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The Arts Group Expo Wrap in words and images!

The Arts Expo @ the Masonic Lodge another festival success
It was only the second year that BCAG has taken over the abandoned Masonic Lodge to bring you a collection of arts demonstrations, sales, music and displays of what the arts groups has being doing and contributing throughout the past year. We had well over 500 people through the Lodge, all of who were gobsmacked that such a small town could be doing so much in the arts.
Well done to all those who contributed including all the artists and BCAG volunteers for making the Expo so warm, welcoming and interesting. Special thanks also to Birregurra Primary School and the very clever Ron Eichler for their fabulous contributions which made the entrance and walls of the old Masonic Lodge even more beautiful.
The Lodge wasn’t the only place you could see arts group members. At 10.30am Saturday, the Ukulele Kollective strutted their stuff on the street stage – blowing passers by with their high energy and fun songs. It’s amazing to see and hear how they have grown and progressed in just one year. The Birre Gospel Choir joined OMM on the main stage on Sunday and led the choir with Abby Hall on the Cup Song, and the very talented Claire Coulson blew everyone away with her rendition of Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire.
And finally, the Snapshots of Birregurra competition was another huge success with 59 stunning portrait entries. While winners have been announced, there is still a chance for one of our entries to win the Lenn Robb People’s Choice Award. Voting slips available at Birregurra General Store. All voters go into the running to win one of three $50 gift vouchers to participating retailers.
Thanks again to Birre Mail, Birregurra Historical Society and Birregurra General Store for their generous donations and support for the project. Next year’s theme is BIRREGURRA STRUCTURES AND BUILDINGS. Get snapping!!

Relive our 2nd Arts Expo...

...with this wonderful video highlight, created by Fiona Brandscheid -well done all!

Join us for Christmas Carols in Birre Park with the CFA on Christmas Eve

Join the Birregurra Ukulele Kollective and Community Choir for some carols on Christmas Eve in Birregurra Park. Joining forces with the CFA who bring us our annual Santa visit, the Ukes and Choir will entertain for an hour or two in the early evening while everyone enjoys the CFA BBQ.

Come along and bring the whole family to get primed for Christmas Day. Times and more details will follow. Stay tuned!!

Snapshots of Birregurra Photography WINNERS

 Snapshots of Birregurra is a community arts engagement project developed by Birregurra Community Arts Group, Birre Mail and Birre Historical Society—using creativity to swell community pride while also providing a catalogue of images which will be archived at the Historical Society – a gift for our whole community.

This year’s 59 PORTRAIT entries were very strong with many familiar faces captured with honesty and warmth. Judges chose the winners, not just based on their technical appeal but also for their sense of place and the image’s story.


WINNER ($100): Sue Coulson with “Men at Work”, a beautiful image of the workers in a Birre shearing shed portraying a story of hard work and friendship.

RUNNER UP ($50): Rebecca Diamond with her captivating image “Reflecting” with her young son and whippet taking in the views of Birre golf course. Rebecca is the grand daughter of Lenn Robb who Snapshots was created in memorium for.

Commendations also go to Ian Taylor for “Paper Runner”, Immy Hutchinson with “Mr Dennis of Homestead” and Bonny McLaren with “Innate Beauty”.









WINNER: ($100): Oliver Coulson with “Flower Power”. Oliver’s photo immediately struck all the judges with is beautiful sense of play and innocence —sending us all back to our childhoods which were filled with adventure and wonder.

RUNNER UP ($50): Ebony Armistead with “Brian from Outback – Helpful for everyone”. Ebony’s photo captures Outback Trading owner Brian Sanders perfectly lugging a 20kg bag of “Working Dog” for one of his grateful customers.

Commendations also go to 5 yr old Luella Hutchinson with “Pa”, Claire Coulson with “Blood, Sweat & Tears” and Oliver Coulson’s second entry, “One Eyed”.

WINNERS of the “Lenn Robb People’s Choice Award” via public vote.

Congratulations to Immy Hutchinson with Mr Dennis & Clare Coulson with her photo of Leanne Blake. Both Immy and Clare receive $50 each.

Winners of three $50 gift vouchers have been drawn from voters of the People’s Choice Award. Winners are Johnni &Wendy Leerson (3242), Hillary Grant (3250) and Abby Hall (3242). Each voter will be contacted and have the opportunity to select a $50 gift voucher for one of our participating Birregurra traders.

Thanks again to Birre Mail, Birregurra Historical Society and Birregurra General Store for their generous donations and support for the project.

Next year’s theme is BIRREGURRA STRUCTURES AND BUILDINGS. Get snapping!!

Coming to COPACC in November & December ...


Tuesday, November 17, 2:30pm & 8pm
65 minutes (no interval)
Box Office: 5232 2077
Adults $41 Concessions $36 Students $25

Based on his two best-selling books, Flak and Fly, well-known writer and performer Michael Veitch presents Flak – true stories from the men who flew in World War Two.

He takes on the roles of five former airmen, recounting their extraordinary, compelling and largely untold stories of combat.

We meet Australian bomber pilot Bruce Clifton whose Lancaster was shot down over neutral Norway, Englishman James
Coward who flew a Spitfire shot down by a German gunner in the Battle of Britain, a Welshman, and a former Nazi pilot. The stories are interwoven with insights from Michael Veitch’s lifelong obsession with air warfare and humorous anecdotes shared by the 50-plus pilots, air gunners and bomb aimers Veitch has interviewed. Join Michael Veitch for a post-show Q&A,
plus afternoon tea, after the 2:30pm show.

Proudly sponsored by Cape Otway Lightstation

There will also be a small display chronicling Cressy’s part in the air war in the COPACC foyer from 19 October to 20 November. We have memorabilia and photos on loan from Colac and Cressy history centres

Community Productions

Inheritance by the Colac Players

Wednesday 28, Thursday 29, Friday 30, 8pm
Saturday 30, 2pm and 8pm
Tickets $30 Adult, $25 Concession
Box Office: 5232 2077

Inheritance is a compelling family drama set in a farming community in the Western districts which combines humour and heartbreak in its examination of contemporary rural life.

Please note this performance is for mature audiences. It contains adult themes and strong language.

Coming to COPACC in December...


The Other Film Festival

Tuesday, December 1, 7:30pm
2 hrs (including interval)
Box office: 5232 2077
Tickets $12 Concession & Arts Access Victoria members $8

New cinema by, with, and about people with a disability.

The Other Film Festival is an artistically vibrant, accessible, international disability film festival.

The festival is particularly relevant and accessible for people with a disability while also providing a meaningful and entertaining screen and cultural experience for a broader audience.

The Other Film Festival is recognised internationally for its commitment to screening the world’s best contemporary cinema concerned with the experience of disability, and for its leadership in applying best practice in meeting access requirements of patrons and filmmakers with a disability.

Warning- People under 15 need to be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.

Proudly supported by Arts Access Victoria

The Other Film Festival
Morning Music - Denis Walter

Wednesday, December 2, 11.00am
Free Morning Tea from 10.00am
Tickets $18
Box Office: 5232 2077

Denis will make a welcome return to COPACC for a Christmas concert including O Holy Night, White Christmas and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Denis burst onto the Australian music scene 40 years ago as a young man with a big voice. After 14 albums and a performing schedule squeezed in around his TV and radio commitments, Denis is one of Australia’s constant stars of song.

Join COPACC for a free morning tea at 10am before the show.

Proudly sponsored by Arundell, Murray & Ryan

Denis Walter