Expect another explosive expression of creativity this year at Seed with an ever-more diverse bunch of new Theme Camps joining the established crews on Paddock. Flaming Galah has had an exclusive reveal of some of the new Theme Camps registered for our Matong shenanigans in 2015 and it’s looking pretty effing awesome, Burners!!
Theme Camp Co-Lead Thomas Snow aka Pretty Boy says part of the joy of the Burn for all participants is the chance to walk into every
Theme Camp you can, introduce yourself and sit down for a chat. “Don’t be shy, these spaces are intentionally constructed to facilitate this exact type of exchange,” he says.
“One of the main draws for me in terms of Burner culture centres around inclusiveness, acceptance and the ability to have your own interests and desires reflected in the city we build. I often describe it as a choose-your-own adventure book, that you ultimately decide what kind of Burn you want to have by active participation.”
Bigger on the inside
For instance, if you wanna think big but live small, check out Tinyville. This cute village of tiny dwellings, constructed with 100% recycled and reclaimed materials, will be arranged around a central fun zone marquee/dome with acoustic jam stage, bar, couches, hammocks and other comforts.
Tinyville’s Rory was camped with Pirania at Seed last year and is a keen proponent of the rapidly growing Tiny House Movement here in Australialand.
“It’s my first time organising a Theme Camp — I loved Seed last year and was inspired to come back this year with Tinyville. I’m building my own tiny house and I wanted to share the ideas of tiny living with burners,” says Rory.
“Tiny living is quite well aligned with the Ten Principles of Burning Man. It offers an alternative lifestyle, which challenges the failing norms of society and which encourages positive social change.
“It empowers individuals on their quest for sustainability and independence. We want to honour this at Burning Seed by building a beautiful tiny village with spaces to facilitate workshops, discussion groups, music-playing, dancing, lounging and hugs,” he says.
Pretty boy says Tinyville is a great example of the evolution of Seed’s Theme Camps over the years.
“We’ve seen a distinct shift from a mostly sound-based Theme Camp experience to a more well-rounded interactive culture that caters to many different needs,” he says.
Wombat Manor is another fantastic new attraction at Burning Seed this year. At the heart of Wombat Manor is a touching and beautiful burner homage by a daughter, Amelia, to her recently passed Father, Ken.
“Dad always called all the houses we lived in Wombat Manor when we were growing up,” says Amelia. “While of course it’ll be a very personal experience for me to be part of it, I wanted to gift a space to Burning Seed this year that played to Dad’s memory. I wanted to make it something he’d be proud to see with the Wombat Manor name.
“What we’ve created will be a chill space designed for dialogue and decadence, a perfect Manor to lounge in and sip on fine spirits, discuss topical issues, peruse the library and enjoy and create special moments of decadence.
“At night we’ll provide a luxurious decadent chill out lounge for those who enjoy fine music, spirits, books and living in the moment. All music at the Manor will be acoustic jazz, chill, lounge – both live and recorded.
“We’re also filling our huge rental trailer with cushions and air mattresses so come by and snuggle till your hearts content,” she says.
The Moarsauce Institute was a renegade camp last year that’s gone legit in 2015. Despite being pitched as ‘A Camp for the Creatively Insane”, the Institute has taken a really sensible approach to setting up as a Theme Camp, says Pretty Boy.
“For new and aspiring Theme Camps one of the best things you can do is keep it simple, not try to do too many things all at once. Focus on doing one or two things really well and then build from there. Once you feel like you have the basics down then by all means go big. Moarsauce took this approach as renegades last year and its great to see them back and official this year, it’s something we’d love to encourage,” he says.
Tal from Moarsauce says while the crew has a long history of camping at Rainbow and other events, the Institute relied on the kindness of strangers last year. “Particularly the amazing Tea Kettle House, who kindly accepted us into their space and made us feel so much at home,” he says.
“We participated by providing our dome as a chill-out space to weary wanderers, running small workshops and cooking delicious French crepes. This year, as a registered camp, we’re all grown up. We’ve adopted an amazing group of people that came with a dowry — a 21 seater bus.
“We’ve been busy converting the bus into a Crazy Scientist’s Lab-themed party bus, on which we’ll be throwing pop-up day parties around the Paddock, fuelled by dry-ice cocktails and tunes in collaboration with other Theme Camps including Middle Eastern Mafia, Pelican Villa and more. We want to bring our Creatively Insane spirit to every corner of the Paddock,” says Tal.
So the message to you people is get out there and experience the best our 2015 Theme Camps have to offer. If you’re a first timer, lucky you! If you’re a seasoned burner, grab a burgin, have them point to something shiny and start heading for it.
It’s one of the greatest gifts — to see a burn fresh again through new eyes. Above all, remember that your mum was right, be yourself at Seed and people will fall in love with you for who you are on the inside. It’s just that kinda place.