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It’s a wrap!

Wow, what a response we’ve had to the consultation process – over 1,500 of you crazy cats participated in some way. This is really a fantastic response, and the restructure committee is incredibly grateful for everyone’s input. This puts the effort in communal effort!

We now have a really solid dataset to begin designing an entity that will serve the needs of this community, both now and into the future.

The restructure committee, Town Council, and Red Earth City directors will spend the next few months considering the outcomes of the consultation. This analysis will support a final report on the the consultation. The report itself will make recommendations on the preferred legal entity, constitution, board composition, and membership (plus a couple of other items).

The final report will be presented at Seed, so please look out for that. More info will be posted closer to the time.
As usual, if you have anything else you want to say, or if you have any questions, please send them to futureofseed@burningseed.com. Updates will continue to be posted on our Future of Seed Page, on the Burning Seed Facebook page, or sign up to our Email List.

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Burning Seed Town Councillor Role Available

Burning Seed needs you!

Do you have bright ideas, burning desires and a bit of time and effort to spare? Would you like to assist in the strategic governance of Burning Seed?

Last week Ali ‘Prince’ Mohammad Shams Ahmadi resigned from the Burning Seed Town Council after two and a half years of service to our community. As a result of Ali’s resignation, our Town Council of seven has a vacancy, and we need your help to fill it with somebody awesome!

Ali has been burning since 2012 and has made great contributions to the Melbourne Decom events and the establishment of the Melburners organisation. Ali joined the Town Council in 2016 - what ended up being a very difficult year with the cancellation of Burning Seed, and we are indebted to his hard work and dedication since then. Ali is leaving his Town Council position to focus on new challenges in his work life, Melburners and his theme camp - Middle Eastern Mafia.

On behalf of all Burning Seed participants we take this opportunity to thank Ali for his dedication over the years and now, for making room for another participant to provide leadership to our community.

What does it all mean?

The Town Council is drawn from the community that participates in the event each year and discusses, deliberates and makes key decisions on its future direction. This ensures that Burning Seed will burn brighter than ever for generations to come. If you have experience in events or project management you’d make a great candidate. For those without such experience - good communication skills, working well with others and a dash of leadership experience would put you in good stead.

Commitment required:

  • TWICE MONTHLY meetings (currently the 2nd Wednesday and 3rd Tuesday of each month), with infrequent emergency meetings when needed
  • a FEW HOURS each month dedicated to doing some Burning Seed homework

If your interest is piqued please find out more here about the issues you need to consider before standing for Burning Seed Town Council (see page 3 of the 2016 application form). Then, if you’re happy with that, fill in an application

Applications close on Tuesday May 29, 2018.  

The application process

There is a 3 week application window after which the current Town Council will need a week to review applications before contacting you with further information. Those who pass the first round will have an interview with current Town Councillors before final selections are made. The following week, applicants will be informed of the Town Council’s choices before the successful new Town Councillor will be announced to the broader burn community!

Where does the Town Council come from?

Red Earth City Pty Ltd (REC Pty Ltd) has been the legal entity behind Burning Seed since 2010. Until 2015 the Red Earth City Town Council oversaw the Burning Seed event and supported other burner initiatives under the banner of Burning Man Australia, all on behalf of the Red Earth City Board of Directors.

In November 2015, Directors of REC Pty Ltd decided on governance changes before important issues related to the event's sustainability and growth could be addressed. The Burning Seed Town Council (BSTC) was formed to focus on the Burning Seed event, in order to free up the Directors to focus on the wider Burner culture in Australia.

Now, BSTC reports to the Directors of REC Pty Ltd, and acts as the piece of the puzzle between the strategic and operational sides of the event.

We are currently in the middle of a restructure process, as mandated in the REC Pty Ltd constitution, which will deliver recommendations to the REC Directors on the creation of a new entity outside of REC Pty Ltd to guide and develop the Burning Seed event in the future.

 

Current Town Councillors

 

Phil ‘Sherpa’ Smart

Phil’s first burn was Burning Man in 2001, after many years of being hassled by friends in San Francisco. It was there that he finally felt at home, like he'd found what I was looking for. He burns due to shared values of community, art and self expression; dependable people, who are smart, funny, crazy and creative and who make the world a better place to live in.

Phil is on the BSTC to play a part in fostering the community and helping to steward it as it grows. Phil has a vision not only for Seed, but for the wider Australian burner community, to evolve and further develop its own unique identity. For the future Phil would like to see Burning Seed continue to grow at a pace that is sustainable. He would like to see more spin off projects that take burner culture out into the default world - initiatives like Burners Without Borders and Black Rock Solar in the states, as well as an art foundation to get burner art into off-paddock locations. These days it’s about so much more than Seed, with other burns springing up like Blazing Swan and Modyfire, and strong regional communities around the country.

Phil believes Burning Seed can push the boundaries of radical self governance, pioneering concepts such as direct democracy and liquid democracy in the way the community organizes itself and makes decisions. The dream of Burning Seed (or even the Australian burner community collectively) owning its own piece of land someday, to continue the experiment in a new way, is close to his heart.

On the last day of the very first Seed, there was a small closing ceremony down by the river where ash was released into the stream. Phil said that he couldn’t help but shed some tears of joy and relief at the fact that there was finally a community of incredible burners in his homeland who embodied fully the spirit of the playa.

 

Shaye ‘The President’ Harty

Born in the most American of all families in Modesto, California in 1979, Shaye had heard of Burning Man in her college years but didn't have any friends that she could go with. It wasn't until she moved to Humboldt County and became the ‘Rutabaga Queen’ that she was gifted a ticket to BM by a mysterious woman that she didn't even know! Her very first Burning Man was in 2005 as part of KazBus camp and she hasn’t missed one since!

This crazy woman has been to 13 Burning Man, 4 Burning Seed, 4 Afrika Burn and 4 Blazing Swan events…. so far, with no plan to slow down anytime soon! Speaking of experience and skills, Shaye has been the Outside Services Manager at Burning Man, Event Manager at Blazing Swan, Site Manager at Afrikaburn Burn, and former Admin Team Lead, former Event Coordinator, current Site Safety Facilitator and site manager at Burning Seed. Shaye's dream is to be able to live in Melbourne for 9 months working on Art and Events, and then live our winter months in America since it is summer there, traveling around working on events and visiting her family back home.

Next time you think about fighting her and pushing her out of your way to get a drink at one of the bars on the paddock remember she has a brown belt in Judo and she is pretty good with a lasso!

 

Victoria ‘Tech Support’ Vickery

A native Californian, Victoria first heard of Burning Man at the age of 12, and finally made the pilgrimage for the first time in 2010 as co-lead for the Connexus theme camp village (which included the notable Heart Deco bus). To date, she has been to 8 burns across 3 continents.  After migrating to Australia in late 2013, she jumped into the local burner scene with both feet, attending her first Burning Seed as the 2nd In Command for the Department of Planning and Infrastructure (DPI).

Over the past four years she has grown with the organisation as Co-Lead of DPI, Engine Room Facilitator, Admin Team Lead, Site Manager, Event Coordinator and member of the Restructure Committee. And of course, she also serves on the Burning Seed Town Council.

Her favourite thing about attending burns has been how much she has been able to learn: about herself, about others, about working together and social dynamics and about how to kick major ass.  She is now a dynamo with both a power tool and a spreadsheet and has gained a lot of experience managing people and projects. She is currently applying these skills to her day job.

 

Jason ‘Pondage’ Bond

Jason has been burning since 2014, at which point he jumped head first into the fun and excitement. He has taken on several roles within the organisation as well as being President of Melburners and a member of the Town Council since 2017. His love of a backyard gathering led him to found “The Yard” theme camp for Burning Seed in 2017. His favourite thing about burning is seeing the incredible scale of people’s imagination and what is possible when people share ideas and work together.

A Melbourne native, in the default world Jason runs an engineering business and enjoys traveling to the farthest reaches of the world while doing so. He enjoys carrying his trumpet around the paddock and sharing a tune with anyone.

 

Jo ‘Whisper’ Roberts

Jo is a Riverina local who jumped feet first into Burning, attending Seed in 2012 as the Team Lead for Kids Camp. Rapid growth saw Kids Camp swell from 20 to 85 people by 2014, at which point Jo guided the succession of a new leadership team which assumed the helm in 2015.

In 2013 she founded Red Earth Ecology, fueled by her love of and knowledge around the local ecosystems that make up the Nurrungdera lands that Seed is graciously welcomed onto. Red Earth Ecology conducts education and community outreach initiatives designed to increase knowledge and protection of the flora and fauna of Red Earth City, incorporate Indigenous land management techniques as well as bush regeneration by engaging in regular biodiversity offset plantings connecting Burners with local landholders in the Matong district.

Jo is an active member of the BWA (Burning Witches Association), a collective which aims to increase the visibility of and opportunities for women at Seed. One offshoot has been the formation of the successful LUNACHICKS coalition, whose all female DJ line-ups have been kicking arse, both at Seed and beyond the paddock. She has also participated in the Queensland Regional Burn, Modifyre, since 2014, where she holds no significant positions of responsibility and uses this time to connect with and foster her children’s love of Burning.

In 2017, Jo joined the Burning Seed Town Council - a position she still holds, and has enjoyed the detailed insight into the operational and administrative workings of the event. Jo continues to be inspired by the Burning Man Project, and its potential for translating the transformational aspects of the Burn into change in the default world.

 

Kuy ‘RaveDaddy’ Thurman

Kuy started burning in 2015 when he attended Burning Man, camping with Boosh! and then Burning Seed with Telekinetik Chair Repair just a few weeks later after returning to Australia. Kuy has increased his involvement with Telekinetik every year since, including the cancelled year of 2016 when Telekinetik took to the very muddy banks of The Murray River at Sideburn - the event that Kuy accidentally named.

In 2017 he joined the Town Council prior to Burning Seed and performed multiple Ranger shifts on the paddock with his seven week old daughter strapped to his chest. He’s sure that BabySparkles is certain to become a Junior Ranger in just a few years. It took him four burns before he was given his paddock name RaveDaddy. He was invited to the Jedi Council leadership team for Red Earth City Rangers after the 2017 burn and takes great pride in being a part one of the teams that helps keep all participants safe in the unique and often challenging environment of the paddock.

He believes that the 10 Principles of Burning Man should be extended to the default world as much as possible and that by participating in a burn we create space for each other to fulfil our potentials. Be sure to say hi when you next see him on the paddock or a dance floor.

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Ticket Info for Burning Seed 2018

It’s that time again, the moment that we’ve all been waiting for, the opportunity to guarantee your place at Burning Seed 2018. It’s been almost 7 months since last we drove away from the forest that is our home at Red Earth City. The good news is that means it’s only around 5 months until we return, for the biggest, grandest, most epic Burning Seed yet. For 6 days from Wednesday 26th September to Tuesday 2nd October you have the chance to experience an Ancient Future amongst thousands of other like minded explorers.

Here is everything you need to know about getting your ticket to Burning Seed 2018: Ancient Future.


Quick Info

  • Tickets go on sale Friday 11th May at 7pm AEST.
  • You need to have completed or updated your Burner Profile to buy a ticket.
  • Maximum of 2 adult tickets per transaction (both ticket holders need a Burner Profile).
  • The name on your Burner Profile and ticket must match your Photo ID.
  • There is a cap on the number of tickets being sold, having a Burner Profile does not guarantee you a ticket.
  • No changes to the prices for 2018 - Adult: $195 / Youth (16+17 yo) $145 / Kids (under 16) $10.
  • No free tickets, everyone pays.

Excited yet? You should be! As we mentioned above, there are no changes to the ticket price this year. But in 2018 the adventure lasts an extra day with all participants having until midday Tuesday to leave the site!


Less quick and more detailed info

  • If you purchased a ticket in 2016 or 2017 then you’ll already have a Burner Profile but you need to update it before you can purchase a ticket this year.
  • If you don’t yet have a Burner Profile you’ll need to create one before buying your ticket.
  • Burner Profiles can be created or updated now at http://qkt.io/seed18
  • Adult ticket prices remain at $195 (plus fees).
  • Youth tickets for 16 and 17 year olds are $145 (plus fees). Youth ticket holders will need a Burner Profile and must attend Burning Seed with their legal parent or guardian.
  • You can purchase a maximum of 2 adult tickets.
  • A small percentage of tickets are held back for critical event crew as well as returning theme camps to reduce any risk to the core event infrastructure.

 

Selling your ticket

Some people may purchase a ticket and end up, unfortunately, not be able to attend. If this happens to you and you have a friend or family member who wants to purchase your ticket then you can sort out the financials between yourselves and then transfer the ticket directly through Quicket. The person purchasing the ticket will need to have created a Burner Profile for the transfer to work. Once the transfer occurs your original ticket is cancelled and a new one is issued to the purchaser. Do not sell your ticket above face value.

If you don’t know anyone who wants to purchase your ticket then please wait until tickets sell out. At this time we’ll launch our Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP). This is an automated online system allows the seller to enter adult tickets into the outbound queue. People looking for tickets request 1 or 2 tickets and get entered in the inbound queue. As tickets are entered by sellers they are offered to those waiting to purchase. That offer is valid for 48 hours and if they aren’t purchased in that time, then that purchaser is removed from the queue and the tickets are offered to the next person in line.


Kids Tickets

Kids tickets (for those under 16) are $10 (plus fees). There is no need for kids to have a Burner Profile as their tickets are linked to the profile of their parent or guardian. There is no cap on kids tickets and they can be purchased right up to and during the event. Kids tickets must be purchased online, there are no gate sales.


Your Treasure Awaits

From 7pm AEST on the 11th May you can purchase your key to unlock Burning Seed - Ancient Future. Make sure you have your Burner Profile ready to go and bookmark the ticket purchasing page http://qkt.io/seed18, If you have any questions about tickets please email ticketing@burningseed.com

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Would you like to take a survey?

Would you like to take a survey?

Ok, we’re pretty excited for this one – it’s the questionnaire for the restructure process!

The questionnaire contains several questions (obviously) that will be key to how the new entity operates. These are relevant to the actual legal structure that we adopt, as well as what the new constitution will contain. It’s important stuff.

This questionnaire has been developed based on the feedback we have received to date. It has gone through a refinement and testing process over several weeks.

So, please, take 10 – 15 minutes to have your say. CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE SURVEY.

The questionnaire will stay open until 15 May.

We released some background information to support your reflections including;

  • A spreadsheet that highlights the differences between each of the legal models we are considering;
  • A research paper that discusses how other regional burns are structured;
  • A PDF that provides a bit of background and history on the creation of the Burning Seed Event and the corporate structure of Red Earth City

More information on the process and background can be found on our Future of Seed Page.

If you would like to be kept up to date on future consultations, town halls and receive details on the final report, please sign up to our Future of Seed Email List here. Any queries, comments or concerns? please email futureofseed@burningseed.com.

Lastly, we have a few in person consultations happening in Newcastle April 22nd, Matong/Riverina on May 6th, and online for folks in other regions early May (for more details on the online session email futureofseed@burningseed.com).

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Burner Profiles are almost here!

Tickets for Burning Seed 2018 - Ancient Future are so close you can almost touch them, but first it’s time to reach into your past and revisit your Burner Profile.

We introduced Burner Profiles in 2016 for a lot of great reasons including better understanding our participants through basic demographic information, reducing instances of scalping and ensuring that our community understands the 10 Principles that are the foundation of any burn. Thanks to some great planning and your support they have been super successful in achieving all these things, and with tickets around the corner it’s time to make sure that your Burner Profile is up to date.

On Monday 16th April at 7pm AEST Burner Profiles will go live for 2018 and you’ll be able to head to the Quicket event page, login to your account and review your profile to ensure everything is as it should be. Maybe you’ve gone to a few more burns? Acquired a new paddock name? Moved to the other side of the globe? All this information and more can be updated in your Burner Profile so that you’re ready to explore Ancient Future. If you haven’t yet created a profile then this is your opportunity. Don’t be scared. Many wise old adventurers have trodden this path before you. Every participant must either create or update their Burner Profile before buying a ticket to Burning Seed 2018. The one exception to this is kids under the age of 16.

This first step along the path to Ancient Future can be found at http://qkt.io/seed18. If you’ve previously created a Burner Profile then you’ll need to remember your Quicket login details. They will either be your email address and a password, or you may have used Facebook to create an account. Either way if you’ve forgotten your password you’ll be able to perform a reset on the Quicket site.

We will be announcing all the details about Burning Seed tickets, including the date you can get your excited little hands on them in the coming weeks. Make sure to keep your eye on the Burning Seed Facebook Page for all the latest information.

So in summary:

  • Burner Profiles go live at 7pm AEST on Monday 16th April
  • Everyone (except kids) needs to create or review their profile before they can buy a ticket for Burning Seed
  • If you need to reset your Quicket password you do this directly with Quicket
  • Further details on when tickets will be available is coming soon

Have a question about Burner Profiles? Don’t hesitate to email ticketing@burningseed.com

 

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2018 Theme Camp Applications Open!

Calling all space-cowboys, tribal time travelers and celestia shamans - It’s time to embrace the Ancient Future and bring your tattered old theme camp into the 25th century. That’s right, Theme Camp applications for 2018 are now OPEN!

How to apply

All the info you need for 2018 is on the Burning Seed Theme Camps page. Have a read through the Theme Camp guidelines and then start your  application by submitting the 2018 Theme Camp Application Form telling us about your camp and what you’re planning to launch onto the Paddock in 2018.

Information Sessions

No idea what we are talking about but want to find out?

The Burning Seed 2018 Theme Camp Team will be running information sessions in both Sydney and Melbourne. If you are a new or a returning Theme Camp, these nights will provide you with an opportunity to meet fellow Theme Camp crew and hear how applications, grants and placement will work this year.

The info nights will be run at the following times:

  • Melbourne: Wednesday 2 May from 19:00 to 21:00 at the Union Hotel Brunswick Event Page
  • Sydney: To Be Announced (sometime in May)
  • Newcastle: To Be Announced

Upcoming Fundraisers

Some theme camps are well ahead of the game, weekends are booking up fast as fundraisers are being announced. It is well and truly party season, if you haven’t seen the events yet, here’s a quick run-down on what’s coming in 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.

Communications

As well as blog posts  and email updates we will be using the following forums to communicate on a regular basis:

Burn Bright and see you at your local Info Night )°(

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Be a part of the Ancient Future ARTery Team

Are you interested in supporting the growing art culture of Burning Seed? Are you a skilled blogger? Savvy on social media? Perhaps you’re interested in helping curate and select the pieces we fund. The ARTery department is looking for a couple of new volunteers to join our year-round team. Applications for both positions will be open from April 4th to the 16th.

Position 1: Art Grant Selection Committee Member

The Art Grant Selection Committee (AGSC) meet up to three times a year via conference calls to determine the budget and recipients of Burning Seeds art grants and to select the three finalists for the Temple. We need another community member to join our team before the end of April who will participate  in the selection process for the Large Art Grants which closes May 6th. Full position description and application information here

Position 2: Art Blogger & Social Media Manager

We’re looking for a new team member to take the ARTery to the next level, promoting and sharing the amazing art and artists of Burning Seed. The Art Blogger and Social Media manager will create new and engaging blog posts and manage the social media and web presence of the ARTery department, and will work closely with the ARTery Team Lead and Artist Liaison to learn about then promote artists that receive grants from the ARTery. Please check out the position description and application information here.

 

 

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The ARTery is the heART of Burning Seed

Hive Mind by Nigel Dobson-Keeffe : photo by Nigel Dobson-Keeffe (2017)

 

Creativity and self-expression define and shape our collective experience of Burning Seed. At the heart of it is the ART supported by the ARTery crew who work year round to support and facilitate art at Burning Seed and beyond. The ARTery wants you to get involved and create and to help you we’ve got a series of Info Sessions, a range of grants and we’re always available to answer your questions via email.

INFO SESSIONS

Join ARTery crew Stephanie and Naomi to find out about our new E.O.I, (Expression of Interest) starter grants, small art grants (under $1,000), large art grants ($1-5,000), Kids Camp and Riverina residents art grants, how to apply and what information you’ll need to include in your application. We’ll also cover general art registration. Previous grant recipients will also be attending and if we have time we’ll host a round table discussion about building art and creating community.

Melbourne: Monday February 12th 6pm-8:30m at the Great Northern Hotel, Carlton North, RSVP here

Sydney: Sunday February 25th 6-8:30pm, Venue TBD, RSVP here.

Fire Seed by Glenn Todd : photo by Philip Meadows (2017)

 

TEMPLE

Were you inspired by the stunning Temple of Crux lead by Bradley Ogden? Do you have an idea brewing and want to submit and Expression of Interest (E.O.I.) application? If so you must apply between February 12th and March 11th 2018 by 6 p.m. More information available on the process, requirements and the documents you’ll need to submit on the Temple Application Page. You can also RSVP to the Temple Application Event on Facebook if you need a reminder.

Temple of Crux by Bradley Ogden : photo by Philip Meadows (2017)

NEED FUNDING? 

The ARTery has a range of funding available to you including a new Expression of Interest grant that will give artists the opportunity to apply for up to $500 to explore an idea they want to turn into a full-fledged project. We also have large grants for projects needing up to $5,000 and smaller grants for projects $1,000 and under. You can find out more details on our Art Registration and Grants Page

Key dates are listed below and if you need a reminder via facebook you can RSVP for the Large Grant Submission Event or the Small Grant Submission Event.

 

 ARTery 2018 Key Dates
Type Open Closed Announcement
Expression of Interest 12-Feb-18 11-Mar-18 19-Mar-18
Large Grant 1-Mar-18 6-May-18 21-May-18
Small Grant 1-Mar-18 10-Jun-18 1-Jul-18
Temple EOI 12-Feb-18 11-Mar-18 19-Mar-18
Temple Final 3 20-Mar-18 15-Apr-18 25-Apr-18
General Registration 1-Mar-18 15-Jul-18 N/A
Kids Grant 1-Mar-18 15-Jul-18 23-Jul-18
Riverina Grant 1-Mar-18 15-Jul-18 23-Jul-18

 

 

The Reeds by Emrah Baki Ulas (L) Rocket Clock by Everyday People (M), Temple of Crux by Bradley Ogden (R) : photo by Patrick Meddows (2017).

Orbit – Chaos pendulum by Casnard &     Maybolt : photo by Lih Chong (2017).

Astral Arbor by THINGkers Collective : photo Darby Bicheno (2017)

Cenotaph of Arcturus by Chelsea Brown Tremain : photo by Lih Chong (2017)

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Burning Seed Critical Vacancies in 2018

WE NEED YOU!

Still basking in the afterglow from the ‘Best. Seed. Ever’? Hit up the Decompressions and feeling re-energised and inspired to get more involved? Awesome, because we have a bunch of roles to fill for 2018! At the Summit a few weeks ago we farewelled a number of the amazing peeps that work on Seed year-round, which means in order for the next Seed to be the ‘Bestest. Seed. Ever’ we need YOU to step up and help us do the thing.

Below is a list of the critical vacancies that we really, really, really need to fill as soon as possible so we can get off to a cracking start on the 2018 event. Click the links to check out the position descriptions to learn more about the requirements of each role.

To apply for a role, or enquire for further information, get in touch with the Crew Wranglers at jointhecrew@burningseed.com and tell us a little bit about yourself and why you’d be good for the role. Want to get involved but not sure which role? Have a chat with us and we’ll figure it out together!

Applications for onsite community crew roles open with ticket sales in 2018.

 

Critical vacancies for 2018 crew are as follows:

ENGINE ROOM

CREW DEPARTMENT

ENTRY DEPARTMENT

COMMS DEPARTMENT

  • COMMS 2IC
  • WEB DEVELOPER (PD to come)
  • WEB CONTENT/DESIGN LEAD (PD to come)

The Web content/design lead will be responsible for:

    • Design and content for the web page
    • Making the site more accessible for new burners (better info)
    • Creative projects
    • Media galleries
  • PUBLICATIONS LEAD (PD to come)

The Publications team is responsible for

  • Liaising with facilitators, leads and design team to review and update the Survival Guide
  • Designing the event submission process for the WWW guide
  • Updating info in the WWW guide
  • Preparing the AfterBurn report to go out after Summit each year
  • Any other publications as required

SITE SAFETY

  • RED MV TEAM LEAD & 2IC
  • RANGERS 2IC
  • SANCTUARY 2IC (PD to come)
    • We're going to be needing a 2IC to help run Sanctuary in 2018. Ideally you will have experience in harm reduction and altered states, including but not limited to drug harm reduction work at festivals or professionally (including with organisations like DanceWize), ranger duty at Burning Man events, and many types of health or care work.

OPERATIONS

LOST PROPERTY

We also need someone or a couple of people to manage the Lost Property booth/Red Earth Info Centre. Get in touch with us if you’re keen and we’ll discuss and develop the role with you!

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A Recap of the 2017 Burning Seed Summit

We know that many of you are still glowing from the awesomeness that was Burning Seed 2017 (dare we say best Seed ever?). That hasn’t stopped our committed crew of event organisers from beginning the task of planning for 2018. The effigy burns in less than 10 months so someone better get onto it right?

Each year the Burning Seed Summit is an opportunity for our Team Leads, Facilitators, Town Councillors and Directors to get together to run a fine tooth comb over our last Burn and more importantly start to shape out what things will look like for next year. On the 24th and 25th of November around 30 of our event leads headed to Commonground, around an hour north of Melbourne, for two days of great discussions, lively debates, collaboration, learning, and bonding.

One important thing to remember is that most people present had already volunteered hundreds of hours in the lead up to and during the event to make Deeper Space a reality. They are the people who were onsite weeks before the event building the infrastructure for our city, making sure the toilets were going to be awesome, answering your emails throughout the year, applying for our permits and insurance, liaising with local emergency services, ensuring you can buy a ticket, engaging with our artists and theme camps, paying the bills, and so very much more. Then after the event they come together, gifting more of their time to our community, to ensure that we learn, grow, and make the next Burn the best yet.

Much of the time spent at Summit is reviewing operational activities and looking at what improvements can be made, no matter how small they may seem to our participants. We also acknowledge and thank those leads who are stepping down and vote in any new Facilitators and Team Leads who ready to go. Don’t think for one second though that we don’t have any positions available for keen Burners looking to get involved. Many critical leadership positions are still open. You can find a list of them on our website, and look out for a blog from our Crew Wranglers in the next week highlighting some of these key vacancies.

Your Burning Seed Crew at the 2017 Summit

There are, of course, also some bigger decisions to be made that affect everyone attending Seed. These include our theme, which was announced last week (Ancient Futures for those that missed it), our location, which we are very happy to say we again plan to be Matong State Forest, and the event dates. Burning Seed 2018 will run from midday Wednesday 26th September, to midday Tuesday October 2nd. That’s right kids, we are going an extra day in 2018 and all participants will have until midday Tuesday to leave the site.

One very exciting aspect of the extra day is that we will have the first ever closing ceremony at dusk on Monday. This will serve as wonderful conclusion to our time in Red Earth City and more details will come to light as planning begins in the new year. There won’t be any scheduled events or music after sunset on Monday in order to ensure that everyone is ready for the drive home on Tuesday. As always, theme camps, artists, and critical crew will have extra time to pack down and leave and this will be communicated to them closer to the event.

The Burning Seed Summit is the first step in our long journey to Burning Seed 2018 - Ancient Futures. The event organisers are excited and ready to help make this happen. Now we need you, the participants of Burning Seed, to do your part.

What are you going to do in 2018? How will you be involved? Begin thinking about your art, your theme camp, your gifts, and most importantly how you will step-up as a volunteer and resident of Red Earth City.

Next year was better.