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Upcoming Events & Experiences

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



Image: "Coral Garden", Ches Mills, Acrylic, ink and gouache on linen

Aquatic Realms | Ches Mills

Sat 31 Jul - extended to Sat 9 Oct | Burrinja Gallery

These paintings were triggered by my awe and wonder of our oceans, their fascinating shorelines, cliffs and glorious coral reefs that as a result of global warming are being compromised. In these paintings, I hoped to portray the beauty, intricacies, diversity, complexities, atmospheres  and interconnectivity of our ocean environs and in doing so, the urgent need for action to be taken to protect them. (Ches Mills)

Alice "How long is forever?"
White Rabbit  "Sometimes just one second". 
Alice's adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll 

Gallery hours ~ Wed to Sat | 10am - 4pm

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Image: Joy Serwylo 

of the infinite possibilities of reconstruction | Joy Serwlyo

Sat 31 Jul - extended to Sat 9 Oct | Burrinja Gallery

After a pandemic and a super storm, the bushfires that ravaged Victoria and NSW seem to have paled into legend. Yet we welcome each new year with an uneasy awareness that it is bushfire season. Again. However, the destruction is always followed by breathtaking regeneration. New green shoots, rebuilt homes, rallying community.

Here is a saga of deconstructed books and burnt fabric, reconstructed into a story of renewal. (Joy Serwylo)

Gallery hours ~ Wed to Sat | 10am - 4pm

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Image: Rona Green, “Wayno and Bazza” 2018, hand coloured linocut 32 x 50 cm

Some they do and some they don't and some you just can't tell | Rona Green

Sat 31 Jul -  extended to Sat 9 Oct | Burrinja Gallery

Rona Green’s fanciful hand coloured linocut prints of anthropomorphised native and introduced animals explore ideas about the nature of individuality. In particular the artist is interested in the body and its potential to be the stem point for transformation.

Gallery hours ~ Wed to Sat | 10am - 4pm

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The Crossing Machine plays Juliet Letters by Elvis Costello

The Crossing Machine bring this stunning work to life at Burrinja.

Fri 1 Oct 7.30pm | The Lyre Room

In 1993, Elvis Costello stunned critics and audiences alike with his gorgeous and ambitious album and song cycle, The Juliet Letters, recorded with The Brodsky Quartet. Against all predictions, the live-recorded classically leaning album, comprised of imaginary letters to Juliet Capulet climbed the charts worldwide.

Elvis Costello described The Juliet Letters as “a song sequence for string quartet and voice and it has a title. It’s a little bit different. It’s not a rock opera. It’s a new thing.”

Warning: Contains potentially triggering content or themes, including Death

Run Time - 90 Minutes | Suitable ages 15+

Tickets - $18.00 - $28.00 Admission ~ tickets on sale soon

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Single $3 ticketing fee applies per total transaction



Production photography by Jodie Hutchinson.

LAB Kelpie & Burrinja presents:

Become the One

A live play reading of ‘Become the One’ and community dinner.

Sun 3 Oct 4.00pm | The Lyre Room

Noah, a young queer man, captures the attention of Tom, a closeted high-profile AFL player nearing the end of his career. Delving into the hyper-masculinity of sport, BECOME THE ONE asks what happens to such clandestine relationships when good intentions and patience aren’t enough anymore.

This is a celebration of difference, a call to bravery, and an examination of what it takes to do the right thing – as a lover, as a high profile sport star, as a human being – to BECOME THE ONE.

Join us for this live play reading, followed by a community dinner in solidarity and support of our LGBTQIA+ community.

“Heart wrenching, raw and categorically brave. Become The One doesn’t let you off the hook. We need more of this on our stages.”  Dani Rothwell, Theatre People

Run Time 120 Minutes

Tickets - FREE ~ tickets on sale soon

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Single $3 ticketing fee applies per total transaction




2019 Upwey Archies 14 & Under winner Jazz Toland with her portrait "Lily's Luminosity".

Burrinja x Upwey Commmunity Group presents:

The Upwey Archies 2021

Upwey 

The Upwey Archies is an exhibition organised by Upwey Community Group in partnership with Burrinja, of portraits featured on the walls and windows of the Upwey Traders in October and November. This exhibition is open to all. There is a registration fee of $12, or $8 for 14yrs & under, which includes a 20” x 16” (500 x 400mm) canvas board for the artwork to be created on. 

How it works…

1. Head to Burrinja between pay your registration fee and collect an art board (included in your fee).

1 A. Upwey Archies Click and Collect at Burrinja

During the current lockdown you may register online and collect your Upwey Archies art board from Burrinja during the Upwey Archies click and collect times. Once you have registered online here using the BOOK NOW button below, come to Burrinja for collection during your chosen collection time only.

THERE IS ONLY ONE MORE DATE TO CLICK & COLLECT ~ 
Friday 17 September @ 4.30 - 6pm

Please ensure that you wear a mask and check in upon arrival.

You will find your Upwey Archies board waiting for you at the front door with your registered name on it (ensure that you only handle your pick up).

If you have any issues you may call Burrinja on 03 9754 8723 during collection times only.

Tickets $8 - $12

Once you have registered & you have your canvas....

2. Create a portrait of a person that is important to you on the canvas provided.

3. Complete your Artwork Description on line by following the link in your confirmation of registration email. (form is also HERE)

4. Complete the information on the back of your canvas.

5. Drop off your finished and dry artwork at Burrinja between October 8 – 16 (Burrinja will not accept wet or damp artwork). 

6. Attend the launch and award presentation ceremony, 11am Saturday October 23 at the Upwey Village Green (near the playground).

7. Bring your friends and family to Upwey to see your artwork on display from October 23. 

8. Collect your artwork from Burrinja between November 19 – 27. (No responsibility will be taken for works not collected by this date)

BECAUSE OF COVID LOCKDOWNS AND RESTRICTIONS DATES MAY BE CHANGED.

 

Upwey Archies Entry Info Pdf


 

Regional Arts Victoria presents:

Mental as Everything

Bringing mental illness & music together with transparency, comedy and a deep personal narrative.

Sat 16 Oct 7.30pm | The Lyre Room

Damon Smith has spent 50,000 hours of his life checking on stoves & involuntarily spinning in circles. Join Damon, along with his nervous cohort, Adam Coad, as they take you on a journey through the obsessive and compulsive mind with hilarious onstage buffoonery & songs about anxiety.

Warnings: Potentially triggering content or themes, including mental health

Run Time -  Minutes | Suitable ages 15+

Tickets - $18.00 - $28.00 Admission ~ tickets on sale soon

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The Maes

Bring their soaring harmonies and instrumental prowess to the Lyre Room

Fri 22 Oct 8.00pm | The Lyre Room

Multi-award-winning Melbourne contemporary folk outfit, The Maes (formerly The Mae Trio) is the brainchild of sisters Maggie and Elsie Rigby. Born into the arms of the Folk music community in Australia, both sisters were side of stage at their first folk festival when they were four weeks old and have been absorbing and exploring folk music since that time.

Since 2014, The Maes have been full time touring in Australia and overseas, winning over audiences with their striking songwriting, intricate instrumental arrangements and stunning vocal harmonies. The band’s touring history includes a list of some of the worlds largest and most prestigious music festivals such as, the Woodford and Port Fairy Folk Festivals in Australia, The Edmonton and Vancouver Folk Festivals in Canada, Cambridge Folk and Celtic Connections festivals in the UK and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in the USA.

“Located at a crossroads where Australian, English and American folk traditions meet, The Maes are in the midst of creating something unique and very much their own” Songlines

Run Time 90 Minutes

Tickets - $25 - $30 ~ tickets on sale soon

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Single $3 ticketing fee applies per total transaction
*This show is NOT elligible to use "the one free ticket" benefit included in the Friends of Burrinja Membership.


Aborigi-LOL presents

Fire Drum Fun

44 gallons of laughs and music from two of Australia's finest First Nationers

Thu 28 Oct 8.00pm | The Lyre Room

A sizzling plate of stand-up and stories from Dane Simpson, and a hefty helping of soul and blues from Rob Edwards. Music, laughs and horsing around - you'll feel like you're hanging out around the backyard fire spinning yarns.

★★★★ “To get an insight into life as a young, indigenous Australian, and have a good laugh, see this show.”   The Advertiser

★★★★“What a cracking show!   Fringe Feed (Perth)

Run Time - Minutes

Tickets - $18 - $28 ~ tickets on sale soon

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Single $3 ticketing fee applies per total transaction

The Little Mermaid

Belgrave Heights Christian School presents

The Little Mermaid

A cast of 70 students from Years 2-12 at Belgrave Heights Christian School are pleased to present Disney's The Little Mermaid! 

POSTPONED Thu 12 Aug - Sat 14 Aug | Burrinja Theatre
NEW DATES Thu 4 Nov - Sat 6 Nov | Burrinja Theatre

Beautiful mermaid Ariel should be a happy girl -- she lives in an enchanted undersea country, her father is a King, and she has the most beautiful singing voice. But she is a passionate, headstrong teenager, and wants what she cannot have -- to live on land. When she falls in love with a handsome human prince, Ariel is more determined than ever to gain a pair of legs. But her only option is to defy her furious father, and bargain with Ursula the Sea Witch, giving her voice as the price of entry onto dry land. With the help of Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and officious court composer Sebastian the crab, Ariel must wordlessly gain Prince Eric's love within three days -- or lose her soul to the ambitious witch! Based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, and the wildly popular Disney film, this musical staging of The Little Mermaid features a funny and fanciful book by Doug Wright, with the beloved score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Glenn Slater in an expanded but completely faithful form, featuring the rambunctious and persuasive 'Under the Sea,' the romantic expectation of 'Kiss the Girl,' and that anthem to longing and belonging, 'Part of Your World.'

Due to the impacts of lockdowns and re-opening capacities the school has decided to postpone their production "The Little Mermaid" at Burrinja until early November. Your tickets have been automatically transferred to the new dates.

If you are unable to attend the new dates please send your refund request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Fri 6 Aug, with the subject line: REFUND FOR THE LITTLE MERMAID (or click the link HERE)

Thank you for your understanding and we are looking forward to seeing you at the production in November 

Thu 4 Nov 7.00pm // Fri 5 Nov 7.00pm
Sat 6 Nov 1.00pm // Sat 6 Nov 6.00pm

*Tickets $24 - $30

Single $3 ticketing fee applies per total transaction

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


Burrinja Enhanced presents

Art After Dark

Art After Dark returns for a late night summer sojourn

Fri 5 Nov 7.00pm | The Lyre Room

Join us for an enhanced experience of our current exhibitions, with curated art, music, film and food experiences.

As summer approaches, longer days call for hotter art, and Burrrinja has you covered.

Full line up to be released soon.

Tickets - $20 ~ tickets on sale soon

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Regional Arts Victoria presents:

I Have A Face | Jude Pearl

An honest and hilarious discussion of mental health with a theatrical twist

Sat 13 Nov 7.30pm | The Lyre Room

Ever wondered if you’re doing it right? Well did you read the label? Life didn’t come with a label, but you will be told your whole life how you should behave or who you should be. You will be told that if you have a problem, there’s a quick fix you can buy… but somehow the problem doesn’t ever seem to really go away. Jude Perl’s insight into her personal and relatable mental health struggles of being an adult, will make you want to sing along, cry and laugh all at once. Sometimes labels are super useful, particularly when you’re washing your fave jumper. But at other times, labels can halt your growth and supress you’re very existence. Jude reminds us when to be aware of these labels, and when the labels are totally useless – and most importantly, that we are not alone. She’ll talk about some tough stuff, make you laugh and make you feel truly human.

Warnings: Contains occasional course language, mild sexual references, very mild drug references, and themes relating to mental health (anxiety/depression)

Run Time - Minutes | Suitable ages 15+

Tickets - $18.00 - $28.00 Admission ~ tickets on sale soon

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Single $3 ticketing fee applies per total transaction


the habour agency presents

Dami Im • SOLO TOUR

An intimate evening of Piano, Songs & Stories

POSTPONED Wed 28th July 8.00pm | Burrinja Theatre
NEW DATE Fri 10 Dec 8.00pm | Burrinja Theatre

Dami Im brings her first ever SOLO TOUR for a special and intimate evening of Piano, Songs & Stories.

 “The intimacy of these solo shows and being able to feel the connection with the audience has been so special” Dami said.

Beginning her musical journey as a virtuoso pianist, Dami is renowned for her emotive and powerful vocals since winning The X-Factor Australia. She has released a string of hits such as ‘Alive’, ‘Super Love’ and ‘Gladiator’. She went onto become ‘Eurovision Royalty’ in 2016 when she earned the highest score ever achieved by an Australian entry. 

Recommended for all ages (PG) | Runtime - 70 mins

In line with state government restrictions, Dami Im's show at Burrinja on Wed 28 July has been postponed to Fri 10 Dec at 8pm. We are extremely disappointed to have to make this change, but know you will appreciate that it is necessary in the circumstances to maintain the safety of audiences and performers. 

A  personal note from Dami Im: 

“I’m absolutely devastated that I’m not able to perform in Victoria this week as part of my Piano, Songs & Stories tour. I hope everybody stays safe and I can’t wait to see you in December”

Current Ticket holders have been sent an sms or an email with their options.

Tickets - $49.90 Admission*

Single $3 ticketing fee applies per total transaction

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

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Become a Burrinja Member

Connect with your community and support arts in the Hills with your $40, and we will give you:

  • One FREE theatre ticket each year to a Burrinja show *
  • Member ticket discounts on Burrinja shows
  • Free ticket postage
  • Updates, insights and special programs
  • Special event invitations
  • Member priority new season booking
  • 10% off Burrinja gallery shop

By becoming a Burrinja Member you will be supporting local arts and culture as well as the many local projects that Burrinja manages, supports and enable - building community through arts.

Membership - $40

By becoming a Burrinja Member you will be supporting local arts and culture as well as the many local projects that Burrinja manages, supports and enable - building community through arts.

Only available for eligble shows in the Burrinja Season, excludes venue hire 'No Free Tickets' shows. To utilise the "FREE" ticket benefit please contact our box office on 03 9754 8723

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www.alist.com.au presents

Arj Barker • Comes Clean

POSTPONED  ~ Thu 19 Aug 8.00pm | Burrinja Theatre
NEW DATE ~ Tue 8 Feb, 2022. 8.00pm | Burrinja Theatre

“Do I swear to tell the whole truth? No, but I'll swear while telling the partial truth. And trust me, it's a lot more fun that way. If you truly want to laugh, then take my word for it. This is honestly the best hour of BS around; I kid you not...” Arj Barker

And he’s not wrong. Australia’s adopted son of comedy returns to Melbourne to premiere his brand-new hour of riotous comedy in Arj Barker ‘Comes Clean’.  

Be prepared for some home truths, some vague truths and some information none of us are ready to hear, but won’t be able to forget any time soon, because Arj brings the hilarity and lots of it.

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

Due to the recent COVID19 lockdown and capacity restrictions from state Governments, Arj Barker advises that he will need to reschedule his performance at Burrinja. This show will now be held on Tuesday 8th February 2022, Current tickets will be transferred to the new date.

We very much hope you will be able to attend the new date. Not only because Arj Barker is frickin' hilarious but because the artists and venues have been doing it extremely tough over the last 18 Months.  

All current ticket holders have been sent an sms or an email with their options.

Tickets - $49.90 - $54.90*

Single $3 ticketing fee applies per total transaction

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


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