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Gate Keepers Looking for Gate Helpers!

YOU SHALL NOT PASS!... unless we get enough crew for the gate.

First impressions last. You CAN get in with those shoes! Use your power for good and stick your hand up to be the first face seen by burners exiting the default world and entering Burning Seed. You’ll join an amazing crew who collectively work their sexy arses off to make sure everyone is happy and (mostly) behaving while entering. You’ll meet huge numbers of people super excited to be arriving and you’ll bathe in their collective excitement. Time flies when you’re holding a scanning gun.

No experience necessary, all training provided. Please fill in the online form to express your interest for Gate Keepers RIGHT HERE.

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Leave No Trace Crew- You won’t be MOOP for the post festival scoop!

Does the Burn always end a little too soon for you? Are you passionate about the Leave No Trace Principles? Do you have an eye for detail and a passionate dislike for glitter? Let the festival roll on with three meals a day and hot showers, while you go on the treasure hunt of a lifetime!

If you’d like to join a committed group of greenies who scour the earth finding all the remaining MOOP, we’d love to hear from you! Register your interest for the post-event Sweeps Team with the Leave No Trace Crew, right here: http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/

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Red Earth Rangers need you!

There are a number of roles that available for those who want to be part of the Ranger Team for 2017. One of the most beautiful experiences as a ranger is the genuine gratitude that is received from participants who find themselves in need of help.

Rangers?

The Red Earth City Rangers are our on-the-ground team of experienced Burners who roam the site making sure that all is well. Rangers are usually the first to attend to an emergency on site, and work in close collaboration with the Medical, Fire Safety and Security teams. They also help manage safety during key Seed events like the Effigy and Temple burns, so a sharp focus, cool head and the ability to respond appropriately to a developing situation is required.

Ranger operations run for the duration of the event and operate 24-hours. No experience is necessary and full training will be provided for first timers.

Rangers must be aged 18 and over.

An inspirational poem about Rangers written by our crew!

The Paddock is a place for all to play,
Be a Ranger with us to help guide the way.
When things fall apart or direction’s not clear,
Rangers, your friends, will always be near.

If you are drunk or if you are sober,
A ranger will guide you to safety you know sir!
But they need volunteers - so put your hand up,
The roles are filled from the community’s cup.

What do I get in return, because you know, default world stuff

Perks! For your dedication to the cause, you will receive a plethora of thanks including incentives such as: free training in Sydney, Canberra or Melbourne, early entry, and sexy shwag bling!

Every one of you that steps forward lightens the load for the entire Ranger community and makes our event safer and more fun for everyone!

Which roles are available and how do I sign up?

There are various leadership roles and as well regular ranger roles available.  You’ll find them listed under the ‘Critical Vacancies 2017’ and the ‘Community Crew Roles’ headings here: http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/

If you would like to sign up, please use the ‘Register Here’ button at the top of the community crew page (at the link above). We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

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Ticketing Team Update

Many of the Burning Seed teams are pretty visible once you arrive on site for the Burn. It could be the entertaining and welcoming fluffers, the sarcastic but efficient Gate Keepers, the always happy to see you Greeters, or the ever present Rangers. However, one team has finished their work by the time gates open, and that’s our super hard working Ticketing team.

The small team of two start preparing months before tickets go on sale, working with our ticketing provider Quicket to ensure that the whole ticketing process goes smoothly and that as many people as possible get a ticket to one of the largest regional burns outside of the US. This year they’ve had the extra responsibility of refunding thousands of tickets to last year’s cancelled event, something that definitely wasn’t in the job description! Almost all tickets have now been refunded and the Ticketing team have made multiple attempts to reach out to the remaining few. If you haven’t received your refund then please email ticketing@burningseed.com

How many tickets have been sold?

Lots! Tickets are still on sale and the final tally will be made public in the annual Afterburn report. There are still some tickets left but don’t delay as they will most definitely sell out. For the last couple of events there have been many disappointed people who missed out on a ticket as they waited too long, don’t let that be you! Head to http://qkt.io/seed17 to secure your ticket now.

Kids tickets, however, don’t sell out as they aren’t part of our population cap. This is the same for the new category of Youth tickets. Introducing this type of ticket has allowed Burning Seed to reduce the price for our 16 and 17 year old Burners but they still need to attend with a parent or legal guardian. Kids and Youth tickets are sold online just like adult tickets.

Do I need to transfer my ticket if I can’t attend?

Yes, if it turns out you can’t attend and have a friend or family member that you want to transfer your ticket to then you must process this through the Quicket ticket transfer system. The name on the ticket must match the attendees photo ID when they arrive at gate otherwise they will be turned away. This helps stop scalping and also increases the security of the event as we know exactly who is attending and that they have gone through the process of creating a Burner Profile and learning about the 10 Principles. If you’d like to transfer your ticket then check out this super helpful FAQ post. The person you’re transferring to will need to create a Burner Profile before you are able to transfer your ticket to them.

I want to sell my ticket

This year we’re super excited to offer a Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP) which will allow people to sell and buy unwanted tickets without having to worry about scalping and fraud. The full details will be announced after the event sells out but essentially this works the same as other STEP programs such as the one used by Burning Man.

If you have a ticket you can no longer use, and don’t have any friends or family who want it, then you’ll be able to register this in STEP through our ticketing provider Quicket. People who are looking for a ticket will be able to add themselves to a waiting list and as tickets become available they’ll be notified and given 24 hours to complete the purchase. The buyer and seller don’t need to worry about exchanging banking details or transferring tickets, this is all handled automatically and reduces any chance of someone being ripped off.

If you have a ticket you’re looking to sell then keep an eye on the official Burning Seed Facebook Page for more details when the program is officially launched.

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Kitchen Crew Looking for a 2iC

Do you know your way around the kitchen? Do you want to be a part of the pre-event action? Do you feel like spending extended time in heaven (AKA the paddock)? This is an exciting opportunity for a 2iC to join the Yum Yums Crew in the Stockade Kitchen. The Yum Yums prepare meals add fuel to the fire of the souls who work tirelessly to build the Effigy, Temple, and prepare the site. Don’t worry though, they all do their own dishes!

What is involved?

This is a bigger time commitment than most roles as you will need to be on site some weeks before the event, but wouldn't that be amazing? For your hard work and dedication, you will rewarded with 3 meals a day, snacks and a tea/coffee station, one prepared meal per day during the event and access to kitchen food stores 24/7. Not to mention HOT SHOWERS and camping with an awesome crew.

If you can commit to 4.5 weeks to living the burn, we’d love to hear from you. Register your interest for Kitchen at http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/

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The loo crew needs you!

Does a bear shit in the woods? Not at Burning Seed!

The Sanitation Services team is seeking new recruits for 2017 - burners who aren’t afraid to get down and dirty (not literally, we’ll be keeping you clean under the guidance of our Squeaky Queen!) and help deal with our toilets and other on site waste in a hygienic and environmentally friendly way.

To help us Leave No Trace we have portaloo toilets on site which are emptied twice a day by an external service provider. Our dangerous human burner waste gets turned into awesome renewable energy as biogas, and a safely sterilised fertiliser called biosolids which is used by farmers all over the world. Sometimes science and technology are amazing and poo is kind of cool.

The Sanitation Crew replenishes toilet paper and hand sanitiser in the portaloos, helps oversee the toilet pump outs safely in a sanitary manner keeping burners away from that shenanigan, generally makes sure the loo situation is not a hazard to human health (important!), and also deals with the waste from the different burns on site and other crew rubbish sources to help keep the Leave No Trace side of Burning Seed left nice and traceless.

Does this sound like you? Each loo crew member will need to do a 4 hour shift - you can do more if you’re gung ho. You’ll need to be onsite by Tuesday 26th September so that you can be part of our crew induction at 9am on Wednesday 27th September. You’ll need to wear covered shoes but you’ll be given all the personal protective gear you need otherwise (disposable aprons, gloves, garbage bags, hand sanitiser). And for being part of our crew you'll get early entry, showers & meals at the Stockade and also loads of kudos!

For more info on what it takes to be part of the number 1 and number 2 team on the paddock, check out the Sanitation Crew FAQ. For further details on the role and what it involves, contact the lovely Lara Warren at sanitation@burningseed.com.

To step up on the throne and sign yourself up to join the team, fill in the Burning Seed crew registration survey and select the option “Sanitation Services”.

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Theme Camp Initiatives for 2017

Theme Camps are one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the lifeblood of a Burn. They are a hothouse of Principles in action, with participation, gifting and communal effort giving birth to wacky genius, creative chaos and homes away from home. Decommodification, leave no trace, immediacy... hell, all the Principles come to party at these shindigs.

But Theme Camps work as hard as they play — 'cause it takes teamwork to make those dreams work, baby!

Adopt-a-Burgin

To create these shared visions, participants form crews and pool their time, energy and resources.  Each year, many Theme Camps offer spots for Burgins (take virgin, smoosh it together with Burner, and hey presto: you have a newbie).  Camp fees are common, with everyone contributing to a communal 'kitty' that allows the camp to build, supply, transport and maintain these visions at Seed.  Some camps will include meal plans, others not.  Either way, the Radical Self-reliance Principle still applies. We care for each other knowing that we are already — and always — prepared to take care of ourselves.

So we check in with the existing Theme Camps, they tell us their spots, and we share that information.  The rest is up to you.  So, check out the list of camps and go forth and connect.

And remember: ask not what a Theme Camp can do for you, but what you can do for a Theme Camp!

Share-a-Space

Are you hoping to run a workshop, yoga session or deliver a talk and need an event space? Look no further!  There are a number of camps who are happy to let people like you use their space whilst they get some down time. 

Believe it or not, not all theme camps party 24/7 (although some do).   We have compiled a list of theme camps who have generously offered to open their camps up for other people to host events in. Get in contact with a camp, see if your event aligns with them and see if you can work out a time that suits both you and the host camp. It is up to each camp to decide if they would like to host your event.

Upcoming fundraisers

Theme camp fundraisers are happening thick and thin, if you still have energy left after the last month of parties, there is still plenty to go! Here’s a quick run-down on what’s coming over the next couple of months:

Sorry if we have missed anyone. If you want help plugging your events feel free to shoot an email to themecamps@burningseed.com and we will help put it out there.

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Peer Rangers looking for a 2IC

We all get by with a little help from our friends, but sometimes there’s a little extra help needed! The Peer Rangers provide emotional support on the Paddock & they (might) want you!

Do you want to get creative in supporting and encouraging respectful relationships of all kinds on the Paddock? Do you think you could help update policies and procedures, train an awesome team of Rangers and PEER's, drive a targeted awareness campaign, create posters and, most importantly, lend an ear when an ear is needed most? (Less commitment than Van Gogh required). This is a program, policy and engagement role where you will get your hands dirty! 

LadySparkles - Team Lead of Peer Rangers shared some of her most memorable moments in the role: "Sometimes it doesn’t take much to make a difference. You might just have the privilege of giving the exact thing someone needs at the exact time they need it".

LadySparkles is searching for the perfect 2IC - someone to plan for the future with, someone with experience in a helping profession (i.e. counselling / crisis intervention / sexual assault counselling / festival experience such as Nest at Rainbow or Mental Health Branch at Burning Man) who is passionate about building a safe and supportive community into our future. Time commitments will fluctuate, but weekly contact generally at a minimum a few months leading up to the event.

If this sounds like you, please read the following, and click through to the position description and get in touch: http://burningseed.com/blog/wanted-2ic-for-when-the-going-gets-tough/

*** there are a lot of you heading to the USA this year, if you’re interested - get in touch, we can be flexible with time commitments***

LadySparkles - PEER Team Lead

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Burning Seed Centre Camp – get to know your crew!

Welcome to Centre Camp! But what exactly is Centre Camp (CC)? It’s the central hub of Burning Seed, a space to connect that also hosts lots of events and workshops. Everyone and anyone is encouraged to be involved - individuals to theme camps. Simply register an event or join our awesome crew to help keep things running smoothly. Many hands make it sparkle!

Event and crew registrations are now open at: burningseed.com/centre-camp

 

EIKE

How many burns have you attended?

So far I only attend one burn, Burning Seed 2015. It was the most amazing festival experience I have had so far. Hopefully, there will be many more to come.

What was your "wow I'm actually burning!!" moment?

Running around the burning effigy covered in fairy lights at Burning Seed 2015.

When did you join CC?

February this year.

What are you hoping to bring to CC this year?

I'm looking forward to create a place full of fun events to expand everyone's perspective. It also will be amazing connect more of the Seed community with Centre Camp and make it a central hub, where lots festival joy can be exchanged.

If you could have a food fight, what would be your ingredient of choice?

Ice cream on a hot summer's day would be pretty amazing.

 

KEVALA

How many burns have you attended?

This year’s Burning Seed will be my 10th burn. I was lucky enough to be introduced to the burner world by going to Kiwiburn with my mum, dad and sister back in 2009 and proceeded to question them as to why they had not encouraged me to go earlier. Turns out they had for years but I was too much of a straight-ace rebel.

What was your "wow I'm actually burning!!" moment?

I stumbled into this glowing tent to then be immersed into a giant puddle of cushions surrounded by friends (some I had literally just met) and glowing things, I remember just laughing so hard and looking around knowing I was home and so, so happy!

When did you join CC?

Jumped on board earlier this year along with Eike.

What are you hoping to bring to CC this year?

Laughter and lots of it! I want to get people excited about Centre Camp and all the events we will have on offer. It’s a space for the community to get together and have fun, learn something, meet someone, create things and be happy!

If you could have a food fight, what would be your ingredient of choice?

Watermelon. Legit yo (don't worry I will remove the rind).

 

 

HUSSY

How many burns have you attended?

Burning Man USA in 2014 and 2016, and about to head off on the Eclipse/BM-wagon for a third time lucky! Also backed up the big burn with Burning Seed in 2014. A year to remember.

What was your "wow I'm actually burning!!" moment?

The very first night-time at the big burn I experienced didn’t come close to anything I’d ever seen or heard about before. People can try to tell you but not until you’re on the pitch black playa lit only by art cars, installations, bicycles and burners do you actually see the magnitude of it all… it is simply breathtaking.

When did you join CC?

I’m the noob, only just came on board!

What are you hoping to bring to CC this year?

I’m hoping my background in performance, producing and management will serve useful in making Centre Camp a space that all burners can enjoy in their own way, be it chilling out after a hard night’s partying or sharing a special skill with others through performance or workshops. Burning Man USA has shown me what Centre Camp can become, so I’m excited to be a part of its growth on my home turf.

If you could have a food fight, what would be your ingredient of choice?

Something I could wash out of my dreads… definitely not old tomatoes (La Tomatina - NOT on my bucket list).

 

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Burning Seed Fluffers Need You!

By Rhys Jaconly 

Oh hai there. I didn't see you there, separated as you are by your screen through distance and time. And how could I, really? But this introduction is a useful frame to induce a tone of warmth and intimacy, which you are no doubt feeling in gooey waves right now.

I'd like to introduce myself - I'm one of burning seeds first-ever Fluffers!

What is a Fluffer you ask? Loosely conceptualised as the bastard half-child of Rangers and Greeters, a Fluffer is the very first sparkle that people will see as they prepare to enter the cascade of figurative fireworks that is Burning Seed. We are active on Wednesday and Thursday, and are explicitly focussed on the lines of people in their cars all eagerly waiting to get in. 2015 saw people waiting in line for as long as 3 HOURS. We'll keep them company, providing support to gate crew for speedy ticket processing and giving entrants a heads up about what they are getting themselves into.

So what does a Fluffer do, exactly?
Fluffers are about fun, education and safety, in that order. While Greeters already do a stellar job of indoctrinating *ahem* I mean enculturating participants into the 10 principles + associated  expectations (consent, people) we can help them do an even better job by getting all up amongst the captive audience that is the entry line. If your spidey-senses are tingling at the incongruity of the words 'consent' and 'captive audience' – congratulations! You may just have the nuanced appreciation for principled behaviour that Fluffer's will soon be known for.

As a secondary role, we will be monitoring line length, prepping people for entry (IDs, tickets ready etc) and catching potentially tricky situations before they eventuate so that the gate crew have as smooth and speedy a process as is possible, taking into account all the scheduled beatings that are currently a feature of Gate disciplinary practice.

Basically, you get to dress up in whatever attire you want and embody whatever character pleases you, and we will love you for it.

You get to be part of that monumental moment when people have *finally*arrived at Burning Seed, and will likely to be extremely happy to see you.  You also get to offer some alleviation to that moment when they realize there’s a 3 hour wait.

You can sing, dance, or bring whatever skills and performances you’ve always wanted to bring to the world, for people who actually can’t get away and must appreciate you.

And um, BOOK NOW BECAUSE SPACES ARE LIMITED!!!!!!!!

What say you?

Check out the Fluffer role on our community page and fill out the Volunteer Registration Form. We would love to have you on our team!