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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

Performance @ Burrinja



The Circus Bazaar    Wula

Saturday 12 July at 6.30pm // Tickets from $22
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Lose yourself in the hustle and bustle of The Circus Bazaar, where you’ll discover a cabaret of circus delights from across the globe. Burrinja has gathered an exotic selection of contemporary and traditional circus artists to titillate the senses.


All Hands on Deck    Wula

Friday 11 July at 6.30pm // Tickets from $16
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A contemporary circus cabaret from the freshest Ruccis talent.
Sit back and relax and enjoy an evening of beauty, danger, elegance and some downright silliness.



FReeZA Push Start Band Competition    Wula

Friday 18 July at 6.30pm // All Tix $10
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FReeza Push Start Battle of the Bands competition showcases young musicians from across Victoria, giving them the opportunity to perform, gain local exposure, and win their way to a spot on the Push Over festival line up. Regional heats are being held at five Yarra Ranges venues from June to August, with the winners going on to compete in Regional Finals.
Last years winner Alkali Fly stunned the audience with his inspirational quasi acoustic music and has gone onto feature in Triple J’s Unearthed. Entries are open to hard-core, indie, folk, punk, metal, hip hop and funk etc... Solo, groups and bands welcome.
If you are interested in entering Australia’s longest running and most successful all ages event visit our website: http://www.freeza.vic.gov.au

Melbourne Cabaret Festival Gala    Wula

Saturday 19 July at 8pm // Tickets from $26
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A sparkly collection of Broadway Babes, Burlesque Beauties and Risqué singers will take over the
Burrinja Theatre with a degustation of some of the shiniest performances from the Melbourne Cabaret Festival.

Line Up
Geraldine Quinn (MC) , Wes Snelling, Sally Bourne
Mark Jones, Tina Del Twist

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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.


The Hills Ceramic Artists
High Tea – The Deconstructed Party 
Hugo Racz

Jarmbi Gallery // 20 June - 20 July
Lynne Lindsay, Glenn England, Jenny Rowe, Babette Bruders, Sharon Twining, Amanda Christians, Juliet Widdows, Rosie Hughes, Lee Goller, Julie Ayton present a highly engaging and interactive exhibtion of 2D and 3D works.
A central table setting is to be the focus of this exhibition, with paper napkins, tablecloth and placemats on which conversations between the artists and visitors are recorded. Artists will contribute to the table settings with a variety of ceramic tableware. 


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


T-Hammer dining with spirit

Friday 11 July 8pm // $20 Tickets on the door
Presented by Burrinja Blues and Roots
Playing New Orleans style Rn B, Joined by vocalist; Lucy Gale and tenor sax Anton Delecca, with David Adam, Arnold Tihema, George Kirov, David Wiltshire, Andrew Fueggle

Khristian Mizzi and the SirensOpen Mic

Saturday 12 July 7.30pm // $15 Tickets at the door
In the vein of great storytellers before him, Khristians' songs are engaging, dynamic and promise to stay with you long after your acquaintance. Recent time in the studio has followed tours of Canada and the East Coast of Australia, and with life as his muse, Khristian has created a new album that speaks of both the challenges and triumphs of the human spirit. An award winning songwriter, Khristian has a special talent for drawing the listener into his world and making them feel at home within the soundscape he creates with his band.
Supported by Alex Legg

Open Mic Night dining with spirit

Thursday 17 July 6.30pm
From all those times you've ever been to concerts, gigs, festivals, seeing your favourite musicians playing and imagined that being you on stage?
Have you ever thought you could give it a shot? Here's your opportunity!


Come Together – Music Of The Beatles Unplugged
plus Arrochar

StreisandFriday 18 July 6.30pm // $15 Tickets on the door
After 14 sold out ‘Come Together’ shows, Burrinja Cafe presents a unique double bill featuring ‘Come Together’ in an unplugged format with Phil Smith and Neil Q Quinlan doing a fabulous job interpreting all the Beatles songs we have come to know and love… The second half of the evening features the award winning songwriting of Dave McFarlane and Jakk of Jakks Azimuth, performing with Miss Lizzy as the captivating acoustic folk/roots trio Arrochar.


Bass StraitsOpen Mic

Saturday 19 July 7.30pm // $20/$15 Tickets at the door
Bass Straits performs the classic hits of Dire Straits, the classic guitar band of the 70's, 80's, 90's.
Come and celebrate a time when Rock Stars wore headbands and played cool guitar music.
The show will feature authentic and modern versions of Sultans of Swing, Romeo and Juliet, Money for Nothing, So Far Away and many more classic songs from the pen of Mark Knopfler.Re-live all of the great fingerstyle licks performed on Stratocaster to National Resonator to Spanish Guitar.


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 // $15 Tickets at the door
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. 


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.

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


Workshops @ Burrinja

For full details visit the website


Hands On - Ceramic workshops

Selected ceramic artists from the exhibition 'High Tea', are facilitating the following one off ceramic workshops at Burrinja.
Clay Decoration: Sat 12 July //1pm - 3pm
Slab formed ceramic piece with a range of decorating techniques:  textures, sprigs, mark making and coloured slips


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 www.harmoniousmelodies.com.au.

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 harmoniousmelodies@hotmail.com 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 19 July 2014   (30min sessions, 4 week block)
                                       Tuesday 22 July 2014   (30min sessions, 4 week block)


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