Burn night is the climax of Burning Seed. The Effigy, which has kept watch over Red Earth City all week, is set alight on Saturday night as people gather to watch and phwoarrrr! There’s fire spinning, performances — and for some a little nudie run around the fire. Others choose to shake their butts in the many sound camps who throw their biggest celebrations of the week.

In the US, the Effigy has traditionally been a man, which has grown from the first one of 2.5 metres in 1986 to 12 metres in 2013. However, Australia’s effigy is taking on a new shape as we begin to play with our own iconography and develop our own event flavour.

Here’s a snapshot of each Burning Seed Effigy:

In 2012 we had a Rooman whose hybrid form echoed Burning Seed’s theme of Mythconception and symbolised the gradual birth of our community’s own identity.

In 2013 a woman rose and fell to our theme of Re:Creation.

In 2014 our effigy transformed into a symbol of Burning Seed and Australia, the Galah.

In 2015 our Effigy had the world in their hands, reflecting the theme of Revolution.

And after Burning Seed 2016 was cancelled, 2017 saw a modified and improved version of the Effigy brought back to life. Our 2017 Effigy was the alien among us, a harbinger of new beginnings and the guardian or our forest galaxy.


Burning Seed is guided by the Ten Principles of Burning Man. These are not dictum or dogma but instead reflect the values of our ever-expanding community and culture, which continue to explore what these principles mean, how they interplay with each other and how we can live them both at the event and in our lives. 

Overcoming the barriers between us and recognising our inner selves.

Everyone is invited to work, everyone is invited to play.

Leave No Trace
Our community respects the environment by leaving no trace.

Civic Responsibility
We assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants.

Communal Effort
 Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration.

Radical Self-expression
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. 

 Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional.

Radical Inclusion
 Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.

 Our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising.

Radical Self-reliance
 Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.


You must bring everything you need to survive for around one week in an area that can be prone to cold, wet and wind at this time of year. This means enough water, food, adequate shelter, tickets and clothing. You should plan to stay on site for the duration of the event and prepare supplies accordingly in advance. Everyone in your vehicle must meet these conditions of entry.

We strongly recommend you follow this list of things to bring to Burning Seed.

Burning Seed 2019 – Dates are locked in!

We have now finalised the dates for our event – Wed 25th September – Tue 1st October

When can I get my hands on a ticket?

Woah there! Tickets for Burning Seed usually go on sale between April and May. All info about tickets will be released closer to that time!

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