Upcoming Events & Experiences

All upcoming events & experiences at Burrinja as well as out & about in the community.

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burrinja presents


Dandenong Ranges Open Studios Group Exhibition

Fri 15 March to Sun 28 Apr | Burrinja Gallery

Glimpse, Dandenong Ranges Open Studios Group Exhibition, is an immersive exhibition featuring works from each of the 44 participating studios. This collective display of local talent highlights their individual approaches to art-making whilst exploring a shared theme...Glimpse, inviting viewers into their fleeting moments of inspiration, insight, and beauty captured by these exceptional visionaries.

Embark on a journey through the realm of artistic expression by exploring an array of works encompassing diverse mediums. Through the lens of paint, print, sculpture, textile, photography, and graphic design, these artists offer tantalizing glimpses into their inner worlds, challenging perceptions and inspiring contemplation. This exhibition is a great way to explore the studios and plan your Open Studios weekends adventures.

Glimpse beckons you to explore the collective imagination of these artists, where creativity knows no bounds. Be captivated by this multifaceted exhibition and let the myriad perspectives transport you to a realm where every Glimpse tells a story.

Don’t forget to vote for your favourite piece in the People’s Choice Award.


Please join us for the Exhibition Launch: 7pm Thursday 14 March – everyone welcome

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Image credit: N Manyi, I'm Being Sarcastic (2023) acrylic (detail)

aerie creative ecology presents

babyteeth | Nikola Manyi

Sat 6 Apr - Sun 19 May | aerie gallery

'babyteeth' is an eclectic collection of works which compile an emerging artist's exploration and development of practice; it explores the contemporarily fast paced nature of consumerism and the need to stay relevant in order to survive.

Please join us for the Exhibition Launch: 2pm Saturday 6 April – everyone welcome

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Burrinja presents

PLAYFUL RAINBOWS ~ creative workshops for preschoolers

Join our resident studio artists in playful explorations of crafty creativity.

From Thu 18 Apr 10.30am for Term 2

Each week a different artist will lead a joyful shared experience of creative expression for pre-schoolers with their favourite 'big people' - could be Mum, Dad, Grandparents.

The workshop is facilitated for 45 mins, with extra time for those that haven't quite finished. You may get a little messy...

Wk 1 - Embossing to make a Card ~ Aimee McCallum

Wk 2 - Break for ANZAC Day

Wk 3 - Elmer Elephant ~ Libby Finn

Wk 4 - Mike I don’t like ~ Leticia Hodson

Wk 5 - Balloon Stamps ~ Natasja van Wyk

Wk 6 - Activity & Artist to be announced

Wk 7 - Playing with Collage ~ Angela Cotter

Wk 8 - Ribbon Rings ~ Libby Finn

Wk 9 - Juggling Balls ~ Leticia Hodson

Wk 10 - Clown Noses ~ Natasja van Wyk

Wk 11 - Activity & Artist to be announced

Tickets - $5 per class


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Alist Presents

Umbilical Brothers ~ The Distraction


Fri 19 Apr, 2024 @ 8.00pm | Burrinja Theatre 

Do you love staring at screens? Are you staring at a screen right now? You should get out more. Specifically to a show that has an enormous screen smack-bang in the middle of it.

The Umbilicals take the energy of live performance and the spectacle of cinema and smashes them together into a new show performed simultaneously on stage and on the big screen. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen, and nothing they’ve ever done, and it will blow your mind way more literally than you are expecting. The Distraction: enabling your screen addiction.

★★★★★ - Theatre People

★★★★★ - The Advertiser

★★★★★ - Broadway World

Recommended for 12+

Mild language, mild adult themes, loud noises  

Tickets - $49.90 ~ $54.90


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burrinja presents

Where Artists Meet (W.A.M.)

Thu 25 Apr @ 7.00pm | Fat Goat

Here’s your chance to get out, have some fun and talk shop with other local artists and have a cheeky drink.

These regular gatherings propose space for connecting and developing conversation between local creatives. WAM provides a fun and friendly environment to talk shop with other artists, share tips, discuss creative practice, projects and local arts and culture. With the Dandenong Ranges rich and abundant cultural landscape Burrinja’s WAM events are a great opportunity to develop new creative networks, find out about potential opportunities and connect with your local arts community.

Join us on the last Thursday of every month @ 7pm at the Fat Goat (2 Morris Road, Upwey)

Put W.A.M. In your calendar!
Upcoming dates: 30 May, 27 June, 25 July, 29 August, 26 September, 31 October, 28 November


15% off Adult, Concession & Group prices until midnight December 24th, 2023.

Burrinja presents

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

Australia's premier comedy roadshow is coming up, Upwey, way!

Fri 26 Apr 7.30pm | Burrinja Theatre

Australia's biggest and best comedy spectacular is setting off on its 26th annual road trip around the country! Showcasing the finest talents from the 2024 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, we're delivering a dose of laughter right to your doorstep!

Get ready for a well-deserved blast of comedy when the Roadshow hits the Burrinja stage!

‘We were laughing from the moment the lights went down, to well into the drive home.’ Scenestr

‘Wiping tears away and wheezing from the sheer joy.’ Australian Stage

MC - Mike Goldstein, Claire Hooper, Daniel Fernandes (INDIA), Bronwyn Kuss & Luka Muller

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Tickets - $19 ~ $39


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Burrinja presents


Sat 11 May - Sun 21 July | Burrinja Gallery


Image credit: Rona Green, Lucky LeVon, 2022, hand coloured, linocut, 57 x 76 cm (detail)


Galleries 01 & 02

Not Your Kitchen Lino

Burrinja Gallery presents a show case of contemporary print-making with a special focus on lino print applications.

Featured are limited edition prints, artists books, scrolls and sculptures. The artists are:

Chris Lawry (Dandenong Ranges) • David Frazer (Goldfields) • Elizabeth Banfield (Dandenong Ranges) • Gwen Scott (Mornington Peninsula) • Jan Liesfield (Yarra Valley) • Karen Neal (Metropolitan) • Kat Parker (Goulburn region) • Kylie Watson (Dandenong Ranges) • Bronwyn Rees (Metropolitan) • Carolyn Vickers (Goldfields) • Peter Ward (Bellarine) • Rona Green (Dandenong Ranges)



Gallery 03

The Captain's Catch | Rew Hanks

In a series of intriguing complex and detailed compositions renown Sydney-based printmaker and teacher Rew Hanks delivers a satirical take on colonial characters such as Captain James Cook, botanist Joseph Banks, explorer Major Thomas Mitchell, French emperor Napoleon and his wife Josephine.


Please join us for the Exhibition Launch: 2pm Sunday 12 May – everyone welcome.

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Image credit: Rew Hanks, Fish between the flags, 2023, hand coloured linocut, edition of 8 + 2AP, 75 x 106 cm.


Image credit: Abdesslam Sakini, acrylic on canvas, circa 2022, 300 x 300mm

aerie creative ecology presents

A Moroccan Modernist Retrospective | Abdesslam Sakini

Sat 25 May - Sun 7 Jul | aerie gallery

Abdesslam Sakini (born 1st Jan 1943) is a Moroccan Artist who was part of the Casablanca Art School during the period it revolutionised modern art in post-colonial Morocco. Sakini’s influences are evident in his paintings. Earlier works reference his teachers and colleagues at the Casablanca School of Art such as Mohamed Melehi and Mohammed Chabâa. Bold use of geometric shapes and abstract patterns create striking compositions on the canvas. Hard edged, architectural forms sit within symmetrical layouts. More recent works take on a less rigid aesthetic inspired by many years in the Australian landscape. These paintings feature flora and fauna recreated with an abstract colour palette that evokes the extremes of the Australian environment.

Please join us for the Exhibition Launch: 2pm Saturday 25 May – everyone welcome


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Caravan Music & Leicashow presents

Forever Young ~ The Songs of Bob Dylan

A birthday celebration with Ross Wilson, Adalita and many more

Sat 25 May @ 7.30pm | Burrinja Theatre 

Presented by Caravan Music & Leicashow Presents, and featuring Ross Wilson, Adalita, Rebecca Barnard, Mick Thomas, Lisa Miller, Charles Jenkins, Rob Snarski and more, with Musical Director Shane O’Mara and aptly named house band The Luminaries

Continuing a tradition that began at the Caravan Club's original location in Oakleigh in 2011 for Bob’s 70th, Leicashow and Caravan are upping the ante to bring their beloved Bob Dylan Birthday Bash to St Kilda's iconic Palais Theatre and selected suburban and regional venues in May.

It's a tradition that has seen some of the biggest and brightest in Australian music - including Vika & Linda, Joe Camilleri, Tex Perkins and Tim Rogers - perform songs that are enmeshed in the very fabric of their musical lives and to wish Bob a good one!

Revered vocalists and long-established Dylan fan favourites Ross Wilson, Adalita, Rebecca Barnard, Mick Thomas, Lisa Miller, Charles Jenkins and Rob Snarski are all on board, and there are other vocalists to be announced. They'll all be backed as always by the incredible house band, The Luminaries featuring MD Shane O’Mara, Shane Reilly, Adrian Whitehead, Rick Plant and Ben Wiesner. As is the case every year, everybody will dig deep and give their very best - for you and for Bob.

None of us are getting any younger, but certain things are apparently ageless. And while Bob Dylan may be turning 83, his vast catalogue of songs - songs written over a period now spanning over 60 years - remains as wondrous, relevant and life-affirming as ever. It is a body of work that has, indeed, remained Forever Young.

Age recommendation: 16+

Tickets - $79.90 ~ $89.90 + BF


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15% off Adult, Concession & Group prices until midnight December 24th, 2023.

Burrinja presents

BROAD ~ Geraldine Quinn

Bold dames, bejewelled tales; camp glamour meets ageing grace in this cabaret of self-discovery.

Fri 31 May 7.30pm | Lyre Room

Multi-award-winning rock cabaret artist Geraldine Quinn ('Spicks & Specks', 'Upper Middle Bogan', 'The Weekly') returns with her first original show in four long years - 'BROAD'. Quinn grew up idolising fabulous, bold, brassy (mostly ginger) older women. Now she's becoming one. So Quinn makes her overdue return to the cabaret stage to release everyone's inner DGAF Dame.

Whether you want to unlock the Auntie Mame inside you, polish your brassiness or if (like Quinn) your knees just aren't working anymore and you need to be near someone who understands, ALL are welcome in The Broad Church.

“The sort of electric thunderclap that inspires audience members to hoot out loud and bump the air with their fists in empowered solidarity, it lays down the gauntlet for the moment to beat” Time Out ★★★★★

Tickets - $19 ~ $29


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Australian Mind Control ~ Theatre Show

Sat 1 Jun @ 7.30pm | Burrinja Theatre

The performance of ethereal shoe-gazer, heaven metal band; Australian Mind Controls debut album release, accompanied with visuals by user—id.

Featuring contemporary dancers opening and closing the show, ushers and bar/catering staff will be looking after the patrons on arrival and during the intermission.

Dedicated to Eason Blake

Age recommendation: All ages

Bring a friend ♡

Age recommendation: All ages

Tickets - $30 ~ $35


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Burrinja presents

Eric Bibb ~ Live in the Lyre

The ultimate “blues brother” is coming to Burrinja.

Sun 2 Jun 4.00pm | Burrinja Theatre

Eric Bibb is known and revered globally as a fiery singer- songwriter with true soul, grounded in the folk/blues tradition but with contemporary sensibilities.

Testament to his endurance as one of the most relevant, leading bluesmen of our time, Eric’s most recent album, Ridin’ has received a Grammy nomination in the Best Traditional Blues Album category. It sits in the Top 10 of multiple blues and roots charts, has over three million Spotify streams and been lauded by critics as his “late life classic” and “a fervent gospel-backed blues manifesto”. The past twelve months alone has seen his entire catalogue clock up 15 million streams.

To experience Eric live is to be struck by his sheer humanity and convictions based in the values of the civil rights movement of the sixties. He challenges us to do better, to reach higher, and strive harder.

Tickets - $70 ~ $80


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15% off Adult, Concession & Group prices until midnight December 24th, 2023.

Burrinja presents

Greece Lightening ~ Garry Star

Zeus, Fools, and Drachmas: One Idiot's Mythical Quest for Prosperity.

Thu 13 Jun 7.30pm | Lyre Room

An overzealous idiot attempts to perform all of Greek Mythology in order to save his Hellenic homeland from economic ruin.

Never before has Medusa been looser, Achilles more sillies or Uranus so heinous. Having single handedly saved the performing arts in 2018 with his multi-award-winning debut show Garry Starr Performs Everything, comic wunderkind Garry returns with another anarchic masterclass not to be mythed.

"Starr’s rambunctious antics belie how intelligent and tightly structured this exhilarating hour of sidesplittingly funny physical comedy is" ★★★★★ Sydney Morning Herald

WINNER Pick of the Fringe - Adelaide Fringe 2022 WINNER Best Comedy - Manchester Fringe 2022 WINNER Best in Fest - Gothenburg Fringe 2022

Tickets - $19 ~ $29


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www.alist.com.au presents


Fri 21 June, 2024. 8.00pm | Burrinja Theatre

All of reality, as we can ever possibly know it, exists exclusively in our minds. Armed with this knowledge, Arj sets out to answer some of Life’s Biggest Questions: Why are we here? Are we alone in the Universe? Why does it hurt when we pee?

You’ll laugh and you’ll learn, but you’ll never look at anything the same, once you enter…
...The Mind Field
'It's all in your head.'


WINNER - 2019 ARIA Award for Best Comedy Release – ‘Organic’

“It’s a joy to spend an hour in his world” ★★★★★ The Advertiser

“A must see for anyone who loves a laugh…” ­Adelaide Now

“Excellent stand-up by an exceptional comedian.” ★★★★ Broadway Baby”

Recommended for ages 15+ | 90 mins no interval


Tickets - $49.90 - $54.90*


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Ruccis Circus & Burrinja presents

Burrinja Circus Festival

Winter School Holidays | Burrinja

The Burrinja Circus Festival is back with a jam-packed week of circus fun for the whole family! Kicking of with a FREE Winter Carnival day, shows and a week of circus skills workshops to flip, climb and tumble your way through this school holiday circus plus see students from Ruccis in their annual student productions, spectacular skills in a professional circus show, plus a colourful cabaret evening featuring Ruccis coaches and students, circus industry performers and the most exciting up-and-coming circus stars. Run away with the circus as Burrinja transforms into a bustling big top of circus delights!

Watch this space for more Circus Festival updates

Recommended for all ages

15% off Adult, Concession & Group prices until midnight December 24th, 2023.

Burrinja presents

Inventi Ensemble ~ Inventi Ensemble

Award-winning Australian chamber music

Sat 27 Jul 2.00pm | Burrinja Theatre

Three simple notes open the famous 'Symphonic Dances' by Rachmaninov which then evolves into a unique work like no other. Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Rachmaninov’s birth, his Symphonic Dances receive the Inventi treatment!

This beautiful and rich symphonic work features the colours and textures that Rachmaninov is famous for. Arranged for flute, oboe, bassoon, violin, viola, and cello, this musical adventure will be the latest triumph in Inventi’s musical exploration.

Join us for an afternoon of exceptional music.

Tickets - $19 ~ $29


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Craft Music & One Louder present


Catching Diamonds Tour 2024

With Georgia Mooney

Tue 20 Feb, 2024 @ 7:30PM | RESCHEDULED

Sat 21 Sep, 2024 @ 7:30PM | Burrinja Theatre

The upcoming Burrinja performance of KATE MILLER-HEIDKE - CATCHING DIAMONDS TOUR on Tuesday 20 February, 2024 has been rescheduled for Saturday 21 September, 2024 due to scheduling conflicts.

Current ticket holders please check your email for important information regarding the rescheduling of this show


Kate Miller-Heidke is an award-winning singer-songwriter who traverses the worlds of folk, pop, opera and musical theatre.  She has performed on stages as varied as the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Coachella, the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Eurovision Song Contest, the Sydney Opera House, and the Roebuck Bay Hotel, Broome. 

And now, after long months locked away writing songs, she’s hitting the road to play in dozens of beautiful theatres around Australia.

Kate will be playing her greatest hits and most beloved pop songs, as well as performing tracks from her original musicals ‘Muriel’s Wedding the Musical’ and the new ‘Bananaland’, some unexpected covers, taking requests, and telling stories from across her varied career. Excitingly, she’ll also be debuting new material from her forthcoming 6th studio album, which will dive deep into the genre of ‘gothic folk’.

This is a special opportunity to see Kate in intimate, stripped-back mode, accompanied by her long-term collaborator Keir Nuttall on guitar. 

(The bendy poles from Eurovision will be there emotionally, but not physically).

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Tickets ~ $79.90


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