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A Message from Burning Man on Seed’s Cancellation

We're incredibly lucky to be part of global network of Burners who can no only share their fiery spirits when times are good, but also their support and strength when times get tough. Upon learning of Seed's cancellation, Ra$pa shared this message with the Burning Seed Community, on behalf of the Burning Man Org:
 
Dear Burning Seed Team and Australia Burner Community Members,
 
It is with sadness that we learned that Burning Seed needed to be cancelled due to the record rainfall and resulting serious safety issues. I wish to share with you Burning Man’s full support of your team and this difficult but unavoidable decision. We send our gratitude, love and support. Burning Seed is a shining light in the constellation of Burner events around the world and we are grateful to the team that valiantly sought to do all they could to overcome the obstacles at hand in the hope that the weather and flooding would subside.
 
When a vision cannot be fully realized it is, of course, normal that there will be sadness and frustration. So much energy goes into creating such an extraordinary community gathering that when it can’t actually happen as planned it is understandably heartbreaking. Be extra kind to one another and to yourselves, be patient and take the long view. This is clearly a case of Nature calling the shots. But is has also been our experience over 30 years that extreme weather tends to engender real community bonds and meaningful relationships in the long run. There may even be opportunities that arise from this cancellation. You may find opportunities to place art that was intended for Seed in public places before Burning Seed next year. You may find opportunities to bring something you love about Seed to your own home and neighborhood. Welcome that as a challenge. Welcome it as an inevitability and challenge yourselves during the time you would have gathered for Burning Seed and throughout the next year, to know you are all still together in the world and to be gloriously yourselves in your public streets and neighborhoods! You have planted a seed together for years. Each of you carry that seed within you and this year’s theme just became “Spill Over and Flood the Default World!”   ; )
 
Once again, we fully support your team and community of amazing and inspiring Burners. We share this moment with you as a seminal moment in your history and we are 1000% confident that the next Burning Seed will be all the more meaningful, resilient and amazing as a result! We stand with you in the world—wet or dry!
 
With Our Love, Support, and Encouragement to Take Pause…then Pick Yourselves Up and Burn all the More Radiantly.

 

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Our Most Difficult Post Ever

It is with deep regret and sadness that we must announce Burning Seed 2016 has been cancelled. This is the toughest message we've ever had to deliver in the history of our event.

Safety First (not Third)

We have seen severe and prolonged flooding at our beloved Matong State Forest site (this winter has delivered the most rain since records began). Our infrastructure crew (DPI) have been on the Paddock since early September to find a way to do the necessary works to set up a safe event, but the continued rains have made their work impossible.

Representatives from the Forestry Corporation of NSW made a site visit yesterday (15 September) and they’ve confirmed our worst fears; Forestry will not allow the event to proceed for reasons of public safety. Participant safety is paramount. There's no way we can safely or legally run Burning Seed this year. We can't get even one truck on site, let alone an ambulance, let alone 2000 cars. Read the Forestry direction here.

No Alternative

We've been actively exploring alternatives:

  • Matong and Surrounds: This year’s unusual rainfall means most sites within a reasonable distance of Matong are also flooded.
  • Further afield: Dry sites further afield present two insurmountable challenges: the strain on our crew of conducting a long-distance relocation, and our inability to procure a council permit in time. We exhausted the options of alternative sites, including reaching out to the Down to Earth Collective to discuss using their site at Moulemain. Unfortunately, they too have suffered flooding on their site that we determined would prohibit us from holding a safe event there.
  • Thinking laterally: We've explored ideas like pumping water from the site but it's just not gonna work. The whole region is flooded and there is nowhere to pump the water to.

We're so, so sorry. We realise this is difficult and challenging for participants, for theme camps, for artists, for all the amazing volunteer crew who gift their time so freely throughout the year and also for the local community. They love Burning Seed, they love this community, they love welcoming us home - and they’re still facing the challenges of the continued flooding and clean up efforts. If you want to support SES’s efforts for the Narrandera region local to Matong State Forest please see below for details.

What's next?

We're working super hard now to make the best of this situation. We can't predict the weather, but we did have the foresight to secure cancellation insurance. Making an insurance claim is not a simple process and it may take some time. We will keep you in the loop on progress with our insurer and with the status of ticket refunds via email to the email address you provided when you purchased your ticket - we appreciate your compassion and patience as we do everything we can to get this resolved as quickly as possible.

We know you will have questions and we've tried to answer as many of these as we can anticipate in this Frequently Asked Questions document. We'll keep adding to this over the coming days and weeks so please check the FAQ first before you contact us. 

Thank You

Everyone involved in organising Burning Seed is a volunteer. It's a fantastic privilege, and especially at times like this when we've faced and feared the worst, and then seen our community respond at its best. We've been blown away by your support. We’re confident that, as a community, we will emerge from this stronger and more resilient than ever before.  

It will be better next year.

Burn Bright  )’(

Burning Seed

 

 

SUPPORT THE SES

If you would like to support the SES who provide disaster assistance to the Murrumbidgee Region you can do so in two ways:

Support the local Narrandera Unit (closest to Matong State Forest) and make a direct donation by setting up a bank transfer to:

Account Name: SES Narrandera

BSB: 032-001 / Account Number:176469 / Reference: Burning Seed

Support the NSW Volunteer SES Team by purchasing raffle tickets (and you can add on a donation) go to https://sesvaraffle.com.au/ > select No as the answer to question 1) Are you validating pre-ordered tickets? > select the number of tickets you wish to purchase (minimum 3 tickets for $15) and follow the rest of the instructions. Note that this supports all SES volunteers across NSW.  

More information on the SES can be found here: http://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/about/gipa/Agency-Information-Guide

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IMPORTANT NEWS: SITE CONDITIONS

14 September 2016

A Statement from Burning Seed

Folks, we’re mindful we need to keep you fully in the loop on site conditions. DPI have been on site for a week or so and it’s not looking great. We’re seeing severe flooding right across the Paddock and the DPI crew report major delays to the infrastructure build. Matong has seen record floods in recent weeks and most of the site is currently waterlogged - from Centre Camp to the north east of the site and from the Stockade to quiet camping. Check out this video for more.

We're hopeful that conditions will improve but need to stay alert to the situation and will be posting updates over the next few days. We realise this may be challenging and disconcerting but please bear with us - we hope to have more clarity on the situation in the next few days.

At this stage the event is still in prospect. We’re looking at this Friday evening, 16 September as a tipping point for some tough decisions. We want to provide you with as much information as we can, when we can, so we’ve put this FAQ document together - we’ll keep updating this as new questions come.

We’re sure you’ll have more questions but please bear with us over the next few days...

 

 

 

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Like Art? Like Media? Well then, you’ll LOVE Artedia!!!!

The Paddock is the place where great art comes alive at Burning Seed but it needs three key ingredients to make that happen... 

First, it needs people to make the art - and boy are we lucky to have so much AMAZING talent among us!

Second, art needs an audience (or does it? maybe that's another blog entirely...) and we are double lucky to have some fantastic media professionals expected to participate in Deep Space this year to capture the art and the experience (with CONSENT of course!) on camera and film for all eternity!!!

Third? Well if you like art and/or if you like media then YOU are the vital third ingredient to make 2016 the YEAR OF THE BEST ART AND MEDIA EXPERIENCE EVER KNOWN AT RED EARTH CITY!!!

Be an ARTedia Concierge...!

ARTedia is that special place on the Paddock where Art, Artists and Media can collide, collaborate, and cook up kooky projects and ideas. Our onsite Art and Media space - ARTedia (geddit?) is looking for art lovers to be a part of the magic onsite, and media gurus who love talking shop to help crew the desk and work with our artist and media cohort.

Concierge positions for ARTedia have two VERY IMPORTANT jobs - from the ARTery side it involves meeting and greeting artists and making sure they're registered properly onsite. From a media perspective, the concierge will be the touchpoint for accredited media onsite to check in and register.

 
Shifty
 
Shifts are between 3 and 4 hours, running from Sunday before the event to Monday 3 Oct between 10am and 4pm each day - if you're onsite early please come hang in a comfortable tent for a half day and lend a hand. We need to fill between 30 and 40 shifts over the course of the week so we really need people who are keen to participate and commit to a couple of shifts of AWESOME at Artedia.
 
Register NOW!
 
To put your hand up please register as community crew and tick the Artedia/Artery checkbox and here's a more detailed description of the ARTedia concierge role if you need more info.
 
See you on the Paddock!!!
Artedia: The happiest marriage on the Paddock

Artedia: The happiest marriage on the Paddock

Artedia: Helping Your Find Your Way

Artedia: Helping you find the way

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New Members for Burning Seed Town Council!!

Recently we announced vacancies for the Burning Seed Town Council (BSTC).  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.  

It’s important to note that the BSTC plays a complementary role alongside the Team Leads and we consider all the volunteers involved in making Burning Seed happen as playing an equally important role in producing an extraordinary event for all of us.

We were all very pleased with the response from the community and the high calibre of the five candidates who nominated themselves.  

The process involved the applicants submitting their nomination with background and experience, interviews with the candidates and then a final assessment of the candidates by the existing BSTC members.

After careful consideration of all the candidates, we are pleased to announce two new Town Councillors who are proposed to join the BSTC.

Ali Mohammad Shams Ahmadi is a founding member of the Middle Eastern Mafia theme camp at Burning Seed since 2013 and an active member of the Melbourne burner community.

Rennie Sinclair-Kydd, who might be known to many people through involvement with the Alien Welcoming Committee (AWC) theme camp since the early beginnings of Burning Seed in Matong and is also an active member of the Wagga Wagga and Canberra burner communities.

In addition to the BSTC roles that were available, we have also offered Susanne Parris the opportunity to support the BSTC with essential administration activities such as minutes, scheduling meetings, tracking agreed actions and facilitating comms with Team Leads through a Secretariat role.  

Suzanne is an active member of the Sydney burner community and has also been a passionate participant at Seed since 2014.

Our congratulations to Susanne, Ali and Rennie and we look forward to working with all the other candidates in the future.  

We will be on-boarding the new BSTC members over the coming weeks.  We are very excited to have their new energy and particularly look forward to having three of the seven current BSTC members actively involved in representing theme camps at Burning Seed.

Burn Bright!

Victoria, Shaye, Neil, Phil and Jayman - Burning Seed Town Councillors

Ali Mohammad Shams Ahmadi

Ali Mohammad Shams Ahmadi

Rennie Sinclair-Kydd

Rennie Sinclair-Kydd

Susanne Parris

Susanne Parris

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burningseed.com got a facelift!

By Maddy Snow

There's been a lot happening in Seed world of late, and perhaps you've been living under a rock, but it's more likely you've fitted out your Burner profile, applied for a large art grant, registered your theme camp, bought your Seed tickets, got your annual leave approved... oh, and checked out the new and improved Burning Seed website, yeah? Yeah! 

Well in case this little update escaped you, here's a breakdown of some of the changes we made:

  • You can now access all Burning Seed info on your smart phone or tablet. What that actually means is you can now access burningseed.com from the toilet.
  • Burners landing on the homepage can join the crew straight from the home page. (Did you know there's a bunch of crew roles waiting to be filled by awesome people like you?)
  • We have a fresh page of galleries, gradually being updated with the latest and greatest photos from our amazing crew of photographers.
  • There are little hints of Deep Space spread through the site (notice the colours? The way it sucks you into a black hole of Burner knowledge?).
  • We also made a bunch of changes to the site's back end, making it easier to update and less likely to do really annoying things that keep Andrew Lau up at night.

Haven't had a look yet? Well, you're on it right now. Have a poke around, by starting at our homepage.

 

We're pretty pleased to be giving our website a facelift, and none of this would have been possible without:

 

Gentle Fox. Over many phone calls, confused messages from comms members and bottles of wine, Fox spent months, often up until 3am leading the update to a Deeply Spaced website.

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Andy Goodyear. Andy provided amazing support in the final weeks before launch, including making our 10 Principles page and gallery pages look super slick, just like his hair. 

 

andyG

 

Andrew Lau. Lau is fluent in nerd, and made a heap of improvements that only Gentle Fox could understand, but that are all incredibly important.

 

Lau

 

Jane, aka Lioness. Jane coordinated the foundation for us to work from, and provided the words for us to sculpt this site around. She wrote the beautifully eloquent page descriptions which have inspired other Burn sites around the world.

jane

 

Next time you see any of these people, buy them a drink!!

Also, big love to SirAndy, our fearless Burning Seed Comms team leader, and Rohan for his equally geeky moral support. Enjoy!

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Save the Date…. Burning Seed 2016

by Shaye Harty (President)
Y’all! So here we go again…
Red Earth City will rise once more in 2016 in our beautiful Matong State Forest location….
Gate will open at NOON on Wednesday 28 September and close at NOON on Monday 3 October……
Got goosebumps yet? No? OK well, why not re-live the magic of Burning Seed 2015 with this amazing video … that should help…

Why these dates?

The dates of 28 September to 3 October were proposed at the Burning Seed Team Leads’ Summit in November 2015 and agreed in January 2016 after consultation with NSW Forestry and other local stakeholders.
There are a number of factors are at play in terms of how we land on these dates:
  • They occur at the start of the statutory bushfire danger period 1 Oct-31 March. This gives us optimal site conditions while making sure we manage risk effectively.
  • They’re consistent with the timing of previous events and we are confident of the broader community’s support for these dates.
  • They don’t clash with other major burner events or festivals eg Burning Man.
  • The period includes the NSW/ACT October Labour Day Public Holiday (3 Oct) and the Victorian AFL Grand Final Public Holiday (30 Sept).
  • The dates fall within the NSW School Holidays (24 Sept – 9 Oct) and Victorian School Holidays (17 Sept – 2 Oct) making it easier for burners with kids.

Are there any options for early entry before 28 September?

Limited early entry will be available ONLY to registered Theme Camps, registered Media, artists and volunteer crew eg build crew. If you turn up early and you are not eligible and registered for early entry, you will be turned away.

What about leaving later than 3 October?

All participants will need to vacate the site by NOON on Monday 3 October. There will be a 24hr pack-down grace period as in previous but only for registered Theme Camps.

When will tickets be available and how many will be available?

Tickets will be available and on sale in the next few months.  As in 2015, there will be a cap on tickets for Burning Seed in 2016.

Why is there a cap on ticket sales?

We need to manage responsibly and sustainably the growth of Burning Seed. The cap on participant ticket sales is linked to the number of crew volunteers each year who have committed to support the production of the event.
So it’s kinda that simple… more crew = more participants.
The 2015 Crew Survey shows only around 8% of participants volunteered – we need to improve on that so get your wriggle on and jointhecrew@burningseed.com
For more info visit www.burningseed.com, swing by and like the Official Burning Seed Facebook Page or visit the 2016 Burning Seed Facebook event page
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Summit – all questions great and small

Summit 2015

Team Leads and 2ics in action during the Summit.

Teams Leads, 2ICs and leads-to-be gathered at the Summit in Sydney on November 27-28 to chew the fat over this year’s event and tackle some of the big questions for next year and beyond.

It was also an opportunity for a changing of the guard (sob) and the introduction of a new council that will be the vanguard of Burning Seed’s future.

To read these stories, hitch a ride over here to say hooroo and check out the new council here.

But back to that meeting….

Over two (very) full days at St Peter’s Tortuga Studios, 32 people gathered to hear each Team Lead give a brief presentation on the highs, the lows and the so-sos of their area this year.

Another year’s Summit put to bed – and now we dance.

It was also an opportunity for everyone to ask questions about each Team’s AfterBurn report, a more detailed overview that is prepared before the Summit and which every organiser is expected (ahem) to pore over.

But the big questions were a family affair, with the group throwing around a few hot agenda potatoes together. These included:

      • 2016 Burning Seed dates (soon, my lovelies, soon!)
      • Ticket sales: Now that Seed is selling out, the dynamic of how we sell and price tickets will need to change. Much discussion has led to the formation of a ticketing subcommittee to investigate and propose solutions and direction.
      • Community Crew numbers: Recruitment was an issue across all the teams, with only 8 per cent of Burning Seed participants signed up as Community Crew.
      • Event capacity & ticket caps: Issues with recruitment and infrastructure limit our rate of growth.
      • Paid positions: With the event growing rapidly and many key people gifting the equivalent of full-time or part-time jobs, the question of pay is raising its head. 
      • Proposed new teams or initiatives: These include a Civic Services Department, which will help organise our new teams – Indigenous Affairs, Fun Police, Temple Guardians and Sanctuary (harm-reduction chill space).  Other initiatives include a Ceremony Coordinator and a Burning Seed Archivist. 
      • Effigy design: While the community can still contribute conceptual ideas, the design of the Effigy has come back in house.

Wanna be more than a fly on the Summit wall? A Burning Seed AfterBurn report will be available online in the new year, giving you an overview of each team area.

For those who nerd out with numbers, details and facts, the Summit minutes will soon be available along with each team’s AfterBurn report. These give a more detailed account (aka long) of what worked, what didn’t work and recommendations for each team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Burning Seed has a new Town Council!

Written by Neil Power (Neillo)

The Directors of Red Earth City (REC) have decided recently to split the REC Town Council into two separate bodies.

Red Earth City Pty Ltd has been the legal entity behind Burning Seed since 2010. Its council has overseen the event and supported other Burner initiatives under the banner of Burning Man Australia. For more details on its history, you can go here.

The two new bodies will include: a Burning Man Australia Community Board, which will just focus on developing Burn culture around the country, and the Burning Seed Town Council (TC), which will focus solely on staging the Burning Seed event and its future growth and development. This is a tremendously exciting development as, for the first time, Burning Seed will have a Town Council that can concentrate just on the event.

The positions on the new TC include: REC Director Phil Smart; Event Coordinator and Finance Team Lead, Shaye Harty and Caroline Brosnan respectively; and nominees from Team Leads and the old REC Town Council, Jarred Taylor, Victoria Victory and Neil Power. But we also have space for someone from outside the event’s organisational group.

One of the TC’s many important tasks this year is to research and consult the community on the best options for a new legal entity under which Burning Seed can operate in the years ahead. It is hoped that this new structure will be in place for the 2017 event so this new TC is likely to be a short-lived affair.  

In the meantime, TC has responsibility for ensuring that Seed operates to best practice at all levels and it will be key in defining what sort of event Burning Seed is and wants to be in the future.

So if you would like to help us achieve all these goals, and if you (preferably) have experience in event management and development and would like to join Town Council, please email us at towncouncil@burningseed.com with details.

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Bring Home the Burn

by Tristen Tan

Coming back from a Burn is a feeling like no other, right? This is particularly the case for a lot of first-time burners – you’re still processing the energy, the connections, the enriching experiencesBeneficent Burners you had in a temporary city built by the passions of thousands. Where do you go from there? What do you do with that energy? Well here’s what you do – you bring the Burn home…

On returning from my first Burn I realised I had found a community who were doing things differently. I wanted to do the things I wanted to do differently with these people and that’s where Beneficent Burners began.

We want to harness the energy we create together at a Burn. We bring together like-minded and inspired Burners and also anyone with similar intent who wants to channel their passion, intelligence and creativity into projects that will bring light into our community and the World.

One of the biggest takeaways I had from Seed this year was validation that there is a need for Beneficent Burners in our community to make the bridge between Seed, the values and principles and the real World. For example some of the projects we’re currently into include local environmental clean-ups, community events, social efforts like helping older Australians stay active and socially engaged, and educational work to encourage kids to free up their minds and create stuff.

Beneficent BurnersWe’re also into more guerilla-type projects – we love giving out homework assignments at our meet-ups! For example, we encourage people to get out there and GIFT – to friends, family and to strangers – and to bring their stories back to share.

Over the next few months we want to develop and evolve the Beneficent Burners website, get a regular newsletter going, recruit people to help create content, run their own regular meet-ups, create and collaborate on new projects, support fundraising efforts and get these engaged people to help steer the direction of this cause.

For more information and to get involved, please check out our website www.beneficentburners.com or join Beneficent Burners Australia or Beneficent Burners Sydney on Facebook.