Situated in the picturesque Dandenong Ranges, Burrinja Cultural Centre offers vibrant, creative spaces ideal for any event from music and theatrical performances and rehearsals, to corporate and business functions, to social and special events.
Burrinja’s mix of regional, contemporary, Indigenous, performing and studio arts makes it a unique cultural hub. The design of the new theatre and foyer spaces by Gregory Burgess Architects captures this difference in its ochre colours, chevron lines and subtle curves.
Comprising a fully equipped professional theatre, performance studio, licensed café and bar, exhibition foyer, workshop space and meeting room, Burrinja is a stunning and vibrant venue for your event.
There are many aspects of Burrinja your guests can enjoy, from the Art of Place Indigenous Garden, to contemporary art in the galleries, to a glass of wine at the Burrinja Café. You can even include a tour of our amazing Indigenous art collection in your event.
Burrinja is user friendly for people with a disability and all areas are wheelchair accessible, including elevator access to the theatre and first floor from the car park.
Space is available for wheelchairs for all performances and functions in the theatre, and a hearing loop is installed in the theatre.
There is on-site parking for guests and bus spaces.
We can offer you full box office facilities, including online ticketing, and marketing support if appropriate.
Our experienced staff are committed to quality customer service and will work with you to ensure that your event at Burrinja is unique, successful, enjoyable and memorable.
Spaces for Hire at Burrinja
The Burrinja Theatre can offer a 300 seat configuration and has full stage facilities with professional technical and contemporary staging equipment. The tiered seating and 18m x 10m sprung sheet timber stage make it an ideal space for theatre shows, plays, concerts, large conferences and seminars. Other features include inhouse audio loop, seating for to up to 10 wheelchairs, ample well-appointed dressing rooms, green room, wide screen data/video projector, and convenient backstage loading bay.
Black Box Studio
Situated on the first floor, the Studio is a flexible space that can seat up to 120 people in a flat floor space with flexible stage, lighting, digital projection and sound facilities. Available for corporate training, seminars, functions, performances, rehearsals and workshops. A break-out room/dressing room and kitchen facilities are also available when hiring the Studio.
Burrinja Café and Bar
The Burrinja Café and Bar is a great venue for your conference dinner or to relax with a glass of wine after your workshop or meeting. The café is also open for preshow dining and drinks.
Able to seat up to 80 people, the space is perfect for that special function or celebration with a delicious difference. A warm, welcoming environment with table seating and comfy lounges, the café also serves as an art gallery, adding an extra element of enjoyment for your guests.
The Burrinja Café and Bar can provide on site catering and can host a diverse range of events including music nights, gala events and community meetings.
An ideal area for art, photographic and craft exhibitions with a gallery hanging and lighting system to enhance displays, the exhibition foyer is also the perfect space for cocktail parties and pre-dinner drinks for up to 120 guests.
The Arts Workshop suits creative classes and workshops for up to 35 people. It is an indoor and outdoor space which is perfect for making a bit of a mess in.
Located in the Administration section of the theatre, the Meeting Room is suitable for up to 8 people in carpeted, air-conditioned comfort, with access to WiFi and AV facilities. Perfect for small meetings or workshops. In house catering options available.
Hire Charges at Burrinja
Burrinja offers a range of price options to suit different hirers and their event requirements. There are different rates for each available space, and for rehearsals vs performances.
Pricing is available by the hour, by a 5 hour performance block or a 1/2 or full day.
Generous discounts are available to Not-for-Profit Organisations, local government and community groups.
Surcharges may apply for public holidays and evenings. All charges will be outlined at time of booking.
When hiring the Burrinja Theatre, your hiring charges include standard theatre lighting and audio, access to WiFi, use of 4 ground floor dressing rooms, use of green room, power, air conditioning, standard cleaning, foyer use for merchandise and programs. Staffing, ticketing and marketing support will incur additional charges.
When hiring the Black Box Studio, your hiring charges include standard theatre lighting and audio, use of 1 first floor dressing room, power, air conditioning, standard cleaning, foyer use for merchandise and programs. Staffing, ticketing and marketing support will incur additional charges.
You will need to supply Burrinja with a current Certificate of Currency for $10,000,000 public liability insurance.
Alternatively, hirers can liaise with the Yarra Ranges Council for cover under their insurance and be charged a one-off surcharge for this.