Mint Country Club’s spectacular Green Whale (photo: Andy Flint)
by the Red Earth Department of Mutant Vehicles
We’re getting more serious about transport around Red Earth City. As our community grows we need to make sure we have the necessary infrastructure to keep our City safe. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still have some radical and creative fun doing it….. hello art cars or ‘mutant vehicles’!
Last year (2015) saw the introduction of our first licensing and registration system for art cars on the Paddock, and the establishment of the Red Earth City Department of Mutant Vehicles (REDMV).
We’re expecting more art cars in 2016 and we’re looking for participants now to work with the REDMV team to help register vehicles in advance and to crew for the 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
At Burning Seed, all powered vehicles or human powered vehicles over 250kg for use on the Paddock need to be registered and licensed with REDMV. As well as complying with registration procedures and on-site driving rules, in order to qualify for a licence vehicles for use on the Paddock need to be ‘mutated’.
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 2016 Burning Seed theme- Deep Space – offers some obvious inspiration but a project like this deserves your most radical expression!
Spectacular mutants in 2015
The first year of REDMV saw some spectacular vehicles make it to the Paddock, including the Wonky Queenslander, the Orphanage Art Car, the CocoPocoLocomotive and Mint Country Club’s Green Whale (this latter vehicle built on-site! – how cool was that!!?) Kudos to the crews responsible for those awesome MVs. Last year was also a success in terms of zero injuries and great communication and engagement between REDMV and mutant vehicle operators, and with Rangers and other relevant crew on-site. We want to see this same outcomes in 2016 with new and revised registration information and driving rules.
Not Shonky – Just Wonky! The WONKY Queenslander (photo: Jorgenn Dobleene)
Get involved with REDMV!
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.
Registrations will open soon and will remain open for a few months. If you have questions at any stage email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to get involved and find out more about the 2iC role or other REDMV crew opportunities, register your interest with the Crew Wranglers at email@example.com.
In October 2013 I went on a spontaneous adventure to discover Burning Seed, Australia’s biggest regional Burning Man event – it turned into the adventure of a lifetime. As I stood with a small group of friends and saw my first sunset drop behind the Matong horizon, little could I imagine that two years later I would be dancing alongside 1500 Burners joyfully sharing that same view, with my best mates playing tunes in a theme camp experience WE MADE!
I’ll give you the moral of this story right up front: if you have a vision and a shared passion among friends you CAN create something really, really special. Burning Seed provides a blank canvas for you to live your creative dream AND have a positive impact on people’s lives. For me it’s been utterly life changing and one of my most rewarding experiences to date.
The message that led to Sunset…’Bail if it’s rubbish’ As if!!
Discovering Burning Seed
I initially knew nothing about Burning Seed. I stumbled across the Seed website researching a potential trip to Burning Man in the United States. I must have liked the Facebook page because two weeks out from the event I saw the post saying Burning Seed was happening.
So my comrade Murray and I took the plunge. I’m sure we all remember our first time driving out past Wagga Wagga towards Matong State Forest, heading into the unknown. That straight road passing the beautiful fields of yellow flowers, tunes pumping in the car with a wonderful sense of freedom and anticipation…getting close but seeing no signs of life and wondering if this Burning Seed thing actually existed?
What we discovered that first time captivated us. The spirit of gifting and openness. The absence of rules and the wonderful mix of people. And oh those sunsets!!! Pure chance saw us camping near the fence line with front row seats for that special moment at the end of the day. A time for reflection and anticipation for the night ahead. Thanks to Mother Nature, the seed for the vision that inspired Sunset Island was planted at that very moment.
Hatching the Plan
So, after a great Burn, we planned to return in 2014. Our initial plan was for a renegade sound camp so we asked Burning Seed if we could set up a sound system in our campsite. They said “why don’t you set up a theme camp?”
I was going to wait for another a year to make sure we had enough people, enough crew to make it viable but the prospect of actually being on the map was compelling. Our group had always loved organising parties in natural environments and I had the vision for a sunset party to enhance the experience at Seed.
My two good friends Shane and Steve (Electric Zeus) were first on board. Shane had played sunsets in Ibiza and Steve is the quintessential party host – plus Steve’s brother Martin (who could make just about anything!) was immediately into the idea of coming the next year and setting up a camp.
We voted on names but “Sunset Island” seemed kind of obvious – we were all inspired by visions of stunning sunsets you normally see from an island over the ocean. Beyond Murray and me, the team quickly grew with a wonderful mix of talents. Zoe – a brand strategist and creative – worked with us help us understand what Sunset Island meant to us and to those that would come? From the outset it was a fantastically creative process such a joy to share this experience with friends.
Our DJ talent grew as we spread the word and, along with Captain Peacock’s (now famous) punch and our fake palm trees we created at our first fundraising party, we had the makings of a theme camp. We raised enough money at that party to hire a truck, buy materials and supply the ingredients for a plentiful supply of punch on the Paddock.
Martin was instrumental in envisioning the set-up of Sunset Island and getting materials cheaply. There are many people who made it happen that first– you know who you are. And so we packed up the truck and off we all went! Thanks to Captain (Steve) Peacock for capturing our preparation for that first year on video – take a look!
Challenges of Getting Bigger
We’re into our third year now, growing and as enthusiastic as ever – but that growth brings its issues. It’s easier to fill fundraisers parties but communication and decision making becomes more challenging. We also saw a bit of burn out in 2015. So in 2016 we’re focusing on spreading the load, with team leaders responsible for each aspect of the camp. We’ve already locked in both our fundraising venues ahead of time allowing us to focus our energies on making these experiences, and of course our time at Seed 2016, the best ever.
Jasper – that Sunset thing was a really, REALLY good idea!
Thank you for joining us at Sunset Island and making it such a wonderful experience. Words can’t describe that special moment when the Sun hits the horizon and brings on the incredible vibe and energy created by all of you. Thank you to all the theme camps which drove their art cars into Sunset Island on the Friday night last year to add to the experience – we look forward to seeing you again this year. And thanks to those responsible for the pancake stall that randomly set up on the fence line last year at Sunset Island. That was a lovely surprise. Please come back!
Want to Get Involved With Sunset Island?
We are looking to expand our team across all aspects of running our theme camp. So let us know what you’re passionate about and skills you think you can lend a hand with from construction to Paddock decorations to cooking! Or maybe you want to run an afternoon workshop? Join Our FB Community Group or message me direct on firstname.lastname@example.org and I can link you in with the appropriate team leader. You could also come meet us at our fundraisers this year:
We’ll also be doing a Burning Man themed fundraiser for those that cannot make it to Burning Man – 27th August @ The Jam Gallery Bondi Junction – SAVE THE DATE!
And Finally…. Six Tips For Creating a Successful (And Fun) Theme Camp!
So I’ll wrap up with a few lessons I’ve picked up along the way. I hope you’re feeling inspired to create your own theme camp. I cannot even begin to explain how much fun and how rewarding it’s been for everyone at Sunset Island.
Find the niche that you and your mates are passionate about. It’s the shared passion that makes the cool shit happen. ‘Sunset’ made it easy for people to find us!
Bring the right mix of skills together. If you’re lucky you’ll have the skills you need in your group. If there’s a gap, put it out there and try and attract the right people.
Designate a leader and functional leadership roles based on what people are best at (and most passionate about). New people can join the team that best aligns with their passions.
Lock in fundraising venues way ahead of time. This eliminates a whole load of stress and enables the focus on the fun creative stuff.
Let the 10 Principles guide decisions not personal opinions.
Collaborate with other theme camps. It’s an incredible mutually supportive network.
Interested in making art at Burning Seed this year? Sure you are!!
We’ve seen some AMAZING installations – large and small – grace our little forest playground over the years…. from awesome ‘stand-and-look’ pieces to ‘get-right-in-there-and-interact!’
All art projects that are set up on the Paddock need to register with Red Earth City’s ARTery Department.
The ARTery works with anyone bringing art to Burning Seed and supports art at the event through art grants and artist services.
How to Register
ARTery registration forms for art on the Paddock in 2016 go live April 1 (no fooling!) and to help prospective artists navigate the process there’s heaps of info on the website about registration, policy, grants and more.
Getting an Art Grant
OK so you’ve had an AMAZING idea but you need additional funds to help you bring your vision to life? We got this – the ARTery Department offers two levels of grants for artists:
There are a few things to bear in mind before you apply for a grant… like ARTery will not finance 100% of any proposal – rather encourages artists to gift, and find alternative ways to fundraise the amount they require.
Grants are also mainly for approved materials for construction of artwork – for instance wood, fixtures and fittings, fabric, paint etc. Grants are NOT provided for ‘labour’, Burning Seed tickets or personal travel expenses.
Applications for both grants also open April 1 2016. The deadline for large grants is May 15 and small grant applications close June 19 at 6pm.
Sorry Billy! You may have a voice like satin but you’re not approved for PEER Rangers…
by Koi and Alicia
OK… so the whole Billy Ocean thing was kind of a ruse…
Are you professionally trained in psychology, social work, counselling, psychiatric nursing or other similar feel -good-helper-type roles? Do you have experience in managing acute psychological issues? Do you have professional training or experience in responding to assaults? Would you consider gifting some of your sweet time and knowledge year round to help Seed happen? Then read on… (NB there’s a special treat later for those of you reading who don’t have the above skills…)
Burning Seed is generally a happy, joyful and wonderfully fulfilling experience for participants. However there are times when things don’t go so well for individuals – at Seed we’re serious about making sure participants have access to vital psychological and/or emotional support when they need it.
In 2015 Seed established a specialised crew of Rangers – Psychological and Emotional Emergency Response (P.E.E.R.) Rangers – to provide support at times when really tough stuff happens at Seed that may be difficult for participants to process. “Really tough” could include: acute mental health crises, sexual non-consent matters and relationship violence. This critical team now needs a second-in-charge (2iC) – could that be YOU!?
As 2iC PEER Rangers you’ll get to:
help recruit, select and train PEER Rangers;
contribute to essential admin & work with sweet organisers behind the scenes, and;
be a go-to leaderly type person available to work shifts during Seed and respond to incidents if they arise.
If you think you could help and want to get involved contact the Crew Wranglers ASAP at email@example.com for more information and for a copy of the role description!
That Special Treat We Mentioned… here’s that satin-voiced R&B legend in all his 80s glory:Enjoy!
For those still reading, we have HEAPS OF ROLES to fill at Burning Seed requiring very sweet skills like yours! Check out the roles availableand see where you might fit – add some more ‘immediacy’, ‘communal effort’ and ‘participation’ into your Seed! If compassion for your fellow Burners has brought you this far but you don’t have the professional experience we need for the PEER role, we have plenty of opportunities available for supportive souls like you.
For example, Red Earth Rangers actively support community well-being and safety, for instance as first responders to emergencies, and as community mediators. Rangers come from all walks of life, and with a bit of training (which we provide) nearly anyone can be a Ranger, whatever your level of work of life experience!!
But if you’re a good fit for the PEER 2iC, and feel like you might have what it takes, please get in touch and help us all Burn Bright and not Burn Out in 2016!
With Earth Hour(19 March 2016) focusing everyone’s minds on ways to Leave No Trace (or at least less trace) on this beautiful planet of ours, Burning Seed’s Leave No Trace (LNT) Team thought we’d take an opportunity to give veteran and new burners some ideas about how you can plan NOW to reduce your impact on Red Earth City, our lovely Matong State Forest home.
Top Ten Tips
So in time-honoured tradition, here’s a few ways (in no particular order) that you can be a better Burner and minimise your impact on the environment during your visit to Burning Seed in 2016:
Start planning to rideshare – we are looking at ways to better manage traffic this year, but the best way to manage traffic (and emissions!!) is for you to find a buddy or two or five and organise a rideshare. Look out for rideshare forums closer to the event.
Don’t fly in – yes that’s controversial, and difficult (particularly if you live overseas). At least consider offsetting your emissions.
Pack it in, pack it out – dealing with the rubbish can be the worst part of your Burn if you haven’t made plans. When we say we Leave No Trace, WE MEAN IT. Plan to take all of your smelly refuse with you when you leave (or find ways to not bring it in the first place).
MOOP is what we call MATTER OUT OF PLACE. When in Red Earth City, MOOP as you go. Don’t leave it all to the end.
PARTICIPATE and carry a MOOP bag with you. Look out for MOOP around Red Earth City and grab it before it gets away! Join the MOOP Troupe!
Leave glitter, confetti and other microplastic crap at home. Glitter bad. Very Bad.
Line-sweep your camp site when you leave. Form a line with your camp-mates and walk a grid before you depart.
Use solar or rechargeable lighting and power wherever possible. Coordinate with other camps to share generator power. Collaborate!
It begins! We’re six months out from what promises to be the best Burning Seed yet and crew from Seed’s Department of Planning and Infrastructure (DPI) made the first site visit of the year this week to check in with the local community and start making plans for site works and improvements.
Running an event like Burning Seed is no short term deal. As the event has grown (and continues to grow) over the years, much work is involved in managing that growth, being mindful of the impacts on the site and on the local community, and taking account of a range of factors that relate to our commitment to Seed as a sustainable event.
Each year brings new lessons about how the event can be improved. For instance the DPI crew spent time on site last week reviewing the situation with roadworks, with a view to expanding the space particularly around the Gatehouse to ensure adequate lanes for emergency exit and to help address the problems in 2015 of the traffic bottleneck near Gate/Greeters.
DPI crew on the road towards Burning Seed 2016
DPI also met with the sanitation team that handled all our 85+ toilets and 70,000 litres of toilet waste last year to talk about better ways of getting the waste trucks in and out of the Paddock, and to begin consultation on any additional infrastructure needed.
The site visit also provided an opportunity for the DPI crew to meet with our friends in the local community in and around Matong to discuss more ways that we can help leverage Seed for the benefit of local people.
For example, we raised more than $3000 in funds for local schools last year with our ice sales, and there are some great new ideas and initiatives emerging for 2016, including raising funds from the local collection of garbage on departure from Seed, and potential water deliveries to site.
If you want to get involved in crew for DPI or any other team get in touch NOW with our crew wranglers by signing up on the website.
We had a record number of submissions to our Design Lab for the 2016 DEEP SPACE theme design! Now, the amazing quality of all the entries made the job of selecting a design hella tough for our Team Leads, but they’ve only gone and picked one!! Check out the awesome design they selected below….
Sarah Barber – a graphic designer and hot glue-gun user extraordinaire, originally from New Zealand but now based in Sydney – submitted the selected design which was a hot favorite from the outset. We loved the cool, clean lines, pulling the sophistication of Art Deco into the galaxy – just beautiful! Ornamentation meets sacred geometry. In Sarah’s own words:
“The idea is that the moon is a mirror into our soul and thoughts. To look upon the moon and gaze up to the sky helps us to find meaning in our ponderings. The lines represent a blueprint of architecture (temple) and the coloured squares are windows looking past the lines into one’s thoughts and reflections. The image below the moon is from last years burn of people around the fire at temple burn, howling at the sky to let their inhibitions and fears rise up into the universe making them truly free. The watercolour top part of the image represents art and creativity.”
Beautiful! And that photo of you howlers included in Sarah’s design is of course courtesy of the outstanding Ryan McRobbfrom his collection of work from Burning Seed 2015.
Sarah Barber – Deep Space Designer and Pickle Bar operative
Sarah is a two-time participant at Burning Seed but is yet to attend KiwiBurn and Burning Man. You may even recognize Sarah from the Bloody Mary Sundays, serving Bloody Marys in the mornings around the various theme camps at Seed last year? Re-imagined in 2016 as Camp Lazertits, look out for Sarah and a few of the LazerTits camp riding across the Paddock in their new and awesome mobile BubbleStitch Bar!
“Each time I come back I always find such joy and amazement in the people that I meet in this community. Everyone gives in their own beautiful way and welcomes one another with open arms. It is a breath of fresh air seeing so much creativity, self expressionism and environmental awareness all in one glowing hub found in a tiny red forest in the middle of nowhere. It has changed my way of thinking, and the memories shared have stayed with me on tough days in the rat race. I am truly grateful to have found such a supportive, free-thinking community of people. Burn Bright you mad mad wonderful creatures.”
We had 18 entries all up, a fantastic response to our call out for designs which was open from 22 January to 22 February. The Burning Seed Team Leads were presented with all the artwork, numbered so as to retain anonymity, and asked to rank their first, second and third choice. Each choice was given a value – 3 points for first, 2 for second and 1 for third – and once all the votes were cast the points were added. The selected design – Sarah’s design – was the one with most points.
What will the design be used for?
Sarah’s design will be used to create all the main Burning Seed 2016 event collateral, including:
I wanna use this DEEP SPACE image! How do I get a copy?
You’re welcome to download the poster(765kb portrait version, this is great for the screen saver on your phone!) and/or the banner(456kb landscape version, great for Facebook) if you want to use them. Alternatively, right click on the images displayed here to save them to your desktop. If you want to do more (say you want to use the design elements for your theme camp or artwork etc) and need to contact us for the files/fonts then email firstname.lastname@example.org your request.
Want to get involved in our next Design Lab? We’ll be opening submissions SOON for the design of the 2016 Temple! Go and LIKE our Facebook Page to stay in touch.
Burning Seed – it’s a pretty magical place for sure.. but is it a religious experience? A new ritual? (photo: Noma Kim Photography)
by Dokktor Wonderlust
I was fortunate enough to experience Seed 2015 as a ‘burgin’. I am by trade an anthropologist and a couple of days into the experience, a veteran of five years asked for my professional opinion.
My answer was that participation in ritual is an essential part of being human. As the established rituals of the default world lose their meaning and cease to offer us the sense of community they may once have, new rituals like Burning Seed are needed to reflect the values of our changing world.
Language, Religion and Ritual
My experience of Burning Seed brought to mind the work of Roy Rappaport, an anthropologist who spent his career studying ritual in Papua New Guinea and elsewhere.
Rappaport says that language is what makes us human, it allows us to conceptualize things beyond our physical existence and therefore reflect on the nature of our own existence – it facilitates our consciousness.
The human mind has endless capacity to imagine, an our minds are open to infinite possibilities – heaven and hell, angels and demons, wookies and even unicorns (if we must).
However, this same ability allows us to lie and deceive. So how can anyone, much less a society, know what to believe and what to reject? This is a moral question, and Rappaport argues that the answer humans came up with was religion, and the rituals that accompany it.
Ritual is a Community Experience
Ritual prevents language from descending into meaninglessness because unlike mere words, the performance of ritual is considered trustworthy. This is because the meaning of ritual is not determined by one individual performer but, rather, by the participating culture at large – that sounds a bit like Burning Seed to me.
Rappaport argues that ritual is necessary in order to allow one to transcend individuality and participate in communitas – ‘the revelation of the hidden oneness of all things’ – which is beyond the grasp of any one individual and beyond what can be expressed in words.
The Ten Principles
Burning Seed is not one person, and in performing the ritual of Burning Seed we create a society guided by the our cultural fundamentals – the Ten Principles. These are the values that guide the society of Red Earth City.
Another world is possible. In my fluorescent-lit hub of daily wage slavery it is easy to lose sight of this. In the performance of the ritual of Burning Seed we create a more desirable society.
So, in answer to my friend’s question, humans need ritual and as the established rituals of Christianity and Capitalism cease to reflect our values or serve our needs new rituals must be invented. I believe Burning Seed is one of these…
I lost my burginity in 2014, turning up to Burning Seed ImagiNation with so much crap it took two trips from Sydney to fit my kid in. I didn’t know anybody and my little girl had no idea that her mum was a dooflord in the olden days. I had never put up a pup-tent let alone the eight-man monster I now call the Taj Mahal, which was to be our home in unknown territory for the next week.
I discovered Burning Seed while “researching” how to do Burning Man. I noticed the ‘regional’ tab and thought “maybe there’s a burn in Asia…wait, what? Burning Seed in Wagga Wagga?!“.
There’s nothing really that can prepare you for the experience of a Burn, you have to just brace yourself and get in it. But we’ve all been there. We’ve all been first timers. We’ve all been Burner Virgins or ‘Burgins’ and the majority of participants are prepared to help each of you through this experience.
So you may hear a lot of arguments about Burns not being festivals or doofs. They are “events”, “gatherings”, “celebrations” and the words used by some cause a great deal of consternation to others at times. The truth is they are all of those things depending on your own perception and more importantly what you make of it.
So what differentiates Burning Seed from a vapid party tribe at a commercial festival (and you are allowed to do that in your spare time too by the way)? The Burning Man project, of which Burning Seed is officially a part, is based on some key values known as “the Ten Principles of Burning Man” – Go ahead and take a look but don’t be gone too long now!
When you are new, the online chatter around a Burn can be bewildering. The information available on the website is brilliant but it is all created by volunteers, and it is always a work in progress. If you are at least mindful of the Ten Principles, everything goes chaotically smoothly or it also doesn’t. It will be more fun than you can conjure by yourself and believe it or not you might even grow as a person.
At AfrikaBurn and other regionals around the world an “11th Principle” is making the rounds – Each One, Teach One. In the spirit of EOTO, I present to you my “Ten Principles for Dummies”. Nobody does this the same way and few practice it perfectly. All of this is corruptible, corrupted and ultimately meaningless in the best possible way. The Principles are the recipe and we all add our own spice….
THE TEN PRINCIPLES: FOR DUMMIES
1. Wear What Makes You Happy
If you want to be a fish, a robot, a dressage champion or a human that is entirely OK with almost everyone. If and when someone calls you out for some random faux-pas only they understand, all you need to do is listen to their point of view and change your behaviour if they have moved you to do so or carry on as you see fit. Similarly with your words, you can say whatever you want but that doesn’t mean the community will take your crap. The scum always rises to the top to be skimmed off…well no, that didn’t come out right at all…see how easy it is? NEXT!
2. Don’t Sell Shit To Other Burners.
Unless someone consents to being sold shit in places like Burner Classifieds or down a dark alley, leave your business cards at home. Yes money is a reality, and yes you need resources to burn bright but do not spruik, sell or buy at a Burn or on Burner forums or stolen email lists from fundraisers (this includes drugs, parties, sunglasses, shamanic actualization. The only exception is ice…made from water).
3. Paddle Your Own Canoe
Don’t be a Drainbow. The community functions best when nobody has to waste valuable love/art-making/dancing/learning/cuddling/slapshotting time getting other people’s shit together. Conditions can be really difficult at times so prepare well to joyfully participate in the miseries of Burning.
4. Muck In
If something needs doing, do it. If you can’t do it alone find other do-ers to help and amazing things happen. Do not place orders for your dreams to come true.
5. You Are a Citizen (be a good one)
Don’t believe the titles, nobody is your boss here. You and you alone are responsible for your actions and their impact on your community.
6. No One Gets Left Out
….(but that doesn’t mean everyone is going to like you)
7. Muck Out
Do not leave anything you brought with you behind, with the exception of the things you silently and respectfully release in the Temple.
8. The Power of Now
The days go by fast and they are never repeated. Don’t hesitate.
9. Get Amongst It
…but if someone else is part of your cunning plan, ask them first.
10. Plan to Give More Than You Decide to Take.
So now you know the Ten Principles (for Dummies). If you need to do this one more time…print it, record it or whack it on a T-shirt. Most of all take this lesson to heart. The Principles are the light that gets through the cracks, the cracked, and the crackpots alike and which makes even the dim ones shine.
With love from Havoc… “Magis Chaos. Narratio Glorificata.”
So you want to go to Burning Seed this year and are wondering what your gift will be? Well maybe start thinking along these lines – why not gift your time as Community Crew…?
To operate a successful (read: stress free and safe) Burning Seed, the organisers need to fill a whole swathe of crew positions during the event.
Do the Maths
With insufficient numbers volunteering, for instance, for shifts at the Gate and with Rangers patrolling the Paddock making sure everyone and everything is cool, there can be only very limited growth in the number of tickets on sale for the event each year.
It really is that simple. More crew = more capacity to accommodate more people.
Last year only 8 per cent of Burning Seed participants that weren’t on the organisation team filled a crew shift during the event.
That is an utterly unsustainable number. We need to AT LEAST double it in 2016. Are you up for it?
Burning Seed is a Do-Ocracy
Burning Seed can only operate with the boots-on-the-ground help of our community and in 2016 we need everyone please to step up and to do so well in advance of the event.
And look at this way, as part of the Community Crew you are signing up to spend a shift or two meeting some of the most awesome people on the planet. Bummer, eh?
So. Many. Options.
So here’s what I’d like you to consider:
1. (a) Find a mate. These experiences can be so much better shared, yeah? and (b) Do it on you own because your friends are usually worthless bastards that end up just letting you down.
2. Consider whether you are a ‘walk around the Paddock looking good in orange with a radio’ type person (Rangers) or a, ‘hmmmm, I’d like to stand in one spot and let the people come to me!’ dude or dudess (Gate, ice sales)
3. Email the awesome Crew Wrangler team on email@example.com with your offer to assist or to ask as to how otherwise you can help. (If you like getting your hands dirty, we’ve got some perfect gigs for you too).
4. Turn up! Oh, yeah, and about half the people that signed up for shifts last year didn’t front up. That’s pretty unhelpful too. This is serious people. A smooth Gate experience (and we need Gate people ALL the way through the event, not just for the first couple of days) and a safe Paddock environment are critical to the safe staging of Burning Seed and we simply need more people on site during the event helping out. And if we don’t have that help, the event can’t grow. It’s pretty binary.
So please start thinking about it and start getting in touch NOW!!! Help us stage a great event and allow as many people as possible enjoy the Burning Seed experience by putting your hand up to help.
How Will YOU Role?
We ALWAYS want to hear from people keen on Gate and Rangers shifts but over the next few weeks we are particularly keen to fill a couple of essential Burning Seed roles – we’ve drafted role descriptions so you can see exactly what’s involved and what skills are required for each role: