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Theme Camp Applications: Now Open!

Theme Camp Applications Now Open

The Theme camp team is happy to announce that theme camp applications are now open for Burning Seed 2019. The application window will be open for three months and close on the 31st of May. Theme camps are the interactive core of Burning Seed and we are excited to see what the camps  will bring this year.

Becoming a registered theme camp at Burning Seed provides your group with a number of great benefits:

  • Your camp will have an allocated space on the paddock. This means you will be placed in an area that best fits the needs and theme of your camp.
  • Your camp will be listed on our site map and in our What Where When guide along with any events you want to run. The site map and WWW guide will be handed out to all participants at the event.
  • Your camp will be able to share information on Burning Seed’s social media sites.
  • Your camp may also be eligible for grants to help offset some of your expenditure.

So You Want To Be A Theme Camp?

All information required to apply to be an official theme camp for 2019 can be found at: http://burningseed.com/themecamps/

At the bottom of the page you will find a downloadable application pack which contains all necessary forms to complete and guides to help you in that process.

Important: You will not be able to complete the online application without uploading completed Memorandum of Understanding, Risk Assessment and LNT Plan forms. When the forms have been completed, you are ready to move onto the online application.

The link to the online application is found at the bottom of the theme camp web page. Once submitted a member of the Theme Camp Team may contact you for any clarification we may need and you will be able to edit your online form at anytime. Once completed you will hear from us in June on whether you have been accepted as an official theme camp for 2019.

Burning Seed can only offer placement to a limited number of theme camps.  In 2019 we will be offering placement to 60 camps. The number is limited based on the size of the site and to ensure a good ratio of camps.  Successful camps will be selected by the Theme Camp Team based on the following criteria:

  1. Previous performance at Burning Seed – Did your camp turn up? Did you do what you said you were going to do in your previous application? Were you just generally awesome? Did you MOOP or did you Leave No Trace?
  2. Variety – One of the best things about a burn is heading off on an adventure and not knowing what you’re going to find. Our aim is to provide a wide range experiences for everyone that make the journey to Burning Seed.  Offer something unique and you’re almost guaranteed a spot.
  3. Aesthetics – Will your camp look visually spectacular? Will you be a shining beacon in the night?
  4. Inclusivity – Are you open to everybody or catering for a select few?
  5. Safety – Safety First not third.
  6. Run Times – Are you open for business 24/7 or planning to only run 1-2 short events? We acknowledge running a camp is hard work and everyone needs some time off, if you’re only running a couple of events we suggest you think about if your camp can provide an open or shared space when you’re off partying.  We highly recommend sound camps limit themselves to 3-4 events.

The theme camp team is truly excited for 2019 and look forward to receiving your applications. We are always available to answer any questions or offer guidance and can be contacted by email at themecamps@burningseed.com. Get excited, get busy and make the magic happen. Burning Seed is just around the corner.

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Theme Camps Update for 2019

Happy new year everyone from the theme camp team! We hope that you are as excited as we are for Burning Seed 2019. Theme camps always have and always will be a major source for creativity, interactivity, community and good times out there on the paddock. We cannot wait to see what you will bring and we will assist you in making the theme camp experience for everyone involved better than ever.

First some important points:

  • Theme Camp Applications open 1st of March and close 31st of May.
  • Memorandum of Understanding, LNT Plan and risk assessment or Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) paperwork must be completed and submitted as part of your initial camp application.

Team Update

There have been several changes to the Theme Camp Team this year. First off we would like to thank Nty for his many years in the Theme Camp Team Lead position. Nty has spent many hours behind and in front of the scenes supporting Burning Seed and he continues to do so with oversight and guidance as the Curation Arts & Culture (CAC) Co-Facilitator. For that we thank him and look forward to collaborating with him this year.

To fill his shoes, Aidan McCarthy and Sam Clemens are the new co-leads of Theme Camps . We have tried to pull together the best team possible to move theme camps forward this year. We have Shane Kilcullen filling the 2IC role, Lisa Dyer-Randall as the Early Entry Coordinator and Rowan Kos returning as the Placements Coordinator. We are immensely grateful to have such an experienced and passionate group of people available to assist all theme camps getting to Burning Seed this year.

Theme Camp Applications

After each Burning Seed, the Theme Camp Team looks at what they can do as a team to improve the experience for everyone involved. In 2018 we saw delays in submissions of important and necessary documentation from participating theme camps. This resulted in several issues including town planning delays, map availability and increased workload chasing up camps.

In 2019 we're aiming to alleviate this by moving the opening and closing dates for theme camp registration forward one month. Theme camp registrations will officially open on 1st March and close on 31st May. Moving the theme camp registration dates forward a month will allow us to have more time to identify and solve any issues that may arise before the event, and give us more time to place and assist theme camps in being the best they can be.

To make the theme camp registration process as smooth as possible, we’re also making changes to the due date for the necessary paperwork required. Crews wishing to apply as a theme camp in 2019 will be required to submit a completed Memorandum of Understanding, risk assessment or Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) and LNT plan as part of their initial theme camp application. Only once we have received the required documents will the theme camp application be considered. The Theme Camp Team are available and happy to assist in the application process to those who request advice or information. We are here to help!

Grants

Theme camps are a central part of the experiences made at Burning Seed. We will always make the case for continued and greater support from the Burning Seed Organisation. To reflect this, Theme Camp Grants will be receiving a greater proportion of revenue in 2019. As a result in addition to the regular returning theme camp grant, we will introduce larger grants to theme camps or villages that apply for them.

These grants aim to encourage the talented people involved in theme camps to generate art, encourage interactivity, increase cooperation and to enable the growth of new camps. This new funding model was created through community feedback to create a funding model that reflects community and Seed Org goals into the future. We look forward to giving you more information in future blogs once a grants framework has been put in place and we have a clearer picture of the funding available.

The whole team is excited to see what this year will bring. If you wish to contact us, feel free to email themecamps@burningseed.com and make sure to join the Burning Seed Theme Camps Facebook page, to keep up to date on information or to access the amazing group of people who are part of Burning Seed Theme Camps.

 

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Theme Camps at Burning Seed 2018

We're excited to introduce all of the official theme camps for Burning Seed 2018! A big thank you for all who applied and got their applications looking fine and in on time! All camps are listed here and are available for you to approach, support and explore. We have no doubt that they will be spending the next two months up to their necks in tools, glitter and glue. Most are all linked to their Facebook page making it easy for you to keep in touch with their fundraising efforts, needs and events. So keep in touch and given them ya Likes.

If you are new to Seed this year or not affiliated with a camp but want to join, a lot of these camps have thrown open their borders and are welcoming in the new, the lost, even the polycamperous, and have registered to Adopt–A-Burgin. You can find the full list of camps here: http://burningseed.com/adopt-burgin/

If aren't looking to join a camp but think you might like to collaborate on an event or use a camps space, that might be possible too. Lots of camps are happy to host additional events during their down time. There’s a list of those camps here: http://burningseed.com/share-a-space/

Just a reminder to all camps:

  • Grant and placement allocations will be coming out very soon
  • Please get your MOU and safety forms into us ASAP and don't leave it to the last minute!
  • The What, Where, When guide event submissions are open for a few more weeks! Ensure you get your events in before the deadline. Start working with your neighbours to make your events shine. http://burningseed.com/guides-forms/

Thanks again to all the camps for their efforts, passion and creativity, and lets all get behind them all and fill their spaces with ya faces☺

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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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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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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

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Welcome to… The Watershed

The beautiful brains behind Splash Mansion are set to revolutionize the way Theme Camps manage their water on the Paddock... Trash Mansionite Professor Johnny Breakwell is not just a pretty face. That brilliant mind of his has been working overtime on ways to:

  1. make it wetter down there on the Paddock,
  2. help Theme Camps Leave No Trace AND
  3. give back to the local community in Matong and surrounds!

Making a Splash
In 2013 he created Splash Mansion: “It got me out from behind the bar at Trash”, says Johnny, “and for the cost of an hour or two each day it meant we got showers, kept cool and had some awesome fun.

“Splash grew bigger in 2014/15 and we ended up doing daily water runs - it made me think about how much water we were going through, not just our camp but others too,” he says.

Then at Seed in 2015 Johnny met Rowan Kos and these two legends got talking about water. Rowan suggested the idea of setting up a collective group of Theme Camps to better manage the supply of water to camps at Seed.

The Watershed
Skip to 2016 and welcome to the fruit of that conversation…. The Watershed.

This by burners, for burners, not for profit collective comprises a willing coalition on a mission to mutually obtain and distribute quality water to Theme Camps at the lowest possible price.

“This is a fantastic social enterprise,” says Johnny. “The Watershed is facilitating the purchase of a bulk amount of water for Theme Camps - something like 20,000 litres - from farmers local to the Burning Seed site at Matong.

“The farmers will donate their time and use their water licenses to sell us the water, and any profits they make after their costs are covered will go to support the local school in Ganmain.

“These little schools make a big difference in the community - any dollars we can raise make a big difference to these kids,” he says.

How it Works
Johnny says The Watershed is owned by Theme Camps that join the collective as members.

“The members are currently Splash, Sunset Island, Trash Mansion, Dirty Birds, Detox, Casbah and The Brink.

“These and potentially other Member Theme Camps will pay in advance for a water cube of 1000 litres - the cube will be delivered to them on site during set-up, and a water tanker will come by and fill it up. The empty cube will be picked up from the camp at the end of the event.

“The Watershed will bring a lot more drinking water into Theme Camps and also make a serious environmental impact on site - for instance by minimising waste packaging from water containers - no more taking empty cartons full of air home - and reducing the number of journeys needed for water runs during the event.

“But there are many other benefits - if Theme Camps know they’ll have water delivered on site they’ll have more cargo space for Theme Arts and it also gives them scope to gift more drinking water and nautical activities.

“Importantly - this is NOT about free water on the Paddock. The Watershed is only working with member Theme Camps, not individual participants. Everyone outside our Member Theme Camps will still be required to bring the necessary amount of water they need to survive for the week. This is just about providing

Making the Infrastructure Pozible
Johnny says that with stronger interest from other Theme Camps, funding is now needed to buy the water container infrastructure.

“Without some initial funding the Watershed may have to limit further memberships and have less impact than we might do in this first year.

The Watershed is running a pozible campaign right now to help cover some of these upfront costs for basic infrastructure.

“Each one of the 1000L water cubes we’ll use for distribution of the water to Theme Camps will cost about $80 to $100 and the Watershed crew will also need radios and cleaning products to sanitize the cubes,” says Johnny.

“We’re offering some sweet water-based perks for anyone who wants to donate from $1 to $10 or more - and every dollar counts to help us get this fantastic project off the ground," says Johnny.

Find out more about The Watershed or go visit the Possible campaign and donate!

 

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Find out more about The Watershed

Prof. Johnny Breakwell: it's vitally important to stay fully hydrated on the Paddock... (photo: Andy Flint)

Watershed

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Burner Journeys… The Birth of Sunset Island

by Jasper Ashton Aymer Vallance

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 Birth of Sunset Island

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.

Thank You

Sunset Island - That's some kinda Theme Camp!

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 jaspervallance@gmail.com and I can link you in with the appropriate team leader. You could also come meet us at our fundraisers this year:

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.

See you at Sunset!! 😉

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Parenting on the Paddock

kidscamp1We love our baby burners at Seed, and at last count we’re expecting more than 100 kids on the Paddock this year. Whether it’s one or 100, kids’ safety is paramount and we’re building on previous Seed lessons by strengthening our protocols this year, which includes mandatory registration for kids at the Gate.

Gate registration means your kid’s name, your name, a phone number and your expected camping location will be matched with your kiddie’s wristband number and accessible only by our Ranger crew for use in case of an incident. Please let us know if you change your camping location!

Registration also means we we can quickly reunite your little one with you if they appear to be lost. And if you report them lost, we have protocols in place to lock down the site, including closing the gate to EVERYONE except emergency services vehicles. 

Activities for kids

This year, the Kids Camp crew have some new things on offer like the Kids’ Cafe — run by the kids — serving breakfast everyday. There is also a great new Junior Burners program running Ten Principle-based activities at Kids Camp and around the Paddock.

To help them run things smoothly, let them know whether you are rocking up by registering — even if you are not staying at Kids’ Camp and just intend to bring your little sparks down for a visit or some activities.

Boundaries at Kids Camp

While Kids Camp acknowledges and encourages radical self-expression, it has also put some boundaries in place to allow families with different ‘comfort’ levels to be included at Seed. There is no nudity, drugs or smoking around the children at Kids Camp.

This may not work for everyone, so Kids Camp invites you to register and bring your kids along for activities, but perhaps camp nearby in the general camping area. But whenever you are at Kids Camp, you will need to respect the boundaries they have put in place. It’s important to remember that some parents have co-parenting arrangements that would prevent them coming at all if these boundaries weren’t in place.

More info

There’s heaps more info for parents and kids alike on the Burning Seed website  and if you have questions or want to connect with Kids Camp and other Paddock Parents, visit the Facebook Page

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New Theme Camps in 2015

Expect another explosive expression of creativity this year at Seed with an ever-more diverse bunch of new Theme Camps joining the established crews on Paddock. Flaming Galah has had an exclusive reveal of some of the new Theme Camps registered for our Matong shenanigans in 2015 and it’s looking pretty effing awesome, Burners!!

Theme Camp Co-Lead Thomas Snow aka Pretty Boy says part of the joy of the Burn for all participants is the chance to walk into every
Theme Camp you can, introduce yourself and sit down for a chat. “Don’t be shy, these spaces are intentionally constructed to facilitate this exact type of exchange,” he says.

“One of the main draws for me in terms of Burner culture centres around inclusiveness, acceptance and the ability to have your own interests and desires reflected in the city we build. I often describe it as a choose-your-own adventure book, that you ultimately decide what kind of Burn you want to have by active participation.”

Bigger on the inside
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Tinyville will be a big draw at Seed this year.

For instance, if you wanna think big but live small, check out Tinyville. This cute village of tiny dwellings, constructed with 100% recycled and reclaimed materials, will be arranged around a central fun zone marquee/dome with acoustic jam stage, bar, couches, hammocks and other comforts.

Tinyville’s Rory was camped with Pirania at Seed last year and is a keen proponent of the rapidly growing Tiny House Movement here in Australialand.

“It’s my first time organising a Theme Camp — I loved Seed last year and was inspired to come back this year with Tinyville. I’m building my own tiny house and I wanted to share the ideas of tiny living with burners,” says Rory.

“Tiny living is quite well aligned with the Ten Principles of Burning Man. It offers an alternative lifestyle, which challenges the failing norms of society and which encourages positive social change.

“It empowers individuals on their quest for sustainability and independence. We want to honour this at Burning Seed by building a beautiful tiny village with spaces to facilitate workshops, discussion groups, music-playing, dancing, lounging and hugs,” he says.

Pretty boy says Tinyville is a great example of the evolution of Seed’s Theme Camps over the years.

“We’ve seen a distinct shift from a mostly sound-based Theme Camp experience to a more well-rounded interactive culture that caters to many different needs,” he says.

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Amelia and wombats go way back – she’s under the sign.

Wombat Manor is another fantastic new attraction at Burning Seed this year. At the heart of Wombat Manor is a touching and beautiful burner homage by a daughter, Amelia, to her recently passed Father, Ken.

“Dad always called all the houses we lived in Wombat Manor when we were growing up,” says Amelia. “While of course it’ll be a very personal experience for me to be part of it, I wanted to gift a space to Burning Seed this year that played to Dad’s memory. I wanted to make it something he’d be proud to see with the Wombat Manor name.

“What we’ve created will be a chill space designed for dialogue and decadence, a perfect Manor to lounge in and sip on fine spirits, discuss topical issues, peruse the library and enjoy and create special moments of decadence.

“At night we’ll provide a luxurious decadent chill out lounge for those who enjoy fine music, spirits, books and living in the moment. All music at the Manor will be acoustic jazz, chill, lounge – both live and recorded.

“We’re also filling our huge rental trailer with cushions and air mattresses so come by and snuggle till your hearts content,” she says.

Too Saucy
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Get creatively insane with Moarsauce.

The Moarsauce Institute was a renegade camp last year that’s gone legit in 2015. Despite being pitched as ‘A Camp for the Creatively Insane”, the Institute has taken a really sensible approach to setting up as a Theme Camp, says Pretty Boy.

“For new and aspiring Theme Camps one of the best things you can do is keep it simple, not try to do too many things all at once.  Focus on doing one or two things really well and then build from there.  Once you feel like you have the basics down then by all means go big. Moarsauce took this approach as renegades last year and its great to see them back and official this year, it’s something we’d love to encourage,” he says.

Tal from Moarsauce says while the crew has a long history of camping at Rainbow and other events, the Institute relied on the kindness of strangers last year. “Particularly the amazing Tea Kettle House, who kindly accepted us into their space and made us feel so much at home,” he says.

“We participated by providing our dome as a chill-out space to weary wanderers, running small workshops and cooking delicious French crepes. This year, as a registered camp, we’re all grown up.  We’ve adopted an amazing group of people that came with a dowry — a 21 seater bus.

“We’ve been busy converting the bus into a Crazy Scientist’s Lab-themed party bus, on which we’ll be throwing pop-up day parties around the Paddock, fuelled by dry-ice cocktails and tunes in collaboration with other Theme Camps including Middle Eastern Mafia, Pelican Villa and more. We want to bring our Creatively Insane spirit to every corner of the Paddock,” says Tal.

So the message to you people is get out there and experience the best our 2015 Theme Camps have to offer. If you’re a first timer, lucky you! If you’re a seasoned burner, grab a burgin, have them point to something shiny and start heading for it.

It’s one of the greatest gifts — to see a burn fresh again through new eyes. Above all, remember that your mum was right, be yourself at Seed and people will fall in love with you for who you are on the inside. It’s just that kinda place.