Burning Man Australia was formed around 2001 as a collaboration between The Burning Man Project and the first Australian Burning Man regional contact. Its the name given to cover the Australian footprint for the Burning Man region which is overseen by the Australian Burning Man Project's regional contacts.
About The Burning Man Project
The primary purpose of The Burning Man Project is to uphold and manifest the values described in the Ten Principles of Burning Man, specifically:
- Radical Inclusion
- Radical Self-reliance
- Radical Self-expression
- Communal Effort
- Civic Responsibility
- Leaving No Trace
“Burning Man” is understood not as an event, but as referring to a way of life lived consistently with these Ten Principles. The Burning Man Project provides infrastructural tools and frameworks that will allow people to apply the Ten Principles in many communities and spheres of endeavor.
Mission + Vision of The Burning Man Project
The mission of the Burning Man Project is to facilitate and extend the culture that has issued from the Burning Man event into a larger world. This culture forms an integrated pattern of values, experience, and behavior: a coherent and widely applicable way of life. The survival and elaboration of this culture depend upon a cultivated capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations.
The Burning Man Project will bring experiences to people in grand, awe-inspiring and joyful ways that lift the human spirit, address social problems and inspire a sense of culture, community and cultural engagement.
Australian Burning Man regional contacts
The following 4 regional contacts have been appointed by the The Burning Man Project to cover the Australian footprint for the Burning Man region.
- Robin Macpherson (A Human) - Cairns
- Phil Smart (Sherpa) - Sydney / Newcastle
- Richard Martin (King Richard) - Melbourne
- David Cake (Strange Dave) - Perth
Burning Seed has emerged in recent years to become the annual Australian regional Burning Man event.
Dedicated to the creative arts, community, radical self-expression and radical self reliance. The community exists and grows through communal effort, is commercial free, reliant on the participation of community members to achieve its needs, goals and dreams.
The experience of positive interaction and ‘Radical Inclusion’ grows through the existence of 'Gifting' referred to by some as a ‘Gift Economy’.
Burning Seed is a direct extension to the core principles of Burning Man as defined by the Ten Principles and the wider philosophy of Burning Man.
Every member of the community is strongly encouraged to participate! Participation and immersion in the event allows for connections to form and grow and for community to flourish.
Blazing Swan - WA
Your West Australian regional Burning Man organisation. Website
A collective of people that have been inspired by the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, USA, to create Burning Man style events in Perth, Western Australia.
Burners Without Borders
Every summer Burning Man participants (aka Burners) meet in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada to re-engage with our community, and to celebrate shared values of radical self-expression and self-reliance. We celebrate the power of community, honor the importance of art, and enjoy the immediacy of experience. Then we leave - without a trace of our having been there.
But that experience and those values don't get left behind in the desert. They inform who we are, and how we interact with the larger world around us. Burners Without Borders (BWB) is a manifestation of what can happen when we take our values off the playa and out into the rest of the world.
Burners Without Borders (BWB) coalesced from a spontaneous, collective instinct to meet gaping needs where existing societal systems were clearly failing...
Following the 2005 Burning Man event, several participants headed south into the Hurricane Katrina disaster area to help people rebuild their devastated communities. As the volunteer numbers grew, they focused their initial efforts on rebuilding a destroyed Vietnamese temple in Biloxi, Mississippi. After several months, that job done, they moved to another needy Mississippi community, Pearlington, to continue to work hard -- gifting their time -- to help those in need. Over the course of eight months, BWB volunteers gifted over $1 million dollars worth of reconstruction and debris removal to the residents of Mississippi.
Since that time, BWB has emerged as a community led, grassroots group that addresses gaping needs where existing cultural and societal systems are failing.
Red Earth Arts Foundation
Coming soon - watch this space !!!