Many people attend Burning Seed and other regionals as an escape from some of the harsh realities of the default world. Many of the social and political structures evident in our daily lives don’t exist at Seed. For one glorious week we can be who we want to be as we create and share in the social experiment that is a Burn.
What often isn’t seen is the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to make this ‘bubble’ of creativity happen. Whilst on the surface it may appear we don’t have to follow the rules this is far from reality. Burning Seed organisers obtain permits, and insurance, ensure there are adequate medical and security services, liaise with external agencies such as the police, make sure there are enough toilets (and that they get regularly pumped), and so much more. It’s what makes the freedom of Seed possible, bridging the gap between default world and Burn.
One thing that we most definitely can’t avoid as a part of this process is our responsibility to the environment. We focus on this in many of our existing activities. Our participants are responsible for ensuring we follow the principle of Leave No Trace, backed by the stellar efforts of the LNT team. For many years Red Earth Ecology has been involved in tree planting, weeding, and more recently urban regeneration. We have a new team, Trash Pandas, focusing on minimising and recycling the waste created by our crews on site.
But we need to do more.
That is why we have created a new role within the org, Environmental Sustainability Liaison, that we need to fill with an individual passionate about the environment and our impact on it. This role involves working with our existing teams and programs that focus on environmental sustainability and ensuring that we put a green lens on everything we do at Burning Seed.
Whilst looking internally at our operations is important, that is only a small part of this role. The biggest impact on the environment associated with putting on our event is the carbon footprint and waste created by our participants. Virtually everyone drives to Seed, generally hundreds or even thousands of kilometers and also fly in from overseas. Generators are used to run theme camps and art projects. The decommodification that happens on the paddock is enabled by consumerism in the lead up to the event which ends up creating waste. All these things and more require a community-wide approach to the environment, not just the Seed org. The Environmental Sustainability Liaison will be the conduit to help enable all our participants to be green.
If you are someone who is passionate about the environment then please check out the position description on our Community Crew page and if you’re interested in filling this role then complete the application form.
Happy winter solstice to all! Each day now is getting warmer and brighter as Burning Seed is getting closer and closer. The theme camp team has some important grant information that we wish to share with everyone. But first, we would like the congratulate the theme camps that were accepted as official theme camps for Seed 2019. This year we received a 20% increase in the amount of applications and we are so excited as we believe this year has the most unique and varied offerings from theme camps in Burning Seed history.
To keep theme camps growth sustainable (for a variety of factors) and to allow camps the room to fully realise their potential, unfortunately for the first time some applications were not successful this year. I am confident in and stand behind my teams collective decisions during the application process and that we all have the best outcomes for Burning Seed in mind during this process. The team is doing everything we can to allow these crews to still participate and we encourage camps to be welcoming with sharing their spaces.
The theme camp team is excited to announce that applications for discretionary grants for theme camps will be opening on the 1stof July. As well as the returning theme camp grant, all theme camps will have the ability to apply for extra funding this year. The funds will be proposal based and chosen by the theme camp team at the end of the month based on the strength of the proposal and the perceived impact the funds will have on the paddock. Grants will be capped to a maximum of $1000 and the team has identified 4 categories of grants available as follows:
Some of the most talented, passionate and creative people at Burning Seed can be found within the theme camp community. For this reason the theme camp team would like to help foster the creation of more art at Burning Seed via our theme camps. To date theme camps have not been able to access funding for art from the Org and by making funds available to camps via our team we hope we can begin to address this and demonstrate theme camps can and are creating some of the most engaging art out there.
Theme camps have always been the focal point for interactivity at Burning Seed. Participatory events and gifts such as meals for participants, workshops and activities is one of the unique gifts that theme camps bring to the paddock. Whether it is breakfast wraps at Dirty Birds, massages at Detox or Splash making sure our hippies stay as clean as we can manage, theme camps continue to offer opportunities for community building, interactivity and participation. The theme camp team wishes to foster the growth of gifting such as this and to encourage greater variety on what is on offer at Burning Seed.
Major infrastructure such as power generation and structures are some of the most important and expensive factors in the successful running of a theme camp. To assist in this the theme camp team would like to assist theme camps in procuring infrastructure that will elevate and extend what your theme camp has to offer. Addressing minimising our environmental impact on site is also an issue that our community is passionate about and in response to this we encourage camps to think of ways in which this can be addressed through upgrades, changes or sharing of infrastructure.
The theme camp team is reserving $1000 to gift to one of our newer camps who has demonstrated that they ‘have the right stuff’ and have been identified as a camp that deserves support to grow and elevate what they are doing. It is our hope that with a significant contribution from theme camps to a newer camp in its earlier stages, we can help a new crew become an established and sustainable theme camp for years to come. The grant does not require an application and will be selected and announced at the same time as the other grants.
The grant application window will open on the 1stof July and close on the 31stof July. Applications will be proposal based and the link to apply online will be available at the theme camp page at burningseed.com/themecamps. As the grants are discretionary, the success of your application will depend on the strength of your proposal, reasonable and understandable costing of the project and the perceived impact of the project to the overall enjoyment for all at Burning Seed. Distribution of funds will be decided by the theme camp team collectively once the application window is closed. Good luck to all and we cant wait to see what you have in store this year.
That is all for now from the theme camp team. A member from the theme camp teams has now reached out to all camps and we will be finalising paper work from all camps in the next few weeks. The placement team will also start the process of consultation with camps about their placement. The sooner theme camps can confirm early entry and directed ticket numbers, the sooner we are able to pass surplus tickets to other teams to encourage volunteering in roles such as rangers so if camp leads could please start thinking about ticket needs it would be great assistance to Burning Seed as a whole.
Sammy- Theme Camp Lead
Congratulations to the Theme Camps of Burning Seed 2019:
The build teams are full to overflowing, the DPI pre-event crew is good to go, but we still have two crucial roles for which we require competent, passionate people. It’s true these roles require a fair amount of commitment, but you’ll be part of a hard-working, hard-playing tight-knit community and a major contributor to one of the most important teams on the paddock. You’ll see the Burning Seed magic come together from scratch, and know you were an important part of making it happen.
Operations Facilitator 2IC
This role is year-round, and requires learning from our current Ops Facilitator with a view to stepping into the lead position in the future. You’ll spend at least two weeks on-site before or after the event (more if you can) and shadow Kali as site manager on at least one shift. As lead in the future, you’ll attend the facilitators’ meetings and be a major player in organisation of the event. As 2IC you’ll be trained in all aspects of Operations, so you can step in and help any team that is struggling, or step up and help when things that go wrong. Ops Facilitation is basically project management – keeping track of everyone doing their things.
This role is crucial to the running of Burning Seed. It’s high-responsibility, high-commitment, and high-satisfaction.
Want to know more? The position description is HERE.
DPI Contractors Manager 2IC
The Contractors Manager handles everything to do with contractors. They get requirements from the elicitations officer and other team leads, obtain quotes, and book all the equipment and contractors. You’ll be fairly busy around June and July and also spend about 6 weeks onsite, but apart from that, this job is low commitment for the rest of the year. You’ll do one or two shifts on-site during the event as a team member of DPI.
Keen to know more? Position description is HERE.
Being on-site is a special experience. There’s nothing like seeing the city appear from the ground up, and knowing you’re an important part of it happening. Believe me, the cold beer at the end of the day will never taste as good as this!
You’ll get three meals a day from Burning Seed’s amazing kitchen crew, hot showers in the Stockade, and an experience you’ll never forget. Apart from that, if you have an interest in pursuing project or event management, this is a great opportunity to get experience in a hands-on role.
If you have any questions, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you know you’re keen to give one of these roles a whirl, go straight to the website and apply at: http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/
After a massive effort of more than five years, LadySparkles has stepped out of the role of PEER Rangers Team Lead. As the new PEER Ranger Team Leader, I'm incredibly glad that LadySparkles has stepped into a new role overseeing site safety, so her accumulated wisdom is not too far away.
Wonka is one of these early Red Earth Rangers, and he supplied this bit of Ranger history:
When we first floated the notion of some kind of psychological response wing of Rangers, we (the Ranger leads) looked to Black Rock (Burning Man) for inspiration. There, they have what are called the "Green Dots" - who are rangers that have taken extra training to be a first response unit to such issues. LadySparkles joined in the discussion, and offered her real-world expertise in actual trauma care. She realised how important this team would be for the paddock and soon took full reign.
Very quickly, it became apparent that what she was building was something far more specialised than even Black Rock had put together. Her insistence on having the crew be qualified practitioners in the real world was something I initially disagreed with, due to skepticism about sufficient numbers of people (and in looking to Black Rock Green Dots as inspiration). I was quickly proven wrong, as she assembled an amazing team which grew significantly over a period of three years.
Her training was incredibly thorough and offered vital methods of dealing with difficult situations. As a result, LadySparkles has built a team unparalleled in the rest of the Burning world in regards to psychological care. We should be so very thankful for the foundations she's built, and work to carry on her creation.
If you don't know who the PEER Rangers are, we're a specialist team of rangers who are Psychological & Emotional Emergency Responders. Outside of responding to emergencies, we develop ways to make Burning Seed a safer space. You might have seen our posters stuck to the inside of portaloo doors in previous years, or grabbed one of our badges depicting consent, safety and looking after one another.
This is what we do - we inform and educate participants of Burning Seed and the wider community. If you think this sounds like a team you'd like to be part of, head over to the Crew Wranglers page & let them know you're interested - we will be in touch!
This also means that we need a new 2iC for the PEER Rangers! This will be someone who has got some experience with psychological & emotional crises, on-paddock or in the default world. The role involves working with me & the rest of the Ranger Council in the months leading up to the burn, which would involve writing policy, designing comms and planning training, amongst other things.
On the paddock they will assist with supporting the rest of the PEER Rangers & overseeing any critical events that occur. And after the event- there's a great sense of achievement & writing up reports on the whole experience. I did it last year & enjoyed it so much I've stepped into LadySparkle's glittery shoes! Here's the Crew Wrangler page where you register your interest.
Thanks again to LadySparkles for the hard work and dedication she has shown over the years. Her work will be a legacy of Burning Seed.
James aka Rakkar
Holy Cow! This is no time to be sheepish. Tickets for Burning Seed 2019 : Zoophemism will be on sale soon. They won’t be selling at a snail's pace so make sure you read on for all the juicy details. This years burn will be a hoot!
All the ticket info:
Tickets go on sale Friday 17th May at 7pm AEST
If you have purchased a ticket in the last few years you will already have a Burner Profile but will need to update it before buying your ticket this year
If you don’t have a Burner Profile you’ll need to create one before buying your ticket
The name on your Burner Profile & Ticket MUST match your photo ID
Burner Profiles can be created/updated now at http://qkt.io/seed19
No changes to the prices for 2019 - Adult: $195 / Youth (16+17 yo) $145 / Kids (under 16) $10
Youth ticket holders will need a Burner Profile and must attend Burning Seed with their legal parent or guardian
You can purchase a maximum of 2 adult tickets (and both people will need a Burner Profile)
A small percentage of tickets are held back for critical event crew as well as returning theme camps to reduce any risk to the core event infrastructure
There is a cap on the number of tickets, having a Burner Profile does not guarantee you a ticket
No free tickets, everyone pays
A number of factors go into determining the ticket price each year. The entire Burning Seed organisation continues to work to keep our costs low so that the burn continues to be accessible for as many people as possible. In saying that we continue to see cost pressures, especially in the areas of safety and regulatory services. This includes the costs of medics, security, ambulances and police. We also see the price of insurance continue to rise. Full details on how your ticket money was spent in 2018 will be published very soon.
The ticket price has only seen a small increase in the last few years ($185 in 2016 to $195 in 2017 and 2018) and serious consideration was given this year as to whether an increase was necessary to ensure the event was sustainable. After much deliberation the decision was made to keep the adult ticket price at $195 for 2019. Everyone at Burning Seed HQ* will therefore need to ensure a tight rein is kept on spending so that we don’t go over budget. We are all prepared for this and can assure you it won’t reduce the safety or quality of the burn.
A final note is that we feel it is highly likely that a small increase will be necessary next year. We won’t know this for sure until our finance team see how things end up after this year’s event and budgets are put together for 2020.
*Note: there is no actual HQ. We think it would be a fun place if there was.
Some people may purchase a ticket and end up, unfortunately, not being able to attend. If this happens to you and you have a friend or family member who wants to purchase your ticket then you can sort out the financials between yourselves and then transfer the ticket directly through Quicket. The person purchasing the ticket will need to have created a Burner Profile. Once the transfer occurs your original ticket is cancelled and a new one is issued to the purchaser. Do not sell your ticket above face value.
If you don’t know anyone who wants to purchase your ticket then please wait until tickets sell out, at which time we’ll launch our Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP). It is an automated online system that matches people with unwanted tickets with those desperate to attend. Full details will be released closer to the launch.
We love our junior Burners and Kids tickets, for those under 16, are $10 (plus fees). There is no need for kids to have a Burner Profile as their tickets are linked to the profile of their parent or guardian. There is no cap on kids tickets and they can be purchased right up to and during the event. Kids tickets must be purchased online, there are no gate sales.
From 7pm AEST on the 17th May you can get the monkey off your back by purchasing your ticket to Burning Seed 2019 : Zoophemism. Make sure you have your Burner Profile ready to go and bookmark the ticket purchasing page http://qkt.io/seed19 If you have any questions about tickets please email email@example.com and if you have any problems with your Quicket login contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information and a link to our FAQ's - check out the ticketing page on our website. http://burningseed.com/tickets/
Theme Camp Applications Now Open
The Theme camp team is happy to announce that theme camp applications are now open for Burning Seed 2019. The application window will be open for three months and close on the 31st of May. Theme camps are the interactive core of Burning Seed and we are excited to see what the camps will bring this year.
Becoming a registered theme camp at Burning Seed provides your group with a number of great benefits:
So You Want To Be A Theme Camp?
All information required to apply to be an official theme camp for 2019 can be found at: http://burningseed.com/themecamps/
At the bottom of the page you will find a downloadable application pack which contains all necessary forms to complete and guides to help you in that process.
Important: You will not be able to complete the online application without uploading completed Memorandum of Understanding, Risk Assessment and LNT Plan forms. When the forms have been completed, you are ready to move onto the online application.
The link to the online application is found at the bottom of the theme camp web page. Once submitted a member of the Theme Camp Team may contact you for any clarification we may need and you will be able to edit your online form at anytime. Once completed you will hear from us in June on whether you have been accepted as an official theme camp for 2019.
Burning Seed can only offer placement to a limited number of theme camps. In 2019 we will be offering placement to 60 camps. The number is limited based on the size of the site and to ensure a good ratio of camps. Successful camps will be selected by the Theme Camp Team based on the following criteria:
The theme camp team is truly excited for 2019 and look forward to receiving your applications. We are always available to answer any questions or offer guidance and can be contacted by email at email@example.com. Get excited, get busy and make the magic happen. Burning Seed is just around the corner.
Our Moop Map for Burning Seed 2018 is now live! Please read below for some important information on why MOOP prevention is so important, why we release a map and what the different status assigned to camps and areas mean (and what this means for those camps at Seed 2019).
We call Matong State Forest home for a week (or more) - however it is home to numerous plants and animals all year round. Leave No Trace is one of the 10 principles of Burning Seed and ensures that we leave Matong in the same (or better) condition than when we arrived. MOOP (matter our of place) is anything that we leave behind at Matong State Forest that should not be there.
Every. Single. Person. That's right - if you go to Seed, you are responsible for MOOP. This means taking everything away with you, educating others if you see them leaving trash behind and generally being a good burner 🙂 We educate the community on MOOP throughout the year via Facebook posts, blog posts and have sections about MOOP in both our Survival Guide and What, Where, When Guide.
You can read more about Leave No Trace and MOOP at http://burningseed.com/leave-no-trace/
The team spent 4 days MOOPing. This consisted of 15 people on the Wednesday, 5 on Thursday, 2 on Friday and 2 on Saturday. Here is just some of what they found:
Every year our MOOP teams scour the Burning Seed side at the end of the event. They chat with camps, educate people and ensure that all MOOP is taken care of. After everyone leaves they do a thorough sweep of the whole site, and record any MOOP that has been found (including taking photos). Theme Camps and general camping areas then receive a green, yellow, red or black status.
Across 67 Theme Camps, the ratings awarded are as follows:
Camps who received a yellow status will receive a point against them, carried over into 2019. Camps with an orange status may not receive 1/2 their grant for 2019. Camps with a red status may not receive any theme camp grants 2019.
The infamous black status is given to a camp that left a considerable amount of MOOP behind or destruction of the theme camp area. Theme Camps who receive a black status will not be invited to bring their camp back to Seed 2019. You will also be shown as black on the MOOP Map.
This year, our MOOP crew have added an interaction rating to each of the Theme Camps within the map. After the event ends and during pack down, the LNT Team do a preliminary sweep of the site. Each of the theme camps are required to make an appointment with LNT before leaving site, where LNT will point out if MOOPing is going well, say needs to be improved and suggest anything else to consider.
Some Theme Camps welcome LNT with open arms - and others do not. Therefore LNT have rated their experience with the camp from amazing to rude! If a Theme Camp didn't make an appointment and LNT didn't get to talk to them, then the interaction is simply 'No Show'. We feel the ratings are really important for the following reasons:
The map is at the bottom of this post in a small frame along with the icon key.
Click on a theme camp or area, either using the map itself or the list, to see photos of any applicable MOOP (orange, red and black) and an icon showing the rating for the interaction with this camp. Some camps may have multiple photos attached.
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Do you want to help make a difference to the thousands of people who attend Burning Seed? Got some ideas for improving the Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP)? Want to get involved in Burner Profiles and make the ticketing of the event run smoothly? Want to volunteer in a role, but not put in any hours on site? Well, we may have just the ticket! (oh dear).
We're looking for a new Ticketing Team Lead to start with Burning Seed as soon as possible. This is a role that is year round (just 1-2 hours a week and more in the lead up to Seed), but that doesn't involve any commitment on site at the event. As well as managing the ticketing process, the Ticketing Team Lead responds to all ticket enquiries from participants, and communicates with ticket holders in the lead up to the event.
If you're a good communicator, organised and have ideas about how we can take our ticketing to the next level, we'd love to hear from you. Previous experience with ticketing is desirable but not essential.
To read more on what the role involves and how to apply, click here for the position description.
Happy new year everyone from the theme camp team! We hope that you are as excited as we are for Burning Seed 2019. Theme camps always have and always will be a major source for creativity, interactivity, community and good times out there on the paddock. We cannot wait to see what you will bring and we will assist you in making the theme camp experience for everyone involved better than ever.
First some important points:
There have been several changes to the Theme Camp Team this year. First off we would like to thank Nty for his many years in the Theme Camp Team Lead position. Nty has spent many hours behind and in front of the scenes supporting Burning Seed and he continues to do so with oversight and guidance as the Curation Arts & Culture (CAC) Co-Facilitator. For that we thank him and look forward to collaborating with him this year.
To fill his shoes, Aidan McCarthy and Sam Clemens are the new co-leads of Theme Camps . We have tried to pull together the best team possible to move theme camps forward this year. We have Shane Kilcullen filling the 2IC role, Lisa Dyer-Randall as the Early Entry Coordinator and Rowan Kos returning as the Placements Coordinator. We are immensely grateful to have such an experienced and passionate group of people available to assist all theme camps getting to Burning Seed this year.
After each Burning Seed, the Theme Camp Team looks at what they can do as a team to improve the experience for everyone involved. In 2018 we saw delays in submissions of important and necessary documentation from participating theme camps. This resulted in several issues including town planning delays, map availability and increased workload chasing up camps.
In 2019 we're aiming to alleviate this by moving the opening and closing dates for theme camp registration forward one month. Theme camp registrations will officially open on 1st March and close on 31st May. Moving the theme camp registration dates forward a month will allow us to have more time to identify and solve any issues that may arise before the event, and give us more time to place and assist theme camps in being the best they can be.
To make the theme camp registration process as smooth as possible, we’re also making changes to the due date for the necessary paperwork required. Crews wishing to apply as a theme camp in 2019 will be required to submit a completed Memorandum of Understanding, risk assessment or Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) and LNT plan as part of their initial theme camp application. Only once we have received the required documents will the theme camp application be considered. The Theme Camp Team are available and happy to assist in the application process to those who request advice or information. We are here to help!
Theme camps are a central part of the experiences made at Burning Seed. We will always make the case for continued and greater support from the Burning Seed Organisation. To reflect this, Theme Camp Grants will be receiving a greater proportion of revenue in 2019. As a result in addition to the regular returning theme camp grant, we will introduce larger grants to theme camps or villages that apply for them.
These grants aim to encourage the talented people involved in theme camps to generate art, encourage interactivity, increase cooperation and to enable the growth of new camps. This new funding model was created through community feedback to create a funding model that reflects community and Seed Org goals into the future. We look forward to giving you more information in future blogs once a grants framework has been put in place and we have a clearer picture of the funding available.
The whole team is excited to see what this year will bring. If you wish to contact us, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org and make sure to join the Burning Seed Theme Camps Facebook page, to keep up to date on information or to access the amazing group of people who are part of Burning Seed Theme Camps.