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TICKET TIME!!! Pre-Sale / General Sale dates have LANDED!!

Need to know:

  • PRE-SALE for 2016 Ticket Holders goes live Friday 12 May from 7pm AEST
  • PRE-SALE ticket codes will be emailed to 2016 Ticket Holders (i.e. those who held tickets at time of last year's cancellation) by Wednesday 10 May
  • General Ticket sales open Friday 19 May from 7pm AEST
  • You need to have completed your Burner Profile to buy a ticket
  • Max 2 adult tickets per transaction (in General Ticket sales)
  • All ticket holders need a Burner Profile with a name that matches photo ID
  • Having a profile does not guarantee a ticket – there is a cap on tickets
  • Pricing for 2017 – Adult: $195 / Youth (16+17yo) $145 / Kids $10 (ex. booking fee)
  • No free or complimentary tickets – everyone buys a ticket

Are you ready to go DEEPER?! That’s right folks, Starship Burning Seed is hurtling through the ether from the oblivion of last year’s cancelled event towards a newer, drier, more shiny and spandex filled constellation… Burning Seed 2017: DEEPER SPACE from 27 September to 2 October!!

As a big thank you to everyone who showed such incredible kindness, patience and support while we dealt with the difficult task of organising insurance, refunds etc for last year, we’re delighted to announce that you folks will get FIRST OPTION on tickets for 2017.  

Yes, all 2016 Ticket Holders will be eligible for PRE-SALE tickets which will go live on Friday 12 May from 7pm AEST (put it in your diary NOW!). All 2016 Ticket Holders will receive an email with a code that unlocks the option to buy one ticket each. Quicket will email 2016 Ticket Holders a pre-sale code by Wednesday 10 May. Then General ticket sales will open 1 week later on Friday 19 May - until sold out it will be possible to buy two adult tickets per transaction in the general ticket sale but as before all Ticket Holders will need a Burner Profile.

Tickets and tiers

There are some important changes to ticketing in 2017:

  • If you bought a ticket in 2016 you can use the Burner Profile you set up last year.
  • If you don’t have a Burner Profile you need one to be eligible to buy a ticket - go complete your Profile!
  • ADULT tickets are priced at $195 (ex fees) for a five day, 120 hour, out-of-this-world Deep Space experience at Red Earth City in 2017.
  • This year we are also offering YOUTH (16 or 17 year olds) tickets at $145
  • A limited number of tickets (around 15% of the total number of adult tickets available) will be reserved for purchase by core event crew and essential crew at returning Theme Camps to reduce any risk to the basic infrastructure of the event.
  • There’s a maximum of 2 adult tickets per transaction.
  • We will be offering a STEP program in 2017 to further improve support and safety and to reduce incidence of scalping for ticket exchange

Why has the ticket price increased by $10 on last year?

We’ve always asked that people buy the most expensive ticket they could afford and raising the ticket price is never an easy thing to do. We do our best to keep the ticket as affordable as possible, balancing income against costs while allowing for contingencies and making sure this remains a sustainable event. This year above all we need to take a very prudent approach to pricing given last year’s non-event and the costs incurred as a result.

When we increased the ticket price last year we said we needed to build in reserves for unexpected costs or emergencies we cannot budget for – such as the flooding of the site. We’ve used most if not all of that reserve to cover refunds for last year while we wait for the remaining insurance monies. You can check the latest financials here to find out more about where the money gets spent. The price still compares well against other festivals and events with camping and of the same length (five days or less).

How will the STEP program work?

We’re expecting the event will again sell out this year and we’re always looking for ways we can prevent ticket scalping and make it easier for people to exchange tickets if they find they can’t attend for whatever reason. We’ll provide more info on STEP in the coming months but for those who’ve used similar schemes it will basically offer two options: "I want to sell my tickets" and "I'm looking for tickets".

It only allows the seller to enter full price tickets into the outbound queue. People looking for tickets request 1 or 2 tickets and get entered in the inbound queue. There is a matching system then that offers outbound tickets to those waiting in the queue. That offer is valid for 24 hours and if they don't buy in that time, they are automatically removed from the queue and the tickets are offered to the next person in line.

What about kids tickets?

Kids (<16) tickets are $10 and will be available for purchase when the General Ticket sales open on Friday 19 MayKids under 16 don’t need to complete a Profile – their tickets will be linked to the Profile of the responsible guardian attending with the child. Young people 16 & 17 need to purchase a Youth ticket ($145) and they will need their own Burner Profile.

What Next?

From 7pm AEST on Friday 12 May, if you were a 2016 Ticket Holder at the time the 2016 Seed was cancelled you can buy PRE-SALE ticket(s) using the link you will receive from Quicket by Wednesday 10 May. Any remaining tickets will then be offered for General Sale a week later on Friday 19 May. Any issues or questions drop us a line at ticketing@burningseed.com. We’ll issue another reminder or two beforehand but make sure your heavenly body is orbiting that ticket page on 12 May!

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READ THIS! Burner Profiles are Coming to Burning Seed

BURNER PROFILES (1)OK folks - some important pre-ticket news!

  • Burner Profiles are coming to Burning Seed this month (April)….
  • 2016 tickets will go on sale next month (mid May)...
  • To buy a ticket you need a Burner Profile...
  • No Profile=No Ticket...

Go on, what's this about?

Tickets for Burning Seed sold out in 2015. We expect tickets to sell out again in 2016. We're introducing improvements to the ticketing process to help us better prepare this year, to learn more about our community and reduce the risks we saw after tickets sold out last year (scamming, scalping).

A major innovation will be the introduction of ‘Burner Profiles’.

What are Burner Profiles?

If you've been to Burning Man, AfrikaBurn, or MidBurn in Israel you'll already be familiar with Burner Profiles (follow the links to find out more about Profiles at those events). Burn events use Profiles to help the flow of information collected from participants for ticket sales and for registrations (theme camps, art, mutant vehicles, events etc.).

The Burner Profile process can also help participants, particularly those new to a Burn, better understand what they heck they are getting into. Along with basic Profile information - name, email - there’s a few simple questions aimed at getting participants to think about the 10 Principles and what they mean.

Reducing the risk of scalping and scamming.

At Burning Seed in 2016, Burner Profiles will tie you - the purchaser - to your ticket. If you don’t have a Burner Profile you cannot purchase a ticket. This makes it much harder (though unfortunately not impossible) to scalp or scam tickets.

No Profile = No Ticket.

This is really important - if you don’t have a Profile you cannot buy a ticket for Burning Seed in 2016. If you want a ticket you MUST complete a Burner Profile. While completing a Profile does not guarantee you a ticket, you will need to have one already completed to be able to purchase a ticket when they go on sale in mid May. Even if you buy a ticket later this year from someone who doesn't need theirs anymore, YOU WILL STILL NEED A BURNER PROFILE in order to USE that ticket.

What kind of info does the Profile require?

Burner Profiles require basically the same information asked for in previous years when you've bought a ticket...

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Scammed: The scammers and scalpers were out in force when Seed tickets sold out last year...

  • Real name
  • Paddock name (optional)
  • Email address
  • State & country (note: we will ask for your full address when you buy a ticket but this will NOT be stored in your Burner Profile)

.... PLUS a couple of additional demographic questions similar to those we ask each year in the Census.

  • Age
  • Gender
  • How many Burning Seed events attended?
  • How many Nevada/other regional burns attended?

We will retain this information which means you only need to complete your Burner Profile ONCE (you may need to update your Profile in future years).

In addition to the Burner Profile, you'll need to complete a short questionnaire about your knowledge and understanding of the 10 Principles, how you heard about Seed and how you plan to contribute in 2016. The information you provide here will not be retained beyond 2016 but it will help us get a much better understanding this year of ticket buyers' level of engagement with Burning Seed.

What will you do with the info in the Profile?

In 2016, the information you provide in your Burner profile will be linked to your ticket - as in... you need a Profile to buy a ticket.

In FUTURE YEARS the plan is to link the Profiles to tickets AND other registrations - Art grants, Theme Camps, Events, Mutant Vehicles - as in... you'll need a Profile to buy a ticket AND apply for a grant, register an event and so on.

The information you provide in your Profile won’t be used for anything other than the uses you consent to when you complete your Profile (which will include a detailed data use and privacy policy).

You’re welcome at any stage to contact us on ticketing@burningseed.com if you have questions or concerns.

What's the timing?

So here are the key dates for your diary:

  • Mid April - Burner Profiles GO LIVE - look out for announcements in the coming days on the Burning Seed website and on Facebook. You can complete your Profile anytime, but we're expecting tickets to sell quickly in 2016... We'd strongly suggest you complete your Profile before…..
  • Mid May - when tickets will go on sale. Look out for announcements about the ticket sale date, price etc very soon.

If you haven’t already LIKED our official Facebook page go do it now to stay in touch.

Please also help us by letting your friends and frenemies know they will need to complete their Profiles before tickets go on sale to be in with a chance of securing a ticket. Can't stress this enough folks - the earlier you complete your Profile, the more prepared you’ll be.

How much are tickets?  How many tickets will be available?

We’re in the process (in April) of setting our budget for 2016 and we’re not yet in a position to finalise the ticket price until those budgets are agreed. This information will be made available over the next few weeks.

As with previous years there will be more tickets made available but there will also be a cap. Tickets for the event are capped for a range of reasons. Ideally everyone who attends Burning Seed will do their bit, but last year we had just 8% of participants give their time to Community Crew. We need more Crew to support the infrastructure to accommodate more participants. Burner Profiles will really help with early assessment of how many volunteer crew we can expect in 2016.

If you want to volunteer for Community Crew find out more about positions available.

Keep an eye on our Facebook Page and on the Burning Seed website later in April for the announcement that the Burner Profiles have gone live. You'll have a few weeks to complete your Burner Profile (it only takes a few minutes) before tickets go on sale in mid May.

If you have any questions - any questions at all - before, during or after the process of completing your Burner Profile - please email: ticketing@burningseed.com

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Summit – all questions great and small

Summit 2015

Team Leads and 2ics in action during the Summit.

Teams Leads, 2ICs and leads-to-be gathered at the Summit in Sydney on November 27-28 to chew the fat over this year’s event and tackle some of the big questions for next year and beyond.

It was also an opportunity for a changing of the guard (sob) and the introduction of a new council that will be the vanguard of Burning Seed’s future.

To read these stories, hitch a ride over here to say hooroo and check out the new council here.

But back to that meeting….

Over two (very) full days at St Peter’s Tortuga Studios, 32 people gathered to hear each Team Lead give a brief presentation on the highs, the lows and the so-sos of their area this year.

Another year’s Summit put to bed – and now we dance.

It was also an opportunity for everyone to ask questions about each Team’s AfterBurn report, a more detailed overview that is prepared before the Summit and which every organiser is expected (ahem) to pore over.

But the big questions were a family affair, with the group throwing around a few hot agenda potatoes together. These included:

      • 2016 Burning Seed dates (soon, my lovelies, soon!)
      • Ticket sales: Now that Seed is selling out, the dynamic of how we sell and price tickets will need to change. Much discussion has led to the formation of a ticketing subcommittee to investigate and propose solutions and direction.
      • Community Crew numbers: Recruitment was an issue across all the teams, with only 8 per cent of Burning Seed participants signed up as Community Crew.
      • Event capacity & ticket caps: Issues with recruitment and infrastructure limit our rate of growth.
      • Paid positions: With the event growing rapidly and many key people gifting the equivalent of full-time or part-time jobs, the question of pay is raising its head. 
      • Proposed new teams or initiatives: These include a Civic Services Department, which will help organise our new teams – Indigenous Affairs, Fun Police, Temple Guardians and Sanctuary (harm-reduction chill space).  Other initiatives include a Ceremony Coordinator and a Burning Seed Archivist. 
      • Effigy design: While the community can still contribute conceptual ideas, the design of the Effigy has come back in house.

Wanna be more than a fly on the Summit wall? A Burning Seed AfterBurn report will be available online in the new year, giving you an overview of each team area.

For those who nerd out with numbers, details and facts, the Summit minutes will soon be available along with each team’s AfterBurn report. These give a more detailed account (aka long) of what worked, what didn’t work and recommendations for each team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Burning Seed 2015: the wrap, the good rap and the year ahead

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DPI doing it in style. Pic by Andy Flint

On Monday, 12 October, the last of the Burning Seed crew left the Paddock and closed the gate on this year’s EPIC event.

The DPI crew had slogged through a week of packdown after the frenzy of dancing, dreaming and doing had dry humped the Paddock goodbye.

There were marquees to be dismantled; community spaces to be cleared of art and furniture; tools to be ticked off; inventories to be created; radios to be logged; shipping containers to be packed; MOOP sweeps to be done; and five weeks’ worth of support infrastructure to be dismantled.

For some it was the end of a loooooooong stint on the Paddock. So when they finally closed the Paddock gate, there was a collective sigh of relief as they turned their vehicles for Melbourne.

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The magic of Sunset Island. Pic by Noma Kim

But there’s no closing the gate on the incredible energy, inspiration, excitement, love and ideas that this year’s event has generated (despite finding ourselves back in the bearpit of Facebook and its poor facsimile of Paddock togetherness. One more round of the cultural appropriation debate, anyone?)

You felt it. The Team Leads felt it. We all felt. Burning Seed jumped to a whole new level.

Why?

Well, we could talk nerd and spout numbers about tickets, people, art and stuff. Or we could flash theme camps a thumbs-up for the game they brought and the next levels they jumped too. We could point to the increased flame effects and spontaneous combustions of creativity around the paddock. Or did the Effigy and Temple tip it over the edge for you, too?

But the wherefore-art-thou of Seed’s success was found in the spaces between. It was felt in the synaptic energy that lept from person to person and across the circuitry of our community, emerging in stories like these. 

It continues to pulse through a plethora of post-Seed events great and small, from the micro-community love-ins of theme camps and camp mates to organised picnics, beach parties, bar nights and Decompressions in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide. 

Soooooo long and thanks for all the fish

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Awh, we love you too, Rangers. Pic by Andy Flint

For the Team Leads, it has been an epic year too. We have all pushed ourselves as organisers and people, expanding our reserves, resolve and comfort zones to meet team, community and personal challenges; to weather and learn from community criticism; and to give more of ourselves than we ever thought possible.

For those of us who have been involved from the beginning of Seed, we’ve experienced a particular blend of pleasure, pain and pride in witnessing the evolution of this year’s Revolution. It has been a long birth of collective and accumulative efforts to create and hold a space where our Seedling event and community can grow.

It’s a collective effort that includes you too, with many of us bound together on a six-year journey for this thing we share, care and squabble over; that we opine and obsess over; fight for and can’t wait for.

And so we say thank you.

Thank you to every single person who has built, brought, created, cleaned, cared, designed, dreamed, filmed, gifted, greeted, performed, played, photographed, posted, published, rangered, shared, talked, worked, wrangled, written and more. Whether it was this year or last year or the year before that. Thank you.

Next Seed steps

So now the lovefest is over, what does the rest of the year hold for Burning Seed?

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Info, info, info. Pic by Nigel Dobson-Keeffee

Next on the agenda: MOOP map. Our crack team of MOOP troupers spent days scouring the Paddock after the event finished, recording information about where and how much MOOP (Matter Out of Place) was left behind and who was responsible. All this information goes on to a colour-coded MOOP map, which will be released soon.

This year, the map will be an interactive web-based Google map. You will be able to zoom in and out; expand speech bubbles to read more detailed info about theme camps, art works, public camping, and infrastructure areas; and look at related photos and videos.

Meanwhile, all the Team Leads are slaving over their own AfterBurn reports in time for the Summit at the end of this month. You can find out more about AfterBurns and the summit here

You also have your own homework to do, with the census running until November 14 and voting for next year’s theme ready to rock next week – keep your eyes peeled on the website.

And by the time Summit is done and dusted, it’ll be time to launch the next Seed season all over again with the release of next year’s theme and dates, and the launch of Community Design Labs

Numbers numbers numbers

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We love a self-reliant newbie. Pic by Andy Flint

Still want to talk nerd? Here are some figures for this year:

  • Adult tickets sold: 3342
  • Kids tickets sold: 232
  • Theme camps: 47
  • Artworks: 42
  • Days on site: 38
  • People who signed up as Community Crew: 298

And, finally, a confession, of sorts.

The ticketing quiz

There has been much talk about newbie numbers following the ticketing quiz we introduced this year, with a 75% figure floating around social media.

Unfortunately, we missed the opportunity to really understand how many fresh-flesh Burgins we had this year. In the quiz we asked whether people had previously been to Burning Seed, rather than asking whether they had been to a Burn – a much better question to ask.

According to the quiz, 1667 had never been to Burning Seed, while 754 had been to Burning Seed. People buy multiple tickets and only the purchaser takes the quiz, so there are 921 people for whom we just don’t know… *scratches head*.

With a large number of people having been to other Burns but enjoying their first Burning Seed, the Burner to Burgin ratio is likely to be closer to 1.5 to 1 or 1 to 1.

Next year, folks: bigger, brighter and more Burgin than ever before. And better stats. In the meantime, get amongst it. Burning Seed is not just a once-a-year event but a year-round community.

 

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Message from your Gate crew

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Nick, our illustrious Gate Team Lead.

Written by Nick Westcott, Gate Team Lead.

The last few days have been tough. It has made us sit back and take a long hard look at a number of procedures we have in place for running gate at Seed this year. It has made us get on many phone calls, answer many emails, monitor Facebook and Gumtree, and drink many bottles of wine. It has made us have too many serious conversations with other teams about what this all means. It has made us sad.

Most of all it has stopped us doing the important things we need to do to get ready for Burning Seed 2015.

We’re not going to get into a discussion about the pros and cons of ticket limits. About the impacts on crewing, permits, insurance and the quality of event we deliver. All we on gate want to say is that once you get to the site PLEASE do what you can to make our lives easy.

Have your ticket ready. Have your ID ready. If you’ve bought a ticket from someone, else have a copy of their ID ready. Let us search your car. Listen to the crew and give them the respect they deserve.

We are people like you. We are doing our absolute best to get everyone into the event as quickly and as safely as we can.

We cannot wait to see you.

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Tier two and passouts — tickets to ride and radically survive

icon_ticketHot tamales! Tier One tickets flew out the door at an unprecedented rate, which means two things: the wondrous word of Seed is spreading and we need to —* intake of breath* —  cap Tier Two tickets.

We love us some techy talk here at Seed, and modelling has helped us track ticket-sale patterns and make predictions over the previous years. But there are the times that the best-laid techy talk is still foiled by spontaneous community combustion.

So, Tier Two Tickets ($145) are now be capped at 850, and we will move into Tier Three tickets ($165) as soon as we sell out or the date listed on ticketing page — whichever comes first.

And while we’re talking tickets, there are few other important things to remember about this year:

  • Kids tickets are only sold online this year
  • There are no gate sales.
  • Your ID will need to match your ticket when you show it at the gate. If somebody else has purchased the ticket, then you need to be able to show a photocopy of that ID along with your ticket.

icon_openIcon_in-outBut you don’t just need your ticket to ride this great Burning Seed train, there are also passouts this year. These are $20 per vehicle and can be organised at the Gate. Locals and people in key organising roles will be exempt with pre-registration.

The passout was introduced this year because too many people were regularly leaving the site last year.

This not only created more work and traffic for the gate crew to manage but undermined the radical self-reliance principle. This would have been an even bigger problem this year given the substantial increase in participants.

So dare to get your radical self-reliance principle on with good preparation, and immerse yourself in the Red Earth City bubble for the week.

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Burner Bios — linking ticket sales to Seed know-how

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]T[/bra_dropcaps]his year we’re looking at integrating Burner Bios into the ticketing process. This means that everyone who buys a ticket would need to trip their merry way through a series of fun FAQ questions and then share some very basic details to set up a Bio. And we want to talk to you about it. 

Why create Burner Bios?

We had a large number of newbies rock up to our fast-growing patch of paddock of Paradise last year. Of course, we love us a newb and we love watching them blow their minds (and hearts) at their first Burn. But with participation our paradisical fuel, we need to make sure that everybody is aboard the self-reliance, leave-no-trace, all-the-ten-principles train.

And despite the large amount of info available last year, there were many reports of first-timers not knowing their fun from their FAQS –  MOOPing, issues with consent, Participation and self-reliance? Never heard of it, to name but a few. “We need more education!” many of you also cried in the 2014 census.

So, we’ve been talking to other regionals about this wee problem that many of us are facing: Burns growing up very fast under the spotlight and cache of the Burning Man name, and at a time when the mothership is turning away tens of thousands of people from its dusty, pearly gates. It’s a time when the I’ve-alway-wanted-to-go-to-Burning Man newbie is king — or at least a large part of the coterie.

For regionals like AfrikaBurn, which now numbers around 10,000 this year and faces its own delicate balancing act of Burn vs desert rave (insert Doof for us), Burner profiles have proven a useful way to ensure that people actually engage with relevant Burner information.

How would Bios make a difference?

Everybody will have to pass through this Bio-making point to get their ticket, and that means everyone will need to engage with a certain level of information needed to create, maintain and take part in our Burnerverse. 

For example, to set up your Bio you will need to answer a range of fun FAQ multiple-choice questions covering all the Burning Seed 101s: Did you know you gotta bring your own shit, owright? Yes, that means water too. And what does P stand for? Nooooo… it doesn’t mean just parrrrrrrrty. It stands for participate – and it stands for YOU.

Once your Bio is set up, you will also be required to download the Survival Guide as part of the process and be redirected to options for participating.

It won’t be a perfect system – ‘cause if you want to just tick, tick, tick to get through, there’s not much we can do about it. But we can ensure that many, many more people are made aware of the fact that a Burn is all up to YOU – and that means them too!

What information would Bios retain?

We will collect as little as possible and not much more than what you already share with the ticket company. We will ask your name – real or playa/paddock – your email address, your number of previous Burns, and the way you might want to participate. (This last question is less about info retention than redirection (aka gentle nudge) towards options for getting involved).

Privacy

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So talk to us. We’d like to hear your thoughts too. Click here to write your own ideas or support the ones that other people have shared.

 Banner pic thanks to Onur Ka