It has been more than a year since I last posted on this blog… In that year I have worked on another successful AfrikaBurn (2015’s theme was The Gift),
the very last Swartland Revolution and also got to travel to Australia to help build and have fun at their Burning Man Regional Burning Seed.
Burning Seed takes place in Matong State Forest in New South Wales – a lovely shady setting for someone used to putting on these events in harsh desert environments.
Here is an extract from my blog post, published on Seed’s blog last week.
“The setting, the faces and the accents may change, but at its core the spirit of the people, who give so much of their time to put on an event of this nature, remains the same. This is my tribe.
Same / Same, but Same, but Different
To date I’ve been lucky enough to work at Nowhere, the European regional Burn in Spain (2012 and 2013) with around 1000-1200 participants and at AfrikaBurn, the world’s biggest regional, in the Tankwa Karoo of South Africa (2013 to 2015) with numbers in the range 8000 to 11,000.
Burning Seed 2015 was a fantastic middle ground in terms of participants (3,400 or so) and I really enjoyed the sense of community I found at Red Earth City.
Interestingly the concerns and issues that plague the membership and the Operations Team at AfrikaBurn HQ in Cape Town also resonate with the Burning Seed team in Australia.
The rapid growth of the events, the constant need to reinforce the message of consent, conflicts between the Ten Principles, keeping everyone happy in a radically expressive environment and burn-out amongst key team members seems to be all too evident both sides of the pond.”
To read the entire article and for more info on this fantastic event, please head over to their website.