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Health and Safety on the Paddock

Health and Safety on the Paddock

Going to a burn is kind of like camping… well, like camping if you take “tents, no electricity, and lying around” and you add “flamethrowers, twerking competitions, all night dancing and 5am yoga sessions”. See? Just like camping. And just like camping, a little bit...

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Kids at Kiwiburn!

Kids at Kiwiburn!

People often ask what it's like to bring kids to Kiwiburn. Kids tend to love Kiwiburn. They have a lot of fun. There is so much to do and see! However they do require more care than older people, so if you are thinking about bringing your kids to Kiwiburn, it pays to...

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The Temple In A Heartbeat

The Temple In A Heartbeat

The Temple is one of the things that makes burns different from other festivals. It belongs to no religion, yet it is spiritual; it is a place for emotion, for release, for grief, for letting go... it is a sacred space. Sometimes people get too carried away with their...

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How we use the Ten Principles

How we use the Ten Principles

We recently stumbled upon this great write-up about how different people relate to and enact the 10 principles at Burning Seed, our Australian sister burn.  This was originally posted on Philosophy of Burning, by Wonka.   Recently, I’ve surveyed many members of the...

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Processing the Temple of Wyrd

Processing the Temple of Wyrd

Have you ever wondered how the Temple and Effigy even exist at all? Who designs them? Who builds them? Who decides? What are they... even? Rohana Weaver was the successful applicant for Kiwiburn 2015's Temple design. She put together a team and led the build to make...

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What’s it like to build large art on the paddock?

What’s it like to build large art on the paddock?

By Joel Pitt I’m one of the creators of Tensegrity, a spinning 3m tall metal and LED light sculpture that we took to Kiwiburn Wyrd in 2015. The previous year (2014) I’d brought the Sensorium to The Paddock, which was my first exploration into electronics,...

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Keeping the Paddock tidy

Keeping the Paddock tidy

When we're not frolicking on it like radioactive spring lambs, our beloved Paddock is actually a very full dinner plate for our woolly ovine friends who also call the Paddock home. Whatever we leave behind on their carpet/salad is something they might unwittingly...

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The Temple at Kiwiburn

The Temple at Kiwiburn

We asked a veteran Kiwiburner what the Temple means to him: Life is full of heights and depths, whether we like it or not.  We run headlong towards the heights and we tend to find satisfying ways to pretend that the depths aren't really there.  A few days of radical...

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