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 (

Carols in thw Marsh

Carols for all the family at Deans 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 maybe an enLIGHTening surprise or two outdoors after the show.

Make sure you don't rush off after the show....the bar will stay open and there will be lots more to enjoy!

EMERGENCE by Craig Walsh (on display after Ballad of Backbone Joe)

Andrew Ferris @andrew.ferris
JUMP LIGHT by Ainslie Macauley (family fun after Ballad of Backbone Joe)

'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.
Innovative Felt with Pam Fyfe
Standing Room only for The Ukulele Kollective

Willow Weaving with Veronica Phillips
Henry Lawson stories with Keith Maxwell
Rob Mills Pottery
Harmonica Riffs with Ron Eichler

Kokedama making with Claire & Greg
Word & Song with Linnet, Angie & Jenny
Creative Fibre with Chris West
Poetry Writing with Linnet Hunter

Greg's Guitar Box Guitar
Silver Smith Dorothy Eller
Running with Zithers Ensemble
Glass work with Jan Verouden 
and Monica Provan

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

A big thank you to the Lock the Gate campaigners
for letting us repurpose their, now defunct, yellow triangles

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.
There will be a guitar builder making guitars out of cigar boxes, a sand stone carver, a silver smith, a Kokedama maker and an exhibition of Colac Camera Club's finest.

But wait - there's more! This year we introduce the Word & Song UnPlugged stage, a program of musicians and poets, which you'll find on the official festival program and map handed out on the day.

It includes local favourites Keith Maxwell, a ukulele size Ukulele Kollective, and the premiere of Birregurra's own Zither Ensemble. Ensemble members are Jane Dennis, Barb Little, Anne Brandscheid, Helen Maxwell, Ian & Angie Smales, Gaye & John Wedford and Jenny Stephens.

Make sure you include a visit to the Masonic Hall during the festival.

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!!

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 news, information and interviews for Colac, Forrest, Beeac, Birregurra, Gellibrand, Camperdown, Alvie, Cororooke....

RADIO ACTIVE - share fitness and sporting information

RADIO THERAPY - health advice 

RADIO SENSITIVE - discussion of important local issues 

50 SHADES OF HAY - farming discussion and news

THIS BIG! - fishing tips

DRAMARTIST - arts, culture and theatre 

Or music show ideas

AURAL PLEASURE - new or retro music

CLASSICOOL - classical music 

GROOVE ME - jazz, blues, soul, RnB

B-SIDES AND RARITIES - rare or unreleased music

It's your show. Your radio station. Your ideas. 
Find out more at

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


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. 
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 necessary but young people with previous film and digital experience are welcomed and encouraged. This is a fantastic opportunity to add to a portfolio of work and to work with an outstanding artist on a high profile arts project.
For more info about Birregurra's Small Town Transformation project, visit 

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 plaster crumbs. The mould will then be dried over a couple of weeks before firing.

In the second session, once colours etc have been chosen, the mould will be filled with glass ready for firing.

In the third session, after all pieces have been fired, the participants will remove their glass form from the mould and clean any rough edges. Further cleaning will be discussed and carried out at home.

Tea and coffee supplied. Please bring your lunch

For any questions, please contact us on

Snapshots of Birregurra 2016 - entries now open


2016 Theme: Buildings and Structures of Birregurra

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


  1. Entries close 5PM 2nd October 2016.
  2. 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).
  3. Online entries will be printed by BCAG. No responsibility will taken by BCAG for quality of print.
  4. 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 display.
  5. A copy of your photo may be displayed on the Birregurra Festival & Art Show Facebook page, the Birregurra Arts Group website, the Birregurra Mail and in future Snapshots of Birregurra exhibitions. It may also be given to Colac Otway Shire’s library service, Birregurra Mail and Birregurra Historical Society. Winning entries may also be displayed on permanent exhibition in the Birregurra Community.
  6. Your entry will not be returned to you, so if you love your snapshot, it’s best to keep a copy.
  7. Winning entries will remain with the Birregurra community and may be displayed as part of a permanent exhibition.
  8. Awards will be judged on the basis of originality, creativity and technical skill. The Len Robb People’s Choice Award will be voted on by the public on Saturday 8th October at Birregurra Weekend Festival.
  9. All entrants may be contacted in the future by BCAG to provide information about other photography and digital videography workshops and activities in Birregurra.

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

 We're going to have a Singing 'PLAYSHOP' on 


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 Netherlands. Currently based in Zurich, Helen teaches voice/piano/songwriting and performs in the poetic world/folk and experimental genres. Helen's passion is improvising soundscapes in response to other art forms; she calls these spontaneous works "sound-paintings".

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 permeating through.
Their set list, mostly original, could be described as Alt Country with sprinkles of nostalgia, heart break and a peppering of tongue in cheek banter about the dating game and dog trainers. Most importantly, it was melodically mesmerising and before too long, the duo had the crowd firmly wrapped around their fingers….including a clutch of little people swaying their tiny hips in the aisle.
A short break enjoying a wine by the fire later, the crowd was back in the church pews enjoying the second set. Somewhere in the break though, it seems the shoe slipped on the other foot and the duo became mesmerised and beguiled with Birre and our church. Admittedly, it was the last show on a state wide tour as part of Regional Arts Victoria’s fabulous touring program and emotions were high. But after asking if they could come back to Birre again sometime next year, Miles was quickly reminded that we would see him on Friday 2nd December with his theatre trio, Suitcase Royale in his junkyard theatre show “The Battle of Backbone Joe”.
Birregurra Community Arts Group donated $500 of takings to the Support Sienna Trust. An additional $100 was provided in donations.
Suitcase Royale’s junkyard theatre show, The Battle of Backbone Joe, will play at Birregurra Hall on Friday 2nd December. The talented trio will then return with a free rockabilly gig at Birregurra Royal Mail Hotel on Saturday 3rd December. Tickets announced soon.

The next Birregurra Music Salon at 8pm Friday 26 August features David Bridie, seven time Aria award winner and member of My Friend the Chocolate Cake. Tickets are $25+BF (online) and are on sale now via or at Birregurra Community Health Centre.

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.
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 details)

The $7,500 acquisitive Corangamarah Art Prize has become a mainstay in the calendar of Australian artists. RRRTAG is honoured to host this prestigious event with the winning artwork, announced at the opening, to be added to the Corangamarah Art Prize Collection at Colac Area Health.
Winning Artwork con.ceit’15
Sonja Robar ‘Seeing the Forest’

Gallery open on weekends 11am – 4pm
Entry by Donation

WHAT is the Corangamarah Art Prize?  Inaugurated in 2006, the annual Acquisitive Corangamarah Art Prize was conceived to provide the newly built Corangamarah Aged Care Facility in Colac with colour and life.  The notion of the award winning collection was to encourage discussion by residents, family and all in the local community and beyond.  It brings a sense of pride.

Artists from all over Australia and of course locally are invited to submit an artwork inspired by a contemporary issue or event, demonstrated through the Prize theme con.ceit’16 a concept which is conceived, imagined or formed in the mind, an idea, thought, image, a personal opinion.

Two further (non-acquisitive) prizes will also be awarded:
con.ceit’16 Small Works Art Prize of artworks less than 50x50cm (framed) and a People's Choice

WHEN:  Exhibition Opening and announcement of prize by Director of Geelong Art Gallery Jason Smith
 Saturday 6th August 2016
7.30 pm – 9pm
Limited Tickets $15 per person for more information
Bookings through trybookings or at Cowlicks bookstore.

Exhibition from Sunday 7th August-Sunday 28th August 2016
Gallery opening times Saturday/Sunday 11am-4pm unless by arrangement

WHO:  26 Finalists selected from 64 entries. A range of both emerging and established artists from around Australia selected to exhibit their 2D work.

Judge of Final selected works for the Acquisitive Art Prize and the small works prize is Jason Smith Director of the Geelong Art Gallery an internationally recognised art museum director and exhibitions and collection curator.

Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery 520 Corangamite Lake Road, Cororooke
520 Corangamite Lake Rd, Cororooke.   For further information about the Art Prize and Theme see

Contact:    Sue Cauble:  0408238252