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All upcoming programs at Burrinja and out & about in the community.

Booking an "in person" visit to Burrinja

Burrinja is delighted to be welcoming you back to the Centre from Wednesday, January 20th, 2021. To do that there are some new guidelines for entry to ensure our community is kept safe while inviting you to share Burrinja's gallery spaces for reflection and inspiration, as well as a chance to explore the new spaces created during the redevelopment.

Current restrictions in place include density quotas for indoor spaces, adherence to social distancing measures and the carrying of a face mask on your person when in public.

Inline with the above recommendations we will be running 2 x 60min "Visit and Explore" sessions Wed - Sat,  11 AM & 1 PM. Each session will be limited to 20 people maximum. 

If you have a large group please contact us directly via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone (03) 9754 8723 with the date and time best suited to you and we can take a seperate booking.

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Book in to see our current exhibition Legacy: Reflections on Mabo, visit the new studios, Aerie Creative Ecology and experience the newly redeveloped public spaces.

 

Dates

OCT 31 2020 - FEB 27 2021

Venue

Digital Experience 
until FEB 27 2021

Burrinja Gallery
from JAN 20, 2021

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Legacy: Reflections on Mabo

Legacy: Reflections on Mabo celebrates the man behind the game-changing Native Title Act, Eddie Koiki Mabo.

Co-curated by Gail Mabo, Dr Jonathan McBurnie and Kellie Williams (Director of Umbrella Studio contemporary arts), the exhibition brings together a selection of about 30 works by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in the spirit of reconciliation, twenty-five years after the historic achievement.

Each artist has responded to an aspect of Eddie Mabo that they are drawn to, whether it is his life, politics, activism, or legacy. The works come together in surprising ways with reverence, compassion, anger, sadness and respect, celebrating a man who was both a rebel and a dreamer.

Burrinja is the only Victorian stop on the exhibitions tour and is hosting a dual delivery of the works. Initially as a digital experience and then from January 20th, 2021 in person in the new Burrinja Gallery.

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Legacy: Reflections on Mabo is an Umbrella Studio touring exhibition.

Image Credit: Arone Meeks, Mabo 25 & Big Wet Community, 2018. Painting on canvas, diptych, 183 x 62 cm. Photo: Carl Warner.

Term 1, 2021

Wednesdays
From Jan 27

Venue

Lyre Room

Cost


Play Up $160 (not running for term 1)


Act Up $160

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Troupe $160

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Trial Class $16 

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Creative Movement and Drama Classes

PLAY UP: Grades Prep – 2 or Ages 5 – 7 years (not running for term 1)
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 7 – 9 years - 
5.15pm - 6.15pm
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.
 
TROUPE: Grade 5 – 8 or Ages 10 – 13 years - 
Troupe 6.30pm - 7.30pm
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.

Further information:
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.

ANY ENQUIRIES please CONTACT the Box Office: Tue-Fri, 10:00am-2:00pm, 9754-8723 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Dates

FEB 13 to 28

Venue

Burrinja 

Opening Night

Sat 13 Feb 6 - 8pm

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Gallery Visit

Wed - Sat, 11am or 1pm

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VCE Creative Showcase 2021

VCE Creative Showcase is the largest showcase of emerging artists from across the Yarra Ranges region, featuring students who have completed VCE Art or Studio Art. This dynamic exhibition and project is an insight into the artistic minds of our youngest and brightest creatives.

After a challenging year, these students are displaying their hard work for the community to enjoy. Engage with a diverse range of artworks, from photography to sculpture.

Hosted at Burrinja Cultural Centre in partnership with Yarra Ranges Council, the exhibition is professionally curated, featuring students who were successful in the application process. Celebrate another year of creativity at the VCE Creative Showcase Exhibition. 

“2020 was a challenging year for most so it has been particularly incredible to witness the insight, creativity and talent coming from our community’s emerging artists, who endured the challenges of VCE through COVID-19. I am proud we can offer these opportunities, provide a platform for the emerging artists of the region and showcase their incredible work.” – Mayor Cr Fiona McAllister

Join us for the opening event on Saturday 13th Feb 6 - 8pm ~ Bookings Essential

 


Image: ‘Solitude’ Abbey Clerke (Mt Evelyn Christian College), 2020

 

Date

Sat 20 Feb 7.30pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

$38 Adult
$34 Concession
$32 Friends of Burrinja
$32ea Group 6+
$18 26 & Under


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You and I

The Original Stars of Beauty and The Beast reunite after 20 years

A cavalcade of Musical Theatre Hits and Highlights, performed by those who have starred in many of them. Helpman award winners Michael Cormick and Rachael Beck take to the stage for 2 hours of incredible musical theatre performances creating a spellbinding wall of sound.



 



Date

SUN 28 JAN 2021 1PM

Venue

Park at Burrinja

Tickets

FREE ($25 pp deposit)*


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LIVE ON THE LAWN 

Featuring Lily & King, Tracey Roberts, Pia Nesvara, Sarah & Luke Rose, and emerging artists from the RaRa Records label.

Hot summer days meet cool summer sounds. Nothing says Summer quite like live music, green grass, outdoor food & bev, and gathering with a few hundred of your closest friends. We are thrilled to welcome you back to Burrinja, to experience live music in the stunning sunny lawns at the front of the building. A one day festival of local creative talent, featuring some of the regions most loved artists, alongside emerging talents of the music industry.

*Conditions of entry & allocation of deposit

Tickets to this event are free but require a $25 deposit as they are strictly limited. On the day you will have the option to transfer the your deposit to the bar, donate it to the artists or have it refunded. If you have paid a deposit on a ticket but do NOT attend the event you will NOT be eligible for a refund of the deposit.

 




 

Date

FRI 19 MAR 2021 8.00pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

$50.00* Admission

Tickets on sale
12pm Fri Dec 18th


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*This show is NOT elligible
to use "the one free ticket"
benefit included in the
Friends of Burrinja Membership.

The Harbour Agency Presents:

Hot Autumn Nights • Tim Freedman live

Tim Freedman will re-emerge in March with a brand new solo show "Hot Autumn Nights 2021".

After a sold out 35 date tour in November and December, this snappy run through the country will preview three more songs from The Whitlams' forthcoming album "Gaffage and Clink", and also premiere reworkings of some of his favourite tracks from Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Randy Newman.

Performing for limited capacities, and bringing a grand piano to most of the venues, Freedman will once again mix cabaret and rock in his own sardonic style.

The Daily Telegraph wrote of his November show at the City Recital Hall, "The tall and gangly front man charmed and cajoled his 400-strong “spaced out” audience with all the debonair flair of a Bryan Ferry....The stripped back accompaniment of the piano highlighted just how cleverly constructed his lyrics are – they sound so uncontrived, which is hellish difficult to do as any would-be songwriter will tell you." (Steve Moffatt) 


 

Date

WED 10 MAR 2021 7.30PM

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

$26 Adult
$22 Concession
$20 Friends of Burrinja
$20ea Group 6+
$18 26 & Under


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The Body is a Place

Featuring works by Mel Smith OAM, Gulsen Ozer, Gretel Taylor, Viv Rogis and special guests.

A one night screening of dance films that explore the complex relationships between body, place and environment.  Feauring new work by a range of local dance film makers, these screenings are less 'dancing in situ' and more about poetry in motion en plein air. Screenings will be followed by artist discussion and panel.

 

 




 

Date

WED 24 MAR 2021 7.30PM

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

$40 Admission
$20
26 & Under


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A boy called sailboat

Film Screening with the soundtrack performed live by the Grigoryan Brothers

Acclaimed guitarists Slava & Leonard Grigoryan have expanded their creative output by crafting and recording the soundtrack to the award-winning movie ‘A Boy Called Sailboat’.  This heart-warming movie, written and developed by Melbourne-based creative team Cameron Nugent and Andrew Curry was filmed in New Mexico and stars Academy Award® winning actor J.K Simmons, Noel G, Elizabeth De Razzo, Jake Busey, Lew Temple and Julian Atocani Sanchez in the title role.

Sailboat brings love and hope to a family who have forged a simple but proud life in the drought-ridden Deep South.  One afternoon he brings home a “little guitar”.  From this moment, Sailboat and his little guitar are inseparable, and when his ill grandmother requests he write a song for her, Sailboat meanders through adversity to deliver the unimaginable – the greatest song ever written.

The Latin-themed soundtrack is a key element to the movie and provides an opportunity for audiences to hear the Grigoryan Brothers like never before.

 

 





 

Date

EVERY THURSDAY
IN APRIL 2021
@ 6.00PM

Venue

Digital

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Holding Pattern

 

New work, new ideas, from the new world. Responding to the idea of ‘the anthropause’ (a considerable global slowing of modern human activities, notably travel), five contemporary artists are commissioned to make new digital works. The project will be delivered to audiences via their own mobile phones, turning our hand held screens into the stages of our future.

 

 





 

Date

Sun 11 Apr 2pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

$26 Adult
$22 Concession
$20 Friends of Burrinja
$20ea Group 6+
$18 26 & Under



TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE
6 WEEKS BEFORE SHOW DATE

Single $3 ticketing fee applies
per total transaction

We Remember - The Anzacs

Great Songs of the War Years

Great Hit Songs of the World Wars ... We’ll Meet Again, Underneath The Lamplight, Keep The Home Fires Burning, Tipperary, Pack Up Your Troubles, Blue Moon, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, with music to celebrate the careers of Dame Vera Lyn, The Andrew Sisters and Many More ... as well as a special tribute to the 100 years of the ANZAC.

 

 

Date

Fri 23 April 2021 8.00pm 

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

$59.90 Admission
$54.90 Concession
$54.90 Friends of Burrinja
$54.90pp Group 6+

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Jimeoin Ramble On

A stalwart of Australian comedy. Jimeoin is an all round likeable rogue in his new stand up show Ramble On! He happily imparts his clever and quirky observations on everyday suburban life in his trademark devil-may-care style.

'Recalls the familiar at fantastically silly level, boiling his audience down to a tear-filled, gibbering mess' (Scotland on Sunday).

'Hilarious... If laughter's the best medicine, Jimeoin is a course of steroids... Don't miss it!' (Edinburgh Evening News).

Recommended for ages 15+ | 110 mins including 20 min interval

 

 


 

Dates

18 APR - 9 MAY

Venue

Burrinja Gallery

 

Wabi - Sabi | the Beauty of Imperfection

Each year Dandenong Ranges Open Studios participating artists are asked to create a work based on a collective theme. This year’s theme is WABI-SABI, the Beauty of Imperfection, a Japanese philosophy which encourages us to focus on the blessings hiding in our daily lives and celebrate the way things are rather than how we think they should be. The group exhibition is a unique opportunity to see work from all the artists in one location and select the studios that most intrigue or inspire you to visit during the Dandenong Ranges Open Studios weekend.


 

Date

Thu 29 Apr 7.30pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

$38 Adult
$34 Concession
$32 Friends of Burrinja
$32ea Group 6+
$18 26 & Under

TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE
6 WEEKS BEFORE SHOW DATE

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow 2021

Australia’s favourite comedy convoy is locked, loaded and hitting every corner of the country!

Join the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow in 2021 as it rolls across the country to home deliver the Comedy Festival vibe to every crack and crevice of Australia. From Bega to Broome, Townsville to Traralgon, we’re criss-crossing the country taking in more than 80 destinations along the way. More than any year before, our comedians are champing at the bit to break out from the barriers, shake off the seclusion and roll out the laughs.

With an all killer, no filler line-up of Australian stars and talented newcomers, buckle in for a night of stand-up, sketch, satire, silliness and song to satisfy all your comedy cravings! 

 



Date

Thu 1 May 7.30pm

Venue

Burrinja Theatre

Tickets

$45 Admission




Single $3 ticketing fee applies
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Archie Roach: Tell Me Why 

A new work sharing stories and songs from Archie's new memoir and companion album. 

Not many have lived as many lives – from stolen child, teenage alcoholic, seeker, lover, father, musical and lyrical genius, to social advocate and First Nations leader – but it took almost a lifetime to find who he really was.  He is Archie Roach.  His new memoir Tell Me Why (Simon and Schuster) is an intimate, moving and often confronting account of his resilience and strength of spirit, and also of a great love story. It’s an extraordinary odyssey of love and heartbreak, family and community, survival and renewal – and the healing power of music.  The companion album Tell Me Why (Bloodlines), considered Roach’s 18 song ‘magnum opus’, re-imagines eleven songs which have defined his extraordinary career. Roach voices the joy, pain and hope he found on his path through these songs to become the legendary singer-songwriter and storyteller that he is today – beloved and respected by fans worldwide.

 

 


image credit: Adrian Cook

Dates

Open Studios Weekend
Sat & Sun, May 8 + 9
 
Group Exhibition
18 APR - 9 MAY
BURRINJA GALLERY


 

2021 Dandenong Ranges Open Studios

Come and explore the secrets of the Dandenong Range’s with this creative and inspiring cultural experience. The Dandenong Ranges Open Studios takes you down the fern lined lanes of the hills to discover a selection of the most intriguing studios. Explore and connect with artists, ignite your creative imagination and step into the hidden gems, curious constructions and awe inspiring spaces of the artists’ creative environments.

Visit the exhibition at the Burrinja Gallery and select the studios that most intrigue or inspire you. You will have the unique opportunity to purchase artwork and hand crafted items directly from the artists, informed by new insight into their creative world.

Dandenong Ranges Open Studios is the biggest creative 'Open Door' of the region.

Visit studios between 10am and 5pm during the Open Weekend.

For more details about the Artists & the Studios click here

 

Dates

15 May - 4 Jul 

Venue

Burrinja Gallery 

 

The Ranges | 3 Perspectives

At one time each of the artists was a Dandenong ranges resident. The works featured draw from the surrounding landscape of the places they called home.

Mary Tonkin: Contemporary plein air landscape artist whose detailed large scale representations reflect the forest at her family’s property in Kalorama.

Fred Williams: Australia’s most iconic landscape artist redefined painting in the Australian bush during his ‘Upwey years’ from 1963-68.

Miles Evergood: An impressionist whose 1930’s Kalorama paintings are characterised by strong colours and expressive brushstrokes and use of palette knife.

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Image Credit: (left to right): Mary Tonkin, Ramble, Kalorama 2017-19 (detail) oil on linen,Fred Williams (1927 - 1982), UPWEY LANDSCAPE, oil on canvas, , Miles Evergood (1871 - 1939) c. 1935 – 1938, oil on canvas

Date

Annual

Venue

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