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Theme Camps at Burning Seed 2018

We're excited to introduce all of the official theme camps for Burning Seed 2018! A big thank you for all who applied and got their applications looking fine and in on time! All camps are listed here and are available for you to approach, support and explore. We have no doubt that they will be spending the next two months up to their necks in tools, glitter and glue. Most are all linked to their Facebook page making it easy for you to keep in touch with their fundraising efforts, needs and events. So keep in touch and given them ya Likes.

If you are new to Seed this year or not affiliated with a camp but want to join, a lot of these camps have thrown open their borders and are welcoming in the new, the lost, even the polycamperous, and have registered to Adopt–A-Burgin. You can find the full list of camps here: http://burningseed.com/adopt-burgin/

If aren't looking to join a camp but think you might like to collaborate on an event or use a camps space, that might be possible too. Lots of camps are happy to host additional events during their down time. There’s a list of those camps here: http://burningseed.com/share-a-space/

Just a reminder to all camps:

  • Grant and placement allocations will be coming out very soon
  • Please get your MOU and safety forms into us ASAP and don't leave it to the last minute!
  • The What, Where, When guide event submissions are open for a few more weeks! Ensure you get your events in before the deadline. Start working with your neighbours to make your events shine. http://burningseed.com/guides-forms/

Thanks again to all the camps for their efforts, passion and creativity, and lets all get behind them all and fill their spaces with ya faces☺

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P.E.E.R 2iC Announcement

LadySparkles, P.E.E.R Team Lead is pleased to introduce and welcome James aka Rakkar to the role of P.E.E.R 2iC.

Rakkar stumbled across Burning Seed in 2014, and got himself a Seed tattoo a few days after getting back to Sydney from that first burn. 'How did they imagine and organise an event so packed with so much trashiness, camping, community, joy & creativity' - he pondered after his first event.  He decided he wanted to get more involved in creating the weird magic he witnessed a few years prior, so as the years rolled by he joined the Ranger Team, upped his gifting game, lent a hand to theme camps and nudged people in the default world - “Have you thought about coming to Seed? It isn’t a cult, but you should join us!” He is worried that this enthusiasm will one day result in his parents coming to Seed and he may have to be more selective in his displays of trashiness. Each one teach one -right?

In the default world Rakkar is a qualified Social Worker with a background in sexual health, substance use and general crisis work. He attempted to join P.E.E.R rangers in 2016, but we all remember how that Seed ended up. He was more successful in 2017 and in 2018 he will be supporting the P.E.E.R Rangers as 2iC - as well as the other dedicated volunteers who make the paddock as safe as can be. LadySparkles is excited to welcome Rakkar to the leadership team and is confident that his skills, passion and sense of humour will fit right in.

What is a Psychological and Emotional Emergency Response Ranger?

For those who don’t know - a P.E.E.R Ranger is a specialist branch of Red Earth Rangers who work alongside Rangers. They are trained and qualified to deal with more serious incidents at Burning Seed such as emotional and psychological crises. Whether it be attending to a distressed parent of a lost child, helping someone through an emotional situation or more infrequently responding to an assault, P.E.E.R Rangers are available to listen, support you and help you get your mind and spirit back to the event as quickly and safely as possible.

If you have skills and experience in counselling, crisis work, mental health or sexual assault response, the P.E.E.R Team encourage your application to join their team of rockstars. Training is onsite and shifts are only 4 hours. For more info or to apply please click on link below:

http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/

 

 

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Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP)

That's right folks, there are no longer any adult tickets available to Burning Seed: Ancient Future on Quicket.

However if you left it too late, don't despair! Our Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP) going live at 6pm on August 3rd to resell tickets and purchase any if you missed out. And yes, you still need to have a Burner Profile complete to purchase a ticket via STEP. 

What is STEP?

STEP is where people who want to sell their tickets are matched with people who want to buy tickets and the whole process is administered by Quicket. Sellers put their ticket up for sale on STEP (face value) and people who want to buy tickets register their details through STEP. Buyers are on a first come first serve basis - so the sooner you sign up for STEP, the sooner you could be matched with a ticket. Once a buyer is matched with a seller, they have 48 hours to complete the transaction before it is offered to the next buyer in line.

SOME THINGS TO NOTE:

  • If you are buying through STEP you have 48 hours to complete the purchase once you are allocated a ticket
  • If you are selling through STEP you will be refunded the face value of the ticket ($195) but not the booking fee
  • Only adult tickets are bought and sold through STEP. Kids and youth tickets are still available on the main Quicket page right here.

If you have any questions, don't forget you can email ticketing@burningseed.com for help.

See you on The Paddock!

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FART IS RECRUITING!

What's all this talk about FART? At Burning Seed we love a good acronym, but all childish jokes aside, FART is Burning Seed's Fire Art Response Team. In other words, the FART is Burning Seed's fire department. We patrol the site and assist external agencies should things not go right. And now, we are on the hunt for some humans wishing to join the team!

We are after two types of humans: Those with Fire Fighting experience and those without (but wishing to learn).

But really, what does FART actually do?
FART provides rapid first aid fire response to fires that may break out - either in the bush or malfunctioning equipment/installations. FART also provides rapid response attack/confine during major art burns.

What is involved?
FART shifts are 12 hours long, during which time you will be patrolling the site in our vehicles, checking on permitted burn barrels and art fires, and generally providing a state of readiness for the worst case scenario.

If this sounds like something you can do/would like to do then apply via this link (even if you are a returning volunteer): https://www.volcor.net/TakeSurvey2.aspx?s=2276_burningseedregistration2018

We look forward to having you on our team!
Rusty & Hot Wire

Photo by Shaan R. Ali

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Meet our new Burning Seed Town Councillor

Recently we announced a vacancy on the Burning Seed Town Council (BSTC) following the resignation of  ‘Prince’ Ali Mohammad Shams Ahmadi. The BSTC is in place as an interim group to support the Burning Seed event Team Leads and facilitate the process for a new stand-alone Burning Seed legal entity.

The BSTC plays a complementary role alongside the Team Leads and we consider all the wonderful volunteers involved in making Burning Seed happen each year as playing an equally important role in creating an extraordinary event for us. The BSTC acts as a bridge between the strategic and operational sides of the event.

The process involved the applicants submitting their nomination with background and experience, interviews with the candidates and then a final assessment and decision by the existing Burning Seed Town Council members.

We were really impressed by the qualities of the three candidates who nominated. It is wonderful to see the broad skill sets and varied passions of the Burner community who are looking to increase their participation.

After consideration, we are pleased to announce our new Burning Seed Town Councillor.

Lisa Dyer-Randall (aka Minty Miss America)

Lisa was a member of the Mint Country Club theme camp since her first Burn in 2014, taking on the Team Lead position for Mint in 2017. This year will see her at the helm of a new theme camp, Hoi Polloi. Lisa has also been a Ranger since 2015 and previously served as Treasurer for Melburners.

Lisa brings kindness, pragmatism and a passionate community focus to the Town Councillor role. She has decades of  effective management and board experience, and the rare ability to be both goal and process focused.

We are all excited to begin her onboarding process and look forward to working alongside her.

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Burning Seed Financials – 2017 Event

Whilst things are very much in motion for Burning Seed 2018, our finance team have been busy dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s on the 2017 event. We entered last year in an unusual financial position due to the flooding and subsequent cancellation the year before. There were significant delays in us receiving half the insurance payout which meant that we used all our cash reserves to ensure that we could payout ticket refunds in a timely manner. This meant we had to instruct all our teams to work to very lean budgets, a task they undertook superbly. The final insurance money arrived just days before the event began and means that we are now well placed for 2018 and beyond.

Over on the right you can see the totals spent in each area, and here's a bit of detail of where the money went:

ADMIN: We have a whole army of people dedicating their time and experience to run Seed on a completely voluntary basis, and we cover many of pocket expenses for doing so, such as stationary, fuel, phone, etc. There are also bank fees and other office expenses. Finally we pay for external accountants to prepare our quarterly GST returns and assist with other financial services.

ART AND THEME CAMP GRANTS: We award grants to artists and theme camps to bring their amazing, weird and wonderful offerings to Seed. What makes a burn different to other festivals is the spectacular and creative art along with the huge variety of theme camps. We have already significantly increased the art budget for 2018 and as the event grows, so will the art.

CIVIC SERVICES: This is the cost of building the major installations onsite; Centre Camp, the Effigy and the Temple. It also includes the budgets for many of our teams including Gate, Greeters, Sanctuary, and PEER Rangers, who are all critical in ensuring our city runs smoothly.

CREW COSTS AND TRAINING: For over five weeks before the event a dedicated team are onsite full time, living and breathing the creation of our city on the Paddock. Our crew numbers swell during the event to ensure everything runs smoothly and safely. We feed the build crews (our kitchen team are amazing) and provide some basic appreciation to everyone who volunteers. Essential training is also provided, including WHS, heavy machinery accreditations, first aid, and whitecards.

DONATIONS: All the profits from ice sales get donated to the local Matong Primary School. It’s one of the many ways we say thank you to the local community who support us so well. We also provide money to Red Earth Ecology for the wonderful work they do on regeneration and landcare projects in the areas surrounding Red Earth City.

IT COSTS: The Seed organisers are spread far and wide across this great brown land (and a couple live overseas too) which means we rely heavily on services such as email, cloud storage, video conferencing, and other collaboration tools to help plan the event. We also have a need for specific applications for tasks such as volunteer management and finance.

PERMITS, FEES AND OTHER VENUE COSTS (EXCL. TOILETS): As we are on NSW Forestry land, we have to pay a fee for every beautiful participant on the site. There are also significant other venue costs to run a safe and smooth event including roadworks, signage, and the cost of transporting our storage containers to and from site.

PUBLICATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Where would you be without the What Where When, Survival Guide, a very occasional email, and Burning Seed website? This is the printing and publication costs of bringing all that lovely knowledge and information to you.

SAFETY AND REGULATORY SERVICES: We want to give everyone a safe and wonderful experience, so we engage teams of professional medics and security guards to look out for you and support the wonderful work done by the Red Earth Rangers. As the event grows we have additional costs we need to cover to meet the requirements of the local emergency services, including having an ambulance pre-deployed on site at certain times. Then there are a variety of insurance policies required including public liability and the all important cancellation insurance!

TOILETS: If there is one area where you don’t want to skimp on quality, it’s toilets. Our Sanitation team does an amazing job of ensuring we all have somewhere nice to conduct our ‘business’. They also continue to examine ways to keep costs down whilst ensuring the toilets are pumped, cleaned, and restocked with dunny rolls on a regular basis. We think they’re amazing.

TOOLS, HEAVY EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS: Heavy equipment and materials are  scissor-lifts, telehandlers, generators etc—all coordinated by DPI and used for the various infrastructure needs of Seed, supporting the effigy and temple builds, as well as all of the other Art and occasionally desperate Theme Camps! DPI also require a wide variety of drills, hammers, saws and other tools. Probably some nails too.

TRAVEL AND SUMMIT CONFERENCE: The Annual Seed Summit in November is the only time outside the event that we are able to bring all the event leads together in the one place. The time is used to examine what went well and what needs to be improved from the event that was just held, and to begin planning for the following year. It’s a weekend that contributes massively to the continued success of Burning Seed.

VEHICLE HIRE AND FUEL: We are pretty far away from everywhere so need to utilise vehicles to transport materials to and from site. Once onsite we employ a variety of utes and buggies to assist with the work of the build crews and our site safety teams.

Click here to see a PDF version of the details on the right

As always - if you’d like further information on anything here, please reach out to feedback@burningseed.com and we will do our best to give A’s to your Q’s.

 

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Share your experiences of the Ten Principles

Dearest Burners,

Whether you’re an old flame or a fresh-faced burgin, we want to hear your voice!

The ten principles are a distillation of what separates a burn from being another music festival; transforming a movement into a community that can bring these concepts to the world and make positive change.

For newcomers and yet-to-burners, understanding the principles and how they end up playing out in real life can be a real challenge. There is often a huge gap between a burgin’s expectations and the reality of a burn, and Burning Seed is no exception.

So we need your voice!

Do you remember your discovery of the ten principles? Was it many eons ago, or more recently?

Some communities view “each one teach one” as an extended principle, and in that spirit we invite, solicit, urge and entreat you to share with us your experience of the Ten Principles.

Share with us, the community, and future burners what the Ten Principles mean to you. Are there stories you can share? An explanation of a principle that you think doesn’t get enough attention? Surprises you encountered? Tricks or tips you have that relate to a principle (or three)?

We’re opening this right up and there are no wrong answers; so let loose and write something you feel passionate about. But your creativity doesn’t need to stop there - shoot a video and link it to us! Write a song! However you can bring your experience to benefit the community is welcomed and celebrated.

Consider how you can participate in making this radically inclusive community more accessible and understood. We’ll digest your responses and look at ways we can bring this cultural knowledge to the community, starting with the website. All in the name of Participation and Communal Effort!

You’ll find a link to our submission form below. You can either type straight into the form, or upload a word document, PDF, media file or anything else you have prepared.

Click here to share your experiences!

 

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Locals Ticket Launch

2018 marks the 7th year that Burning Seed will be held at our home of Matong State Forest. Ever since our first burn there in 2011 we have always had an amazing amount of support from the local community. Without this support, the organisation and running of our burn would be so much harder.

We are continually looking at ways that we can show our support back to the local community. Existing initiatives include increasing the value of goods and services we purchase locally each year, and continuing to expand the native regeneration work done by Red Earth Ecology.

The other way we like to say ‘thank you’ to those living close to the place we call Red Earth City is to provide discounted tickets for locals to attend Burning Seed. Whether you have been attending since 2011, or would like to dip your toe in the water for the first time this year, this is part of how we welcome you HOME to experience the sights, sounds, and delights that our community provides to all who attend.

Locals Tickets are $165 and provide you access from the minute gates open at midday Wednesday 26th September through to the last dusty goodbye 6 days later on Tuesday 2nd October. To be eligible for one of these tickets you need to live within 50km of Matong State Forest (not including Wagga Wagga and its surrounding suburbs).

If you would like to access a Locals Ticket then please email ticketing@burningsed.com with a copy of your driver's license or other photo ID that includes your address. Once they have verified your details they will email you a link to purchase your ticket through our ticketing provider Quicket.

If you have any questions about Locals tickets (or any other tickets for that matter) then please email ticketing@burningseed.com

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Temple Build Crew Callout

Would you like to be involved in the building of one of Burning Seed’s iconic structures? Don’t have any build experience but would like to learn? The Temple Crew are looking to recruit two women to be involved with the crew at Burning Seed 2018.

The Temple Crew this year are focusing on a more diversified approach - an equal mix of genders, abilities, skills and knowledge. With the spots that are already filled, there is space for two more women on the crew. You’ll be joining a team of 13 others who are passionate about building and burning things!

Experience

So what experience do you need to have? None! We want people who have an interest in building or making large wooden things and ideally one who has photography skills who can document as well as build. The team are creating a vibe where skills and knowledge will be shared so expect to learn, have fun and meet some awesome people. Have a skill that you think would be useful to the Temple Crew? Let u know about it!

Commitment and Amenities provided

We need you to be onsite from 12th September (a full two weeks prior to the event) or preferably earlier to be considered for this role. There will be a number of shifts required, but you will be provided with hot showers, 3 meals a day during build and packdown (pre and post event) and 1 meal a day during the event. You will also get to see the inner workings of Seed and experience the excitement of watching Red Earth City rise from the ground!

Interested? Click here to read the Position Description where you will also find a link to apply!

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We’re still seeking a Leave No Trace Team Lead!

The Leave No Trace crew is one of the most important on the Paddock - educating the community about MOOP (Matter Out Of Place) and returning the paddock to its former glory, as close to its natural state as possible. The LNT team is also responsible for keeping a record of how well each theme camp upholds the LNT principle.

We’re seeking a passionate and dedicated individual to step up and lead this critical team, with the support of a 2IC and a wonderful crew. We’ve been fortunate in previous years to have MOOPdaddy lead this team and set up the systems that are now in place. Now he’s stepped down, we need to fill those shoes!

We recently had a chat with MOOPdaddy about his experience as LNT Lead for Burning Seed. Check out the interview below, have a read through the LNT Lead position description, and complete an application form if you fit the bill!

What's your history with burns and the Leave No Trace team?

I've been involved in burner culture for a while. I was part of a theme camp at Kiwiburn in 2009 & 2010, then part of large-scale art projects at Burning Man in 2010 and 2011. Having been exposed to the chaotic beauty of burner "do-ocracy" methods, I was keen to carve out my own path with my local burner community, wherever I was. From 2012 to 2017 that was in Australia.

At Seed 2012 I was on crew (pre-event Gate and DPI). After the burn, I noted that some MOOP was left at a couple of theme camp sites and Hippie Tim, The Karl and I went out and MOOPed it up. A few weeks later at a burner potluck, I bitched about this to Brad Ogden who was the DPI Lead that year. He looked at me and said in that very burner-like way, "sounds good – you should totally do something about that. Want to be the LNT team lead?"

I kinda walked into it, really.

I missed the burn in 2013, but in 2014 I organised a team with Elle Tiffen as my 2iC. It was a pretty ragged bunch. In 2015 we were a little more organised. 2016 never happened. In 2017 I had two 2iC's, Elpi and Nat, who were massive LNT protagonists. 2017 was super-organised and I was really happy with how things were going, so I figured it was time to hang up my MOOP-stick and leave the space open to someone else.

 

What skills/experience did you have that helped you succeed in the role?

The 2011 Burning Man stint was Kitchen Lead for the Temple crew. This was probably the best experience I could have to be able to form a crew elsewhere. I learned how to bring together a disparate and varied crew of people from all over the place and create a team spirit, something to bind us together with a common goal and motivation. It was pretty satisfying to see everyone getting stuck in, backing each other up, and filling in all the holes.

I've also worked in bar & restaurant management, so similar team building experience helped, as well as rostering and scheduling.

I also ran a small business as a massage therapist where I had to do all my own marketing, so I had learned how to leverage social media to get out LNT messaging and create some simple marketing assets like signage and internet memes. I am also kind of geeky and had figured out how to use Google My Maps to create and spread the MOOP Map.

Finally, having good physical fitness and enjoying the outdoors & being in nature helped me stay sane when I was out walking the lines after the burn!

 

What was the most rewarding part of the role? Some of the key highlights?

Definitely the 2017 post-burn sweeps. The number of community crew volunteers was off the charts and we had a rad bunch of burners get together. We smashed out the MOOP sweeps inside of two days and I got to take my crew down to the river for a swim with a few beers as fair reward. My 2iC's and I had worked really hard to get us there and seeing it all pay off was super rewarding.

It also looks pretty decent on my CV to say I was Leave No Trace Team Lead at a major outdoor Australian festival for four years for a team of up to 24 volunteers. I've had employers quiz me about it and be pretty interested in the team management and planning skills.

I want to take a second to pay credit to the other teams who enabled us -- Crew Wranglers, Yum Yums, DPI, and Engine Room to name a few. Y'all kick ass!

 

What were some of your key challenges in the role?

Definitely the number of community crew volunteers. In 2014 we had six people sign up before the burn, and zero showed up afterwards. We had to make do with whoever was around and I ended up doing most of the hard yakka.

In 2015 we had twelve sign-ups and six show up. Better, but still a bit demoralising. I was lucky to have some good quality help.

2017 we had sixteen sign up and – get this – twenty-four show up, due to burners signing up during the burn itself. So, the biggest challenge has been crew recruitment and retention. The more we have, the easier the job. Now the Crew Wranglers have their Part!c!pat!on Stat!on at Centre Camp, there’s a place for people to sign up onsite so we can get the numbers we need to get the job done.=

Other challenges have been organising our messaging. That is, planning and scheduling when we put out MOOP related messages through email, print media, and social media. We really could have benefitted from some more solid direction there. Education before the burn means less MOOP for us to pick up!!

Complete a crew registration form to apply for the LNT Team Lead role, or to become part of the LNT crew.