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Date

10 Dec - 12 Feb

Venue

Burrinja Gallery

Wominjeka: A New Beginning

Wominjeka: A New Beginning celebrates 30 years of the Koorie Heritage Trust. This project highlights cultural continuities alongside new modes of creative practice in the work of five cross-generational early career artists; Georgia MacGuire, Aunty Marlene Gilson, Mitch Mahoney, Josh Muir and Raymond Young.

Each of the participating artists has developed new work in dialogue with the Trust’s significant collections of objects, artworks, archives and oral histories – each identifying objects and artifacts that share or spark a connection with their own artistic practice, personal or cultural enquiry. Over a three-month period the artists worked alongside senior mentors; Maree Clarke, Lee Darroch, Ray Thomas and Peter Waples-Crowe to explore the Trust’s Collections and to develop new works in dialogue with the past.

The exhibition presents this new work alongside the objects of inspiration from the Trust’s collection. Exhibited works utilise a broad array of media, materials and techniques including; painting, animal skin cloaks and textiles, bark and feather flowers, clay shields and digital prints.

Exhibition coordinator: Jan Duffy,  Koorie Heritage Trust






Image: Aunty Marlene Gilson
(Wathaurung / Wadawurrung) (detail)
Marngrook Football, 2015
acrylic on canvas
Courtesy of the artist





 

Date

Until Jan 2017

Venue

Burrinja Foyer

Burrinja Kids Stay and Play

Free family activity by local studio artist Eliza Phillips

This Summer season get boating - and stay cool at Burrinja with local artist and Burrinja studio resident Eliza Phillip's gorgeous new Kids Stay and Play free family activity!
Each year Burrinja invites 4 local artists to create engaging free activities for families to enjoy  at Burrinja.



 

Dates

16 DEC - 5 FEB

Venue

Burrinja Gallery

Land & Identity

Jonathan Kumintjarra Brown | Queenie McKenzie | Maggie Watson Napangardi | Lin Onus | Rover Thomas

The connection to country is central to Aboriginal life and culture. It is elementary to Aboriginal art. This exquisite and intimate exhibition brings together works by artists with a strong connection to their land - be it the Kimberley, Central Desert, Victoria’s Barmah Forest or Maralinga. Yet Queen McKenzie, Rover Thomas, Maggie Watson Napangardi, Lin Onus and Jonathan Kumintjarra Brown had quite different connections to their country, from integral to removed to unknown. The paintings on display illustrate more than the relationship to country - they ask fundamental questions about the artist's identity.

Special Friends of Burrinja members' celebration THURS 2 FEB 6PM - 8PM
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Rover Thomas “Wolf Creek Crater”,
90 x 60 cm, acrylic and ochre on canvas, date c1996

 



 

Date

From mid January

Venue

Burrinja Foyer

Burrinja Kids Stay and Play
NGV Kids on Tour 2017

Take part in a range of free workshops at Burrinja and discover the fun of contemporary art and design.

This summer, here at Burrinja, enjoy our annual NGV Kids on Tour activities.
Featured for all of January, new activities will be offered each week, including:

-    Viktor & Rolf: cuff and collar designing
-    Drawing Country: inspired by John Olsen
-    Viktor & Rolf: Drawing Book for Kids
-    Design a Dachshund: Little Swan needs some colour!

Inspired by the current NGV Exhibitions: Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists and John Olsen: The You Beaut County

More about Burrinja Kids - Stay and Play


 

Dates

17 - 24 January

Prices

Classes $22
Early Bird $18 (until 13 Jan)

January Holiday Art Classes

Tues 17 Jan 10.30am-12pm  3D Diorama Card Scenes  Drawing and Collage
Tues 17 Jan
1.15pm-2.45pm  Owl Drawings  Greylead, coloured chalk crayons
Wed 18 Jan
10.30am-12pm  Watercolour Beach Reflection  Illusion of water
Wed 18 Jan
1.15pm-2.45pm  Message Flag  Meditation What is your Message?
Thurs 19 Jan
10.30am-12pm  Screenprint Bag, Summer scene & necklaces or cartoons.  Fabric bag provided
Thurs 19 Jan
1.15pm-2.45pm  Hidden Image Pictures. Experiment with mixed media to see what is hiding in the picture.
Fri 20 Jan
10.30am-12pm  Calendar Portrait Drawing for the New Year
Fri 20 Jan
1.15pm-3.15pm Sun dye, Tie Dye Fun Dye $30.00, E bird $26.00   Family Discount (2) $50, $45 E bird, Class for Adults & children *3 items BYO t.shirt. Material provided
Tues 24 Jan
10.30am-12pm  Felt Soft Toy Design, sew & Fabric Pencil Case
Tues 24 Jan
1.15pm-2.45pm  Watercolour Imaginary Animals  What happens when you put 3 animals together?

*Term 1 2017 “Every Child’s an Artist” Tues 7th Feb, Thurs 9th Feb, 4.10pm to 5.30pm, 6 weeks $90

Ages 6-12 years

Inquiries : Bev 0449 654 343 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Date
Wednesday January 25

Times
10:30am

Prices
$12



Magic Show and Balloon Twisting Workshop

Join Steve the Magician as he presents Magic and Balloons in a fun 1 and a half hour session for kids of all ages.

It all starts with a 30 minute journey of hilarious side splitting laughs as this heart-warming magician empowers the children with magic and a good dose of self-esteem. Friends will be made and memories will be created all in the name of Magic and Fun.

After the Magic Show the Balloon Twisting Workshop begins. In this 1 hour session you will learn all the basics of balloon twisting and how to make 4 different objects. Then using your new found knowledge and more balloons than you have ever seen before, you will take part in a freedom session where you get to create whatever you like.

It’s colourful, squeaky clean and fun for anyone from 5 yrs to 105 yrs. This really is a treat for everyone, but a must do for the kids these holidays.

Run Time - 90mins (30min Show & 1hr Workshop (No Interval)|Suitable 5+

Date

THURS 26 JAN

Time

12.00-4.30pm

Venue

Borthwick Park, Benson Street, Belgrave

Tickets

FREE FAMILY EVENT

Belgrave Survival Day 10th Anniversary

Learn Local Culture

Come to Belgrave to celebrate the survival of Australia's First Nations people.

Hear stories of history, tradition and culture. Listen to artists. Visit stalls and engage in activities with the kids. Most importantly come engage and learn the true the history of this country and its Indigenous peoples.

Featuring: Benny Walker
Welcome to Wurundjeri country, Uncle Bill Nicholson
M.C. Uncle Peter Rotumah
The Djirri Djirri dancers, Traditional Wurundjeri dance troup
Mullum Mullum Choir and Hip Hop Crew.
Digerdoo meditation, Gnarnayarrhe Waitaire
Special guest speakers, Aunty Dot Peters
And Bruce Pascoe.
Musical Performances, Jayden Lillyst,
The Deans,
And headlining act, Benny Walker.
Traditional Bushfoods BBQ, Wolithga Wares
Damper making with Uncle Phil (to be confirmed, closer to day)
Kids activities and badge making

More Info

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3MDR Meeghan Bell radio interview with Belgrave Survival Day's Bonnie Zuidland

Music:
1. A.B. Original - January 26
2. Dan Sultan - Dingo
3. Paul Kelly & The Messengers - From Little Things Big Things Grow




Term 1 2017

Wed 1 Feb - 29 Mar
Thurs 2 Feb - 30 Mar

Time

10.00am-11.00am

Cost:

9wks: $108
($12 per class)
Visit or call the
box office on 9754 8723

Venue

Black Box Theatre

Rainbows and Sparkles

Have fun and get creative with your child in an engaging art group for pre-schoolers.

Join Gill Cruikshank on a Rainbows and Sparkles creative adventure singing, movement, parachute play, musical instruments and art making using a variety of media.

With a strong focus on parent/ carer participation the class invites children and adults to have fun together exploring creative activities.

Gill Cruikshank is a local creator with 10 years’ experience running this popular class and is passionate about nurturing creative expression shared between children and their families.

Limited spaces available | 60 mins | Suitable ages: 2 – 4 with parent/carer participation

Dates
4th February
20th May
9th September
11th November

Time
10AM - 4PM

Investment
Single workshop:
$150
$110 each for you & a friend

Four Seasons Experience:
$500
$400 each for you & a friend

Bookings
Online here

Location
Burrinja Black Box

Eco-printing for Self-Reflection:
Create Your Own Wisdom Cards


This is a chance to slow down to a pace of living that invites an attending to the smaller details of our human and more than human realities. In eco-printing we attend to sensory experiences gifted by the natural world and in doing so we begin to glimpse our interior and exterior ecosystems and their inhabitants.

These workshops can be attended as one day experiences or attended as a series of four to develop a record of the richness of a year’s reflection and inquiry. Spanning the year, the series offers the opportunity for an immersion into unfolding of the themes, curiosities and wisdom that are present in our lives. This is a beautiful way to enact a self –care practice and develop a useful body of reflective art.

In each one-day workshop, we will engage with reflective arts processes as we experiment with eco-printing on cotton-rag paper and craft our own wisdom decks.

We will eco-print onto multiple strips of paper, experimenting with leaves, metal, heat and various dye pots.  Along the way we will spend some time in small groups, condensing our questions, curiosity and personal and collective wisdom onto cards to take home.  We’ll unbundle our paper together, engage in movement and somatic exercises as a way of listening to what our body has to say (all optional of course), and have a ‘lucky dip’ at the end.

More info contact Jacqui Grace: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dates

Term 1
Tuesdays starting 7 Feb (6 weeks)
Thursdays starting 9 Feb (6 weeks)

Time

Tues 4.10pm - 5.30pm
Thurs 4.10pm - 5.30pm

Prices

$90 including materials
*try 1st lesson, $15

Burrinja 'Every Child’s an Artist'

Week 1  Fun drawings, different ways, upside down

Week 2 
Underwater Sea Creatures (pictured)

Week 3 
Names Pattern Design (pictured)

Week 4 
Birds & Animals Drawing on Marbled Paper

Week 5 
Imaginary Creature, watercolour and textures

Week 6 
Easter Bunny or Chicken 3D, own design

Empowering your child to tap into their inner creativity 


Ages 6-12 years

Inquiries : Bev 0449 654 343 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Facebook // www.creativerainbowsoul.com.au

Term  2017
Wednesdays
8 Feb – 29 Mar   

Play Up 4pm - 5pm
Act Up 5pm - 6pm
Advanced Troupe 6pm - 7:30pm

Venue

Black Box Studio

Cost
Play Up $104 (8wks)
Act Up $104 (8wks)
Advanced Troupe $160 (8wks)
Visit or call the
Box Office on 9754 8723



Creative Movement and Drama Classes


PLAY UP: Grades Prep – 2 or Ages 5 – 7/8 years
The emphasis for this age group is on creative play and improvisation. Classes are designed to stimulate the imagination of young children, through participation in various drama, music and movement activities.

ACT UP: Grade 3 – 4 or Ages 8 – 9/10 years
These classes are designed to encourage children to become confident in presenting their own ideas and to work together in a group. This is achieved through movement, poetry, songs, scripts and theatre games; providing safe, supported performance opportunities.

ADVANCED TROUPE: By invitation only
This class is for students showing the commitment to work within certain guidelines enabling them to extend their drama experience and skills.  It will be a class requiring focus and dedication and within these guidelines each student should have a fully rounded drama experience, still full of creativity and enjoyment but supported by focused behaviour and extended by more advanced scripts, monologues & movement.

Classes are facilitated by Dee Whittington who has many years’ experience with children and youth of all ages in the areas of creative movement, drama and music, with fabulous outcomes for the participants.

Further inquiries contact the box office on 9754 8723 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Image: Andrea Innocent, Giant Birdhouse Installation, 'ALONE, BUT NOT LONELY', 2009

Date

FROM WEDS 8 FEB

Venue

Burrinja Foyer

Who lives here?

Burrinja Kids Stay and Play free family activity by local studio artist Andrea Innocent

'Who lives here?' is an installation of a giant cardboard house.

Is it the house of a giant bird? Or a possum? Maybe a snake lives here? It's up to you! Come and draw on the giant animal house. It's big enough to walk inside where you can create your own cute character or imagine what sort of furniture they might use in their house. Does a possum need a tv? Or a fridge, or curtains? Or maybe even a toilet!

More about Burrinja Kids - Stay and Play

 

Dates

18 FEB - 19 MAR

Venue

Burrinja Gallery

VCE Creative Showcase 2017


VCE Creative Showcase is an annual celebration of the creative talents of senior art and studio art students from across Yarra Ranges. It is an exciting opportunity to see the work of the next generation of artists in a professional gallery setting.

Hosted by Yarra Ranges Council's cultural venues and Burrinja Cultural Centre, the exhibitions deliver a diverse and exciting collection of works by our most inspiring emerging artists.

Join us on for the exhibition opening on Friday 17 February.

More Info

Image: Brynne Hymus



Dates

SAT 18 FEB, 10am - 11:20am
SAT 4 MAR, 2pm - 3:20pm
SAT 11 MAR, 10am - 11:20am


Where

Burrinja Arts Workshop

Prices

$20



Who lives there?
Animal Homes Workshop

Who lives there? is a character design workshop with Burrinja Studio Artist Andrea Innocent

First we will look at endangered Australian animals and create some characters. These will be researched and then drawn and cut out. Then using found materials you will construct a small home for your character, decorate it using paint, collage and coloured pencils. We will then place your character inside and fit it out to suit. Does your animal need a fridge? A sofa or a tv? Your little friend can then go home with you and hang as a 'mobile' home in your room!

1Hour 20 Mins | Ideal for ages 5 - 12




 

Dates

18 FEB - 19MAR

Venue

Burrinja Gallery

Invoking Indigo

Students from Upwey High School present their creative interpretations to working with Artist in Residence, Jude Craig.


Indigo is a natural blue dye, which comes from a plant. Through a process of reduction and oxidation, indigo surrenders many shades of heavenly blue hues. With the global awareness for sustainable lifestyles, indigo is once again being considered a precious commodity. The students have gained the knowledge of how to care for this living vat and how to coax natural blue from it. Students also watched the hard-hitting documentary film, The True Cost. This film examines the impact the fashion industry is having on our planet; how ‘fast fashion’ is driving the rights and wages of workers in 3rd world countries to an intolerably low level, whilst selling us the ‘dream’ of fashion affordability.

Substantiated by investigating artists who are manipulating clothing to create works of art, this was the springboard from which students launched themselves into Invoking Indigo. They were encouraged to rip and tear garments destined for landfill and to redefine the clothing’s sculptural form. Some embraced Japanese techniques of shibori, others attempted to create a variety of clean hues on clothing to form large organic works; all conveyed the message to tread more lightly on the planet.

Artists in Schools - A Victorian Government Initiative


This exhibition will launch the 80th birthday celebrations at Upwey high School.

Image: (Detail), Jude Craig

 

Date

SUN 26 FEB, 7:30PM   

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

All $39.90
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SMASHING
A Smashing Preview

Join Kitty Flanagan for a special sneak preview of her brand new show SMASHING!

Lovesongs, sex, algorithms, chimps, clowns and psychics, everything is getting "smashed".

Leave the kids at home unless you fancy them getting a real Flanagan style education.

70 mins | no interval | MA15+ Adult Themes and course language.

 

 

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Dates

Burrinja
Fri 3 Mar – 7:30pm
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The Memo (Healesville)
Fri 31 Mar – 7.30pm
Fri 4 Aug – 7.30pm
Fri 20 Oct – 7.30pm
Fri 8 Dec – 7.30pm
Memo tickets
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Venue

Burrinja Theatre
The Memo

Tickets

$26 Full
$22 Concession
Special family deal: 17  years and under, free ticket with every adult ticket purchased

Orchestra Victoria

Five on Fridays Series

'Orchestra Victoria responded with beauty, brilliance and tireless playing' - Sydney Morning Herald

The supreme story tellers of the theatre world invite you to experience the transformative power of music.

Now in its fifth decade, and as proud performance partner of The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia and Victorian Opera , Orchestra Victoria is one of Australia’s only two specialist pit orchestras. In addition to its core pit activities, this much loved pillar of Victoria’s classical music scene also delivers more than 200 performances each year as part of its commitment to create opportunities for all to experience the highest quality selection of orchestral program available.

Join orchestra members in this brand-new series of intimate chamber concerts in am musical journey through time. Stay back after the performance to meet the musicians and enjoy some light refreshments.

 

 



Date

SUN 19 MAR

Time

2pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $26
Concession $22
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Anna’s Promise

Nicholas Chamber Orchestra

“This was the most memorable piece of music I have ever heard-it will stay with me for the rest of my life”.  - San Jose Villages resident  

Discover an intimate journey of inspiration and musical artistry told through classical music, storytelling and breathtaking imagery.

Experience the sublime music and sensational visuals of this timeless story of creative awakening, as we follow a young musician’s journey from inspiration to artistry.

Anna’s Promise is a breathtaking multi-media production for solo bass, narration, chamber orchestra and visuals exploring "Why we make music”.

60 minutes| No interval | All ages

More info

 

 



Date

THUR 23 MAR, 8PM

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $36
Concession $32
Members $30
26 & under $18
Group 6+ $28ea
book tickets

Ticket packages
5 -shows $140
3 -shows $90
season packages

gift packages

Hello Beautiful!

Hannie Rayson   

“as nourishing and delicious as homemade soup” – Noni Hazlehurst

Let Hannie Rayson (Hotel Sorrento & Life After George) charm and delight you in this funny and personal evening as she shares her experiences of seeking out extraordinary moments in the everyday, and the city of Melbourne that has always been her home.

Hannie invites you into her big, open-hearted and adventurous life, and makes you feel like you are listening to stories being told by your new best friend.  A love letter to Melbourne, told through 43 vignettes, she pays homage to the city now, its history and its curiosities.

After the show meet Hannie Rayson at a post-show book signing.


60 mins | no interval | Contains coarse language

More info

 

 



Date

FRI 24 MAR

Time

8pm

Venue

The Skylark Room at Burrinja

Tickets

Adult $10
Concession $15

book tickets

Lowdown Hokum Orchestra

at The Skylark Room

The Lowdown Hokum Orchestra started life in 2014 as a vehicle to present “That’s Showbiz” a musical play written by Melbourne bluesman Doc White. The show had runs in the Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne Fringe festivals in 2015, clocking up 50 performances. Reviewing the Adelaide Fringe season, Clothesline Magazine gave the performance 4 and ½ stars and called it “A brilliant way to spend an hour”.

The band consists of some of the finest jazz, blues and folk musicians in Australia - Doc White, Nichaud Fitzgibbon, Paul Williamson (Dire Straits, Renee Geyer, Black Sorrows), Howard Cairns (Allan Browne, Red Onions, Dancehall Racketeers, John Butler), Andy Baylor (Dancehall Racketeers, Honeydrippers); Tony Martin (Hey Gringo, Sammy Owen Band) and has the musical chops and flexibility to handle a range of styles including early jazz, delta blues, calypso, gospel, R&B (the proper stuff), funk and some iconic Australian music. Sometimes these can appear in the one song as in the ode to vinyl recordings, My Favourite Record, which is mostly a New Orleans jazz tune interspersed with snippets of band members’ favourite songs.
Contact The Skylark Room on 03 8288 2772 for menu information or to book a table.

4.5 STARS - “Brilliant” – Clothesline Magazine

More Skylark Room

 

 



Dates

FRI 24 MAR

Times

7pm- 9:30pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Admission

$15    Adult
$12    Concession [Health Care Card, Seniors/Pension]
$12    Youth U12
$45   Family of 4 [4 tickets: max 2 adults]
$12.50pp    Group 6+

REMINISCENCE

Upwey High School’s  80th Anniversary Concert

For 80 years, Upwey High School has been proud to serve the Dandenong Ranges community.

To celebrate the anniversary, the concert will feature numbers from past productions, as well as songs from past students both original and covers, and songs from current students and staff.

Run Time - 120 Minutes including 20min Interval | Suitable all ages   

Run Time - 120mins (includes 20min Interval) | Suitable all ages
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Date

SAT 25 MAR, 7PM

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $36
Concession $32
Members $30
26 & under $18
Group 6+ $28ea
book tickets

Ticket packages
5 -shows $140
3 -shows $90
season packages

gift packages

Empyrean  

Melbourne Ballet Company  

Melbourne Ballet company “now finds itself close to the forefront of contemporary classical dance in Australia.” -DANCE AUSTRALIA

Experience this exhilarating and uplifting ballet performed by some of Australia's most accomplished dancers.

Melbourne Ballet Company returns to captivate you at Burrinja  with a beautiful work exploring the concept of Empyrean: outer sky, closest to purity and unconditional love. This critically acclaimed triple bill focusses on a world reigned over by harmony, light and bliss.

Meet the dancers after the show for photos and an informal get together & stay tuned for information on Ballet workshops.


80 mins | 20 min interval | All ages

More info



Dates

Exhibition 1 APR - 14 MAY
Weekend 29 & 30 APR, 10am - 5pm
Exhibition opening & event launch event: Friday, 31st March, 7pm

Dandenong Ranges Open Studios 2017

Meet the makers hidden in the Hills

You are invited to step through the threshold and into the personal studios of some of the most inspiring artists in the region.

The Dandenong Ranges Open Studios is a unique weekend and exhibition opportunity to experience and meet artists in their working studios; it is in these curious and inspirational environments that the artist’s creative practice truly comes to life.

Each year since 2004 the program showcases around 30 studios including Emerging Artists, Collectives and Individual Artists. We welcome you to visit the studios and artists that most intrigue and excite you. The Open Studios is also a unique opportunity to acquire artwork and hand crafted items directly from the artists and be enriched by the insights of their creative worlds.


Full details  at openstudios.org.au

 

Date

THUR 13 APR, 10:30AM

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

All $18
Group 4+ $15ea
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Ticket packages
3 -family shows $42
season packages

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Slapdash Galaxy  

Bunk Puppets

Forget what you think you know about shadow puppets, buckle-in and tear open your imagination for an epic journey with two brothers as they battle the bad guys, and find strength in each other at warp speed.

Delve into the tale of two brothers who must flee their barren planet and embark on an epic quest across the galaxy. Using the contents of your cleaning closet, Bunk Puppets’ Hamish Fletcher conjures up astonishing lo-fi theatrical wizardry using only old boxes, bubble wrap, drinking straws, tennis balls, ping pong bats and old toys. It’s a crazy shadow puppet universe, all made up from bits of rubbish.

55 minutes | no interval
Warnings: Some elements may be scary for children under 5 years of age. Theatrical smoke effects.

More info

 

 



Date

THUR 4 MAY, 8PM   

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $36
Concession $32
Members $30
26 & under $18
Group 6+ $28ea
book tickets

Ticket packages
5 -shows $140
3 -shows $90
season packages

gift packages

Stones in his Pockets

Critical Stages | by Marie Jones

An uproarious clash of cultures as Hollywood meets the Quiet Valley of Ireland  

Stones in his Pockets is alternately riotously funny and deeply moving. Universally loved by all who see it, this new production is destined to captivate and delight you with its unfolding tale performed by a cast of two who seamlessly transform between the 15 different characters.  If you love ABC comedy and drama, you’ll love Stones in his Pockets.

Originally gushing at the thrill of being employed as extras, the small community quickly shifts from romance to resentment as it is overrun by a Hollywood film crew capturing the “Quiet Valley”. 

Amidst gut busting comedy, the harsh realities of rural life surface and real stories are poignantly told with this critically acclaimed, award winning play.

110 mins | includes 20 min interval
Recommended 14+ occasional course language and mature themes

More info

 

 



Date

SUN 7  May,  2PM  

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $36
Concession $32
Members $30
Seniors $22
book tickets

Ticket packages
5 -shows $140
3 -shows $90
season packages

gift packages

Petula Clark

A Tribute

From Downtown to Broadway to Burirnja    

Be enraptured with the music and stories of the legendary Petula Clark.  Experience her songs, live and intimate through the talent and passion of Hiliary Henshaw and Will Conyers.

Celebrate the extraordinary depth and sensational breadth of Clark’s seven decades of music, with timeless hits including Sign of the Times, The Other Man’s Grass, This Is My Song and … Downtown, as well as references from her film and stage offerings including Finian’s Rainbow and Goodbye Mr. Chips.

Be there to track Clarke’s career from her humble beginnings as a World War II entertainer, to Sixties icon and now world class concert performer.

70 mins | no interval | all Ages

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Date

WED 10 MAY, 8PM

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

All $50
Side balcony $40

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Kate Ceberano / Paul Grabowski

Love Songs

‘Kate Ceberano; Chanteuse, Icon, Goddess … She not only rocks our world, she also fills it with glorious colours.’ – Sam Neill

Join Kate Ceberano, veteran performer and high priestess of Australian pop as she reunites with prolific composer and jazz pianist Paul Grabowsky for an unforgettable evening of song.

Casual listeners, popular music fans and jazz aficionados alike will delight in this warm and engaging collaboration from two of Australia’s most distinguished performing artists.    

90 mins | no interval | suitable all ages

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Date

20 MAY – 18 JUN

Venue

Burrinja Gallery

Contemporary Australian Landscape

Ebony Finck, Jonathan Carmichael and Vicki Moritz

Landscape photography plays a key role in defining who we are as a nation, and how we see ourselves in relation to the environment we inhabit. Landscape affects how we relate to each other and plays a key role in separating us from one another. 
 
Australia is a vast and unforgiving land, formed in ancient times and still largely uninhabited. The Australian landscape seems charged with spiritual presence and a stark emptiness that haunts our suburbs and extends across deserts to the sea on every side. However across the dusty plains and rocky grounds, flowers grow and animals flourish, revealing a beauty beneath the surface that calls out to us to better understand our history and surroundings.
 
This exhibition draws together three Victorian based contemporary photographers to continue this dialogue with the surrounding land.  Ebony Finck, Jonathan Carmichael and Vicki Moritz present very different visual interpretations of modern Australia.
 






Jonathan Carmichael, Birch Tree, 2015


Date

SUN 21 MAY, 2PM

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $36
Concession $32
Members $30
Seniors $22
book tickets

Ticket packages
5 -shows $140
3 -shows $90
season packages

gift packages

The Mystery of the Hansom Cab

by  Lux Radio Theatre   

Ignite your imagination with this iconic Melbourne whodunit live on stage as a radio play  

Be drawn into the drama and intrigue as acclaimed actors from the theatre and screen indulge your sensors, recreating the pre-television days in the Lux Radio Theatre.

Set in a 1880s St Kilda mansion the exclusive ‘Melbourne Club’ and the criminal haunts of Little Bourke Street, this is the enthralling story of murder in a hansom cab. 

Featuring the acclaimed  James  Wright, Simon Russell (Will Rock You) Lucy Gransbury (Godspell), The Mysetery of the Hansom Cab will delight you with its unexpected plot twists and colourful references to late nineteenth century Victoria.

65 mins | no interval | all ages

More info

 

 



Date

SAT 3 JUN, 8PM

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $36
Concession $32
Members $30
26 & under $18
Group 6+ $28ea
book tickets

Ticket packages
5 -shows $140
3 -shows $90
season packages

gift packages

Dracula

Bram Stoker | shake & stir theatre co

★★★★★ ArtsHub
‘Bram Stoker would be turning in his grave with pure enjoyment.’


Forget Twilight – sink your teeth into the blood, gore and fun of Bram Stoker’s thrilling original – Dracula, swooping onto the Burrinja stage in 2017.

Squeal and feel your follicles bristle with this electric classic, re-imagined for the 2017 stage by the award winning Shake and Stir theatre company– you’ll be mesmerised. Stoker’s gothic classic has been enthralling audiences since 1897 – now see it re-imagined for the 21st century.

100 mins | no interval | Suitable ages 15 +

WARNING
Includes simulated violence, sexual and supernatural themes, haze and strobe lighting.

More info

 

 



Date

SAT 10 JUN, 8PM   

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $36
Concession $32
Members $30
26 & under $18
Group 6+ $28ea
book tickets

Ticket packages
5 -shows $140
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Bakersfield Mist

John Wood and Julie Nihill

Ever taken a five buck gamble on a piece of kitsch nick-nackery you thought just might be priceless?

Funny, soul bearing – a masterpiece traversing comedy and drama. Written by Stephen Achs and based on a true story, Bakersfield Mist is marvelously entertaining, starring the fabulous John Wood and Julie Nihill.

Maude (Julie Nihill), an unemployed bartender, has bought a painting for a few bucks from an opp shop. Despite almost trashing it, she now thinks it’s a Jackson Pollock worth millions. In fact she’s certain it is. But when world-class art expert, Lionel Percy (John Wood), flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer park home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he really has no idea what he’s about to discover.


1hr 45mins  | includes 20 min interval | some course language

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Dates

24 JUN - 23 JUL

Venue

Burrinja Gallery

The Language of Flowers:
A Common Thread

Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan | Michele Fountain | Amy Duncan 

Delve into the wonderful world of the floral with this beautiful exhibition of work by local artists Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan, Michele Fountain and Amy Duncan. The exhibition celebrates flowers and botanical forms through a range of mediums including sculpture, oil painting, textile and printmaking. As a collection, the works weave a playful reflection on the language of flowers, the result of experimentation and collaboration between the artists and their different individual techniques.


Michele Fountain

 

Date

SUN 25 JUN 2PM   

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $26
Concession $22
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The Merry Widow

Singularity Choir

Set your dance card for Singularity Choir’s performance of The Merry Widow Operetta. 

The elegant romance of 1860 Art deco France comes to life through 40 voices of the Singularity choir on the Burrinja Stage. Be drawn into the playful drama of 19th century high society, a young widow, amorous encounters and opulent French passion.

The Merry Widow is a playful and light-hearted vision of high society romance in 19th century France. Follow the tale of a town’s quest to keep the heiress of their city's fortune in the region by finding her the right husband.

140 Minutes | Including 20 min Interval | Suitable all ages 

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Date

WED 28 JUN, 8PM   

Venue

Burrinja Black Box

Tickets

All $28
26 & under $18
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3 Small Gems $60
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Greek Goddess   

A Small Gem at Burrinja

“What I love most in the world is Greece. But the Greek sea, the Greek hills, the Greek sun, the reflection of the Greek sun on those Greek hills are not for me to see. I am not permitted to return to Greece, this is why I’m here, speaking to you tonight.”
-Melina Mercouri


Award winning Maria Mercedes conjures the flavours and textures of Mercouri’s world, with this captivating cabaret based on the life, work and passions of the actor, singer, activist, politician and icon of Greek popular culture that was Melinda Mercouri.

Dive into her majestic world through the stories and music of her life. Experience love songs, traditional Greek songs, protest songs, songs from films and comedy songs - in English, French and Greek, all accompanied by piano, guitar and bouzouki.

After the show stay for a drink and meet the performers in our intimate Black Box theatre.

90minutes | no interval | all ages

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Date

THUR 29 JUN, 7:30PM   

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $36
Concession $32
Members $30
26 & under $18
Group 6+ $28ea
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3 -shows $90
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Melbourne International

Comedy Festival Roadshow

‘You are guaranteed a night filled with nothing but good feelings and laughter’  Pelican Magazine, Perth (WA)  

Buckle up Australia! The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is back on the bus, hitting the road to home deliver the freshest and funniest from Australia’s largest comedy festival!

Featuring an all-killer, no-filler cast of Australian stars, talented newcomers and international performers, we’ve got all your comedy bases covered.  Get on board, grab your mates and get giggling as the ultimate comedy roadtrip rolls into town!

Stay tuned for the 2017 all-star line up!

150 mins | including 20 min interval | recommended ages 15+

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Date

1 JUL – 9 JUL   

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

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Burrinja Circus Festival 2017

With Ruccis circus school   

The 4th Annual Burrinja Circus Festival will be an adventure like no other. Featuring professional circus shows, student performances and classes for everyone, this winter it’s time to get packing and get ready to join the circus at Burrinja.

A winter school holidays must for all ages, the Burrinja Circus Festival 2017 is your one stop family-fun shop for all things circus. Be entertained, be inspired, learn new tricks and ignite the imaginations of your whole family with the fantastical joy of circus.

This year Dislocate bring back the fantastic characters of their original world touring show in 3 Speed Crunch Box Re-booted. More stunts, more slapstick, more laughs and even more stupidity… not to be missed!!


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Date

MON 3 JUL, 3PM & 6:30PM
TUES 4 JUL, 10AM

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

All $18
Group 4+ $15ea
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3 -family shows $42
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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Garry Ginivan Attractions ( Aust ) in association with KW & NB Ltd (UK)
Adapted from the picture book written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

A furiously fun, mini-musical that will get the whole family wriggling along in their seats.

Warm your heart and tickle your fancy with the fun and frolics of a father who is clearly still a child at heart, his three children including a tiny intrepid bear hunter in the making, plus the family dog and of course....a BIG BROWN CUDDLY BEAR!

From the makers of  POSSUM MAGIC, WOMBAT STEW and THERE’S A HIPPOPOTAMUS ON OUR ROOF EATING CAKE comes this exciting new live production WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT!

Running time 55 minutes | no interval | Recommended 2 years – 8 years     


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Date

SAT 15 JUL, 11AM & 2PM   

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

All $18
Group 4+ $15ea
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The Witches
Roald Dahl’s captivating classic   

Eyes will bulge and nostrils will flair with delight in this fabulously exciting live theatre imagining of Roald Dahl’s brilliant tale The Witches.

Think you can outwit a witch and outrun a mouse? Then grab a seat in the front row for The Witches, bursting onto the stage as a mind-boggling and madcap one-man show.

Brave boys and girls, rat-racers and retirees are in for a wicked and wonderful time. Lucas Jervies directs this bubbling concoction, based on David Wood’s adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, with one actor running amok in a virtuosic physical performance.

Running time 50 minutes | no interval | Recommended ages 6 +   


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Date

29 JUL - 23 SEP

Venue

Burrinja Gallery

Mater Christi College Arts Show

The annual showcase of artwork produced by students of Mater Christi College in Belgrave during Semester 1. The variety of techniques and skills on display reflects personal interests and stages of development in drawing, painting, printing, digital media, photography and model making. These artworks come from a range of Visual Arts subjects including: Years 7 - 10 Art, Years 9 & 10 Graphic Design, Year 11 Studio Arts and Years 11 & 12 Visual Communication Design.



Date

SUN 30 JUL, 2PM   

Venue

Burrinja Black Box

Tickets

All $28
26 & under $18
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The Crow Family   
A Small Gem at Burrinja

Swirl up into this tantalisingly gentle, intimate, and beautiful musical tale about remarkable creatures and what makes us human.

A woman lives in the middle of a city, next to a tree that smells of lemons. In this tree lives a family of crows, but their home is threatened by developers. One day, the child of the crows falls from the nest. As night falls, the neighbourhood cats move in for the kill. The woman intervenes and her encounter with the crows and their child transforms her life and ultimately transforms her.

The Crow Family is an insight into the delicate and difficult business of being a family.

After the show stay for a drink and meet the performers in our intimate Black Box theatre. 

60 Minutes | No Interval | Recommended ages 11+

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Date

SAT 12 AUG, 8PM

Venue

Burrinja Black Box

Tickets

All $28
26 & under $18
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Larry Paradiseo
and The Fabulous Dame Farrar

A Small Gem at Burrinja

Get into it with this cabaret tour de force: Carita Farrer Spencer brings you her alter-egos...theatrical cyclone one The Fabulous Dame Farrar and International sex symbol Larry Paradiseo in this world class Double Act (with herself).

Act One - The Fabulous Dame Farrar: Celebrate the glory & disaster of this superbly talented Diva and disgraceful, loveable lush.

Act Two - Larry Paradiseo: A showbiz God. He's got more moves than Mick Jagger and a way with the ladies that makes Tom Jones look a little limp.

After the show stay for a drink and meet the performers in our intimate Black Box theatre.

Run Time - 100 Minutes including 20min Interval | Suitable 18+

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Date

SAT 26 AUG, 10:30AM &  1:30PM   

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

All $18
Group 4+ $15ea
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3 -family shows $42
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The Arrival
Spare Parts Puppets return  

Shaun Tan’s fantastical world comes to life in a strange and wonderful metropolis full of floating ships, mysterious lights, alien symbols and weird animals.

Based on Shaun Tan’s stunning book, Australia’s leading puppet company Spare Parts Puppets weave this imaginative and uplifting tale through their famous combination of exceptional acting woven with exquisite puppetry.

The Arrival is a universal tale of the challenges, the humour and adventures of arriving in a new country and resonates far beyond any arrival… a new school, a new job, a new town. The absence of words not only makes the story perfect for puppetry but emphasizes the isolation that is experienced by many people arriving in a new place.

Running time 50 minutes | no interval


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Date

9 SEPT – 5 NOV

Venue

Burrinja Gallery

Frank Hodgkinson: Sense of Place

Frank Hodgkinson (1919-2001) was one of Australia’s foremost abstract painters and artists. He was drawn to the Australian landscape in general and Aboriginal culture in particular in all its manifestations.

His curiosity with Aboriginal art and culture called him to the Top End for long periods of time throughout since the 1980s. Arnhemland especially made a deep impression on him, and he returned several times to this spirited country.

Hodgkinson subsequently authored ‘Kakadu and the Arnhem Landers’, one of three diaries (‘Paris Sketchbook’ and ‘Sepik Diary’ being the others) in which he illustrated his hand written text with detailed sketches and washes.

Sense of Place will present original sketches and excerpt of this diary together with a selection of larger paintings, which show the artist as an observer exploring the spiritual connections to country and people as Hodgkinson poses on the most central of human questions: Where do we come from?

“Frank Hodgkinson is a prodigy. He is a man so various that he hardly gives you time to focus on any single one talent. He is a painter, a sculptor, an architect, a designer of habitats and ambiences. His creative energy is enormous. His curiosity is at once that of a child and a mature philosopher trying to make sense of the cosmos over which he has ranged with hunger and delight”  -  Morris West.   






Frank Hodgkinson
Portrait of Nipper Kaparigi- Landscape of the Indigenous Mind  (detail)


Date

SAT 16 SEPT, 8PM   

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $36
Concession $32
Members $30
26 & under $18
Group 6+ $28ea
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5 -shows $140
3 -shows $90
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Intimacy

Ranter’s Theatre 

‘This is one of the cleverest and most enjoyable shows you’ll see in a while.'  Prue Bentley, ABC Melbourne  

Be moved by this divinely enthralling play based on real life encounters with strangers on a Melbourne Street.

Through a series of intimate and diverse conversations, Intimacy gives a candid, funny and sometimes disquieting portrait of everyday life where personal anxieties are never far from the surface.

Intimacy shows that the differences between us are often the most surprising points of connection and examines how people can very quickly share the intimate details of their lives with total strangers.

70 mins | no interval

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Date

THUR 21 SEPT, 8PM

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $36
Concession $32
Members $30
26 & under $18
Group 6+ 28ea
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5 -shows $140
3 -shows $190
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The Exotic Lives of Lola Montez

Finucane & Smith

“seductive, subversive and bursting at the seams with monstrous talent”  - The Age   

Step into the tantalising, Exotic Lives of Lola Montez the wildest showgirl of the nineteenth century. She horsewhipped the editor of the Ballarat Times (for a bad review), swung down mineshafts on a single rope with champagne in hand and escaped arrest dressed only in her jewels. Showered with gold nuggets and insults, swathed in scandal - her erotic Spider Dance was “the most libertinish and indelicate performance that could be given on the public stage" (Sydney Morning Herald 1855).

From Burrinja favourites and award winning creators of the smash-hit national touring legend Caravan Burlesque, Glory Box and The Flood, comes a brand new show decked in couture black lace, a thousand true lies, jaw-dropping dance, multi-award winning storytelling, sultry song and a death scene or three.

Meet the cast after the show for a Q&A in the Lola Lounge.

100 mins | no interval | mature themes and haze effects

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Date

FRI 6 OCT 10:30AM & 12:30PM   

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

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All $18
Group 4+ $15ea
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Grug and the Rainbow

Based on Ted Prior’s iconic story book character

Discover and delight with Grug on his search for the rainbow, with this charming new puppetry piece.

Beginning life as the grassy top of a Burrawang tree, Grug has captivated the hearts and imaginations of Australian children for nearly 40 years. Fascinated by the world around him and never short of an adventure, he’s now back by popular demand.

Embarking on his own epic journey to find a rainbow, it always seems just beyond his grasp. But Grug is full of determination and his quests are always full of surprises.

Running time 35 minutes | no interval | Recommended ages 1-5


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Date

SAT 28 OCT, 8PM   

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

Adult $36
Concession $32
Members $30
26 & under $18
Group 6+ $28ea
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Exposing Edith (Piaf)

by I’ll Wager productions`

“Exposing Edith can be summed up in one word - sensational. Fully deserved the standing ovation! ***** ” Southside Advertiser, Edinburgh

Fall for the beautiful and complex world of Edith Piaf, of one of greatest French singers of all time, with a stunning mix of authentic French chanson and contemporary sounds.

Direct from sell out seasons at the 2015 Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Auckland International cabaret Festival and winner Best Cabaret Adelaide Fringe 2016, this critically acclaimed show charts the tragic life of arguably the greatest French singer of all time. 

Explore the undertones of Piaf's vocals and lyrics  in this unique interpretation of her work though voice, acoustic guitar and the subtle layering of loop, delay and effect pedals. The songs are punctuated with a collection of extraordinary stories of Piaf’s life from the perspective of key characters, from Edith’s half-sister, her lovers and Edith Piaf herself.


70 mins | no interval | all ages

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Date

10 – 12 NOV

Venue

TBC

hillsceneLIVE   
Performance | Dance | Sound Art | Cabaret | Spoken Word | Live Art

A unique live art and performance festival in the Dandenong Ranges   
   
Dedicated to supporting artists who take juicy risks, ask big questions, and make bold statements though live art and performance, hillsceneLIVE is the only program of its kind in the Dandenong Ranges.

Now celebrating its 6th festival year, the program brings together and supports the development of new work by artists of diverse practices, forging new partnerships between artists, makers and the community.

The program begins with an open call for participants and includes a full series of professional development opportunities, workshops and forums throughout the year.  hillsceneLIVE 2017 will culminate in a blistering 3 day live art festival featuring an incredible array of artists spanning Dance, Theatre, Sound Art, Live Art, Installation and so much more. 

Full program announced June 2017.
 






Sabrina Testani


Date

11NOV 2017  – 28 JAN 2018   

Venue

Burrinja Gallery

Burrinja Climate Change Biennale #2   

Be moved by the artwork and be part of the conversation with the second Burrinja Climate Change Biennale.

Committed to artwork engaging the challenges of climate change, the second Burrinja Climate Change Biennale invites artists of diverse disciplines from all over Australia to submit artwork for this important exhibition and major acquisitive art award.

Audiences are invited to be part of the conversation with ongoing interactive social media and art-making activities in the gallery. A focus of the biennale is tracking critical discussion and cultural conversation around the issues of climate change today and into our future. By revisiting the theme via a biennial acquisitive award exhibition, Burrinja is building a valuable historic archive of artists’ reflections on the shifting cultural responses to climate change. #BurrinjaClimateChangeBiennale

I've never seen vulnerability depicted so well. Without an expression or words… The message comes through so clearly!” -  Melissa Wells (Biennale Patron)

 






2015 BCCB winner Joy Serwylo,
'At this point of time, it appears that we have not yet established a plan "B" '
mixed media, 2015



Date

FRI 24 NOV, 8PM   

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

All $38

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Lior

Live and intimate

“Lior is part of a rare breed of artists that has achieved success and critical acclaim, whilst maintaining an independence and individuality.” 

Share an evening with the acclaimed singer/songwriter Lior in an intimate ‘salon’ concert. Lior will be performing material from his back catalogue as well as works from his forthcoming new album.

Lior burst onto the Australian music scene in 2005 with his stunning debut album ‘Autumn Flow’. Spearheaded by This Old Love, Daniel and Autumn Flow, the album became one of the most successful independent debuts in Australian history. A swag of accolades and awards followed and a #2 on the Australian charts for his follow up album.

With support from Domini Forster.

30 min Domini, 75 min Lior | 20 min interval | all ages

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