Classes - What's On

Wednesday/Thursday, 10am - 11am


Black Box Studio

Rainbows and Sparkles

An art group for preschoolers with an emphasis on parent/carer participation.

Children and adults have fun exploring creative activities together such as singing, movement, playing musical instruments and making art using a variety of media.

Classes are facilitated by Gill Cruikshank who ran this popular group for several years prior to building works. Gill also works with Dee Whittington and her ‘movement’ groups on creative support for performances.

Time: Wednesday/Thursday @ 10am - 11am

When:Contact Burrinja Box office for term 2 dates and availability
Cost: $100 for 10 Sessions

Limited spaces available
Bookings via Box Office only. Phone (03) 9754 8723

Saturday 19 July
Saturday 25 July
Sunday 26 July
Saturday 2 August


Burrinja Arts Workshop



Mosaic Workshop

Do you want to get creative with crockery?

This workshop of 4 classes will walk you through the creation process step-by-step to create your own small mosaic art piece.
If you are a Beginner wanting to learn the basic skills in order to apply them to larger Mosaic projects in the future, this is the class for you...
If you have dabbled in Mosaics before, this may be a refresher opportunity and a means of further experimenting with the medium in order to inspire you for more ambitious pieces in the future.

Classes are run by Studio artist and qualified teacher Jessie Journoud-Ryan.

Most materials and tools used on site are provided, but you will need to provide your own crockery, protective gloves for grouting, an old towel and a hammer.

Cost: $250.00 for 11 hours of tuition across four sessions


4 classes will run on the following dates:

Saturday 19 July 2015 1pm – 3pm
Saturday 25 July 2015, 12pm – 3pm
Sunday 26 July, 12pm – 3pm
Saturday 2 August, 12pm – 3pm



Term 2: 16-Apr, 7-May, 4-Jun
Term 3: 16-Jul, 6-Aug, 3-Sep
Term 4: 8-Oct, 5-Nov, 3-Dec


Black Box Studio


1:30pm - 2:30pm

Rainbows and Sparkles | Monthly Craft Play Date

Play Dates are perfect for 3 - 4 year olds who just want to spend time getting messy with art experiences and a favourite adult!

As with Rainbows & Sparkles, this is a parent/carer participation class and is an ideal opportunity for an hour of quality mess making time without the clean up!

Bookings and payments in advance are essential.
Limited spaces available.

$12 per class | Suitable ages: 3 – 4 year olds



Thursdays 30 July - 10 September


$90 (7 weeks)

Creative Writing workshops -
for kids who love to write!

Practical and fun, these workshops give students feedback on their writing and a chance to learn more about editing and writing processes. The facilitator is Pauline Hoskin, a local playwright and author with many years experience teaching English and drama.

Writing fantasy, science fiction and horror! Create imaginary beasts, invent fantastic works and describe terrifying adventures!
Suitable for ages 8 - 11
When: Thursdays, 30 July—10 Sept
Time: 4:15—5:15pm
Cost: $90 (7 weeks)

Limited spaces—so get in quick!

Book online or phone 9754 8723.


Friday 29 May
Saturday 30 May
Sunday 30 May




$90 Three Day Festival tickets
$30.00 Day Ticket Only.
Sat 10am to 5pm or Sun 10am to 5pm. Does NOT include evening Gala
$26.00 Concession - Day Ticket Only.

Sat 10am to 5pm or Sun 10am to 5pm. Does NOT include evening Gala
$16.00 Youth Under 16 - Day Ticket Only.

Sat 10am to 5pm or Sun 10am to 5pm. Does NOT include evening Gala
$32 Gala Concert
Sat 7.30pm-11pm

Dandenong Ranges Ukulele Festival Workshops

Three days celebrating all things Ukulele!

The Burrinja - Dandenong Ranges Ukulele Festival (DRUKE) takes over the entire Burrinja Cultural Centre for three amazing May days in 2015. From the theatre to café, stages, workshops, gardens and galleries - it’ll be humming and strumming.

Festival programmer Matthew Fagan will ensure that we have a jam packed program for Ukulele and music lovers everywhere, where everyone who wants to strum their stuff can!

Alex Burns Workshop- (Intermediate)
Paul Johnson workshop- (Intermediate)
Aime Brulee Workshop- (Intermediate)
Lucy Wise Workshop-(Beginner- Intermediate)
Sarah Carroll Workshop- (Intermediate)
Tomoki Sato Workshop- (Beginner & Intermediate)
The Uke Group Workshop- (Beginners)

To find out more visit Dandenong Ranges Ukelele Festival



Saturday 20th of June 2015
(3hrs: 12.00pm – 3.00pm)


Burrinja Arts Workshop


$50 per student

Smash and Chat

Do you want to get creative with crockery?

The long awaited 'one off' Mosaic Workshop is finally here...
This workshop serves as a 3 hours window of opportunity to mosaic on whatever personal project you may have currently brewing ... This session provides the opportunity to 'drop in' and get creative on any mosaic project you have started or plan to start, with a group of fellow mosaic enthusiasts.

Jessie Journoud-Ryan will be thrilled to assist and advise you with your current projects and a selection of crockery, adhesives and basic tools will be available to you. Please come also prepared with your own crockery, tools and own prepared surfaces to mosaic.

Please note that you do not need to be an expert, but this is not a comprehensive beginner's workshop, but rather, this is a drop in Mosaic session.

Please note that an extra charge of $10 is applicable (and payable on the day) if you need to purchase a prepared (scored and primed) surface to Mosaic.
A selection of the artist's own tile and crockery collection and adhesives will be available.

Book Online here, or contact the Box Office on 9754 8723



Term 2
15 April - 24 June


Black Box Studio

Creative Movement and Drama Classes

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.

Play Up at Burrinja (Ages 5-6 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.
When: Wednesday 4-5pm.

Act Up at Burrinja (Ages 7-9 years) 
These fun filled 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.
When: Wednesday 5-6pm.

When: Term 2 runs from 15 April - 24 June
Cost: $143 for term 2 (11 weeks)

Advance 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. 

When: Wednesdays 6:30-8.00pm

When: Term 2 runs from 15 April - 24 June
Cost: $220 for term 2 (11 weeks)

Saturday 27 June – Sunday 5 July

All Classes $25
Shows $15 - $20
Festival Package $52 includes LEFT
+ 2 other shows or workshops
purchase via box office only 9754 8723

Burrinja Circus Festival

Saturday 27 June – Sunday 5 July
Nine days of circus fun for everyone!

See the full Festival Program here.

Workshops with Ruccis!

Learn amazing skills and tricks with the Ruccis Circus Team!

Image: Tania Pendelbury

Image: David Wyatt

Circus All Sorts
This class covers a huge range of skills: juggling, acro-balance, trapeze, silks, tumbling, hula-hoops and more! If you’re looking for a taste of all things circus, this is the class for you.
Mon 29 June, 10 am – 11:30am  (3-5 year olds)
Mon 29 June, 12noon – 2pm (5-8year olds)
Thurs 2 July, 12noon – 2pm (5-8 year olds)

Circus Aerials
This class gets you up in the air! Learn to climb, spin, wrap and fling yourself in circus style. The skills covered include trapeze, silks, aerial ring, cloud-swing and hammock.
Mon 29 June 2pm – 4pm (7-12 year olds)
Thurs 2 July 2pm - 4pm (5- 8 year olds)

Fun With Stilts
Become a giant! This class teaches students how to master the art of stilt walking.
Tues 30 June 10am – noon (all ages)
Weds 1 July 2:30pm -4:30pm (all ages)
* A parent helper is required for each student.
*you will need to wear closed toe shoes

Tightrope and Globe Walking
Find the perfect balance. In this class you will learn the technique for walking the tightrope and balancing on a giant ball!
Tues 30 June 12:30 – 2:30pm (all ages)
Weds 1 July  12:30 – 2:30pm (all ages)
* A parent helper is required for each student.

Circus Tumbling
For stuntmen and stuntwomen in the making! This workshop will teach you to roll, flip and fly through the air; covering rolls, cartwheels, handstands and basic mini-tramp.
Weds 1 July 10:30 – 12noon (5-8year olds)

Circus Buddies 
This parent and child class uses partner activities to explore the circus arts: trapeze, tumbling, juggling and more! A unique way of family bonding that promotes physical activity and improves co-ordination.
Thurs 2 July  10am – 11:30am (3-5 year olds)
* A parent helper is required for each student.


Burrinja Circus Festival Shows!

Extraordinary circus experience for the whole family!

Image: Robert Blackburn
Winner of the 2014 Melbourne Fringe People’s Choice Award, LEFT is a breathtaking, risk-taking, heartbreaking circus. Joyous, funny, heart-wrenching and awe-inspiring, a show all about the importance of community, what it takes to build them and what happens when someone suddenly leaves or is lost.
Show deals with issues of loss and grief,  suitable for all ages
Sat 4 July, 6:30pm
All tickets $20, Concession/Jarmbi $16,  Family 4+ $16ea
More info

Dream Big
Settle in and get comfortable as the students of Ruccis take you on a journey through the land of dreams.
Saturday 27 June, 6:30pm (students who train on Tues & Wed)
Sunday 28 June, 6:30pm (Students who train on Thurs & Sat)
Adult $20. Concession/Jarmbi $16
More info

Lucid is a student produced cabaret of contemporary circus arts including aerial silks, hand balancing, walking globe and much much more!
Sunday 5 July, 2pm
Adult $20. Concession/Jarmbi $16
More info

Roll up Roll up! Run away to the circus with this fun and physical show by Solid State Circus performer Luth Wolff!
With Hula-Hoops, Unicycle, Magic and Spinning Plates Luth takes children aged  3 – 5 on a madcap circus adventure, with plenty of help from the audience!
Friday 3 July, 10:30am  (45 minute duration)
All tickets $15 (Ideal for children 3-5 years old)
More info

Sundays in Auguest
August 9, 16, 23 and 30
11am - 1pm

$145 per person

Spectacular Softies

Learn how to create your very own unique soft toy creations
This 4 week workshop covers all aspects of creating your own
personalised soft toys.
*basic sewing skills required, some materials provided


For bookings please contact: Bronwyn on 0428114748


Sundays in August
August 9, 16, 23 and 30


2pm - 4pm



Learn how to create personalised bunting flags

This 4 week workshop covers all aspects of creating your own
personalised bunting flags. Name flags for a room or personalised
gift... decorative flags for an event or for the home...
your creation is up to you!


For bookings please contact Bronwyn on 0428114748


Ongoing Classes from
30 January 2015


Studio 6

Learn to play Piano the Simply Music Way.

Simply Music Piano
Simply Music Piano is a remarkable, Australian- developed piano and keyboard program that offers a breakthrough in music education. This unique method has children, teens adults and seniors playing great sounding blues, classical, contemporary and accompaniment piano pieces from the first lesson.

Soul Journey
Realise the hidden potential within. A journey of self discovery that introduces you to your creative abilities in both music and art.
Using simple piano improvisation techniques, learn to add your own personal sound-track to your paintings created in class.
No piano or drawing experience necessary.

Drum Circle
A fun dynamic way to discover your musical abilities through rhythm.
No experience necessary.

Tuition is also available for: Piano accordian, flute, violin, clarinet and tenor sax
Group and private lessons available

More Info at: www.harmoniousmelodies.com.au
Bookings: via Nicole on 0417 844 590

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