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To purchase tickets for theatre shows, workshops, schools performances and to RSVP for guided tours of She’ll be right, mate? please click here or contact our Box Office Volunteers on 03 9754 8723 between 10:30am and 4pm.

For information of music happening in the Burrinja Cafe click here

She’ll be right, mate? An Indigenous History in Australian Cartoons

Burrinja Inner Gallery // 4 July - 31 August
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Drawn from the extensive archive of the Australian Cartoon Museum this exhibition chronicles issues of Indigenous affairs in Australian society, sports and politics in the last 30 years.  Featured are Nicholson, Jeff, Spooner, Knight, Leunig, OZ and many more.

Guided Tours 
“The History of Everything” with Jim Bridges  
Thursday, 10 / 24 / 31 July, 11am
Thursday, 14 / 21 / 28 Aug, 11am
Free Entry, RSVP

Curator’s Floor Talk    
Saturday 2 August, 2pm
Saturday 9 August, 2 pm
Free Entry, RSVP

Special Screening: The Bruce Petty Collection
Saturday 26 July 10:30am – 4pm
Burrinja Gallery, More Info

Performance @ Burrinja


Special Screening: The Bruce Petty Collection    Wula

Saturday 26 July // Burrinja Gallery 
10:30am - 4pm // Free Entry

Join us for a screening of a selection of works by the Academy Award winning animator, satirist and cartoonist Bruce Petty.
His witty, wry and at times confronting short films present valuable insights into the mechanisms that shape our lives, including; education, sex, finance, globalism, art, media medicine, law and government. His commentary on society still remains modern, cutting and engaging to this day. The screening will feature films including his Academy Award winning film ‘Leisure’, and clips from his ‘Human Contraptions Series’.


Barassi   Barassi

Friday 1 August at 7.30pm // Tickets from $20
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The ‘football meets theatre’ event of the year follows the epic story that crosses generations of suburban Melbourne and tells the story of the iconic Australian footballer, coach and father of modern football, Ron Barassi.
Also performing at The Memo, Healesville on Sat 2 August.

Melbourne Ballet Company: Infinite Space
Performance // Workshops // Q&A  Wula

Saturday 2 August 7pm // Tickets from $16
More Info // Buy Tickets // Workshops // Selling Fast
Classical dance, beautiful music, amazing dancers, stunning costumes, sublime choreography and the opportunity to meet the Choreographer Simon Hoy, skill up in a workshop, and
perhaps even dance on stage with the Melbourne Ballet
- it's the whole Dance Package!

Classical Tracks: Australian Boys Choir Wula

Sunday 3 August at 2pm // Tickets from $18
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The Australian Boys Choir present a special program to highlight the Choir’s favourite pieces from its 75 year history, the choir will move and inspire the listener, with a special program of classics.


Just the Ticket Wula

Saturday 23 August at 8pm // Tickets from $20
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Eccentric, clumsy and unwaveringly optimistic, for Susan the only way forward is back. She wants to feel alive again, to be on the edge – and preferably, seated at the bar. She packs her bag and heads to Sydney to retrace the steps of a holiday she took with friends years ago. Determined to have as much fun as in her 20s, Susan’s adventures lead her back to old ground… but is it like old times?
Also performing at The Memo, Healesville on Fri 22 August.


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School Shows

Dance Empire
Saturday 26 July at 1pm & 5pm
Sunday 27 July at 1pm
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presented by Mater Christi College
Thursday 7 August at 7.30pm
Friday 8 August at 7.30pm
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Exit the King
presented by Mater Christi College
Friday 29 August at 7.30pm
Saturday 30 August at 2pm & 7.30pm
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Rapunzel: The Twisted Hairy-Tail
presented by Knox Park Primary School
Tuesday 5 August 12:30pm & 7pm
Wednesday 6 August at 7pm
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The Little Shop of Horrors
presented by St Joesph's College
Thursday 14 August at 7.30pm
Friday 15 August at 7.30pm
Saturday 16 August at 7.30pm
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Exhibitions @ Burrinja


DLux Media and University of Sydney
Striking ContrastsCarolyn Henry

Burrinja Gallery // 4 July - 31 August // Watch Trailer
Reflecting on two distinctive and opposite visions of the Australian cultural landscape, that of the vast centre to the built up city peripheries. This screen based exhibition features the works of ten contemporary Australian video artists.


She’ll be right, mate?
An Indigenous History in Australian Cartoons

Carolyn Henry

Burrinja Inner Gallery // 4 July - 31 August // Watch Trailer
Drawn from the extensive archive of the Australian Cartoon Museum this exhibition chronicles issues of Indigenous affairs in Australian society, sports and politics in the last 30 years.  Featured are Nicholson, Jeff, Spooner, Knight, Leunig, Tanner, OZ and many more.
Free Guided Tours and Public Screening info here



Yarra Valley Grammar: Energy 
Hugo Racz

Jarmbi Gallery // 25 July - 17 August
The annual art student exhibition presents works across a range of mediums, showcasing the talent of Yarra Valley Grammar graduates.


Marita Reynolds: Feathers, Furs and Fins 
Blue Bird

Cafe Gallery //  1 August – 14 September
Marita has created a series of works focusing on native birds, whales, turtles and elephants. Using graphite and coloured pencils, in varying ways, she has re-created the feel and look of feathers, furs and fins. A wonderful selection of works that invite you to reflect on the nature that surrounds you from day-to-day.

Pauline Bailey: As I See It 
Scott Darling

Cafe Gallery // 13 June - 27 July
This exhibition is all about Melbourne as I see it, memories of certain places, feelings, experiences and observations all of which tell a story.  I am also very passionate about the local music scene and this too is a recurring theme in my work. The exhibited images are part of a series I have been working on which explores the city and surrounding suburbs.

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Music @ Burrinja

For table bookings and further event info contact the Burrinja Cafe on 9754 5707


Tabasco Tom Rogerson and the Swingin' JohnsonsOpen Mic

Friday 25 July 8pm // $15 Tickets at the door
Blues guitarist, Tabasco Tom Rogerson, formerly with the Swingin' Johnsons of New York, is now resident in Australia and getting back to his roots; folk and blues with no gimmicks as it was in simpler times. Tom’s bluesy finger pickin' style, or "Eclectic Soup" mixed into his original material, is a melting pot of country blues, folk and delta, mixed with a bit of swing.


The Outback GypsiesOpen Mic

Wednesday 30 July 6pm // Sold Out
Soulful and sincere, The Outback Gypsies capture their audience with warm vocals, open-hearts and strong rhythmic sounds.  Now based in WA, they are consistently loved and well received by audiences since leaving their Melbourne home in 2011.  Wielding two albums, one which was released during their first US tour last August, this free-spirited husband and wife actively inspire others to embrace a fluid, creative and authentic lifestyle. 


Pippa Wilson with Jazz NotesJazz Notes

Friday 1 August 7.30pm // Tickets $20 at the door
Mainstay of the Melbourne Jazz Scene, Pippa Wilson, will be leading Jazz Notes through standards, swing, ballads, Latin and contemporary songs in a special one-off performance in the Burrinja Café.

The Grandsons of PioneersGrandsons

Saturday 2 August 6.30pm // $15 Tickets on the door
Having all come from a background of playing in bands for a combined total of about 160 years, the “Grandsons” came together initially to have a social pick together on weekends, enjoying playing and singing songs with a lean towards “country” and in particular, traditional Western Cowboy music.


Sweet Felicia and the Honeytones Open Mic

Friday 8 August 8pm // $20 Tickets at the door
Presented by Burrinja Blues and Roots
Swing, Jump Blues and real Rhythm and Blues. Multi Award Winning three piece band led by multi award winning Vocalist/Bassist Sweet Felicia.


Stomp & Holler Open Mic

Saturday 9 August 8pm // $20 Tickets at the door
Three highly-regarded independent Melbourne folk/roots/blues acts ­ Stewart Kohinga, Leigh Sloggett Duo, and The Boltons - will join forces to deliver 'Stomp & Holler', an energetic night of top-shelf, home-grown, gritty acoustic music.


The Spectrum trio Open Mic

Friday 15 August 8pm // $20 Tickets at the door
The key elements of the legendary Spectrum’s live performances remain; singer, song-writer Mike Rudd’s voice is as distinctive as ever, as is the incredibly diverse range of material he wrote for the original Spectrum, The Indelible Murtceps and Ariel in the ‘70s, plus the typically quirky songs he’s written as recently as yesterday and an achingly familiar set of blues songs all performed with equal panache and conviction by these three experienced musicians and performers.


Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
The Music Of Eric Clapton Open Mic

Saturday 23 August 8pm // $25/$20 Tickets at the door
Experience a fantastic night of guitar rock/blues classics drawn from Eric Clapton’s amazing career spanning 50 years as one of the most recognisable and awarded guitarists in rock history.
The live performance traces a fascinating musical journey through legendary bands The Yardbirds, John Mayall and the Blues Breakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominoes and on to trademark collaborations with music legends from George Harrison & Keith Richards to Stevie Ray Vaughan and BB King!
Performed by Dave McFarlane, Phil Smith, Neil Q Quinlan, Cam Fallaw and Steve Bray, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs is an enjoyable and memorable night of classic Clapton guitar anthems and rock history.

Come and join us for a slow lunch, a glass of wine and some great free music every Sunday afternoon in the Burrinja Café.

Now & Then - Sunday 27 July
Rory Ellis & Andrew Toner - Sunday 3 August
Johnny Cassar - Sunday 10 August
The Hornets Duo - Sunday 17 August
Osmosis - Sunday 24 August


Workshops @ Burrinja

For full details visit the website


Spirit Guide Drawing with Carol McConnell

Come to a friendly afternoon of spirit guide drawing with Carol McConnell.
By incorporating meditation and aura soma colour therapy tools to help you get in touch with your inner guides and angels. 
Carol teaches a simple technique of drawing that is easy to follow, is fun and will assist you on your inner journey. 
This workshop is very calming and provides a safe space for healing and you'll be amazed by your creative abilities.
There is no previous drawing experience necessary and all materials are provided. The duration is 3 hours and includes afternoon tea. Please book in early as there is limited space available.

Cost: Adults $50 // Concession $40
When: Sunday afternoon's from 1-4pm
Available Dates; 10th August, 24th August, 7th September
Bookings: Carol McConnell 5968 1689


Every Child’s An Artist

Term 3 Children's Art Classes by Bev Pergl. 
Week 1:  Rainbows, coloured patterns
Week 2:  Buildings and 3D drawing
Week 3: Future houses
Week 4:  Faces and profiles Picasso style
Week 5: Faces collage, mix and match a new face
Week 6:  Drawing, Landscape Layers and washes
Tuesday July 22 to Aug 26, 4.15-5.45pm
Cost:$90 including materials
Venue: Burrinja Studio 2
Suitable ages 12-16
Bookings via Bev Pergl, Ph 0449 654 343
Respect for each child’s creativity.


Music Lessons the Fun Way

These 4 classes are created to kick start your Harmonious Melodies regular music lessons.

Classes are run by studio musician and qualified teacher, Nicole Rizio. Nicole applies traditional music techniques to her Piano Accordion, Flute and Violin classes. For those looking for a unique approach to learning Piano, try Nicole’s ‘Simply Music Piano’ lessons. You can learn more about Nicole’s classes at

Materials will be available to hire or purchase but you will need to provide your own musical instrument.

The music lessons will run at Burrinja’s Studio 6. Classes comprise of a 4 week block of 30min lessons for a total cost of $100* per student. Group classes available, for further details contact Nicole on or 0417 844 590.

On completion of the 4 classes you can choose to continue your music lessons by booking directly with Harmonious Melodies at the $120 regular rate.

Book the Special Introductory Discount offer via Burrinja Website or phone (03) 9754 8723.
When: Classes commence:  Saturday 2 August  2014   (30min sessions, 4 week block)
                                       Tuesday 5 August  2014   (30min sessions, 4 week block)


Workshops by Melbourne Ballet Company

Junior Classical Workshop
Saturday 2 August  1pm—2pm
A special junior ballet class in the Melbourne Ballet Company System of Training, Vaganova based, to be given by the MBC Artistic Director or Principal Dancer.
Suitable to ages 6 – 12 Years old with previous ballet experience

Senior Classical Workshop
Saturday 2 August  2.15pm—3.15pm
Local senior dance students from Elementary level and above may join the Melbourne Ballet Company Class onstage in the Burrinja Theatre. The workshop will be led by the Resident Choreographer or a Principal Dancer of Melbourne Ballet Company.
Suitable to ages 13 – 20 Years old with elementary or above experience

Senior Classical on Stage Warm Up
Ten lucky senior classical students will have to opportunity to participate in the on-stage warm up with Melbourne Ballet Company dancers prior to their performance of Infinite Space.
The participants for the warm up will be randomly selected from the senior classical dance students.
Students will be notified the week before the workshop commences.
Suitable to ages 13 – 20 Years old with previous ballet experience.
Cost: $20 // $30 Workshop + Performance
When: Saturday 2 August
Bookings: Burrinja Box Office, (03) 9754 8723


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.
Classes are run by Studio artist and qualified teacher Jessie Yvette 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 per student comprising of a total of 11hrs of tutored classes.
Most materials are supplied, including a selection of the artist's own tile and crockery collection and a descriptive easy to follow 10 step guide to creating your own mosaic artwork. On completion of the workshop you will have a completed and grouted mosaic, ready to hang up at home.
Saturday 11 October, 1pm – 3pm             
Sunday 12 October, 12.30pm – 3pm                             
Saturday 18 October, 12.30pm – 3.30pm                            
Saturday 25 October, 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Where: Arts Workshop
Bookings: Via Burrinja Box Office (03) 9754 8723 or

Smash and Chat

Mosaic One-Off Workshop
A 3 hour window of mosaicing to work 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.

Cost: $50 per student
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.

When: Saturday 30 August, 11am - 2pm
Where: Arts Workshop
Bookings: Via Burrinja Box Office (03) 9754 8723 or


It's all about GROUT!

Let’s get messy with a grouting session.
Have you been putting off your grouting?
It is finally time to grout those unfinished mosaic projects…
This session is the place to do it with a group of fellow mosaic enthusiasts.
This workshop offered in Burrinja's Art Workshop space serves as a 3 hours window of grouting on a personal mosaic project.

Cost: $50 per student
You MUST provide your own grout, gloves and bring along your completed project, but other basic grouting tools will be available to you.
When: Saturday 13 September, 11am - 2pm
Where: Arts Workshop
Bookings: Via Burrinja Box Office (03) 9754 8723 or

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