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Health update — Burning Seed 2015

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Hey folks,

If you’ve spent any time on Facebook since leaving the Paddock, you might have seen a few posts from people not feeling so great health-wise after Burning Seed.

We had a big boost in population this year to around 3500 souls, and as Seed grows, the risk of contracting something nasty increases too. This includes colds, flus, tummy bugs etc.

To support good communal hygiene and community health, the following measures were put in place this year:

  • twice-daily toilet cleaning
  • hand sanitation
  • advice in the guides
  • a 24-hr medical crew.

However, every participant has a responsibility for ensuring that our Burn remains healthy and safe.

This includes following hygiene rules around the storage, cooking and sharing of food; making sure that you limit exposure to other participants if you are sick; checking in with others if you have doubts about their health and are sharing food, drinks, smooches or more; and making sure that the water you drink or swim in is clean.

If you have any further ideas for improving health and hygiene on the Paddock, please contact us and get involved. jointhecrew@burningseed.com

Meningococcal update

Keep calm and carry onThe one confirmed meningococcal case at Burning Seed 2015 is doing well, and all their campmates have tested negative.

Post-event, another participant was identified with the meningococcal antibody but did not have any symptoms. The doctors said there was no risk of this participant having infected others at the event, and there was no further cause for concern.

At this stage there is only one confirmed, isolated case of meningococcal and one person who was asymptomatic. There is no ‘outbreak’ or ‘deadly scare’.

Some people are suffering the effects of working and playing hard, and sharing and caring together. The flu always sucks, and taking care of yourself is a priority. That includes checking in with your doctor if you are concerned in any way.

However, at this post-event stage, and given the relatively short incubation cycle of meningococcal, the possibility of another case is very low.

According to the Meningitis Centre of Australia: “The incubation period (the time it takes to develop the first symptoms of a disease from when a person was first exposed to an organism) for meningococcal disease is usually between two and ten days.”

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Gatecrashers, security and gate — a message from Rangers

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Don’t poke the Bear – our beloved Ranger Team Lead has a serious message for everybody about gatecrashing and security.

Your friendly Rangers have a message about Gatecrashing: 

Non-ticketed people found at the event are Gatecrashers. They are not participants in our community, and will not be extended the same courtesies.

Anyone found on-site without a wristband will be:

A) fined for trespassing by Forestry Corporation of NSW
B) escorted out of the event
C) have their ID recorded and be ineligible to buy a ticket for the 2016 event
D) subject to indecencies arrived upon by DPI (and ooooo are they an indecent bunch!)

Rangers will be checking for wristbands. Rangers are participants just like you, and having to ask another participant to show a wristband is not the best part of the job, to say the least. Please cooperate enthusiastically in showing your wristband and make it much easier on us lot.

Ensure that ALL PASSENGERS IN YOUR CAR have their ticket before they get in the car. The entire car will be turned away at Gate if even one person does not have a ticket.

At the Gate…

Other awesome volunteer participants have another not-so-fun duty of inspecting your vehicle for stowaways and sufficient supplies (food/water). You WILL be turned away if you have more people than you should and/or less supplies than you should. If you are harbouring a stowaway, all ticket holders must watch their tickets be ripped up in front of them!

Security and Rangers will be patrolling the surrounding forest area and forestry roads. Any illegal camping or vehicles will be cited through the Forestry service.

Trust us, we hate this bit. It’s a love/hate kinda thing though. We must do this to maintain the longevity of the event.

See you all out there real soon, ya hear?!!

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The 2015 What Where When guide is here!

Got your tickle trunks, tutus and ‘tude at the ready? The 2015 What Where When — your guide to the most fantabulous creative juices ever released on the Paddock  — is ready for you to pore over with your sweaty little mitts.

The What Where When is your pocket-rocket roadmap to all the events at Burning Seed, and is handed out to every participant at the gate. Everything in this guide has been created by a participant like you — orgasmic yoga? Check. Bunny march? Check. Slayer sessions and hot chocolate? Check?

All manner of tastes are accounted for in the WWW but times can be.. shall we say… flexy. Find yourself rocking up for a workshop session only to discover it’s more like a snooze session for camp mates? Embrace immediacy and either join in or find some other amazing experience on the Paddock. There’s much to explore, and the Seed adventure is less like clockwork than creative, connective and continually full of surprises.

We have two versions of the 2015 What Where When available for download: one with spreads (recommended for printing) and one with single pages (recommended for viewing on your computer or mobile device).

 

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Message from your Gate crew

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Nick, our illustrious Gate Team Lead.

Written by Nick Westcott, Gate Team Lead.

The last few days have been tough. It has made us sit back and take a long hard look at a number of procedures we have in place for running gate at Seed this year. It has made us get on many phone calls, answer many emails, monitor Facebook and Gumtree, and drink many bottles of wine. It has made us have too many serious conversations with other teams about what this all means. It has made us sad.

Most of all it has stopped us doing the important things we need to do to get ready for Burning Seed 2015.

We’re not going to get into a discussion about the pros and cons of ticket limits. About the impacts on crewing, permits, insurance and the quality of event we deliver. All we on gate want to say is that once you get to the site PLEASE do what you can to make our lives easy.

Have your ticket ready. Have your ID ready. If you’ve bought a ticket from someone, else have a copy of their ID ready. Let us search your car. Listen to the crew and give them the respect they deserve.

We are people like you. We are doing our absolute best to get everyone into the event as quickly and as safely as we can.

We cannot wait to see you.

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Burning Seed now on the map

The site map for this year’s Burning Seed is now available. A copy of this map will also be handed to every participant when they arrive at the Gate. Can’t wait until then for your own copy? You can download it here.

And if you’re wondering why you didn’t notice that large lake in the middle of the Paddock last year, never fear. You’re not going crazy. This year’s beautiful map also indicates the water-logged land that was kindly gifted by the capricious weather gods and the rains at the end of August.

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An update on Burning Seed site conditions

A week to go until gates open at Burning Seed 2015, and the onsite crew has sent some updates about water levels and what to expect when you rock up to make Red Earth City your own.

Waters have receded since the heavy rains hit the site at the end of August. However, our city planning and preparation have needed to be fluid (get it get it?) as we waited to see whether areas would dry out in time for building infrastructure, art and theme camps and to allow camping in some areas.

The result? Our city is a little more compressed this year, with about 30 per cent of useable Paddock lost to water. We needed to move Temple from its traditional spot and this year’s greater number of art pieces are sharing a decreased amount of space.

Things are looking up up up, but gum boots, mosquito repellent and rubber duckies will still be the accessories du jour. Make sure you pack them all.

From Shane Kilcullen, DPI crew member and general know-it-all:

“We haven’t had any rain recently so it is beginning to dry out. The areas without any standing water are now very dry and good for camping on. The areas with standing water are slow to drain off and dry out, so there is a lot of standing water on the open Paddock.

The western edge of the Paddock –  “sunset strip” –  is partially water logged. We’ve opened up a lot more camping on the south west of that strip. That water is gradually receding, but the water probably won’t recede back as far as the fence line by the time the event starts, so some people will be camped right on the waters edge. This area has a lot of mosquitoes. The roads are fine as they have been reinforced, but if you’re going off-road, walk it first to make sure the ground is firm.”

And if you have seen the Facebook pictures of dark swarming mossie masses and limbs with great big red welts, remember: Burners love to yank your chain.

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The view of the Paddock from last year’s medic’s area towards the stockade.

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The view of Paddock from Mint Country Club’s old home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tier two and passouts — tickets to ride and radically survive

icon_ticketHot tamales! Tier One tickets flew out the door at an unprecedented rate, which means two things: the wondrous word of Seed is spreading and we need to —* intake of breath* —  cap Tier Two tickets.

We love us some techy talk here at Seed, and modelling has helped us track ticket-sale patterns and make predictions over the previous years. But there are the times that the best-laid techy talk is still foiled by spontaneous community combustion.

So, Tier Two Tickets ($145) are now be capped at 850, and we will move into Tier Three tickets ($165) as soon as we sell out or the date listed on ticketing page — whichever comes first.

And while we’re talking tickets, there are few other important things to remember about this year:

  • Kids tickets are only sold online this year
  • There are no gate sales.
  • Your ID will need to match your ticket when you show it at the gate. If somebody else has purchased the ticket, then you need to be able to show a photocopy of that ID along with your ticket.

icon_openIcon_in-outBut you don’t just need your ticket to ride this great Burning Seed train, there are also passouts this year. These are $20 per vehicle and can be organised at the Gate. Locals and people in key organising roles will be exempt with pre-registration.

The passout was introduced this year because too many people were regularly leaving the site last year.

This not only created more work and traffic for the gate crew to manage but undermined the radical self-reliance principle. This would have been an even bigger problem this year given the substantial increase in participants.

So dare to get your radical self-reliance principle on with good preparation, and immerse yourself in the Red Earth City bubble for the week.

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Burners on a mission? No WAY!!!!??

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]Y[/bra_dropcaps]es way. Meet the Beneficent Burners. You don’t even have to be able to pronounce it to be a part of it. This beautiful crew of like-minded and inspired Sydney Burners not only have the passion, love, intelligence and creativity to bring burner culture into the wider world but they have the looks to go with it. They are all so pretty!

Energy and love — Yeah!

Tristen Tan, a founder member of the Beneficent Burners based in a secret location somewhere in Sydney says the ultimate goal is to cultivate the energy, love, compassion and fun that we get from the Burning Man community and do some freakin’ good with it.

“Since we set the group up in January we’ve run three workshops and grown to about 60 members,” says Tristen. “Last year’s Seed was my first ever Burn event – I found my people and knew instantly there was more I could do to bring the vibe of burner culture out into the world.

“The incredible mix of talent and passion of those who turned up to our first meet-up in January proved me right – there was something very beautiful sprouting here and I couldn’t possibly be more proud to be a part of it.

“We have our next meet-up mid April in Sydney – it’s an organic and really social thing, not super formal or process driven – but we do wanna get things done.”

2015 projects

The Beneficent Burners are looking to complete two major projects in 2015, potentially one focused on community and one on the environment. Smaller beneficent side-adventures are encouraged via the new network that you can find AND JOIN on Facebook.

If you are keen to get something going then post on the group or get in touch with any of the Beneficent Burners you have met to make it happen.

Can you feel that? It’s your love bone wanting to find out more. Visit Beneficent Burners at https://www.facebook.com/groups/beneficentburnerssydney/

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The big wrap: 2014 AfterBurn report

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]I[/bra_dropcaps]t’s here! Da big wrap! Every year, our dedicated Team Leads and Crew get together post-Seed to review the event — what went well, what didn’t go so well, and recommendations for how we can make the next year even better!

Each Team develops a detailed report and we’ve summarised them all here in this handy, er… summary. You’ll find pdfs the full Team AfterBurn reports below.

You — the community — make Seed what it is. We’ve seen huge growth at Seed in a relatively short time, and it’s your engagement — your creativity, your passion and active participation — will help to make sure that, as a community, we manage that growth in a sustainable way.

Take a look at the AfterBurn summary, take a deeper look through the full reports and let us know how you want to get involved in helping to make the good stuff better, helping to fix what didn’t work so well last year, and helping to implement recommendations identified for 2015.

Let’s do this!!

Note: To read the flipbook, press the magnifying class under the book and it will allow you to zoom in and read the text. To return to the layout view, just press the magnifying glass again.

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Individual team reports

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Feedback

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Bigger, better, burnier!

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]U[/bra_dropcaps]m, so, like are you sitting down? So, Australia’s THIRD annual Burn for 2015 has just been named. The community has voted, and the 2015 Queensland Burn will be known as MODIFYRE!!!

The Burner community in Downunderland has seen phenomenal growth in recent years, and the Burner cultural calendar is sure looking pretty, with Blazing Swan in WA this week, Queensland’s Modifyre planned for early July and Burning Seed lighting up NSW in October.

Hang on — Precon?

You’re right! It only seems like a few weeks since the inaugural Queensland burn — PreConception — which was held last year at the Yarramalong camping grounds in Charlwood, 14-17 November.

The Burn brought 105 people together for a pretty intense gig, which you can read all about in the Preconception AfterBurn Report. And some of it continues to live on in the Phage, PreConception’s combined Effigy/Temple. You can see the Phage at Modifyre, thanks to the safety-conscious cats in the Queensland Fire Service, who imposed a totes fire ban on the night the structure was set to go blazy.

Check out these pix from the event. There’s just not enough time in the year for all that fun to go around….

Our Queensland cousins are now calling for creative hands and minds to contribute to the 2015 event. Whether it’s costumes, Theme Camps, workshops or art, get your creative oonz on at Modifyre — and keep your July diary clear.

More details and a website on Modifyre are coming soon! To join the crew, contact crewformodifyre@gmail.com