[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]S[/bra_dropcaps]eedmania has hit, and amongst those newbies aquiver with the agony and ecstasy of losing their Burn virginity, the take-home prize for most-asked questions are: What is Burning Seed? What’s the line up? Can I get a free ticket if I volunteer? And if it’s not a music festival, what do you do there?
Why these questions? Well, the reality is that most people’s default is set to standard festival world. But we are not a festival; we’re a Burn. And at a Burn – whether it’s Burning Seed, Burning Man or any other regional – the question is not what do I get for my ticket, but who can I be, how can I give, what can I create, how can I take part and what the fuck will happen to me this time?
A Burn is…
…your neighbours dropping by to feed you icecream and hugs for breakfast
…an afternoon spent in a wild west saloon, dancing in a bar-top chorus line with glowing, happy people
…a solitary explore that turns into an all-night social safari
…turning around at a Theme Camp bar and catching the eye of a woman whose man is going down on her – right there and then
…a big, burly, bearded man rocking a wedding dress and a crash helmet
…drawing your own lines in the sand, and then finding yourself on the other side of them
…a bacchanalian feast where Caesar lives to die another day and everyone chows down on roast pig
…careening round a brightly lit paddock on a pimped-out mower and brandishing a parasol
…the pied-piper call of a mobile pizza oven sharing cheesy joy wherever it goes
…the constant kindness of no longer strangers
…weeks of working till dawn to bring a giant temple to life in the desert
…watching that temple burn a week later, inscribed with people’s dreams and pain, and surrounded by thousands watching the release
…a last supper in a forest nook: a Sri Lankan feast shared by almost the entire event who now feel like family
…moments so raw and connected you feel that you might burst from the intensity
…longing to finish the event pack down but not wanting to go home either
…D) all of the above and much much more…
The Ten Principles, Theme Camps and art might maketh the Seed, but ultimately you will find the magic and spice of a Burn in the spaces between – in that inexplicable synergy between you and whatever person, group, event or experience is happening at that moment.
And ultimately a Burn is yours.
This is a taste of my Burns. For the crusties amongst us, how ‘bout yours? And for those about to dive into their first, what will yours bring?
Pic thanks to Onur Ka