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Fundercats are go!

Theme Camps are BRILLIANT! Let’s just agree to agree on that one. But have you spared a thought for the phenomenal work that goes into making these dreams (and nightmares) real for you at Seed? Fundraising is a massive part of it, and fundraising season is hot to trot as we get closer to the real business of Burning Seed.

Galah went behind the scenes with three of Seed’s Theme Camps — Swing Dog Circus, Kamp Kraken and the Dirty Birds — to find out what it really takes to create so much awesome and put the FUN in FUNdraising! Yeah! So corny right?!

Swing Doggies

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Swing Dog Circus’s fundraiser earlier this year

Most Theme Camps start pretty small – groups of friends become groups of groups of friends and before anyone realises HOLD ON THIS IS MASSIVE, HOW DID IT GET THIS EFFING BIG?

For instance, the now 40-50 strong uber-collective Swing Dog Circus began around four years ago when two groups of couch-surfers found each other at Seed.

CK Vibes, one of the now 15 core SDC crew, says she and a few mates from Sydney found themselves camped next to Monkey and a few of his mates from Adelaide way back then.

“We just ended up hanging out during that whole week at Seed and realised that there was more we wanted to do together — Monkey and his electro swing shenanigans, and me and my mates from Sydney on the circus stuff. So we made a plan to come back the following year and Swing Dog Circus was born.”

While talent and chutzpah will get you so far, it takes more to make a Theme Camp hum — as much as we may not like to admit it, money does help when it comes to some of the barer essentials.

“Swing Dog Circus did a fundraiser on Pozible in 2013, but we didn’t go crazy — we kept our goal achievable, just $1000 and we made it, just for some of the basic kit we needed for camp infrastructure,” says CK. “We wanted to go a bit better in 2014 so upped the goal to $1500 that year and again we made that too.”

Kakaw!!! KaKAW!!

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Dirty Bird’s Jeremy – with CK as supporting cast.

Timing is important: Dirty Birds’ Jeremy and Leanna say organising for Seed is a year-round gig, and fundraising plays a critical role in the planning.

“Mamma bird says always remember to start your burn prep early, cause nothing sucks like trying to build that whizzmatron thingy idea you had for the burn, in the last goddamn week!” says Jeremy.

“Having our Dirty Birds scattered from Newcastle to Wagga to Melbourne takes some organization. We have a kick ass crew that gets together regularly to make sure the planets align.”

 

Release the Kraken

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The god’s must be crazy – Phoebe, Nat and Manos at one of Kraken’s first big fundraisers.

“All theme camps do it differently,” says Phoebe from Kamp Kraken. “But everyone has to fundraise in the lead-up to Seed in order to build infrastructure and enable creative ideas to come into being.”

Like the Doggies and the Birds, Kraken has evolved over the years from a small group of mates who went to Rainbow, to a 60-person strong theme camp that attends several festivals annually.

“We are a collection of eccentrics, creatives, misfits & lost souls,” says Phoebe. “Like the Burner community at large, Kamp Kraken is full of smart, creative, generous-hearted people. So many people contribute their skills and energy to Kraken in the lead-up to Seed, which is good because there is a sh*tload to do!”

“Kamp Kraken has definitely grown a few more tentacles lately. As our dreams and creative ideas have expanded, so has our capacity to deliver on those dreams. I think we are getting a bit more efficient each year. We have crew meetings every couple of months, and we split into teams to get things done. We can’t wait to unleash this year’s host of ideas onto the paddock!”

Party time!!

All three Theme Camps have now graduated to the next level of FUNderaising, with all three KICKING ASS with some of the best party fundraisers seen anywhere on this planet or the next.

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All white on the night – Dirty Birds draws a crowd.

“It’s lots more work, of course,” says Swing Dog’s CK. “Party fundraisers take a lot more planning — getting a location, finding licenced security, working out the decor, setting up a ticketed event, sorting out payments and budgets, logistics of set-up and pack day, organising performers and DJs, food plus drinks etc.”

The trick is to stay focused on what makes your Camp special. “Let it grow organically, also think about why you’re doing it. It really is like organising a mini theme camp for the night,” CK says.

 

Dirty Birds agree. “Choose a theme or gift and stick to it. Focus your energy on making one or two gifts great. Give generously and let your freak flag fly high!”

And Phoebe of Kraken says “When you are starting out it makes sense to take one or two things and do them really well, rather than trying to do too many things half-arsedly. Also check the Seed and Theme Camp facebook pages to get a sense of what people are doing in the lead up to Seed – you’ll always find support. Burners love helping newbies!”

These party fundraisers are also seeing increasing cross-camp burner participation, with Dirty Birds slapshots showing up at Swing Dog’s party, the Orphanage showing up at Dirty Birds and Onur’s Bacon Emporium showing up everywhere! Middle Eastern Mafia and Kraken both have fundraisers coming up this month so get along and show your support!

SOME TOP TIPS FOR FUNDRAISING

  • Have a good base structure and a do-ocracy — ideas need action
  • Reliable crew is fundamental!
  • Find your niche — do what you wanna, ride with it and watch it grow
  • Never think you can’t do it — you can!
  • Check when other theme camps in your city are fundraising before setting your date to avoid event clashes
  • Get a stellar team of people together to put the event on! Many hands…
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Driving miss crazy — Mutant Vehicle applications now open

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The Coco Poco Loco Mutant Vehicle at Burning Seed 2014. Photo by Randy Brophy

As Red Earth City has grown, so has the desire for driving miss crazy and Mutant Vehicles around the Paddock.

To ensure that we support the evolution of this creative colour while maintaining the safety of our community and the event itself, we have created a Red Earth Department of Mutant Vehicles — say howdy do — and introduced a registration process.

If you are planning on bringing a Mutant Vehicle to Burning Seed this year and it’s over 250 kilograms, you need to apply for a licence before September 1.

Contact redmv@burningseed.com, and they will send you the relevant terms & conditions, documentation and procedures, and review your application.

If you’re bringing a Mutant Vehicle under 250 kilograms, you also need to email redmv@burningseed.com for conditions. Please note: Submitting an application will NOT automatically mean you can bring your Mutant Vehicle to Burning Seed.

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Mutant Vehicles come in all shapes and sizes.

What is a mutant vehicle you ask?

Mutant Vehicles may include such non-standard motorised forms such as furniture, other non-street vehicles such as a boat or train, animals, or just about anything imaginable. For safety reasons, they must not mimic any type of emergency service or law enforcement vehicle.

A Mutant Vehicle is a unique, motorised creation that shows little or no resemblance to their original form, or to any standard street vehicle. Mutant Vehicles are radically, stunningly, (usually) permanently, and safely modified from their base vehicle. Sometimes the whole vehicle is made from scratch.

Vehicles merely stripped to the frame and engine, and vehicles with minimal changes or temporary decorations are not considered Mutant Vehicles.

 

 

 

 

 

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Merri Creek meets its match while Sydney calls last straw

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]B[/bra_dropcaps]urners donned their flamboyant finest and kicked some trash-ass at Melbourne’s Merri Creek on May 9 as Kamp Kraken led another initiative to move Burner life beyond the Paddock.

Around 60 people donned gloves, gumboots and garbage bag and rocked up throughout the afternoon to wade through the muck of Merri Creek and remove rubbish. Wheeliebin beats (thanks BBB!) and tea and bicki treats fuelled the intrepid trash troops.

And the strangest thing found? A case half full of sweet potatoes and the desiccated body of a fox. Awards were given for the weirdest finds and best costumes, but the biggest reward was a satisfying 45 big bags of rubbish, 15 bags of recyclables and assorted hard rubbish collected. 

There are plans to make Merri again, so stay in the loop by liking the Kamp Kraken page.

Meanwhile, Sydney’s Beneficient Burners Beneficent Burners are currently looking for volunteers to help get cafes and pubs involved with Plastic Free July.

They’re encouraging cafes to give a discount to people who bring a reusable coffee cup, and for pubs to only hand out straws when they are specifically requested.

If you’d like to ask your local café, or take on a whole street, contact Shelby Ann to get hold of some posters. They also have a script for what to say when approaching the cafe and pubs.

For more info, contact Shelby Ann chinochai@gmail.com  or join the Beneficent Burners’ Facebook group. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photography, film and media rego now open

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]R[/bra_dropcaps]egistration to photograph, film or publish about Burning Seed opens is now open. At Burning Seed, our approach to media, photography and filming is different from standard festivals, so check whether you need to register too. We also give a brief outline of your rights as a participant sans camera. 

Pics, flicks and articles for publication

If you are planning to take photographs or film for anything beyond sharing with friends and family – and that includes websites, gallery showings, traditional and digital media – then you need to seek and be granted written permission.

If you are planning to write and publish an article in a newspaper, newsletter, magazine or an online publication, you will also need to register with us too. If you are blogging for personal reasons but including photos, then we ask that you register for the photography.

At Burning Seed, we are seeking to create a radically self-expressive space where people can openly be or do anything. There is therefore a greater need at our Burn to maintain the integrity and safety of the space and its people – and for participants to know and trust that this is happening.

And that means we like to keep an eye on the media, photographers and filmmakers – professional, semi-professional and amateur. With the size of our event still intimate, we also set a limit on the number of film projects each year. That includes any remote aerial devices that film.

Maintaining the integrity of this space also means that consent should be your middle name when photographing or filming at Burning Seed. Wherever possible, check in with the subject of your camera’s desire, either before or after the shot, to see if they’re Ok with being captured.

Consent wristbands will also be available for participants to wear and to let you know at a glance whether they want to be in the frame — read more here.

And last but not least, there are no media passes. In a participatory community such as ours, you’re part of it too. So, yes, you must buy a ticket.

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Pics, flicks and articles for friends and family

For your average participant who just wants to share their memories with friends and family, we still have three words for you: consent, consent, consent

Whether you’re a newcomer or not, you might not know what is acceptable until you ask. By asking, you’ll eliminate confusion and foster a tighter, safer community where people know their boundaries are protected and respected. In a world where people are pushing the envelope of their own self-expression (or perhaps wanting to explore somebody else’s :)), such freedom is only assured by knowing you are safe to do so.

Remember: photographs might seem like a good idea at the time but radical self-expression can look quite different out of its natural habitat and splashed all round Facebook for employers, family members and others to see. Not everyone wants to blend their Burner life with their default world – some people need or want to keep these lives separate. So don’t out a Burner by taking that photo or video without checking in with them!

If you’re blogging, we ask that you keep us in the loop by sending a link to media@burningseed.com

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And for the participant without a camera? You have the right to ask a photographer or videographer at any time not to take a picture of you and to ask them to delete it if they do.

Removable, brightly coloured silicone consent wristbands are also available for you to wear: they are a quick and easy way to let all photographers and filmmakers know that you don’t want to be filmed or photographed for the whole of the event or just the times or days that you don’t want to be captured on film.

 

 

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Consent wristbands: shorthand for no pics or flicks

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]W[/bra_dropcaps]e’re introducing optional consent wristbands to help participants and photographers/filmmakers alike navigate the sometimes tricky task of seeking and giving consent around photographs and videos at Burning Seed.

Wanna just let it all hang out — literally, figuratively, hell any way you want at the Burn? Don’t want to worry about being photographed or having to police whether someone is snapping you without having that all-important “ is it OK” conversation? Are you just having one of those days when you don’t want to be the object of somebody else’s art?

Or are you a photographer, filmmaker or videographer who scratches their head over this whole asking-consent-questions stuff ‘cause the magic is in the moment of capturing that shot?

The consent bracelets are designed to help all of you. These are brightly coloured, removable silicon wristbands with “NO PHOTOS OR VIDEOS” written on them. They will allow participants to easily signal when they don’t want to be captured on film, and it will give photographers, filmmakers and videographers a clearer sign of whether someone definitely doesn’t want to be photographed or filmed. #respecttheband

But that doesn’t mean we want you stop talking to each other either.

We still encourage you all to have that consent conversation wherever possible (before or after the pic) — especially if someone is not wearing a bracelet and in the middle of a private moment, exposed and/or vulnerable position, naked or any other situation that may require checking in.

A consent bracelet is an automatic red light to not photograph or film the person in question. But a blank wrist is not an automatic green light to film or photograph: check in whenever possible.

Wristbands will be available at the event entrance and also at Red Earth Info.

 

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First-timer friction: the winter of Burner discontent

Written by Jayman

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]W[/bra_dropcaps]ith winter upon us and Burning Seed less than four months away, spare a thought for the Principles left out in the cold — and the potential participants.

Over the coming months, there will be lots of potential newbies/Burgins/potential participants asking questions. To some of us, these questions might seem like commonsense or basic information that people could find themselves with a bit of research (I hear the radical choir sing “radical self-reliance!!!”)

Well, here is the thing. Apparently there is more than one Principle. At last count there are nine more and some regional events have introduced 2-3 more.

The Ten Principles are learned, seen in action and experienced. Throwing one Principle at people in isolation is not the Burner way. In everything we do, we should be trying to express as many Principles in an interaction with another human being as possible.

We are building a Community, not a radicalised, exclusive hipster enclave. The very purpose of a Burn event is to prove that there is another way and take back those learnings to the outside world and transform it. We are the Revolution, by making a new world a better world.

So, the next time you pull radical self-reliance out of your back pocket (‘cause it is likely one of the main two you have ready at hand), spare a thought for the other neglected Principles this winter. The Principles work all together, not in isolation.

A considerate response is a Gift of information. In the Immediacy of a sensible answer you are helping to alleviate the fear and uncertainty that a new burner might be experiencing as they make a crucial decision (either consciously or unconsciously) to join our Community.

And in answering even the simplest of questions with your beautiful and amazing Radical Self Expression in a way that does not inhibit the rights and liberties of the recipient shows Radical Inclusion and Civic Responsibility at its best.

Participate in ALL the 10 Principles to embrace new Burners.

For those newbies looking for a place to call home at Seed, Jayman runs the Orphanage Theme Camp. It’s a great way to experience the participation, gifting and community that is so integral to Seed. You can find them here.

Orphanage 2014

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Rangers just got hotter

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[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]T[/bra_dropcaps]hose super-heroes and super-heroines of Seed are back and sexier than ever. Rejoice in the orange glory of our Rangers new ‘Costuforms’. High visibility – check. High swag – check. UV50+ protective – check. Flame retardant – check. Yes! You read that right – EFFING FLAME RETARDANT!!

From the recruitment team at Outpost Oodnawoopwoop:

The Red Earth Rangers are regular Burners who take their Civic Responsibility seriously and Gift their time by walking the weird in Orange. Rangers are regular Participants – like YOU – just with a two-way radio and some training about who to ask for on the other end of it.

We roam in pairs and serve in a guardianship role as the eyes and ears of the community and help to keep participants safe. We are occasionally also called upon to act as an objective voice of reason and assist participants in resolving conflicts and situations that they can’t handle themselves.

Rangers also play a critical role in managing the perimeter for the Effigy and Temple burns, and are the first point-of-contact in the event of fire or medical situations. Presence of mind (ie sobriety) and an ability to keep a cool head in an intense situation are the only prerequisites.

It’s a cruisy, fun, engaging, and [mostly] laid-back gig that is a great way to meet people and see parts of Red Earth City that you otherwise might not. It’s also leads to getting more hugs of appreciation than you ever thought possible!

Even if you’re a first-time Burner, you can join the hi-vis ranks of the Rangers this year at Burning Seed! Ranger operations run for the duration of the event and operate 24-hours. Training sessions will be held pre-event in both Sydney and Melbourne in September, as well as on site at the event.

Wanna sign up as a Ranger? Check our recent Community Crewsday call out or sign up under the Participate tab on the Burning Seed website.

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The art of flamin’ success

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[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]H[/bra_dropcaps]ow do you know when you’ve built a spectacularly flame-worthy piece of art? Its postscript includes flashing blue lights and shiny red engines checking out what you’ve done.

And that’s exactly what happened at the Flame Effects for Artists course, run on May 23/24 by the new not-for Profit arts organisation Flame Effects Australia and attended by 40 Burners and general fire nuts from all over the country.

At the end of the two-day workshop at Footscray Makers Lab, the Melbourne Fire Shamans class of 2015 had gathered around to see their graduation project in action.

Built for a hodge podge of metal bits dragged in students, the “Eye of Sauron” or (Free the Nipple) let off a mighty roar of flames when the first person hit the control box button (also built by the students). A quick succession of button pushers means there were many very very happy little pyros roaring and phwoaring for 45 mins or so.

Sated and bathing in post-flame coital bliss, students were quietly milling around when the fire engine lights appeared down the side of the street. Woopsie!

But all’s well that ended well, and the engines departed again after a brief chat with key organisers, including Dave X and Propaniac who came out from Burning Man to run the course.

Dave X has been the Fire Art Safety Team manager for all fire art on playa for the more than 10 years and Propaniac is both part of FAST  and the Chief Inspector for the Nevada Board for the Regulation of Liquefied Petroleum Gas.

They also shared pics and tips to drive home the safety message: no safety third here. Creating flame effects and fire art = magic and fun for everyone. Carelessness and fried body parts = not the best look or way to make friends.Aka two shit-hot, experienced fire artists, who spent the first day leading students through valves and hoses and density and pressure and gas and and…

After a day full of nuts & bolts, the second day involved splitting the 40 students in three groups: one to build the electronic control box, one to create and plumb the accumulator (the bit that emits those short sharp bursts of gas for the flame effect) and the third to fabricate the structure.

Check out the pics below to see what the class created, and stay tuned to see a burst of flame effect art at Burning Seed this year. 

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All in day’s (ok, two days’) work: fabrication team builds….control box team takes everyone through the to do list…and thar she blows!

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It takes a community to build a forest

Written by Ash Blackwell

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[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]N[/bra_dropcaps]ew friendships were made, ties between the local community and Seed community were strengthened and a whole lot of good dirty fun took place at the recent Red Earth Ecology biodiversity planting in Matong.

On Saturday May 2, around 30 people from all over the east coast and the Riverina came together for a weekend to plant a forest.

There was music, dancing and a whole lot of planting and watering of native plants. Not to mention Jo’s amazing home-cooked cakes and slices.

Best of all, the weekend gave the local community a chance to interact and learn more about the kind of people that get involved in Burning Seed.

I think they’re almost convinced that we aren’t a cult, and the contribution to the local environment is starting to get around.

The Red Earth Ecology project was established as part of Burning Seed’s ‘Leave No Trace’ principle.

Burning Seed is held at the Matong State Forest, and while we can pick up our litter, we cannot completely remove our impact on the forest. The Red Earth Ecology team work to develop and implement projects that leave a net positive impact on the local ecology.

Over the last two years, the team has worked with local property owners to extend and develop tree corridors on sections of their land. One of the risk factors for small birds and animals is the fragmentation of their habitat. By helping to establish corridors of local plant species, we provide food and shelter for local insects, birds and other species.

Last year we worked with local Burning Seed participant Brian Jones to extend and enrich a tree corridor on his property adjacent to the Ganmain State Forest. Unfortunately Brian Jones fell quite ill late last year (We wish him continued progress on his journey back to good health).

This year, local plant whisperer Jo Roberts reached out to other Burners in the area, who would be happy to facilitate a planting project. Dave and Sonja Currie stepped up to help and offer their property, which is just down the road from Brian.

A big green thank you to all who came and all who contributed. And a very big thanks to Jo, Maddock, Dave and Sonja who made it all possible.

                       diggin them in it takes a team to build a forrest

                       Nikki the kookaburra whisperer plants and peace

Red Earth Ecology strikes again: (clockwise from top left) diggin’ this project, the gang’s all here, Nikki the Kookaburra whisperer, peace and plants. Pics: Madeline Fountain

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Are Your Ears Burning? They Will Be…

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[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]D[/bra_dropcaps]o you have a ‘great face for radio’? Do your vocal chords sound like you regularly bathe them in honey? Are you a blooming or budding producer/presenter/DJ or weatherperson looking for a big break at Red Earth City? Then pin back your ears and read on…

Literally born from the vibrating ashes of the Burn, Red Earth Radio at last year’s Seed looked more like a concept (and/or a place to get fast food) than a radio station.

Since then, we’ve built a community and a following, we’ve created a 24/7 stream at www.bmaradio.net, and we’ve connected with Burner communities around the antipodes to bring the sound of not-silence to anyone with an ear to spare.

Now? We. Need. You. Red Earth Radio will be back – bigger, louder, and (with any luck) legal!  Slots for shows during Seed are flying off the shelves people so if you wanna get your creative juices into Burners’ ears LIVE this year you better be quick and let us know.

NEWSFLASH: Attention Burners! As part of your Burning Seed survival kit this year, please bring a small transistor radio capable of AM/FM reception!

Can you make sounds with your mouth or any other instrument? We want you. Can you make the weather forecast sound like foreplay? We want you. Can you mix sick trax n beats? We want you. Can you keep on talking even when silence threatens to creep over you like an enveloping darkness? Yep, we want you too.

We’ll have more than 120 hours of LIVE airtime over the course of Burning Seed and it is all yours to fill as you bloody well like. We’re also keen on hearing from community members with radio/broadcasting experience — god knows, we need you!!

If you wanna get involved — either with content or to help us crew this joint, don’t hang about. Content providers, we can even host your shit on our 24/7 shiz  www.bmaradio.net right now.

Music, spoken word, whatevs, just send us MP3 128kbps or lossless prerecorded files. Send your files to redearthradio@gmail.com and make sure it’s CLEARLY LABELLED as spoken word, songs, DJ set, animal noises etc.

In the email please include a brief description of the content and if your content contains ADULT themes or LANGUAGE. Keep it clean, k? There will be NO ADVERTISING (unless it’s fictional). Be guided by the 10 Principles people!

This is your shot. This is your opportunity! Don’t eat Mom’s spaghetti!