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Dandenong Ranges Ukulele Festival 2015

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Celebrating all things Ukulele
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Images courtesy of Burrinja

Would you believe it's around 45 years ago that Tiny Tim brought his Ukulele out and started singing Tip Toe Through the Tulips at the Johnny Carson show? He might not have been everyones cup of tea, but he did bring the ukulele back into the spotlight. This weekend you can attend the Dandenong Ranges Ukulele Festival at the Burrinja Cultural Centre, Corner of Glenfern Road and Matson Dr, Upwey and celebrate all things ukulele the whole weekend.

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Singer songwriter Lucy Wise

Download the full festival program HERE. Performances on the Saturday will be running from 10.30am to 7pm and workshops will run from 11am to 4.50pm. The cafe stage will be running simultaneously from 10.30am to 5pm. The Gala Concert in the evening then begins from 7pm to 11pm.

The Sunday performance program starts at 12noon and finishes at 4.25pm, the competitions will run between 11am and 1pm, the workshops from 10.30am to 1.50pm. The cafe stage will again light up with performances from 10.30am to 5pm.

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The Jam Tarts Trio

Make sure you take note of all that you'd like to do and work out an itinerary from the program, so you don't miss out on anything. Here's the FAQ sheet if you have any general queries.

All performances and workshops will be presented in the main Burrinja theatre, the Black Box Studio and the newly renovated Cafe Stage.

The main event page will give you a list of performers in groups, trios, duos and solos which include International Performers in the form of Paul Jonson and Tomoki Sato. You can click on the name of each performer and read their bio. Said international stars will also be running workshops alongside our local counterparts. The festival also has a Facebook presence.

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New Zealand/ Canadian musician Paul Jonson

If you yourself are a performer, by all means put your name down for the chalkboard open stage performances at the cafe. Chalkboard spots will be available all day and you never know which special guest might pop up on that same stage as well. The gardens and galleries will also be humming and strumming with stalls, competitions and other activities, not to mention great food and bars across the venue.

Try to get in to see the Saturday Gala Performance as all the big name performers will be there. Sunday's program will include great prizes for competition for professionals to amateurs alike.

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International performer Tomoi Sato with passport and ticket in hand, heading our way.

Thanks to Lanakai Ukuleles and Pro Music the distributor of Lanakai for sponsoring the festival by donating a Lanakai Ukulele which is going to be 1st prize for the raffle that is running over the weekend. Built 100% on the Hawaiian Island of O'ahu, Lanikai's Makau Series honors the island's fame as the home of the world's finest ukuleles. It uses the top 1% of solid Koa wood collected from the high slopes of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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Lanikai Ukuleles. Image courtesy of their website.

CLICK HERE for tickets or you can call the Burrinja Box Office on 9754 8723.

Tickets are: -
$30.00 Day Ticket Only.
Sat 10am to 5pm or Sun 10am to 5pm. Does NOT include evening Gala
$26.00 Concession - Day Ticket Only.
Sat 10am to 5pm or Sun 10am to 5pm. Does NOT include evening Gala
$16.00 Youth Under 16 - Day Ticket Only.
Sat 10am to 5pm or Sun 10am to 5pm. Does NOT include evening Gala
$32 Gala Concert Sat 7.30pm-11pm
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Why? Ukulele festival, competitions, workshops and more
When: 29 - 31 May 2015
Phone: (03) 9754 8723
Where: Burrinja Cultural Centre, Cnr Glenfern Road and Matson Dr, Upwey, VIC
Cost: $16 to $90
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