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A Message from Burning Man on Seed’s Cancellation

We're incredibly lucky to be part of global network of Burners who can no only share their fiery spirits when times are good, but also their support and strength when times get tough. Upon learning of Seed's cancellation, Ra$pa shared this message with the Burning Seed Community, on behalf of the Burning Man Org:
 
Dear Burning Seed Team and Australia Burner Community Members,
 
It is with sadness that we learned that Burning Seed needed to be cancelled due to the record rainfall and resulting serious safety issues. I wish to share with you Burning Man’s full support of your team and this difficult but unavoidable decision. We send our gratitude, love and support. Burning Seed is a shining light in the constellation of Burner events around the world and we are grateful to the team that valiantly sought to do all they could to overcome the obstacles at hand in the hope that the weather and flooding would subside.
 
When a vision cannot be fully realized it is, of course, normal that there will be sadness and frustration. So much energy goes into creating such an extraordinary community gathering that when it can’t actually happen as planned it is understandably heartbreaking. Be extra kind to one another and to yourselves, be patient and take the long view. This is clearly a case of Nature calling the shots. But is has also been our experience over 30 years that extreme weather tends to engender real community bonds and meaningful relationships in the long run. There may even be opportunities that arise from this cancellation. You may find opportunities to place art that was intended for Seed in public places before Burning Seed next year. You may find opportunities to bring something you love about Seed to your own home and neighborhood. Welcome that as a challenge. Welcome it as an inevitability and challenge yourselves during the time you would have gathered for Burning Seed and throughout the next year, to know you are all still together in the world and to be gloriously yourselves in your public streets and neighborhoods! You have planted a seed together for years. Each of you carry that seed within you and this year’s theme just became “Spill Over and Flood the Default World!”   ; )
 
Once again, we fully support your team and community of amazing and inspiring Burners. We share this moment with you as a seminal moment in your history and we are 1000% confident that the next Burning Seed will be all the more meaningful, resilient and amazing as a result! We stand with you in the world—wet or dry!
 
With Our Love, Support, and Encouragement to Take Pause…then Pick Yourselves Up and Burn all the More Radiantly.

 

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Harassment on The Paddock – It’s Not Ok

Burning Seed is an open and radically expressive event where you will encounter people pushing their own personal boundaries. Everyone deserves to feel safe at Burning Seed regardless of their gender, and we want to foster a safe environment for everyone to express themselves, therefore harassment at Seed is not tolerated. Examples of harassment include vulgar gestures, comments about someone’s sexual orientation, sexually explicit comments, leering, whistling, barking, kissing noises, following someone, flashing someone or exposing oneself, blocking someone’s path and sexual touching or grabbing. 
 
Here are 6 tips to also help you address harassment if it occurs:
 
  1. Use strong body language. Look the harasser in the eyes; speak in a strong, clear voice. Using your voice, facial expressions, and body language together, without mixed signals, show assertiveness and strength.
  2. Project confidence and calm. Even if you do not feel that way, it is important to appear calm, serious, and confident. 
  3. Do not apologise, make an excuse, or ask a question. You do not need to say sorry for how you feel or what you want. Be firm.
  4. You do not need to respond to diversions, questions, threats, blaming, or guilt-tripping. Stay on your own agenda. Stick to your point. Repeat your statement or leave.
  5. While it's important to be assertive, try not lose your temper: This type of reaction is the most likely to lead to anger and violence from the perpetrator. 
  6. Decide when you’re done. Success is how you define it. If you said what you needed to say and you’re ready to leave, do so.

If you still feel like someone is harassing you, you can call for the assistance of a Ranger to help you. 

Stay tuned for another instalment next week from the PEER Rangers, on some tips of what to say to someone who is harassing another Burner.

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New Members for Burning Seed Town Council!!

Recently we announced vacancies for the Burning Seed Town Council (BSTC).  The BSTC is in place as an interim group to support the Burning Seed event Team Leads and facilitate the process for a new stand-alone Burning Seed legal entity.  

It’s important to note that the BSTC plays a complementary role alongside the Team Leads and we consider all the volunteers involved in making Burning Seed happen as playing an equally important role in producing an extraordinary event for all of us.

We were all very pleased with the response from the community and the high calibre of the five candidates who nominated themselves.  

The process involved the applicants submitting their nomination with background and experience, interviews with the candidates and then a final assessment of the candidates by the existing BSTC members.

After careful consideration of all the candidates, we are pleased to announce two new Town Councillors who are proposed to join the BSTC.

Ali Mohammad Shams Ahmadi is a founding member of the Middle Eastern Mafia theme camp at Burning Seed since 2013 and an active member of the Melbourne burner community.

Rennie Sinclair-Kydd, who might be known to many people through involvement with the Alien Welcoming Committee (AWC) theme camp since the early beginnings of Burning Seed in Matong and is also an active member of the Wagga Wagga and Canberra burner communities.

In addition to the BSTC roles that were available, we have also offered Susanne Parris the opportunity to support the BSTC with essential administration activities such as minutes, scheduling meetings, tracking agreed actions and facilitating comms with Team Leads through a Secretariat role.  

Suzanne is an active member of the Sydney burner community and has also been a passionate participant at Seed since 2014.

Our congratulations to Susanne, Ali and Rennie and we look forward to working with all the other candidates in the future.  

We will be on-boarding the new BSTC members over the coming weeks.  We are very excited to have their new energy and particularly look forward to having three of the seven current BSTC members actively involved in representing theme camps at Burning Seed.

Burn Bright!

Victoria, Shaye, Neil, Phil and Jayman - Burning Seed Town Councillors

Ali Mohammad Shams Ahmadi

Ali Mohammad Shams Ahmadi

Rennie Sinclair-Kydd

Rennie Sinclair-Kydd

Susanne Parris

Susanne Parris

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Acknowledging Country

by Niki and Pete (Wiradjuri mob)

I would like to acknowledge the Wiradjuri people who are the traditional custodians of this land. I would also like to pay respect to the elders past and present of the Wiradjuri nation and extend that respect to other Aboriginal people present.

The Matong State Forest is Wiradjuri country, and here at Burning Seed we recognize the privilege of  being able to build our experimental community each year on this beautiful site. We feel we should not ignore the existence and ownership of this land by Aboriginal people before European settlement and acknowledge the history within the ritual of 'Welcome to Country', the ceremony performed each year at Red Earth City to formally launch the event.

Welcome to Country & Acknowledgement of Country

‘Welcome to Country’ is an important ceremony by Aboriginal people and it helps non-Indigenous people recognize Aboriginal culture and history and make connections with country. With Welcome to Country, Elders pay respect to custodians past and present as well as Elders past and present.

Before European settlement, despite the absence of fences or visible borders, Aboriginal groups had clear boundaries separating their country from that of other groups. Crossing into another group’s country required a request for permission to enter. When that permission was granted the hosting group would welcome the visitors, offering them safe passage

Spiritually, this is showing respect for the country and the custodians who are responsible for taking care of the country where we live… So what our custodians are doing is trying to give respect back into the country.

Respecting Tradition

It was the tradition of Aboriginals that when strangers came into their particular country to hunt or to gather, or to just pass through on their way to other places, that the host Aboriginals would go out to welcome them. When they met, there would be the formalities of greeting. Part of the ceremony of welcome would be the men sitting around and talking men’s business (share knowledge and lore) whilst the host women would take the visiting women and children to a women’s site to talk women’s business.

When this was completed, the two groups would join again and the men would trade and hunt for kangaroo, goannas or bush turkey - and the women would prepare an area for eating and would gather firewood and berries, fruit, nuts and lily roots for a meal.

Dancing, Singing, Leaving No Trace (sound familiar!?)

Then the ceremonies, the corroborees dancing would commence, the singing songs around the fire could well go on, not only all night, but sometimes for many nights in a row. Each with a message within their own stories. Men, women and children all taking part. Whilst during the day, the visiting tribe would be taken and shown the sites of significance and be told the stories of the spirit of the land they would be passing.

In this way, the hosts believed that by the end of formalities, when the strangers were ready to move on they would not be considered not strangers but friends who now had the spirit of the country in their heart. They believed that once the spirit of the land was in their hearts, then those people would never damage the land they would love it and care for it like those whose home country it was…

History

A Welcome to Country is about Aboriginal people acknowledging the past, and looking to the future. It is often delivered by an Aboriginal person who has themselves been the victim of government policies.

Our Elders do the Welcome to Country as an act of generosity. These are the same people who have had their children taken away, or been removed themselves. They’re the same people who had their wages stolen by successive governments. They’re the same people who had their ancestors’ remains raided by grave robbers. They’re the same people who were disposed from their lands and forced on to missions and reserves.

And yet despite all of these terrible events and the horrendous treatment by so many parliaments, these very same people are still prepared to say ‘welcome’ to the very people who in some cases have presided over the oppression.

We encourage everyone to come along and join in to the ceremonies, to be welcomed, feel loved and pay our respects to Country. Still today we all have Knowledge to share for a better future.

Niki and Pete 

Pete tending the Sacred Fire at Welcome to Country in 2015

Pete tending the Sacred Fire at Welcome to Country in 2015 (photo: Ryan McRobb)

Yindyamarra Circle near First Camp at Seed 2015

Yindyamarra Circle near First Camp at Seed 2015

The Sacred Fire (photo: Ryan McRobb)

The Sacred Fire (photo: Ryan McRobb)

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The Balloon to the Moon from the Paddock!

So who are The Fire Flower crew? We are a team of Melbourne creatives who design and create interactive spaces and sculptures that encourage patrons to play, explore and dream. Using recycled and locally sourced materials as well as bright and playful decor, we provide spaces for festival goers to escape reality. If you were at Rainbow Serpent Festival in 2015 and encountered the huge colourful flower installation, and found your way into Pollen Heaven, otherwise know as the ball pit (!), then you have experienced the crew namesake Fire Flower creation!
 
BTM1 Balloon to Moon Sketch
 
 
Our core crew for the Seed build are a mix of Burners (USA & Seed) and Virgin Burners (yay!); Rohan Mitchell, Marian Mazz Marsden, Jeremy Jez Ankers, Grace Pilcher and Emily Em Anderson (see the photos to meet the crew). Between us there's a wealth of years of experience (and hours and hours of creativity, design, sweat, communication rollercoasters, patience & perserverance!) in creating outdoor installations, shade structures, decor & art, and events management for festivals, doofs and parties.
 
Our Seed project is Balloon to the Moon -  an intergalactic hot air balloon playground that's landed in the paddock. However, challenging perspective, it lies sideways along the ground. Hmmm quirky...!
In the Balloon's basket, the curious explorer will find an intimate peculiar chill space along with various items left behind by the missing Balloon explorers.  Where did they go? What happened to them? Your investigation leads you onwards through the stratosphere and into the Balloon itself... and so I leave the story here to let the adventure be yours to discover. Though for radical self reliance sake, pack your space suit. Journey well, my friends!
 
Balloon to the Moon is our playful take on the Deep Space theme and we invite you to bring your curiosity and wonder as you interact, play & explore the installation.
 
We are so grateful to Burning Seed for their support of our project. With a Burning Seed art grant, along with your support and the community support of our fundraising adventures, we have the opportunity to 'make real' our fantastical, whimsical, intergalactical Balloon installation, which is our ultimate Gift back to you and the Burning Seed community!! We wish you great joy, excitement & happiness while you play & interact with Balloon to the Moon!
 
And beyond Seed, where will the Balloon fly to next? Well, the main frameworks of Balloon to the Moon and all our installation structures are modular. Modular is the key! and therefore we have the flexibilty to dream up infinite possibilities and then morph our existing kit and decor into new & exciting creations. So you will see the Balloon to the Moon again however it will most likely be as a completely different installation!! Build the same installation twice?? pphhhffff! where's the fun & challenge in that! 😉 
 
If you're interested in helping with the prep work and/or the onsite build of Balloon to the Moon then get in touch with us throughhttps://www.facebook.com/TheFireFlower/
 
See you on the dancefloor this Saturday at 'Electric Dreams' and then in the paddock at Seed!
 
Rock on! 🙂

BTM3 Mazz hot air ballon

BTM7 Rohan got balls

BTM5 Grace Clouds

BTM6 Ro Jezz truck Balls

The Fire Flower crew are the creators of the Balloon to the Moon' installation for Seed 2016, and to help make it become a reality our 'Electric Dreams' Fundraiser is happening THIS Saturday 6th August at 24 Moons in Northcote, Melbourne. Woohoo!
So step out of the winter chill and onto our dreamy dance floor for a night full of funky house beats and a lineup of entertainment that will have you floating on cloud nine; awesome DJ's, decor, visuals, burlesque, circus arts, Drag Queen Benign Girl, live body painting by Living Colours and ...a BALL PIT!! 
Weird and wonderful wardrobe is vigorously encouraged so be sure to get your electric glad rags on and live out your wildest dream... and hey, make the effort as there’'ll be a stack of free drinks to win for those who tickle our pickle!
You gotta be there! 🙂
 
More info on the fundraiser at: https://www.facebook.com/events/139178599838796/  
 
 
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Coming Soon to The Paddock: Astral Arbour

By Kelly Zephyr 

The Astral Arbour is a deep-space alien landscape which pulses, inspires and grows. The central sculpture is a surreal tree of life. Her generous leaves and elongated branches create a large semi-enclosed chill space where festival go-ers can explore, find shelter from the sun, or delve into cuddle-puddle narnia.

She is created primarily out of steel tubing and fabric, is several meters high and six meters wide. Within the tree is a glowing core, and each of her five branches culminate in a graceful buttress-root inspired cocooning basket.

The concept grew from a desire to create an intimate deep-space place that recognises growth, landscapes and beauty are part of both this and other worlds.

This sculpture space is proudly presented by the THINGkers collective. We are a crew of tinkerers, welders, designers and makers. The build team includes Darby Bicheno, Terry Stevens, Naomi Faith Smith, Hannah Pallot, Kelly Zephyr, Rohan Mitchell, and an awesome crew of supporters.

We warmly invite you into the space and possibilities of the Astral Arbour landscape. Rest, spoon, play, look out and up, or meditate. Allow the Astral Arbour to feed your needs.
Follow our build on https://www.facebook.com/THINGkersCollective

AstralArbor02Original concept sketches

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Hard at work at NORM Artist Warehouse in Coburg

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PEER Rangers & a New Seed Sanctuary

By Jacqueline LadySparkles 

A message from your friendly PEER Rangers!

For all of those who don't know who we are, we are an arm of the Red Earth Rangers with specialist skills and experience in dealing in difficult emotional and stressful situations during the event. PEER stands for Psychological and Emotional Emergency Response. We provide crisis intervention to members of Red Earth City during times of distress to help a participant return to the event safely and with improved clarity. It was developed as a pro-active, rather than reactive initiative for all citizens of Red Earth City.

With LESS THAN 100 DAYS  to go before the gates open, you will be receiving regular updates from the PEERs and Red Earth Rangers over the coming weeks to help you understand our role on the paddock, in case you need a Ranger at the event.

The PEER Rangers love communication and we believe that it's the best lubrication, especially when used in intimate relationships.  Check out this awesome video on what healthy communication looks like in romantic relationships.

(Seeing healthy communication between fellow burners - whether on or off the paddock, get the PEERs and Rangers juices flowing with excitement.)

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New Sanctuary Space at Seed 

This year, Burning Seed is introducing a new safe space, designed to provide somewhere for participants to chill out and process any difficult experiences. Keep an eye out for more info on the new Sanctuary space, as we will be putting out a community call out for volunteers for this space too.

If you would like to join the awesome Red Earth Rangers or the PEER Rangers this year, please sign up at our Community Crew page.

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The Bestest Seed Theme Camp? KIDS CAMP!

by HAVOC!

In 2011 a Leeton local, Aurora Sparkles, attended a crazy new addition to the area called... Burning Seed. Back then the population of Red Earth City was still under 500 and Aurora had such a fantastic experience that she spread the word to her local friends. In 2012 another Leeton legend, Jo Roberts, formed the first “unofficial” theme camp specifically for families - Burning Seed Kids’ Camp 1.0 was born.

Aurora, Jo and Mel Browell had about 30 kids that first year, growing to 45 kids in 2013. By 2014 there were 50+ kids and in 2015 we had 63 registered children on site plus all the other kids that visit from other camps.

Burner Family

After 2014 our local legends and founding Mother Monsters retired from KC duties in order to have some grown-up fun. Transitioning leadership of a big camp is not for the faint hearted but family Burners are a special breed.

Last year we had 54 registered families living on site. Kids Camp is a camp with special needs in terms of the relatively high proportion of dependents; imagine if half your camp couldn’t be Radically Self-Reliant (not just that one guy... you know who you are/he is).

So our operational model, while challenging, works really well and is always being refined. Having the support and strong relationships with past Camp leaders means KC is going to be better than ever this year as Bonnie Roppola takes the reigns.

So what happens at Kids’ Camp? SO MUCH FUN! We have a dedicated art tent, a baby and infant marquee, a mess tent that feeds everyone dinner every night, a movie tent and a shaded outdoor space and for the second time running a kids’ only loo. Last year my five year old started the Kids’ Café where they gifted breakfast to each other and passers by (cutest thing ever and a welcome self-reliance exercise for kids with tired parents).

Safe and Inclusive

Kids’ Camp is a reminder that Burning is not just about partying. For families to share the opportunity of a reprieve from the default mode; to see adults playing like children, to meet people of like mind from all sorts of places and socio-economic backgrounds, to focus on creativity and individual self-expression and look after each other outside of institutional models is a precious and rare thing. Kids’ Camp is Inclusion.

Not everywhere at a Burn is suitable for children but Burner parents get to expose their kids to as much or as little of the carnival as they wish to, without judgement. However, children need a safe place with clear boundaries; one they recognise as consistent and not too challenging. At Kids’ Camp we provide this safe place, where the environment is just adventurous enough to be exciting without pushing into causing them to feel insecure. They know where their friends live and can run around our lovely site freely. Our gift is to build and manage it with them in mind.

Kids’ Camp has no nudity, drugs or smoking. These boundaries are of course open to challenge on the Principle of Radical Self-Expression, yes, but as a tribe we have to allow for parents who may have boundaries that require a greater restraint, co-parenting arrangements for example. On the basis of Inclusion these things are non-negotiable on KC site.

KC Families are fiercely collaborative but this is not a drop and run zone; your children must be supervised by you or a guardian you have organized at all times. Leaving a child anywhere at Burning Seed without making adequate arrangements is taken very seriously and Rangers will be informed if a parent cannot be located in a reasonable amount of time.

Deep Space Cadets

So what’s new this year for Deep Space? Improved site management; families don’t travel light and everyone tends to bring the big rig so our population has reached critical mass. Kids’ Camp: Deep Space Cadets will be a child-centric activity world with camping encouraged for new families, sole parents and crew but there is still room for others on our fancy new grid system. We are designing an observatory and hopefully a water feature!

What we do know is it is time for more family theme camps to spring up; last year kids tickets represented roughly 6% of the population. The teens and tweens are not technically allowed to roam, so we need people to help create awesome things to occupy them. We encourage everyone at Red Earth City to think of ways of including kids in their own offerings and to let us know early so we can get it in the Junior Burner Guide. Registrations open soon! Now let’s hear from the kids…

"I like kids cafe. I also like the workshops and seeing old friends from the years before. I also like the art, like painting." Caitlin, 7

"My favourite thing about Burning Seed Kids Camp are the workshops and the grownups spending their time with the kids doing fun stuff. " Tegan, 9

To get in touch please email kidscampburningseed@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook 
You can also support our Kids Camp fundraising efforts by grabbing some of our awesome merchandise.

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Kids Camp

Kids Camp

Kids Camp

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Burning Seed Town Council Needs More Members!

Burning Seed Town Council is the organising 'Board' responsible for staging Burning Seed. Due to a member stepping down recently, there are now TWO vacancies on the Burning Seed Town Council and interested members of the community (that's YOU!) are invited to apply to join!

What's Involved?

If you're interested in helping steer Burning Seed into the future and you have experience in event or project management your talents are needed! You'll need to make a commitment to join the monthly meetings and dedicate at least a few hours each month to directing that lovely brain of yours to all things Burning Seed.  

If you'd like to get involved and want to find out more please read the Issues to consider before standing for Burning Seed Town Council document and email towncouncil@burningseed.com with your details.

What's the Background?

The BSTC reports to the Directors of Red Earth City Pty Ltd, the company that stages Burning Seed each year. Red Earth City Pty Ltd has been the legal entity behind Burning Seed since 2010. Until last year the Red Earth City Town Council oversaw Burning Seed event and supported other Burner initiatives under the banner of Burning Man Australia, all on behalf of the Red Earth City Board of Directors.

Back in December 2015, the Directors of Red Earth City Pty decided it was time to make some governance changes before important issues related to the event's sustainability and growth could be addressed. So the Red Earth City Town Council was split into two separate bodies:

1) a group to drive forward the staging of the Burning Seed event, its future growth and development; and

2) a separate group focused on developing Burner culture around Australia - (remember although Seed was the earliest Aussie Burn a few more have spawned since then including Modifyre in Queensland and Blazing Swan in Western Australia).

OK, so these two new groups that were created last year are the Burning Seed Town Council AND the Burning Man Australia Community Board. The new structure looks something like this...

Why Change?

Burning Seed is going through some major changes right now. The event's tremendous growth in numbers in recent years has given much to think about in terms of how Burning Seed moves forward on a number of counts.

What's exciting is, for the first time, Burning Seed has a Town Council that can concentrate just on the Burning Seed event. The Burning Seed Team Leads' group keeps an operational focus while the new Burning Seed Town Council has a broader focus on securing a sustainable future for the event.

In December, an interim Burning Seed Town Council was set up to get things moving with the goal to research and consult the community on the best options for a new legal entity under which Burning Seed can operate in the years ahead. The positions on the current, interim Town Council include:

  • One Red Earth City (REC) Director: Phil Smart;
  • Nominees from Team Leads and the former REC Town Council: Jarred Taylor, Victoria Vickery and Neil Power;
  • Ex-officio member: Shaye Harty (Event Coordinator) 

This Town Council WILL change and is technically only temporary until they figure out the new entity for Seed in the future.

Get Involved!

Two positions are now available on the Burning Seed Town Council and they'd love to hear from those in the community who want to help achieve all these goals, and who (preferably) have time and experience in event management and development - if you'd like to get involved and want to find out more the read the Issues to consider before standing for Burning Seed Town Council document and email towncouncil@burningseed.com with your details.

Town Council

Our structure: Any artists out there wanna make this look purdy?

Town Council

Where it all began - at the Bellingen Seed in 2010

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Still welcoming you home in 2016

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burningseed.com got a facelift!

By Maddy Snow

There's been a lot happening in Seed world of late, and perhaps you've been living under a rock, but it's more likely you've fitted out your Burner profile, applied for a large art grant, registered your theme camp, bought your Seed tickets, got your annual leave approved... oh, and checked out the new and improved Burning Seed website, yeah? Yeah! 

Well in case this little update escaped you, here's a breakdown of some of the changes we made:

  • You can now access all Burning Seed info on your smart phone or tablet. What that actually means is you can now access burningseed.com from the toilet.
  • Burners landing on the homepage can join the crew straight from the home page. (Did you know there's a bunch of crew roles waiting to be filled by awesome people like you?)
  • We have a fresh page of galleries, gradually being updated with the latest and greatest photos from our amazing crew of photographers.
  • There are little hints of Deep Space spread through the site (notice the colours? The way it sucks you into a black hole of Burner knowledge?).
  • We also made a bunch of changes to the site's back end, making it easier to update and less likely to do really annoying things that keep Andrew Lau up at night.

Haven't had a look yet? Well, you're on it right now. Have a poke around, by starting at our homepage.

 

We're pretty pleased to be giving our website a facelift, and none of this would have been possible without:

 

Gentle Fox. Over many phone calls, confused messages from comms members and bottles of wine, Fox spent months, often up until 3am leading the update to a Deeply Spaced website.

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Andy Goodyear. Andy provided amazing support in the final weeks before launch, including making our 10 Principles page and gallery pages look super slick, just like his hair. 

 

andyG

 

Andrew Lau. Lau is fluent in nerd, and made a heap of improvements that only Gentle Fox could understand, but that are all incredibly important.

 

Lau

 

Jane, aka Lioness. Jane coordinated the foundation for us to work from, and provided the words for us to sculpt this site around. She wrote the beautifully eloquent page descriptions which have inspired other Burn sites around the world.

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Next time you see any of these people, buy them a drink!!

Also, big love to SirAndy, our fearless Burning Seed Comms team leader, and Rohan for his equally geeky moral support. Enjoy!