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Traffic Rovers Ahoy! We need you for traffic & placement

There's a brand new team on the Paddock this year, and they need some helping hands! You can be part of the first team (and create the first memories) for Traffic Rovers - read on to learn more. 

So what does a traffic rover do?

Traffic Rovers are all about making sure traffic flows smoothly and safely, while helping people find the best camping spots. They're also about making sure people don't camp where they're not supposed to.

What are the perks?
It's a brilliant team to be part of.  Being a pilot team, the shift requirements will be minimal - just one or two shifts at 3-4 hours max.  You get a license to rove and will meet heaps of fascinating people as they enter the event, while helping participants at the beginning of their Seed journey. You'll also get a radio and a vest and will look all official  😉 
 
It's a great way to contribute to the event without making a huge investment.  Just rock-up, help a few people out, have some good chats and you're done. You also get early entry!
 
Keen to become a Traffic Rover? Check out the role description and register here.

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Gate Keepers Looking for Gate Helpers!

YOU SHALL NOT PASS!... unless we get enough crew for the gate.

First impressions last. You CAN get in with those shoes! Use your power for good and stick your hand up to be the first face seen by burners exiting the default world and entering Burning Seed. You’ll join an amazing crew who collectively work their sexy arses off to make sure everyone is happy and (mostly) behaving while entering. You’ll meet huge numbers of people super excited to be arriving and you’ll bathe in their collective excitement. Time flies when you’re holding a scanning gun.

No experience necessary, all training provided. Please fill in the online form to express your interest for Gate Keepers RIGHT HERE.

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Ticketing Team Update

Many of the Burning Seed teams are pretty visible once you arrive on site for the Burn. It could be the entertaining and welcoming fluffers, the sarcastic but efficient Gate Keepers, the always happy to see you Greeters, or the ever present Rangers. However, one team has finished their work by the time gates open, and that’s our super hard working Ticketing team.

The small team of two start preparing months before tickets go on sale, working with our ticketing provider Quicket to ensure that the whole ticketing process goes smoothly and that as many people as possible get a ticket to one of the largest regional burns outside of the US. This year they’ve had the extra responsibility of refunding thousands of tickets to last year’s cancelled event, something that definitely wasn’t in the job description! Almost all tickets have now been refunded and the Ticketing team have made multiple attempts to reach out to the remaining few. If you haven’t received your refund then please email ticketing@burningseed.com

How many tickets have been sold?

Lots! Tickets are still on sale and the final tally will be made public in the annual Afterburn report. There are still some tickets left but don’t delay as they will most definitely sell out. For the last couple of events there have been many disappointed people who missed out on a ticket as they waited too long, don’t let that be you! Head to http://qkt.io/seed17 to secure your ticket now.

Kids tickets, however, don’t sell out as they aren’t part of our population cap. This is the same for the new category of Youth tickets. Introducing this type of ticket has allowed Burning Seed to reduce the price for our 16 and 17 year old Burners but they still need to attend with a parent or legal guardian. Kids and Youth tickets are sold online just like adult tickets.

Do I need to transfer my ticket if I can’t attend?

Yes, if it turns out you can’t attend and have a friend or family member that you want to transfer your ticket to then you must process this through the Quicket ticket transfer system. The name on the ticket must match the attendees photo ID when they arrive at gate otherwise they will be turned away. This helps stop scalping and also increases the security of the event as we know exactly who is attending and that they have gone through the process of creating a Burner Profile and learning about the 10 Principles. If you’d like to transfer your ticket then check out this super helpful FAQ post. The person you’re transferring to will need to create a Burner Profile before you are able to transfer your ticket to them.

I want to sell my ticket

This year we’re super excited to offer a Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP) which will allow people to sell and buy unwanted tickets without having to worry about scalping and fraud. The full details will be announced after the event sells out but essentially this works the same as other STEP programs such as the one used by Burning Man.

If you have a ticket you can no longer use, and don’t have any friends or family who want it, then you’ll be able to register this in STEP through our ticketing provider Quicket. People who are looking for a ticket will be able to add themselves to a waiting list and as tickets become available they’ll be notified and given 24 hours to complete the purchase. The buyer and seller don’t need to worry about exchanging banking details or transferring tickets, this is all handled automatically and reduces any chance of someone being ripped off.

If you have a ticket you’re looking to sell then keep an eye on the official Burning Seed Facebook Page for more details when the program is officially launched.

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Theme Camp Initiatives for 2017

Theme Camps are one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the lifeblood of a Burn. They are a hothouse of Principles in action, with participation, gifting and communal effort giving birth to wacky genius, creative chaos and homes away from home. Decommodification, leave no trace, immediacy... hell, all the Principles come to party at these shindigs.

But Theme Camps work as hard as they play — 'cause it takes teamwork to make those dreams work, baby!

Adopt-a-Burgin

To create these shared visions, participants form crews and pool their time, energy and resources.  Each year, many Theme Camps offer spots for Burgins (take virgin, smoosh it together with Burner, and hey presto: you have a newbie).  Camp fees are common, with everyone contributing to a communal 'kitty' that allows the camp to build, supply, transport and maintain these visions at Seed.  Some camps will include meal plans, others not.  Either way, the Radical Self-reliance Principle still applies. We care for each other knowing that we are already — and always — prepared to take care of ourselves.

So we check in with the existing Theme Camps, they tell us their spots, and we share that information.  The rest is up to you.  So, check out the list of camps and go forth and connect.

And remember: ask not what a Theme Camp can do for you, but what you can do for a Theme Camp!

Share-a-Space

Are you hoping to run a workshop, yoga session or deliver a talk and need an event space? Look no further!  There are a number of camps who are happy to let people like you use their space whilst they get some down time. 

Believe it or not, not all theme camps party 24/7 (although some do).   We have compiled a list of theme camps who have generously offered to open their camps up for other people to host events in. Get in contact with a camp, see if your event aligns with them and see if you can work out a time that suits both you and the host camp. It is up to each camp to decide if they would like to host your event.

Upcoming fundraisers

Theme camp fundraisers are happening thick and thin, if you still have energy left after the last month of parties, there is still plenty to go! Here’s a quick run-down on what’s coming over 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.

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Burning Seed Centre Camp – get to know your crew!

Welcome to Centre Camp! But what exactly is Centre Camp (CC)? It’s the central hub of Burning Seed, a space to connect that also hosts lots of events and workshops. Everyone and anyone is encouraged to be involved - individuals to theme camps. Simply register an event or join our awesome crew to help keep things running smoothly. Many hands make it sparkle!

Event and crew registrations are now open at: burningseed.com/centre-camp

 

EIKE

How many burns have you attended?

So far I only attend one burn, Burning Seed 2015. It was the most amazing festival experience I have had so far. Hopefully, there will be many more to come.

What was your "wow I'm actually burning!!" moment?

Running around the burning effigy covered in fairy lights at Burning Seed 2015.

When did you join CC?

February this year.

What are you hoping to bring to CC this year?

I'm looking forward to create a place full of fun events to expand everyone's perspective. It also will be amazing connect more of the Seed community with Centre Camp and make it a central hub, where lots festival joy can be exchanged.

If you could have a food fight, what would be your ingredient of choice?

Ice cream on a hot summer's day would be pretty amazing.

 

KEVALA

How many burns have you attended?

This year’s Burning Seed will be my 10th burn. I was lucky enough to be introduced to the burner world by going to Kiwiburn with my mum, dad and sister back in 2009 and proceeded to question them as to why they had not encouraged me to go earlier. Turns out they had for years but I was too much of a straight-ace rebel.

What was your "wow I'm actually burning!!" moment?

I stumbled into this glowing tent to then be immersed into a giant puddle of cushions surrounded by friends (some I had literally just met) and glowing things, I remember just laughing so hard and looking around knowing I was home and so, so happy!

When did you join CC?

Jumped on board earlier this year along with Eike.

What are you hoping to bring to CC this year?

Laughter and lots of it! I want to get people excited about Centre Camp and all the events we will have on offer. It’s a space for the community to get together and have fun, learn something, meet someone, create things and be happy!

If you could have a food fight, what would be your ingredient of choice?

Watermelon. Legit yo (don't worry I will remove the rind).

 

 

HUSSY

How many burns have you attended?

Burning Man USA in 2014 and 2016, and about to head off on the Eclipse/BM-wagon for a third time lucky! Also backed up the big burn with Burning Seed in 2014. A year to remember.

What was your "wow I'm actually burning!!" moment?

The very first night-time at the big burn I experienced didn’t come close to anything I’d ever seen or heard about before. People can try to tell you but not until you’re on the pitch black playa lit only by art cars, installations, bicycles and burners do you actually see the magnitude of it all… it is simply breathtaking.

When did you join CC?

I’m the noob, only just came on board!

What are you hoping to bring to CC this year?

I’m hoping my background in performance, producing and management will serve useful in making Centre Camp a space that all burners can enjoy in their own way, be it chilling out after a hard night’s partying or sharing a special skill with others through performance or workshops. Burning Man USA has shown me what Centre Camp can become, so I’m excited to be a part of its growth on my home turf.

If you could have a food fight, what would be your ingredient of choice?

Something I could wash out of my dreads… definitely not old tomatoes (La Tomatina - NOT on my bucket list).

 

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Burning Seed Fluffers Need You!

By Rhys Jaconly 

Oh hai there. I didn't see you there, separated as you are by your screen through distance and time. And how could I, really? But this introduction is a useful frame to induce a tone of warmth and intimacy, which you are no doubt feeling in gooey waves right now.

I'd like to introduce myself - I'm one of burning seeds first-ever Fluffers!

What is a Fluffer you ask? Loosely conceptualised as the bastard half-child of Rangers and Greeters, a Fluffer is the very first sparkle that people will see as they prepare to enter the cascade of figurative fireworks that is Burning Seed. We are active on Wednesday and Thursday, and are explicitly focussed on the lines of people in their cars all eagerly waiting to get in. 2015 saw people waiting in line for as long as 3 HOURS. We'll keep them company, providing support to gate crew for speedy ticket processing and giving entrants a heads up about what they are getting themselves into.

So what does a Fluffer do, exactly?
Fluffers are about fun, education and safety, in that order. While Greeters already do a stellar job of indoctrinating *ahem* I mean enculturating participants into the 10 principles + associated  expectations (consent, people) we can help them do an even better job by getting all up amongst the captive audience that is the entry line. If your spidey-senses are tingling at the incongruity of the words 'consent' and 'captive audience' – congratulations! You may just have the nuanced appreciation for principled behaviour that Fluffer's will soon be known for.

As a secondary role, we will be monitoring line length, prepping people for entry (IDs, tickets ready etc) and catching potentially tricky situations before they eventuate so that the gate crew have as smooth and speedy a process as is possible, taking into account all the scheduled beatings that are currently a feature of Gate disciplinary practice.

Basically, you get to dress up in whatever attire you want and embody whatever character pleases you, and we will love you for it.

You get to be part of that monumental moment when people have *finally*arrived at Burning Seed, and will likely to be extremely happy to see you.  You also get to offer some alleviation to that moment when they realize there’s a 3 hour wait.

You can sing, dance, or bring whatever skills and performances you’ve always wanted to bring to the world, for people who actually can’t get away and must appreciate you.

And um, BOOK NOW BECAUSE SPACES ARE LIMITED!!!!!!!!

What say you?

Check out the Fluffer role on our community page and fill out the Volunteer Registration Form. We would love to have you on our team!

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Mutant Vehicle applications now open!

By the Red Earth Department of Mutant Vehicles

The time for getting serious about transport around Red Earth City has come. As our community grows we need to make sure we have the necessary infrastructure to keep our City safe. We’re expecting more art cars in 2017 than ever before and we’re looking for participants now register their vehicles and also for volunteers to work with the REDMV team. Red Earth City is a bicycle and pedestrian-oriented city and there is no driving allowed on site once you’re through the Gate other than with a registered art car or ‘mutant vehicle’.

What is a mutant vehicle?

A Mutant Vehicle is a unique, motorized creation that shows little or no resemblance to its original form, or to any standard street vehicle. Mutant Vehicles are radically, stunningly, (usually) permanently, and safely modified from their base vehicle. Sometimes the whole vehicle is made from scratch.” – Burning Man Department of Mutant Vehicles

A Mutant Vehicle is a unique, motorised creation that shows little or no resemblance to their original form, or to any standard street vehicle. Mutant Vehicles are radically, stunningly, (usually) permanently, and safely modified from their base vehicle. Sometimes the whole vehicle is made from scratch. To keep the whole thing safe, all powered vehicles or human powered vehicles over 250kg for use on the Paddock need to be registered and licensed with REDMV.

Creative collaboration is at the core of the Burning Seed experience and you could do worse than to work with a crew to bring your maddest Mad Max dreams to life with a mutant vehicle. The 2017 Burning Seed theme- Deeper Space – offers some obvious inspiration but a project like this deserves your most radical expression!

What next?

The long awaited registration form is now online and the relevant information pages for mutant vehicles at Burning Seed 2017 are now ready and waiting. 

If you love art, if you love vehicles or if you just love humans and want to make sure they stay safe on the Paddock, REDMV needs YOU! We’re looking for a REDMV second-in-command (2iC) to work with the Department to create documentation, evaluate applications, liaise with vehicle operators and ensure the safe operation of mutant vehicles on-site. We’re also looking for specialist REDMV crew to work with us on vehicle assessments including safety inspections, licensing and managing and enforcing safe Mutant Vehicle operation during the event. Get involved with REDMV!

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We want you for Team Finance!

Keen to get involved with Seed without getting your hands too dirty? Our fabulous finance team is looking to fill one of the most important roles in the organisation - Finance Officer. This role oversees the financial operations of the organisation and is responsible for maintaining financial records. This is a critical role and we need to fill it asap so the current Finance Officer can train you up! 

If you're interested, check out the position description right here, and read on to hear more about the role from our current finance officer, Caroline.

- How did you join find your way to joining the Burning Seed Leadership crew?
I accidentally fell into my first burning seed without really realising it... totally down the rabbit hole?! My outlook was completely changed and when I got back I put my hand up to help with some of the finances - I had seen the call out before I went to Seed but I was too scared. Afterwards I had the confidence and the drive to help out.
 
- What do you do in real life?
For my sins, I am an accountant, but I recently left my long term finance role at a non-profit to set up my own accounting and tax business for creatives and non-profits. 
 
- What did your Burning Seed role entail?
The finance team manages all the finances working with Team Leads, Facilitators and Town Council, from budgeting to reporting, paying invoices, herding cats 😉 and everything in between.  
 
 
- How many hours per week (on average) did you put in?
This is hard to estimate! I'd say with a solid rounded team (as we are building now) the finance role should be done in a couple of hours per week per person - many hands make light work. If it's left to one or two people it can be a bit overwhelming. 
 
- What projects did you champion?
Well - it's finance so it's not sexy, but Brian (Finance 2ic) and I have worked hard to get all teams familiar with Xero and trained to do some of the invoice and expense functions - some of our crew probably never thought they would know how to code invoices and calculate GST and I'm proud of them! 🙂 Everyone learns new skills volunteering for Seed, such as learning how to manage their budget and invoicing. 
 
- Which projects are you most proud of and why?
As is often in life, the most challenging times are some times the most rewarding, and dealing with the insurance claim, the insurers and proving our numbers to them was tough, but I'm proud that I did it and contributed towards us getting the best outcome. 
 
- What has been the most challenging aspect of performing your role?
When you volunteer in a Finance role, you can be working alone quite a lot in front of your screen, so you have to remember to get out to the events and in the community to be able to reap the rewards of the amazing project that you are working on. 
 
- What has been the most rewarding aspect/s of performing your role?
Contributing towards putting on such an amazing and transformational event. 
 
- What does the future hold for you?
I have bought a van, which I'll be bringing to Seed and straight after I'll be travelling the length and breadth of the country, working, surfing, connecting with the land and being a Nomad Finance Nerd. I can't wait!

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Announcing the theme design for DEEPER SPACE 2017

We are absolutely STOKED to announce the winner of the 2017 Deeper Space theme design... none other than Sarah Barber!

You may remember Sarah's work from the Deep Space 2016 design, as she was also the winner of last year's contest. We're so pleased she can have another chance to showcase her incredible work to the Seed community.

This is what Sarah had to say about her inspiration for this year's design:

"The idea is that Deep space exists not only in the sky but also in the darkest corners of the deep ocean - which seemed appropriate due to 2016 Seed's unfortunate flooding incident. This poster represents the Space In Between, the space where we come to celebrate this unique community we reside in. Where nothing and everything exists in its own little place. The design shows a diver falling out of the ocean and into the sky, then back into the ocean - as if looping on itself. It reiterates this idea with the ouroboros symbol which lies behind an upside down/flipped compass - symbolising losing yourself. I wanted to portray the idea of looping and infinity as it was as if Seed was repeating history with the new theme of Deeper Space."

Congratulations Sarah! 

And for the submissions that weren't selected, we'll be showcasing them on site at Burning Seed 2017, so make sure you check them out. 

 

 

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THEME CAMP APPLICATIONS ARE GO!

Got a bar full of intergalactic cocktails to gift away? A hold full with enough rations to feed an army of space marines? Trans-dimensional DJs ready to assimilate a dance floor full of earthers? A mutant space vehicle ready to launch into the deep Paddock? All of the above? None of the above?

OK you just want to come and run a Theme Camp and have a good time?

BOOM! Now you can.

Theme Camp applications for 2017 are OPEN and will remain so until 1 July 2017!

How to apply

All the info you need for 2017 is on the Burning Seed Theme Camps page. Have a read through the Theme Camp guidelines and then start your  application by submitting the 2017 Theme Camp Application Form telling us about your camp and what you’re planning to launch onto the Paddock in 2017.

Information Sessions

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

The Burning Seed 2017 Theme Camp Team will be running information session in both Sydney and Melbourne in a couple of weeks. 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 about how applications, grants and placement will work this year.

The info nights will be run at the following times:

  • Sydney: Tuesday 23 May from 19:00 to 21:00 at Orient Hotel, The Rocks (Top Floor, Orion Space) Event Page.
  • Melbourne: Wednesday 24 May from 19:00 to 21:00 at the Union Hotel Brunswick Event Page.

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:

There’s also a few save the dates for yet to be confirmed fundraisers:

  • Malt Shop Be Bop Hop Roller Arena: First Sunday of the Month 12pm - 8pm (July 2, August 6, September 3)
  • Pirainia: July 29
  • Burning Manly: Sundays when the sun is shining: Sunday Sun Sets )°( beach cleanup parties

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 )°(

Photo credit: Andy Flint