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Town Halls: building our local communities

Sydney and Melbourne have kicked off regular Town Hall meetings, with the first Sydney one held on November 12 and Melbourne meeting on November 13. Both cities plan to hold these meetings quarterly.

The Town Halls and our exploration of online tools are part of an ongoing dedication to providing more opportunities for a little more conversation and a lot more action within the community! These platforms are not just aimed at the Burning Seed event, but are a springboard for moving beyond the Paddock, building our local communities and creating other Burner initiatives.

Sydney Town Hall
The two regional contacts Jayman and Neilo led the Town Hall with three main objectives:

    • Demystify and create clarity between a Burning Man local community and events such as Burning Seed/Blazing Swan.
    • Explain how the proposed changes to the Australian original legal entity are seeking to align with this.
    • Discuss how to own your Sydney Burning Man community.

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Rather than setting an agenda, the two Regional Contact hosts, Jodi York and Justin Mcghee, came to the meeting with cards and markers so that participants could write down topics they wished to discuss.  Some of these were specifically related to Burning Seed, but efforts were made to ground the discussion in the Melbourne community.  Discussion topics included:

    • cultivating a consent and LNT culture at our events — our culture is very precious to us, and protecting it is *everyone’s* responsibility
    • the relationship between Melbourne Burner Community, Burning Seed, Red Earth City pty ltd, and Burning Man Australia (which remains confusing to many participants)
    • identifying financial priorities of the Melbourne community, including possible local art grants and collaborating with like-minded events like Figment
    • creating space for new projects like Burners without Borders and other innovations —get in touch with your RC or with Burning Man Australia, put in a proposal for things you’d like to see, and we’ll see how we can support you!
    • supporting our friends in Tasmania (who now have a dedicated FB page!)
    • sourcing information on and participating in the ongoing conversation about the future of Burning Man in Australia.
Pic by Onur Ka
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Crucible art project – your chance to build fire/light art

Flame Effects Australia is building an art project as part of White Night Melbourne on 21 February 2015 – and YOU could be part of it too.

‘The Crucible’ will consist of several metal sculptures of varying sizes and intricacy, some with flames and others lit with spotlights, EL wire etc. The details are still hush hush  —  we don’t want to spoil the surprise — but this is an amazing opportunity to work together with other Burners and fire lovers to produce a public installation piece.

Flame Effects Australia is looking for every kind of volunteer: from fabricators, welders, plumbers, sparkys and fire-safety experts to web designers, graphic designers, marketing gurus, photographers, people to feed the crew, volunteers on the night — and things we can’t even think of right now.

Yep sign me up!

To volunteer, please register here or contact Stephanie for more information at flameeffectsautralia@gmail.com.

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Melbourne workshop: learn to build fire art

Ever thought about making big or even little fire art? Now is your chance to learn from some of the world’s best!

Stephanie aka serious is hosting Dave X and Propanic from Burning Man US for a two-day Melbourne workshop from May 23-24. This class is great for the beginner fire artist and always has something new for the “expert”.

During the course, you’ll learn basic practices and principles for incorporating fuel-based flame effects into your work. You will also get a full-day of hands-on experience fabricating, plumbing and firing off a group-made project.

The course costs $250 for both days, and we also have 10 low-income scholarships available for $200, sponsored by Burning Man Australia (Red Earth City Pty Ltd).

I’m interested, what do I do next?

  • Register for the workshop here
  • For more information, check out the Facebook event or email Steph at flameeffectsaustralia@gmail.com

Wanna see even more fire art built?

There will also be a fundraiser on Saturday night, May 23, in Brunswick. ‘Burn On’ will help raise money to launch Flame Effects Australia, a new not-for-profit that will focus on community-based fire art. Join the event here. They need volunteers, stall holders, performers and bartenders for the event, so please email Steph at flameeffectsaustralia@gmail.com if you can help out!

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Dreamers, Doers and Decoms

Yeah, the 2014 fires of Burning Man and Burning Seed may be in ashes, but the phoenix well and truly rose once more as Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide communities rocked their cities with Decompressions in November/December.

At a Decompression, Burners gather to celebrate the recent Burn and to fan the flames of inspiration, creativity and community in our lives back home. More than just a party, a Decom encompasses the ten principles and re-creates a mini Burn environment, perpetuating the culture that thrives both in Black Rock City, Nevada, and our very own Red Earth City. And just like a Burn, it is run by the community for the community – and that means YOU too!

With most Decoms in their third year, dedicated Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide community members gathered their participant power and took their Decoms, and the broader Burner community, to a whole new level this year. Let’s hear a little from them.[bra_border_divider top=’20’ bottom=’20’]

Sydney Decompression — 22 November

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There was much fun and shenanigans, which ran through to the dawn.

To everyone who helped set up and clean up, to all gate crew, to everyone behind bars, front of bars, over bars, under bars, on stage and off stage. To those who set up corners, played tunes, danced and bounced, sung and screamed, loved and let be loved. Thank you to all of you who came and had the Sydney decompression experience that was “The Burner Gallery”!

The 2014 “Burner Gallery”, which originally started in 2012, was made possible by Onur Karaozbek, Shaye Harty, Avin Jason and our beloved theme camps from across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

These included Trash Mansion, Swing Dog Circus, Middle Eastern Mafia, Mint Country Club, Dirty Birds, Nargile temple, Sunday Bloody Mary, The Orphanage, Star Shitty, Alien Welcoming Committee, Coastal Bass Initiative, Sunset Island, “Tech Support”, Opti Doof Gif Room and many more art, DJs and performers.

Check out this video for 2.13 mins of pure, unexpurgated Sydney decomp sexiness and visit the Facebook event page.

Written by Onur Ka
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MelBurn Decom — 29 November

melbourne decomp2MelBurn Decomp’rs, you RULE! From start to finish, this was the best DECOMP that Melbourne has seen yet.

Seven-hundred incredible people gathered in one spot for the night, bringing together the sparkle that only our community knows how to do so well.

We served up tea and glow-light painting by Kettle Tea House, pillow fighting by Pirania, 3D Modelling, the Occulus Rift, Mint Country Club getting all minty on us, Kraken Korner, a photobooth, AWC and their kick-elf sound room, and much much more.

A fabulous time was had by all and your production team of Shane, Nick, Jess, Ali, Piro and GeminiTrix can’t wait to do it all over again next year!

Flick through these pics to see more of the night. Can’t wait to join us again next year? Like our Facebook page and stay in touch.

Written by Erin Pimm

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Adelaide Decom — 13 December

adelaide decomp2Adelaide DECOMPRESSION exploded with all guns blazing in 2014.

Local Burners came together to create this event, collaborating to express a night filled with warm style, art, music and urban grunge.

Alcazar Rifle and Swing Dog Circus are the current theme camps present in SA and both helped to add a combined force of bohemian mayhem.

They showcased roving live musicians, duelling banjo and guitar beauties while spoken word and poetry was performed throughout the delightful underground basement dwelling that is “Ancient World”.

With images project onto translucent screens, the night also saw  local film-makers showcasing their talent. To add a touch of class and pizazz, we also saw a cabaret from Divine Drag Diva.  Taking it up a notch or two, “Colour Radium ” rocked out as the party gently progressed to an ultimate climatic roof-raising stomp on the dancefloor, with Scoob spinning some wicked vinyl beats, followed by some Swing Dog Gypsy Circus carnival to ride the morning home.

A wonderfully eclectic and diverse group of talent down here, all coming together to share and gift Conceptual Urban Burner Grunge while Adelaide grows stronger  and more powerful the more we fuel the fire and stoke the coals!

Fully immerse yourself in all its glorious goodness by checking out these pics

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Blog pics by Richard Rayment, Shaan Ali and David Wright

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Revised MOOP map released

MOOPdaddy has released a revised MOOP map after follow-up site visits by community members and the Department of Planning and Infrastructure.  A few areas have been re-categorised as red or green-faded-to-yellow – and we have no doubt that these changes will raise some eyebrows and stir some debate.

But that’s ultimately a good thing. Burning Seed is growing fast and we need to put MOOP on the map by putting it on everyone’s radar. So, let’s turn once more to MOOPdaddy as he outlines the most recent changes:

“This year, Burning Seed welcomed its first troupe and map dedicated to monitoring and highlighting the MOOP issue. This has been a positive step forward for the event. 

However, I unfortunately released the MOOP map before all the evidence was in, which has been a resounding lesson in process for me as Leave No Trace (LNT) Lead.

So, now that all the facts are in, checked and discussed, we are releasing this revised map and an updated spreadsheet so that a more accurate and fairer result can go out to the Burning Seed community. 

The reason for this revision is rooted in the principle of accountability, which is the whole point of the map. If the map does not reflect the real situation on the ground according to the standards we have set, then the map needs to change – so change it has.

Several Green statuses are switching to red. Another camp goes from green to green-faded-to-yellow. And, perhaps surprisingly, a number of Burning Seed organisation sites are involved. 

There are also a number of new MOOP hazards noted, thanks to follow-up site visits by community members and DPI. Check out the new map to find out what this all means.

Next year, let’s all strive to truly leave NO trace.

Burn on,
MOOPdaddy

 

 

  • Download the revised map here. (To read details, open in acrobat and right-click on sticky notes.)
  • See the revised map spreadsheet here
  • Read MOOPdaddy’s procedural summary here
  • Compare the first map here

 

 

 

 

 

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Living the theme

It’s almost official. This year’s Burning Seed is set to be one of the greatest Burns in the history of burning ever in the world ever. Our community has gone doolally crazy gangbusters in terms of participation this year, with around 50 (yes fiddy, half-a-ton, 49+1) Theme Camps set to facilitate our playtime on the Paddock.

And while we love us some Sound Camp, we LOVE that you guys are flexing other Theme Camp muscles by creating more healing, theatrical, chill, food and art spaces. Here’s a few tasty teasers to tickle your ‘tashes and tushes:[bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]

Star Shitty

Brazenly billed as James Packer’s worst nightmare brought to life, Star Shitty is keeping a tight wrap on the details of what to expect when it lands for the first time at Seed this year.

Safe to say that this cocky crew of crappy croupiers are likely to bring the tone at Seed down to new and unimainable lows with rumours of human pokies, awkward magicians, filthy bingo, and an all-too-literal space for VIP high-rollers.

This chintzy nightmare has been wrenched from the bowels of the imagination of the MWA, a Sydney-based arts/events crew that embody the principle of participation and community. Are you prepared to gamble your clothes, your dance moves or your dignity? Hop aboard the Star Shitty courtesy bus. It would be rude not to.

Malt Shop Be-Bop Hop Roller Arena

Looking for the best place to find your feet at Seed? Well, this is it. The Malt Shop Be-Bop Hop Roller Arena promises an all-in wild ride of roller skating goodness and it’s literally the most authentic way of achieving your balance at Red Earth City this year.

You’ll be coxed and coaxed by the one and only Tambalamslam, an internationally renowned all-star roller from the Victorian Roller Derby League. Step back from the brink, take it to the rink and lose yourself in the beautiful mayhem of the Malt Shop Be-Bop Hop Roller Arena. Go on! Get your skates on!

The Soupery

These superheroes of soup will be dishing up cupfuls of comfort and nourishment for the Red Earth City community this year (Bring Your Own Cup!). Veteran burners, the Soupery crew will be ladling their lovely selection of liquids from around noon each day, together with bread made on-site and more. The crew saw an opportunity last year to take their love of gifting to the next level with a dedicated Theme Camp at this year’s Seed.

There’ll be flavours to suit every palate, a solar-powered/trike-powered sound system with a vinyl-only set, and in the spirit of participation and self-reliance the Soupery will love you even more if you want to get involved and make a contribution. Are we there yet?

What’s your fave Theme Camp this year? Want to know more? Check out the What Where When for another sneak peek at what’s in store at Burning Seed.

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Forget festivals – keep the home fires burning

Last year, bush doof was officially accepted into the hallowed pages of the Macquarie Dictionary. A long-time fixture of Australian festival life and parlance, bush doof has always had that kind of satisfying onomatopoeia that requires no further explanation. You say doof. I say duh.

And while recent chatter has pointed to the rise of the doof and the death of the one-day festival in Australia, there’s something else special in ascendancy. It’s not a festival or a doof. It ain’t no party either. It’s a Burn – and there will come a time when that word will say it all too.

What makes a Burn so different? Well, we could talk about the ten guiding principles that guide it, or the fact that the event is the love child of participants’ collective dreams, efforts and funds.

I could wax Burner lyrical about replacing commerce with a gifting/share economy, or the fact that you need to rely on yourself for all your needs while also knowing there’s a community to catch you too.

Or perhaps it’s because we like to play with fire, seeking expressive freedom by pushing boundaries and finding release from burning an Effigy and a Temple.

But in the end it is all of these things + more: that extra dash of something indefinable and unpredictable that happens when we throw it all into the mix, add YOU and just press go.

So what is Burning Seed, you ask? Repeat after me: It’s a Burn, baby, Burn!

Welcome home.