Upcoming Events & Experiences

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

Image credit: Tay Haggarty


burrinja & vic health presents

Carabiner Bench (Nature found no fault with me) 2023, by Tay Haggarty and Collaborators


Sun 8 Oct @ 1pm | Carabiner Bench, Birdsland Reserve

Please join us to celebrate the launch of Carabiner Bench (Nature found no fault with me), a new piece of public art co-designed by Burrinja’s Queer Art Collective (QAC) and Lead Artist Tay Haggarty.

This artwork is an outcome of an 18-month project partnership between Burrinja and VicHealth and has been created in collaboration with a cohort of twelve 18-25 year old queer-identifying people. The artwork is the result of a 6-month long creative design and development process led by Tay Haggarty, reflecting on what it means to be a young queer person in 2023.

The event will feature live performances, speeches and the formal launch of this special artwork. Light catering will be provided.

Please join Burrinja’s Board Chair Prof. Elizabeth Dax AM, CEO Gareth Hart, QAC Facilitator Gulsen Ozer, Lead Artist Tay Haggarty, QAC Collaborators and distinguished guests.


Meet at lower carpark inside Birdsland Reserve: Birdsland Carpark, A/, 3/271 Mt Morton Rd, Belgrave Heights VIC 3160




Make your own Burrinja Stars with Natasja van Wyk

Sun 19 Nov from 11am - 2pm | Arts Workshop

Ages 16 years and over

You are the stars of Burrinja so come along and make your own star to hang in the Burrinja foyer for our 25th Birthday Party. This is a FREE WORKSHOP thanks to the support of Yarra Ranges Council. Spaces are limited. You will be able to keep your star after the exhibition.

To RSVP for this FREE workshop please click HERE



Kreationz Cheer & Dance Presents

KREATIONZ  End of Year Showcases 2023

Sat & Sun, 25 & 26 Nov | Burrinja Theatre

Kreationz Cheer and Dance presents its End of Year Showcases.  Each Showcase will feature students from Kreationz Emerald, Ferntree Gully and Yarra Valley Studios performing in styles such as Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Acro, Singing, Hip Hop, Cheerleading and more!  We hope you enjoy the shows!

Please contact Kreationz if you are unsure of which show to book.



A Reserve - $40 ~ $46
B Reserve - $34.99 ~ $41
C Reserve - $30 ~ $34.99
Restricted View - $30 ~ $34.99  


Sat 25 Nov @ 2.00PM ~  Emerald Studio & Yarra Valley Studios 


Sun 26 Nov @ 2.00PM ~ Ferntree Gully Studio



On sale Fri 27 Oct @ 10.30 am

burrinja presents

Where Artists Meet (W.A.M.)

Thu 30 Nov @ 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!
Up coming dates: 29 June, 27 July, 31 Aug, 28 Sept, 26 Oct & 30 Nov


Image credit: Bluzal Field, Archiving the Future, 2023, Digital Collage


burrinja presents


An exhibition, installation and public program in celebration of Burrinja's 25th year birthday

03 Dec – Late Feb, 2024 | Burrinja, Foyer & AERIE Galleries

Looking back whilst also walking forward: this special project brings together a suite of objects and artefacts found in the depths of the Burrinja archive – from the mundane to the dazzling, the everyday to the extraordinary. What stories of people and place are hidden within the objects that we keep?

These objects are brought together for this special exhibition that reflects on 25 years of community leadership through the arts. Simultaneously, Archiving The Future will commission a new installation in our aerie gallery, a piece of speculative art that proposes a future as yet unknown to us.

Keep your eyes peeled for a calendar full of activity and activation over summer, and join us in archiving the future. If that’s even possible.




Burrinja Presents

An afternoon with Maroondah Symphony Orchestra

Sun 3 Dec @ 2PM | The Park at Burrinja

Join us for a captivating afternoon  in The Park at Burrinja. Under the guidance of conductor David Keeffe, the Maroondah Symphony Orchestra will serenade you with timeless classical masterpieces.

Relax amidst nature's beauty as you enjoy the orchestra's lush sounds. Lay out your picnic blanket and let the music weave its magic in the open air.

Program Highlights:

Jean Sibelius - Findlandia Op 26
Ralph Vaughan Williams - English Folk Song Suite

   • Seventeen Come Sunday
   • Intermezzo - My Bonny Boy
   • March - Folk Songs from Somerset  

Featured Symphony:

Antonin Dvořák - Symphony No 7 in D minor Op.70

This is an event for all ages, so gather your loved ones and make it a memorable day out. Whether you're a classical music enthusiast or just looking for a delightful way to spend a Sunday afternoon, this concert promises to be a symphony for the senses.

Tickets ~ $19 - 29



Lin Onus in Upwey in car filled with mannequins - circa 1990s. (c) Neil McLeod.

burrinja presents


25th anninversary celebration

Sun 3 Dec @ 12.00pm | Burrinja

25 years ago Burrinja emerged in this community. Built for, by and with community, everything we do is still strongly centred around community. Come and celebrate our silver anniversary: 25 years of being the place where community and culture meet. The party will be a chance to celebrate all that has been achieved for the region, whilst also wondering what the next 25 years might look like.

Featuring live performances, art, workshops, speeches and a special afternoon tea.

BYO your Burrinja memories!

RSVP here


Please note: An Afternoon Maroondah Symphony Orchestra, which occurs on the same day, is paid event.



Creative Movement & Drama Classes End of Year Performance

Wed 13 December @ 5pm | Burrinja Theatre

Who can believe that the end of 2023 is already upon us? Amazing!  2023s end of year Drama concert is here too.

PARENTS: Please check your emails for all the pertinent dates and info for the coming weeks.

Tickets available to purchase online 
$10 adults | $8 child/concession | Babes in arms (2yrs & under) free. 

FYI Seating is general admission, so you will be able to sit anywhere in the theatre.


ANY ENQUIRIES please CONTACT the Box Office: Wed-Fri, 10:00am-4:00pm, 9754-8723 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Leicashow presents

The Black Sorrows in Concert

Sun 11 Feb @ 4.00pm | Burrinja Theatre 


Join Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows for a very special afternoon.

Joe Camilleri has been at the forefront of the Australian music scene for decades as the leader of Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons and The Black Sorrows, and as writer of radio anthems Hit & Run, Shape I’m In, Chained To The Wheel, Harley & Rose and Never Let Me Go. He is the consummate entertainer constantly honing his craft, an ARIA Hall of Famer and a rock’n’roll lifer. Joe fronts The Black Sorrows, one of Australia’s most prolific and enduringly popular bands, renowned for their high-energy live shows, musicianship and infectious, roots-soaked blues rock. They’ve sold more than two million albums to date and won an ARIA Award for Best Group.

The Black Sorrows are celebrating The Black Sorrows' Live from The Shangri-La, an incredible live recording that captures that spark that defines The Black Sorrows. In Joe’s words: “Live from The Shangri-La gives you a sense of how far the Sorrows have come, of how we’re always moving forward as a band. It’s never about the past. Although we are aways celebrating where we been, we are constantly finding a new and fresh pathway… for the beyond.”

The joy of live music, the excitement of watching great performers playing off each other and feeding off the room, and the thrill of never knowing what is coming next but knowing it will be incredible is what The Black Sorrows are all about. Do not miss your chance to see The Black Sorrows.

Recommended for 16+

Event not suitable to babies due to content and /or noise levels. 


Tickets - $69 inc BF* 

Tickets on sale now


Craft Music & One Louder present


Catching Diamonds Tour 2024

With Georgia Mooney

Tue 20 Feb, 2024 @ 7:30PM | Burrinja Theatre

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).

learn more

Tickets ~ $79.90


On Sale Wednesday 6th September, 2023 @ 10am



Live in the Lyre

Ralph McTell ~ Live in the Lyre: Festival of Folk

Sat 2 Mar @ 8.00pm | Burrinja Theatre

Returning to Australia for the first time in five years, English musical legend Ralph McTell will be armed with his guitar and the much-loved songs from his illustrious career that spans over six decades.

The unassuming singer-songwriter is a prolific touring and recording artist with a knack for illuminating the present and the road ahead with a strong connection to a shared, storied, past.

McTell is an artist who has always defined his own artistic term, his music emanating grace, experience and learning, natural poise and deep substance with harmonic and melodic riches contained in voice, songs and six stringed guitar glory.

Audiences all over the world still flock to hear and sing along to the timeless classic that catapulted him to global fame. Fondly abbreviated to “Streets”, the melodic beauty and cold hard truth of the song keeps it forever relevant.

McTell also tells his incredible life stories to enraptured audiences with song and banter. From hitch hiking with Rod, then known as Mod Stewart, playing Isle of Wight Festival alongside Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone, a crap game with Tom Waits in LA, an Ivor Novello and numerous folk awards. Prepare to be enthralled.


Tickets - $65 - $69.50


Tickets on sale now


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


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*

Tickets on Sale Tue 21 Nov @ 10am