Yeah, the 2014 fires of Burning Man and Burning Seed may be in ashes, but the phoenix well and truly rose once more as Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide communities rocked their cities with Decompressions in November/December.
At a Decompression, Burners gather to celebrate the recent Burn and to fan the flames of inspiration, creativity and community in our lives back home. More than just a party, a Decom encompasses the ten principles and re-creates a mini Burn environment, perpetuating the culture that thrives both in Black Rock City, Nevada, and our very own Red Earth City. And just like a Burn, it is run by the community for the community – and that means YOU too!
With most Decoms in their third year, dedicated Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide community members gathered their participant power and took their Decoms, and the broader Burner community, to a whole new level this year. Let’s hear a little from them.[bra_border_divider top=’20’ bottom=’20’]
Sydney Decompression — 22 November
There was much fun and shenanigans, which ran through to the dawn.
To everyone who helped set up and clean up, to all gate crew, to everyone behind bars, front of bars, over bars, under bars, on stage and off stage. To those who set up corners, played tunes, danced and bounced, sung and screamed, loved and let be loved. Thank you to all of you who came and had the Sydney decompression experience that was “The Burner Gallery”!
The 2014 “Burner Gallery”, which originally started in 2012, was made possible by Onur Karaozbek, Shaye Harty, Avin Jason and our beloved theme camps from across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
These included Trash Mansion, Swing Dog Circus, Middle Eastern Mafia, Mint Country Club, Dirty Birds, Nargile temple, Sunday Bloody Mary, The Orphanage, Star Shitty, Alien Welcoming Committee, Coastal Bass Initiative, Sunset Island, “Tech Support”, Opti Doof Gif Room and many more art, DJs and performers.
Check out this video for 2.13 mins of pure, unexpurgated Sydney decomp sexiness and visit the Facebook event page.
Written by Onur Ka
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MelBurn Decom — 29 November
MelBurn Decomp’rs, you RULE! From start to finish, this was the best DECOMP that Melbourne has seen yet.
Seven-hundred incredible people gathered in one spot for the night, bringing together the sparkle that only our community knows how to do so well.
We served up tea and glow-light painting by Kettle Tea House, pillow fighting by Pirania, 3D Modelling, the Occulus Rift, Mint Country Club getting all minty on us, Kraken Korner, a photobooth, AWC and their kick-elf sound room, and much much more.
A fabulous time was had by all and your production team of Shane, Nick, Jess, Ali, Piro and GeminiTrix can’t wait to do it all over again next year!
Flick through these pics to see more of the night. Can’t wait to join us again next year? Like our Facebook page and stay in touch.
Written by Erin Pimm
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Adelaide Decom — 13 December
Adelaide DECOMPRESSION exploded with all guns blazing in 2014.
Local Burners came together to create this event, collaborating to express a night filled with warm style, art, music and urban grunge.
Alcazar Rifle and Swing Dog Circus are the current theme camps present in SA and both helped to add a combined force of bohemian mayhem.
They showcased roving live musicians, duelling banjo and guitar beauties while spoken word and poetry was performed throughout the delightful underground basement dwelling that is “Ancient World”.
With images project onto translucent screens, the night also saw local film-makers showcasing their talent. To add a touch of class and pizazz, we also saw a cabaret from Divine Drag Diva. Taking it up a notch or two, “Colour Radium ” rocked out as the party gently progressed to an ultimate climatic roof-raising stomp on the dancefloor, with Scoob spinning some wicked vinyl beats, followed by some Swing Dog Gypsy Circus carnival to ride the morning home.
A wonderfully eclectic and diverse group of talent down here, all coming together to share and gift Conceptual Urban Burner Grunge while Adelaide grows stronger and more powerful the more we fuel the fire and stoke the coals!
Fully immerse yourself in all its glorious goodness by checking out these pics.
Written by David Wright [bra_border_divider top=’20’ bottom=’20’]
Blog pics by Richard Rayment, Shaan Ali and David Wright