down, or if you have an Indigenous or related art project or workshop you would like to discuss, please feel free to contact me via comms@burningseed.com and we can make it happen .

 

Mandaang guwa (thank you).

Yuwin Ngadhi Niki (my name is Niki),
Indigenous Liaison, Burning Seed

 

We pay respect to the Wiradjuri elders (both past and present) and show our respect in maintaining Traditional values, Language and Culture.
We acknowledge Burning Seed is held on Wiradjuri land.

Star Stories of The Dreaming is screening on 1 March 2016 at the Palace Cinema Como in South Yarra, VIC

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Out of AfriKa(Burn)

By Helena Sheridan

I got infatuated by the concept of Burning Man in 2012. At the time I had no idea it would lead me to experience Burns on three different continents.

I didn’t realize it would suck me so deep into a culture of people so diverse, yet so similar, that I would eventually draw a (small) salary from it and get to be involved all year round in creating spectacular events and experimental communities.

DPW in Tankwa Town.... (Photo credit: Adriaan V Zyl)

DPW in Tankwa Town…. (Photo credit: Adriaan V Zyl)

In 2015 my involvement as the Coordinator of AfrikaBurn’s Department of Public Works gave me an opportunity to travel to Australia and work with Red Earth City’s Department of Planning and Infrastructure.

The setting, the faces and the accents may change, but at its core the spirit of the people, who give so much of their time to put on an event of this nature, remains the same. This is my tribe.

Same / Same, but Same, but Different

To date I’ve been lucky enough to work at Nowhere, the European regional Burn in Spain (2012 and 2013) with around 1000-1200 participants and at AfrikaBurn, the world’s biggest regional, in the Tankwa Karoo of South Africa (2013 to 2015) with numbers in the range 8000 to 11,000.

Burning Seed 2015 was a fantastic middle ground in terms of participants (3,400 or so) and I really enjoyed the sense of community I found at Red Earth City.

....meet DPI at Red Earth City

….meet DPI at Red Earth City. What is it with this crew and containers??? (photo credit: Andy Flint)

Interestingly the concerns and issues that plague the membership and the Operations Team at AfrikaBurn HQ in Cape Town also resonate with the Burning Seed team in Australia.

The rapid growth of the events, the constant need to reinforce the message of consent, conflicts between the Ten Principles, keeping everyone happy in a radically expressive environment and burn-out amongst key team members seems to be all too evident both sides of the pond.

Meeting the Challenges of Event Growth

How does a decommodified event start to pay key crew-members? To what extend do we rely on volunteerism and how does involvement not become exclusive if only certain people can afford the time to work on the event? How do we keep growing our events while making sure the culture and Principles of the movement are not lost in the influx of virgins? And at what time can we expect big sound systems to shut up for a while so we can hear the sounds of the beautiful environments in which we find ourselves?

I certainly got new insight on some of these questions during my time at Seed 2015 and I hope I provided the crew on that side with some new perspectives too.

For one thing, I was really inspired by the amount of time, money and effort the citizens of Red Earth City put into theme camps (at AfrikaBurn there are no theme camp grants and there’s a lot more focus on mutant vehicles and big artwork).

With the rascals at the Grong Grong

Helena (centre) hanging out with the Red Earth rascals at the Matong local

It did me good also to see how the communities in Sydney and Melbourne hang out, get creative and take Burner culture back to the cities where they live. Seeing how involved people get in their camps or artworks allowed me valuable perspective as someone who has always just seen the practical, infrastructure side of such creative events.

Come say Aweh

I hope more of the core crew and participants from Seed can come visit us in South Africa to see how much we do with so little. The third world (and our location 3hrs from ANYthing) certainly makes us think outside a lot of boxes and a lot more ‘McGuyvering’ is implemented.

I think our two events can learn a lot from each other and together we can all take big bold steps into the future.

I want to thank everyone who hosted me, offered me a couch, a tent, a sleeping bag, a meal, a drink, a puff, a pill, a good time. I have much admiration for the crew putting on this spectacular event without a cent to compensate the time they put in and I have made a whole lot of fantastic new friends.

Come to Tankwa Town, I will look after you!
Yours in dust and deet…. Helena

AfrikaBurn takes place between 25 April and 1 May 2016 – at the time of writing, tickets are pretty close to selling out, so get in quick.

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Tantalize Your Tastebuds with the Burning Seed COOKBOOK!

Burning Seed Cookbook

Spellbinding recipes…. by Burners for Burners

So you’ve heard about the dates for Burning Seed 2016 and you want to relive the experience of Burning Seed 2015 by watching this awesome video, and you’re planning to invite a few close friends over to talk about how this year will be better, but then…. what to COOK!!??

Well, for those who haven’t yet heard, those clever witches at the Burning Witches Association (BWA) have a few of their beautifully illustrated Seed Cookbooks available for purchase, as part of their fundraising efforts for Kids Camp at Burning Seed this year.

These spellbinding volumes include signature cocktails, recipes and Seed survival tips from the wonderful Theme Camps, Crew and Burners who bring the party, structure and gift of themselves to the Paddock year after year.

Make it a Night to Remember (or Forget)

Burner friends coming over you say….? How about starting the night with The Captain’s Cocktail of white rum, OJ and grenadine (Bring Your Own Cup of course)?

Next, move effortlessly into the virtually-no-prep Presidents’ Quinoa Tabbouleh (see full recipe here).

Wrap up the evening with Sunset Island’s caramel bananas with toffee sauce and, with a few more Captain’s Cocktails, you’ll be well on your way back to Matong.

And then for the morning after try a cup of Dr. Love’s famous-beyond-the-Paddock Cup of Love (yes the recipe is available!)

Get Your Copy

Sound good? Donate $25 to receive a Cookbook of your very own so you can sample these sensational Seedy delights and more. (note: please use Google Chrome browser if possible to access the Facebook shop, there are some issues with Safari browser)

Sales of the Cookbook went to support kids camp last year and all sales for the remaining copies will be directed to support Kids Camp in 2016.

Are you organising or planning a fundraiser for Burning Seed 2016? Email comms@burningseed.com with the details – we wanna hear about it!!

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Save the Date…. Burning Seed 2016

by Shaye Harty (President)
Y’all! So here we go again…
Red Earth City will rise once more in 2016 in our beautiful Matong State Forest location….
Gate will open at NOON on Wednesday 28 September and close at NOON on Monday 3 October……
Got goosebumps yet? No? OK well, why not re-live the magic of Burning Seed 2015 with this amazing video … that should help…

Why these dates?

The dates of 28 September to 3 October were proposed at the Burning Seed Team Leads’ Summit in November 2015 and agreed in January 2016 after consultation with NSW Forestry and other local stakeholders.
There are a number of factors are at play in terms of how we land on these dates:
  • They occur at the start of the statutory bushfire danger period 1 Oct-31 March. This gives us optimal site conditions while making sure we manage risk effectively.
  • They’re consistent with the timing of previous events and we are confident of the broader community’s support for these dates.
  • They don’t clash with other major burner events or festivals eg Burning Man.
  • The period includes the NSW/ACT October Labour Day Public Holiday (3 Oct) and the Victorian AFL Grand Final Public Holiday (30 Sept).
  • The dates fall within the NSW School Holidays (24 Sept – 9 Oct) and Victorian School Holidays (17 Sept – 2 Oct) making it easier for burners with kids.

Are there any options for early entry before 28 September?

Limited early entry will be available ONLY to registered Theme Camps, registered Media, artists and volunteer crew eg build crew. If you turn up early and you are not eligible and registered for early entry, you will be turned away.

What about leaving later than 3 October?

All participants will need to vacate the site by NOON on Monday 3 October. There will be a 24hr pack-down grace period as in previous but only for registered Theme Camps.

When will tickets be available and how many will be available?

Tickets will be available and on sale in the next few months.  As in 2015, there will be a cap on tickets for Burning Seed in 2016.

Why is there a cap on ticket sales?

We need to manage responsibly and sustainably the growth of Burning Seed. The cap on participant ticket sales is linked to the number of crew volunteers each year who have committed to support the production of the event.
So it’s kinda that simple… more crew = more participants.
The 2015 Crew Survey shows only around 8% of participants volunteered – we need to improve on that so get your wriggle on and jointhecrew@burningseed.com
For more info visit www.burningseed.com, swing by and like the Official Burning Seed Facebook Page or visit the 2016 Burning Seed Facebook event page