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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.

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Suggest a Theme for Burning Seed 2018

Seed may be over, but the legend of Deeper Space lives on!

While we are all in a lovely, warm and fuzzy space post-Seed and trying to fit back into the default world, its time to get the theme selection process for Burning Seed 2018 rolling!

So what do you think the theme should be for Burning Seed 2018?  Maybe you would like it to be rainbow themed, desert island themed, ocean themed - hell, even Nicholas Cage themed! Or maybe you want the theme to be more abstract, conceptual, meaningful, insightful. You are only limited by your own creativity, so whatever your ideas are - we want to hear them in the form below. Please note that any themes deemed as offensive - namely sexist, racist, misogynistic or homophobic, will not be included in the process.

Here are some key dates:

  • 23rd October (today!) - theme suggestions open
  • 10th November - theme suggestions close
  • 13th November - shortlist will be prepared and an online poll launched for you to vote on your favourites

The top 5 theme suggestions based on your votes will then be discussed and voted on at the Burning Seed Summit, and the theme will be picked for 2018! We will officially announce the theme before the holidays!

So what are you waiting for? To suggest your theme - click here! For some inspiration, check out the images below for previous Burning Seed themes.

Burn Bright )'( 

 

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Police Presence at Burning Seed 2017

There has been a lot of discussion around the increased police presence this year at Burning Seed, and we wanted to clarify the position of Burning Seed as well as the responsibilities of our community.

At Burning Seed, we encourage self-expression and provide participants a chance to escape from some of the constraints of the default world. Our event is an opportunity for our community to immerse themselves in art, performance, music, workshops and human connection. While our event is a chance to escape for many, we are still bound by and comply with all laws in Australia, including laws around the use of alcohol and illegal substances.

In the lead up to Burning Seed each year, we work closely with the police and have built a good relationship with them. The police have always attended Burning Seed and you’ll see them chatting to our community and watching the Effigy burn with us on the Saturday night. More importantly they are there to protect us and support the safety of our community while responding to any emergencies or situations that our community of volunteers cannot handle.

While the police have in the past set up breath testing both in and out of the event, the increased police presence this year and the searching of vehicles was a concern to many. We understand that a number of our community members were upset about their interactions with the police and our Sanctuary and PEER teams responded immediately by offering assistance to these individuals where required.

Hundreds of people donate their time every year to make Burning Seed an inclusive, exciting, welcoming, fun and safe event and we liaise with numerous outside agencies including medical professionals, security and the police. We would not be following the principle of Civic Responsibility if we did not put protections in place for our community, and this year the police continued to provide support for our event when we needed it.

On the subject of Civic Responsibility - all participants are expected to follow the Ten Principles of Burning Man. We had some reports of attendees booing police as well as police vehicles being vandalised on site - we do not endorse this type of behaviour and feel that it only serves to weaken our relationship with those tasked with keeping us safe. Burning Seed will be footing the bill for the damage caused to the police vehicles which could otherwise be used towards theme camp grants, art grants or infrastructure and we would encourage anyone with information about this to come forward. Please remember, our good relationships with local agencies (including law enforcement) has been key to the success of Burning Seed, and will continue to be a major factor in our success going forward.

Both during and after the event, we have been responding to enquiries from the media who are now asking questions about Burning Seed - most are intrigued as they had not heard of us up until now. You’ll most likely have seen some bad press because while we responded to the media, journalists will always write their own stories. It’s worth noting though that the incidents reported around drug confiscations were small (less than 1% of our community) and not reflective of Burning Seed as a whole.

You may have also read some of the discussions on the unofficial Facebook groups. Passionate discussion is what drives our community but this can also lead to speculation and misinformation such as our event location moving. While we have explored other locations in the past (mainly due to the flooding last year), there are no plans at this time to move Burning Seed from Matong State Forest. We have a strong relationship with the traditional landowners and local community and are involved in the local arts scene, helped plant thousands of trees through Red Earth Ecology and assisted NSW Forestry with weed control to name but a few of our contributions.

We can assure you that any changes to the way Burning Seed is run or to details of the event, including the location, will always be communicated via our official channels - the Burning Seed official Facebook page and the Burning Seed website. If it doesn’t originate from one of these channels, it’s not official.

Burning Seed this year was the best yet. Our community of participants and volunteer crews came together to help the event run smoothly and ensured it was a great success. We are blown away by the support, love and hard work from our community, artists, theme camps, crew and everyone that makes Burning Seed special.

Burn Bright

Police getting involved with the Burning Seed community. Photo by Haylin Waitere of Oasis Theme Camp