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The Audreys are coming to town

MASSIVE NEWS….The Audreys are staging their Farewell Tour…and Birre is on the bill!


In collaboration with Parlour Gigs, Birregurra Music Salon is kicking off 2017 with a spectacular explosion of incredible blues and roots from three time Aria award winning duo The Audreys as part of their farewell tour.
The intimate show of just 100 guests in Birregurra’s Christ Church will be one of the last times you will have the chance to see this duo live and is certain to sell out quickly.

WHEN: 5.30pm on Sunday 9th April 2017 (bar opens at 4.30pm)
TICKETS: $33 or $40 on the door (unless sold out, which is very likely)

Birregurra Community Arts Group members will have the chance to get in first with a ticket pre-sale release on Friday 13th January. General release tickets will go on sale on Friday 27th January. If you aren’t a member or are yet to pay your annual dues, head to the BCAG membership page and sign up (http://w…

Coming toThe Yards


The Yards, Pop Up Village Green


Carols in thw Marsh


Running With Zithers Ensemble

Angie Smales added 2 new photos. December 9 at 9:41pm... Come see the Running with Zithers Ensemble playing carols at Birregurra's Sunday market this Sunday 10:30-12noon. .

Tickets now available for Ballad of Backbone Joe - Fri 2nd Dec

Internationally acclaimed Suitcase Royale are riding into Birregurra with murder ballad of junkyard theatre, visual trickery, dark humour and rag’n’bone live music. 
Undefeated bare-knuckle boxer Backbone Joe has a right hook “as quick as a spun tea-bag” but repeated blows to the head have left him a bit slow to process little details. Like, did he really kill his wife by throwing her off a bridge?

Abattoir owner and fight promoter Messy Dimes Dan is only too happy to fill in the blanks. Can Detective Von Trapp ease poor Joe's troubled mind?

When they are not performing, operating their own lights and triggering primitive visual effects, the actors morph into musicians, pick up drums, guitar and double bass and rattle off foot-stompin' street blues from side of stage.

Bring along a tasty picnic to share with your friends on the long tables...heck bring the whole family and enjoy some good ol' country fun with Rag'n'Bone blues music, absurdist plots and action, and mayb…

'You Had To Be There'..2016 Arts Expo @ The Masonic!

Artist members of the Birregurra Community Arts Group, be they visual or performing artist, combined over this year's festival weekend to hold the 3rd Arts Expo in the normally disused Masonic Lodge.
Visitors had the opportunity to talk to artists about their work, watch demonstrations and be enchanted by the creative process.
New to this year's Expo was the Word & Song UnPlugged stage, giving performing artists and musician a chance to share their work in an intimate environment.
Friendships were formed and good conversations were held.
We hope the following pictorial will give you an insight to the creative magic felt inside the Masonic Hall over the weekend.

Don't Miss The United Voices Of Our Region!


It's Time To Get Organised!

The Festival and our 3rd Arts Expo @ The Masonic is just around the corner. Artists have been busy preparing, musicians have been practicing and a lot of behind the scene work has been done to make this years Expo our best ever.
One of the things that makes our Expo so successful is the volunteers who give up an hour or so over the weekend to act as ushers for the Expo.
These fabulous folk allow all participants to get the most out of the festival as they look after artists' bays, should they be absent, manage sales and act as ambassadors for the Arts Group at the Arts Group Information stand inside the hall.
If you would like to go on this year's usher roster, please email Debbie.
Debbie is currently putting the roster together, making sure that there is always two ushers on duty at all times - so you will never be on your own.
Acting as ushers at the Arts Group Expo is a lot of fun - to show you what we get up to, here is a video for you to relive last years action.

Local Artists prepare for the Arts Expo @ The Masonic

Don't be offended if your local artist friends decline any invitations that take them away from their studios at the moment. Birregurra's Festival is just a week or so away, so they are all busy preparing their showcase for the Arts Expo @ The Masonic.

This year's theme is Artists at Work, demonstrating and talking about their art, as they move a small part of their studio into the Masonic Hall for the weekend. In an effort to bring you their very best, artists are burning the midnight oil and rehearsals are held all over the town.

Participating artists include Ron Eichler, who will unveil his 'shoe sculpture' @ The Masonic.
Linnet Hunter, who is busy preparing some fun ways for everyone to join in on word play and poem making.
Chris West and Pam Fyfe will amaze us with their individual use of fibre.
Rob Mills' pottery wheel will be spinning.
Monica Provan and Jan Verouden will make glass art crystal clear and
Veronica Phillips will weave her willow magic.

October Exhibition of Two Talented Local Artists!


What's on at COPACC in October?

October @ COPACC is jam-packed with Theatre, Circus, Music and Comedy! See the full program HERE

One For The Girls!

2017 South West International Women's Day Art Prize
'Call for Entries' Now Open!
Female artists: we are excited to announce that the Call for Entries is now OPEN for the "2017 South West International Women's Day Art Prize"!

We are VERY EXCITED to be delivering this local prize for the third year - giving women the opportunity to be recognised and rewarded within their own community. 

You asked for more time to prepare for the event - so we've launched almost two months earlier!

Works in all medium that respond to this year’s theme “Women & Belonging” are invited (more details on the theme in the Terms & Conditions).

Entry is open until Saturday, January 28, 2017 - so now is the time to get started!

Please spread the word and help us showcase our talented local female artists!!
Please click on the here for all the details on entry, terms and conditions.

OCR FM Invitation!

Jonathan here from OCR FM community radio station. I present the '921' show over the summer school holidays sharing community information and song requests.  I'm writing on behalf of OCR in regard to new presenters and programming. As I've previously chatted with you or your community organisation, I believe you have a great connection to your local community. 
OCR FM gives a voice to members of the local community to share their favourite music, community information and areas of expertise - and we're looking for new radio shows.   Community radio is different to commercial or national radio, as its created and run by volunteers. Programs are many and varied, giving airtime to topics not readily available in other forms of media. 
If you or your organisation would like more information about getting involved with hosting a show or a regular segment, please feel free to reply to
Need some ideas to host your own show?
THIS IS .... - town specific …

Hints and Tips for YOUR Snapshot of Birregurra

enLIGHTen Me Small Town Transformation offering 15-30 yrs olds chance to learn digital storytelling

PLEASE SHARE THIS FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY WITH ANY 15-30 YR OLDS YOU KNOW WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED! A shout out to 15-30yr olds in and around Birregurra! This is a huge opportunity!!! Limited places available so register your interest ASAP. Information session with Craig Walsh is on Tuesday 20th September at 5pm.  REGISTER HERE: MORE INFO HERE: Birregurra's enLIGHTen Me Small Town Transformation is offering skills training and project experience in digital storytelling to 15-30yr olds who live in Birre and surrounding towns. We want YOU to be the eyes and ears of Birregurra Hall's transformation and get involved in some really exciting projects that we're lining up. Participants will learn some fantastic skills ranging from story boarding to final edit from a range of highly skilled professionals involved in the enLIGHTen Me project, including lead artist, internationally renowned multi media artist Craig Walsh. No experience is…

Glass Casting Workshop with Jan Veroudan - Starts 1st October 2016


When: The workshop will run for three sessions.

Session 1 / Sat 1st Oct / 10am - 4pm / Make your mould

Session 2 / Sat 15th Oct / 10am - 12 noon / Adding glass to the mould

Session 3 / Sat 29th Oct / 10am - 12 noon / Finishing your peice

Where: Jan's workshop in Kawarran (Address to be advised)

How Much: Members $100 / Non Members $115 (includes membership) + $80 materials
Only 8 participant places.

About the Workshop
This is an open faced casting workshop. Participants will create a piece of their own work with a set size of 15x10x3 cm deep

On the first day the participants will create a form (either a free standing shape, or base relief style slab) from clay. When this has been achieved, we will make a box form around the clay positive and pour a plaster/silica mix around it.

Once this is set, we will remove the boxing, turn the mould over and remove the clay from the mould, leaving a “negative” space. The mould needs to be thoroughly cleaned of any clay remnants and pl…

Snapshots of Birregurra 2016 - entries now open

ENTRIES CLOSE 5pm, 2ND OCTOBER 20162016 Theme: Buildings and Structures of Birregurra
Prizes: Winners of Open & 13yrs & Under: $100 cash Runners up of Open & 13yrs & Under: $50 gift voucher to your choice of Birregurra retailers Peoples Choice: $100 gift voucher to your choice of Birregurra retailers SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY
TERMS & CONDITIONS Entries close 5PM 2nd October 2016.A maximum of two photos per person may be entered and must depict your interpretation of the 2016 theme, “Buildings and Structures of Birregurra” and taken in 2016 (Separate form for each entry).Online entries will be printed by BCAG. No responsibility will taken by BCAG for quality of print.By completing and signing this entry form, you are granting permission for your photo to be displayed during the 2016 Birregurra Weekend Festival on 7/8/9 October 2016 and for future promotions of Snapshots of Birregurra. Please ensure that you have the permission of all persons appearing in the photos for public…

Sing, Sing a Song...with Helen Davey!

We're going to have a Singing 'PLAYSHOP' on TIPS  &  TRICKS  FOR  SINGING WELL! For people wanting to expand their vocal confidence around harmony, volume and projection, in this play-shop we practice basic techniques then apply them directly to songs. The emphasis will be  on hearing and feeling the difference in our sound and the sheer joy of experiencing harmonic resonance when singing in a group. BYO water bottle, comfy clothes, your smile and a blanket.

Monday, 29th August,
7pm - 8:30 pm
Birregurra Anglican Church Hall, Sladen Street, Birregurra Members $10 - Non-members $20. This PLAYSHOP replaces the planned Singing Circle session on this date. Please register your attendance with Angie or come along and pay at the door!

Helen Davey is an Australian vocalist and multi instrumentalist with over 20 years of experience as a music teacher and workshop leader. She has a B.Ed (mus) and has been trained in the "Estill Voice System" in Germany and The Netherland…

Miss Brontë comes to the Carolyn Theatre!

Charlotte Brontë has a secret. In fact secrets seem to run in the family… 
Inspired by the letters and novels of Charlotte Bronte, along with the many biographical works about her life, Miss Brontë tells a story of ambition, forbidden love and the bond of family.

Brave Theatre and Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery present
Miss Brontë

By Mel Dodge and Charlotte Bronte
Friday 7.30 2nd September at the Carolyn Theatre Cororooke

2016 Surf Coast Arts Trail Saturday Highlights!

Start your Surf Coast Art Trail in Deans Marsh this Saturday! Some of great action kicks off at The Store in Deans Marsh -  Local Musicians Steve James, Mark Fagan, Rob Phillips & Tyler Lunn will be playing on the back veranda throughout the morning.
The very talented local wood craftsman Bryan Poynton will be carving a small project on the day. Sandra Hickford will be demonstrating Jade & hard stone carving techniques & Veronica Phillips will be working on her current Etchings & Printmaking. Other Studio's in the area will also be open.
These talented artists and musicians will ONLY be EXHIBITING ON SATURDAY this year at THE STORE Deans Marsh....Great coffee & delicious food will be available all day. Don't miss it!

Explore the work of local artist at the 5th Annual Surf Coast Arts Trail

The Early Bird get the worm! After the rooster crows on Saturday morning, head down to the Torquay or Lorne Visitor Centres, Council Offices or one of the many local galleries and pick up your official Arts Trail map and Artist Guide and immerse yourself in the work of the artists of our region. 

Coming Up...Birregurra Music Salon presents David Bridie / 8pm Friday 26 August

Birregurra Music Salon - A magical night with Miles and Simone

Birregurra Christ Church sparkled with sound and vision on a cold winters night!

It was a chilly night on Saturday 23rd July but that didn’t stop over 85 eager music lovers head to Birregurra Christ Church for a night of amazing music and a chance to enjoy a mulled wine with friends and neighbours by fairy lights and fires. With wines in hand, the crowd streamed in to the beautiful church and got comfy by candlelight for the first of two sets. First to the stage was Miles—an Irish flame haired Ned Kelly look alike with the vocal tones of famous country baritone, Johnny Cash. Moments later, Simone fluttered down the aisle like a beautiful fairy wren adorned in lace and jewels and flowers—a vision instantly beguiling everyone in the audience, big and small. In their ‘other’ lives, Simone Page Jones is a classically trained opera singer who went to school in Geelong and Miles O’Neil an actor who grew up in Torquay…and before too long, the alternate lives of these best friends came perme…

Local Artists Finalists in the 2016 Acquisitive $7500 Corangamarah ART PRIZE - con.ceit’16

Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery are pleased to announce finalists for the Corangamarah Art Prize have been chosen.  It is most pleasing and exciting that a number of local artists in the Colac Otway Shire  have been selected this year and will be showing their work as part of the Corangamarah Art Prize conc.ceit ’16 exhibition throughout August.
26 artists out of 64 entries from all over Victoria and Australia have been selected as finalists by an external selection panel including Director of Geelong Art Gallery Jason Smith and well respected visual artist and educator Godwin Bradbeer.
The opening will be held in the evening on Saturday 6th August with announcement of prize winners by Jason Smith, Director of Geelong Art Gallery. con.ceit’16 Sunday 7th August – Sunday 28th August
Exhibition Opening and Announcement of Prize Winners at RRRTAG Saturday 6th August, 7.30 – 9pm Finger Food Provided, Drinks at Bar Prices
Tickets $15 per person (see our website for d…