Ever since I wrote about the Burrinja Circus Festival staged at the Burrinja Cultural Centre and actually attended the EVENT, I was highly impressed by the Cultural Centre, hence I am compelled to write about IT again! I'm going to have to drop in for a coffee during the day at their location (351 Glenfern Road, Upwey ~ (03) 9754 8723) because when I visited it was dark and unfortunately I could not enjoy the scenery on the way.
Melbourne Ballet Company ~ Infinite Space. Image courtesy of Burrinja FB page
This community cultural centre has to be a cut above the rest. It provides an opportunity for artistic, cultural and environmental interactions. They've even been awarded The Archival Survival Award for Small Museums 2013 by Museums Australia (Victoria), for its amazing Public Programs as part of Fashion Meets Fiction. This award has been received by Burrinja twice no less, in three years. This has only spurred them on to program even more amazing events, and that's the whole reason I wanted to write this article. Oh, I could write up each event as they come up, but instead, I'd love to encourage you to bookmark their website and check on it periodically or write down the events you are interested in attending in your diary. I assure you, the entertainment is non-stop! Quick! coz you've already missed some !! Currently, they have programs right through to the end of October 2014 so far, and I can't wait to see what else is going to be on offer after that.
Tina Del Twist known for razor-sharp comic timing and breathtaking jazz/blues vocals. Not bitter, but quite twisted. Image courtesy of Burrinja FB page
Also till the end of August an Indigenous History in Australian Cartoons that chronicles issues of Indigenous affairs in Australian society, sports and politics in the last 30 years.
Till the 17th of August you can check out the annual art student exhibition that showcases the artistic talent of the Yarra Valley Grammar graduates.
Till the 14th of September you can check out Marita Reynold's 'Feathers, Furs and Fins' exhibition where she uses graphite and coloured pencils to recreate the look and feel of feathers, furs and fins.
From the 14th to 16th of August don't miss out on the comedy rock musical that is The Little Shop of Horrors.
You can be a 'star' on the 14th of August in 'Acoustic Brew' where you can mix it up and play with experienced musicians in a relaxed setting.
The 16th of August is the launch party for WONDERbility.com so head on down and join the fun for 'Children's Book Week'.
On the same day (16th August ) you can enjoy stand-up comedy and story telling with Comedian Dave O'Neil and a very special guest, Glenn Robbins along with comedian Brad Oakes and NOVA FM radio man Marty Sheargold.
Come along and support Macclesfield Primary School on the 19th and 20th of August where they will salute the musical greats with a breath-taking compilation of your favourite musical performers from the past 60 years.
Do you fancy yourself having the X Factor? Prove it at 'open mic night' on the 21st of August. Could be loads of fun with a group of friends.
On the 22nd of August return to the fabulous 'hippie sixties' to celebrate music, joy and peace with the Scoresby Secondary College.
On the 23rd of August step back in time with Susan where she gives middle age the boot as she goes off to relive the fun of her younger years.
Now that I've put up some of the more immediate events, why don't I let you check out the rest. Some of these events are free, a gold coin donation or ticketed. Between its fully equipped professional theatre, performance studio, licensed café and bar, exhibition foyer, workshop space and meeting room, Burrinja is definitely a contender as a stunning and vibrant venue for your event, so check out the 'hire' options. Theres so much more, so once you've been there, I hope you will be duly impressed by the cultural centre as much as I am.