Last Celtic music session for 2018 - Sunday 2nd December

Reminder for the last Celtic music session for the year (1st Sunday of month) is Dec 2nd. 3-5pm at The Shed, rear of 9 Slade St Birregurra with Julie Payne. 

All welcome. Bring an instrument or your voice. Gold coin donation.

Come dancing with us at Birregurra Christmas Ball in the Hall - Sat 15th December 2018

Put a little ‘BOP’ in your step this Christmas and join us for an extravaganza of 1940s & 50s music and dancing. After a spectacular night at the Birregurra Hall Ballyhoo, Julie Payne and her dance band are making a reprisal for this end of 2018 community Christmas ball.

On Saturday 15 December 2018 at 7:00pm

Birregurra Mechanics Hall has long been known as one of the best dance venues around and we are looking forward to revisiting that era once again. So frock up, don your dance shoes and come along for a brilliant night of fun and festivities. And don't worry if your two left feet are a little rusty - the good folk from Alamana Dance Studios will be on hand for some light brush ups.

Book early to avoid disappointment!!

This is a licenced all-ages event and will follow responsible serving of alcohol guidelines. Please be respectful of all attendees and drink in moderation. Please consider car pooling with a designated driver, or alternative transport arrangements if you are planning to have a few drinks - we want everyone to get home safely!


Tickets: Table Reserved (limited) $25 / General $20 / At the door (if available) $25
BYO supper and drinks
Click HERE for full event terms & conditions


Birregurra Mechanics Hall
42-44 Main Street, Birregurra, VIC 3242

The Suitcase Royale return to Birre with Chronicles of a Sleepless Moon - Sat 1st Dec

The Suitcase Royale are an atom bomb of pure comedic theatre....and they're coming back to Birre for another hilarious show followed by a boot stompin' gig.

On Saturday 1 December 2018 at 7:00pm


Still spinning from their last sellout Birregurra show, The Ballad of Backbone Joe, Miles, Joseph and Glen return to Birre to bring us the next edition of their hilarious high-energy junkyard theatre shenanigans. Deliciously dark and exquisitely crafted, Chronicles of a sleepless moon is a tale of dastardly deeds and unfathomable adventure - a funny, sad and surreal fairytale.

The theatre show will be followed by a gig with live band Royale Riot, who will finish the evening with a range of bent and broken rockabilly tunes.

This is a licenced all-ages event and will follow responsible serving of alcohol guidelines. Please be respectful of all attendees and drink in moderation. Please consider car pooling with a designated driver, or alternative transport arrangements if you are planning to have a few drinks - we want everyone to get home safely!


The Butcher and the Doctor are up to something, and the Newsman sniffs a story that will take him deep into the dead heart of Australia. Deliciously dark and exquisitely crafted, Chronicles of a Sleepless Moon is a funny, sad and surreal fairy tale for grown-ups. Inspired by 1920’s radio, backyard invention, and the unique dark setting of the middle of Australia.

This is a fundraiser for Birregurra Cricket Club and is a LICENCED EVENT. NO BYO.

Proudly Supported by

THANDO....modern soul & R&B is coming to Birregurra Hall

Zimbabwean born, Melbourne based soul singer, Thando, has been gracing stages around Australia with her electric presence and powerhouse vocals.

Fresh from a sell-out show at the NGV, Thando has put Birregurra on her album launch tour. Join us in the beautiful town of Birregurra at the foothills of The Otways for an extraordinary night of grooves in the newly renovated Birregurra Hall.

Having just featured at BIGSOUND in Brisbane, Thando has won fans hearts nationwide through her mesmeric live performances. Securing coveted support slots with Odette on her recent sold out 12 date Australian tour, Leon Bridges on his Bluesfest sideshow, Sampa The Great, REMI and having wooed festival crowds at Strawberry Fields and her annual hometown, historically sold out Chapel off Chapel performances.

Catch Thando at the newly renovated Birregurra Hall. Bring your groove shoes and enjoy her stellar performance before she heads to entertain festival goers at Queenscliff Festival.


"You got buckets of soul"
- Will.I.Am

"This is song of the year so far for me. You never know where it's going, but you know it's gonna be good."
- Dan Condon, Double J

"A bold new voice, making rad music and tackling relevant issues while she's at it"
- Pilerats
"Forget any over the counter drugs, dose up on thando to ease all your ailments."
- Declan Byrne, Triple J
On Saturday 3 November 2018 at 7:00pm

Grab your partner by the hand! Dance classes are coming to Birregurra in November

Grab your partner or your pals and come and learn to dance. Get geared up for a 1940s era Community Christmas Ball in Birregurra Hall on Sat 15th December - did someone say dress up? Oh yes! Lock it in your diary. Learn some new steps, have some fun, and let's learn to boogie woogie on the dance floor. Such fun! Register here:


6 wk term on Wednesdays from 7th November. $50 registration per person for all 6 classes.
Alamana will teach six of the most popular dances you're ever likely to have the opportunity to dance socially including Jive, Rumba, Cha Cha, Modern Waltz, Slow Fox Trot and Tango. Learn about all the different tempos and timing so you know what dance to dance with what music - from 1940s right through to current tunes. Jive for example can be danced to music right through from the 1940’s the good o’l swing era through the rock’n’roll era to the 70’s 80’s and now.
Come as a couple, come as friends, or come on your own and grab a partner. All ages 12yrs+ welcome.
Learn the moves then strut your stuff at aBirregurra 1940s era Christmas Ball in Birregurra Hall on Saturday 15 December featuring the fabulous Birregurra Ballyhoo dance hall band (tickets for the ball on sale soon).
These dance classes are supported Birregurra Community Arts Group and Creative Victoria as part of the Small Regional Presenters program.


Melbourne singer/songwriter Jess Fairlie is heading to Birregurra Church with her delicious blend of soul with a funky vocal rhythm. With a voice likened to Alicia Keys, Jess's style is a sultry nod to the soul funk that legends Stevie Wonder and Ricki Lee Jones have embraced through their music artistry. Grab your tickets ASAP - this is definitely a show not to miss.

Licenced Bar Opens 4.30 / BYO Glass
On Sunday 9 September 2018 at 5:00pm
Tickets $20 presale or from Birregurra Community Arts Group 


Birregurra Christ Church
7 Sladen Street, Birregurra, VIC 3242


More info via
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Pottery Classes with Chris Hoggard are back!

Pottery classes run for two hours and are available Mondays and Tuesdays with sessions in the morning, afternoon and evening.  
Students pay an “up front” fee for a six week period which covers all material costs including use of tools, clay,  glazes, and firings. A wide range of hand building, glazing and decorating techniques are offered as an introduction.
Generally, after several weeks students choose to create individual works with assistance, resulting a large range of projects happening at any one time. As classes are small (no more than six students per class) plenty of assistance is available.
Many of my students have had minimal experience with clay and it is so gratifying to watch them become more confident with each project they attempt.
I have loved meeting many lovely new people who have joined my classes and look forward to seeing what the future brings.

Surfcoast Arts Trail - 11 & 12 August

Surf Coast Arts Trail

Sign outside Arts Trail venue
The 2018 Surf Coast Arts Trail will be held over Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August. The popular annual event is an opportunity to discover art and meet the artists in their studios and creative venues from the coast to the hinterland.

Download the Arts Trail map(PDF, 5MB)

Important information

  • The 2018 Surf Coast Arts Trail is on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August. This is a two-day event.
  • Entry is free.
  • Participating venues will get corflute signs, flags, poles and a visitor book.
  • Artists who are residents or ratepayers of the Surf Coast are eligible for a description and image in the Arts Trail brochure. Visiting artists may be mentioned.

Significant dates

  • Registrations close: 15 April.
  • Brochure proofing: 26 April to 2 May and 22 to 24 May (you can nominate a proxy).
  • Event launch and event materials collection: 26 July (you can nominate a proxy to collect your materials or another artist in the area may be able to help).
For more info, contact Council's Arts Development Officer on 5261 0600

CANCELLED: Birregurra Music Salon presents....Bec Goring and Friends / Sat 18 Aug at 5pm

Mosaic classes with Vicki Fenton - Starting 19th July

Come along and learn mosaic techniques and use your imagination to make a unique mosaic.

WHEN: The workshop will run for 6 weeks . They will be held on a Thursday from 1pm till around 4pm. Beginning on the 19th July and ending on 23rd August.
COST: The cost is $250 (cash) for the six weeks payable on the first lesson.


  • I have a warm comfortable studio in which to enhance your creativity!!
  • I will supply a 40 x 40 cm piece of cement sheet, which is suitable for hanging indoors and outdoors. Flat surfaces are easier to mosaic as a beginner.
  • Cost includes the cement sheet, glue, tiles and grout and tools to share. Everything you need!You will learn the basics of how to create a mosaic - suitable for different items and different conditions such as outdoors. 
  • You will also learn which tools are used and how to employ them with unique results.
  • You will get knowledge and skills that I have learned from 18 years experience.
  • Small group tuition - classes are limited to 6 students.
  • A finished mosaic of your making.
  • Includes tea and coffee
  • You do not need to bring any materials unless you want to. You may wish to bring along old sentimental broken crockery, old jewellery, cutlery, shells etc. (Maybe from the Op Shop) to add individuality to your work . Alternatively, just turn up and I can guide you.

I do insist that you have some sort of design in mind. Could be a flower for instance, a house number, anything that takes your fancy! If you don’t have any idea this takes the first whole session for you to
decide! Would be great if you could roughly draw up your design on a piece of paper 40 x 40 cm. Don’t stress, all this can be worked out on the day if this is not possible!

Wear comfy clothes. You may want to wear an apron.

I’m very versatile so if a class is missed you can make it up another time in consultation with me.
Last of all it’s a time to meet new people and enjoy the process!!!!!! 😆


Vicki Fenton
Barongarook, Vic
Ph: 0417317525

Birregurra Hall Ballyhoo Highlights - What a night!

Highlights from Birregurra Hall Ballyhoo - a one night only live art spectacular.

Part of Birregurra's enLIGHTen Me: I Have a Hall in my Heart Small Town Transformation.

Music: The Acfields "Dr Jeckyl & Mr Hyde" (
Video: Farmwalker Films (
More information about the project at

2-session Collage Workshop with David Lancashire - Sat 21st July & Sun 28th July

This exciting workshop runs over 2 sessions. Sat. 21st July & Sat. 28th July.

David will guide you in constructing your own stunning silhouetted collage by using your own collected ephemera and graphic forms.

When: Sat 21st July 10am-4pm & Sat 28th July 10am-1pm
Where: Birregurra Primary School - The Art Room.
Fee: $50 (for both sessions)


Scalpel, Cutting mat, PVA glue, Brush, Scissors, Collection of inspiring paper images (Japanese , scrap book, any magazine images etc), Acrylic paint and brushes ( if you wish to include this medium in your collage). David will have a collection of various papers and images on the day. 

There are only 10 places available. REGISTRATION ONLY CONFIRMED WHEN PAYMENT MADE.

Direct Payment and Cash Payment available:

Pay CASH to Anna Hoedeman at Birregurra Community Health Centre or Direct Payment online to:

BSB. 633000
AC. NO. 1543077892
AC. NAME. Birregurra Community Arts Group
Please text Deb McIntyre on 0416205556 with receipt number as confirmation of payment. 


David Lancashire is a world-recognised graphic designer who has maintained a career as an artist. He has a wealth of experience in the interpretation of environmental,cultural and natural values, and his long standing collaboration with Indigenous cultures has resulted in world class visitor centres in remote parts of Australia.

His work has been recognised with many awards, and has appeared in numerous Australian and International design publications. David has built an enviable reputation designing everything from a postage stamp to 3 dimensional exhibition spaces. It is David's recent work that has been particularly awarded and praised by his peers, which has resulted in sell out painting exhibitions.

His work is in private collections around the world, as well as Victoria & Albert Museum, Powerhouse Museum and more.

See more of David's collage work here:

Photo from Nishi Gallery Website

COPACC is bringing Circus Oz to Birregurra Hall this Monday 4th June with 3 Speed Crunch Box Rebooted - tix still available

Dislocate presents

Tickets $20

Using wind energy, solar energy, positivity and stupidity, the 3 Speed Crunch Box stunt team are powering up their new show without the use of fossil fuels. 

This Absurd Acrobatic stunt team will be bringing their unique brand of acrobatic stupidity to Birregurra and Cororooke, travelling by bike, train, electric vehicle, or whatever method they can find which doesn’t require burning up old dinosaurs.

In this hilarious story of a family of ridiculous stunt people, expect even more impressive stunts, spectacular circus tricks and - you won’t believe it - even more stupid characters in this absurd, sidesplitting slapstick comedy.

3 Speed Crunch Box – Rebooted was commissioned by Circus Oz for their educational program in 2016.

Date: Monday, June 4 (Birregurra) at 1.30pm

Location: Birregurra Hall

Duration: 45 minutes

Tickets: all $20

Suits ages 4-104 years

Join us this coming Sunday 3rd June at 10am for a planning day - laying down plans for the next few years and answering the question, "Where to from here?"

Where: Birregurra Hall Seniors Room
When: Sunday 3 June 2018 - 10am to 1pm

Please RSVP to so we can cater accordingly.

Come along and have your say, find out whats going on while you catch up with each other, laugh and get inspired about ART & our COMMUNITY!

Morning tea will be provided and the session will be independently faciliated.

BYO lunch. We aim to be finished by 1pm, so you will still have time to enjoy your Sunday.

This day is about planning for the future, planning to do stuff that YOU would like to do, that is wanted, needed & RELEVANT to our town.

Members and non-members are welcome. If your membership has lapsed, jump on the BCAG website to sort that out -

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible!

My Place, Your Place. A mural....local artists interview by Pam Fyfe

The enLIGHTen Me: I Have a Hall in my Heart mural has been completed at the Old Butter factory, thanks to Anne Sanders generously allowing the space to be used. 

It is difficult to think of another space that would have been large enough for the task of creating a 7.5 metre mural. The mural tells the story of Birregurra and its relationship to the Birregurra Mechanics Hall and is part of the EnLightenMe project. The concept was to have a designing artist and have community participation to complete the mural.

Gunditjmara artist Joey Chatfield, the designing artist, presided over the local community participant’s efforts.  Joey attended meetings with the community to hear the stories of local history of farming families, landmarks, the land uses and local flora and fauna. 

Joey then came up with a wonderful design to incorporate as many of these ideas as he could. He ran workshops to assist participants to acquire knowledge about the dreaming, kinship systems, traditional ways of living, painting techniques, the meaning in paintings, symbols and stories.

After the initial meetings with the community the design was created and local artist Natalie Newton was asked to paint some of the circles representing the districts important icons and/or symbols. She agreed and asked two other artists from her painting group to join her.

Natalie Newton
Natalie was good at drawing when she was young and practised regularly. She developed her painting through workshops and classes; she also has been a member of groups where the members enjoy painting alongside others of like mind. Family and work commitments stalled her painting at various times. After she retired she undertook a Diploma of Graphic Arts. 

Natalie is known, among other things, for her entries in the Annual Festival Art Show, the Pop-Up Gallery and the amazing cow that graced The Yards last summer. She is a member of the Birregurra Community Arts Group and has spent time on the committee.

Natalie’s paintings on the mural feature cows and the stockyards, sheep, a shearer, a platypus and fruit, representing some of the major influences of the town and the surrounding district.

Natalie was also Joey’s right hand being onsite during the work, understanding the intricacies of the story and the work as well as the importance of the colours and the accuracy of the dots. She also assisted and guided the many volunteers working on the mural. 


Barry Gill

Barry Gill, a member of Natalie’s painting group, has also painted focus circles for the mural. His contribution has been the buildings of the Native Youth/ old Cob and Co building, now the 1865 Bed and Breakfast, and the Anglican Christ Church in Sladen Street. These buildings are both highly significant in the history of the town of Birregurra.

As a child Barry’s mother had encouraged him to draw. While he was still at school a teacher encouraged him to keep up his painting.  He enjoyed painting and so it was not too difficult. Although there were breaks due to work commitments, he continued to paint. 

In 70/80’s Barry attended classes and joined a group of painters and has continued to do so. Now living in Birregurra he sought out others who might be interested in setting up a similar group and that was when he found out about the group Natalie had started. He joined. “The sharing aspect of being a member of a group helps to keep you interested in continuing your work,” said Barry. 


Allison McClaren

Allison McClaren is the painting group’s member chosen to paint some aspects of the flora and fauna of the district. Her paintings which feature circles of a blue wren and a kookaburra and kangaroo demonstrate her abilities as a wildlife painter. Allison also painted the gypsy wagon.

As a child Allison had a passion for drawing and in fact would draw over everything including walls, tables etc. She is self- taught and her styles and areas of expertise are continually evolving. When her children were young she started painting with oils. Today she prefers acrylics as they dry quicker enabling her to continue her painting at a faster rate.

Allison has, in the past, created caricature dolls using hand painted calico and making all the clothes. These she sold at markets. Later she used polymer clay to create daringly different “little people” caricatures, again exhibiting them and selling them at markets.

Over the last 10-12 years Allison has turned more towards painting. She found out about Natalie’s painting group and joined. She enjoys regularly attending the group and swapping ideas, working alongside others but doing her “own thing”.


Some of the Dotters
Although many people demonstrated enthusiasm for the project, numbers were reduced. Regular days of Wednesday and Sunday made it difficult for some people to attend and to develop the skills necessary for the dotting. 

As the time went on regular “dotters” included Beryl Bush, Deb McSephany, Christine Smith, Gail Maddern, Deb McIntyre, Subi Leeson, Judy Goddard, Pam Fyfe and Barry Gill. Sunday the 4th February saw the placing of the final dot by Natalie, with Joey Chatfield and the other “dotters” looking on. 

There were still some restorative touch-ups and then the graffiti proof final coats were applied. There “dotters” were then able to place their handprints on the reverse side of the mural.  The final placing of the work of art will be in the area next to the hall.

For more info about the mural and the enLIGHTen Me project, head to 

Birregurra Music Salon presents.....Bob Evans - 5pm Sun 8th July

Tickets are now on sale

An intimate arvo with Bob Evans

Tickets for Bob Evans are now on sale - $35 + bf - Sun 8th July at Birregurra Christchurch. Limited tickets are available for this very intimate performance from the ARIA winning alter ego of Jebediah frontman Kevin Mitchell so don't muck about. Excited...much!!! 

Sunday 8th July 2018
Doors open at 5pm 
Venue: Birregurra Christ Church - 7 Sladen Street Birregurra
Tickets $35+ online booking fee

Birregurra Hall Ballyhoo Wrap Up – Saturday 28th April 2018

It’s been a long time coming but the Birregurra Hall Ballyhoo came and went last Saturday with a spectacular bang. 
The event was huge, complex but oh so much fun. The show was a collaboration of so many people – artists, community members, local trades, and many more. Almost everyone played some small or large part.

(Photo of The Illuminates b Eloise (Elle) Woods and Wild Honey Peforming Arts. Photo taken by Tony Long)
BCAG, an official partner on the project, was a key contributor to the event and the development of the landscape and while it may not have been overly obvious, so many of our members whiled away making the magic happen. 
From the bottom of my heart – I thank every single one of you who was involved for making this show and the project as a whole as real success and also for making my job much easier and pleasant, and saving me from a brain explosion. It was my first foray as a producer and production manager and while it was enormously hard work, I loved working with everyone to achieve this crazy thing that so many said was too ambitious. 
And on behalf of the enLIGHTen Me Oversight Team – we ALL thank you all for your ongoing support, hard work, enthusiasm and advocacy for this project. There is so much momentum and energy that has come out of it thus far, and while we aren’t quite finished, particularly with building works, we are on the home stretch.
The production along had a cast of 76, a crew of 34, over 30 additional artist contributors, hands on support from over 60 community members, an audience of 405 ticket holders and around 200 bystanders. Not bad for a tiny town like ours!!
Here is a brief rundown (although not comprehensive because that would take days to write) of our BCAG member’s contribution. Apologies if I have forgotten anyone – you are definitely appreciated, it’s just my brain isn’t working again at full swing yet.
  • Landscape Mural – Nat Newton, Beryl Bush, Deb McSephney, Chris Smith, Judy Goddard, Deb McIntyre, Barry Gill, Allison McClaren (I know there are many more here!)
  • Performing Artists – Linnet Hunter (producer of Whispers of a Building), Chris West (Whispers of a Building), Claire Coulson (vocalist), Susan Coulson (usher), Leisa Gittings & Rosie Gittings (ushers)
  • Musicians – Clive Brooker, Ron Eichler, Julie Payne (music director), Geoff Payne, Simon Oldfield, Mike and Vicki Fenton, Tom Gittings
  • Props & artist resources – Anne Brandscheid (Jacket puppet), Angie Smales (dance hall band bow ties), Susan Coulson (costumes), Gwen Koop (deb dresses)
  • Volunteers – Debbie McIntyre, Pam Fyfe, Jane Dennis, Anna Hoedeman, Anne Wood, Mary Fielding, Susie Coulson, Judy Goddard, Gwen Koop & Heather MacFarlane.
  • Photography – Lindy Fullarton, Stuart Fry
  • Landscape – oh boy, too many to count but I know Julie Payne, Anna Hoedeman, Susie Coulson, Pam Fyfe, Catriona Holyoake, John James, Jane Dennis, Dee Barter, Ian Court & Sue Walpole, Susan & Claire Coulson and likely many more have all contributed.
  • Oversight Team and project leaders – Chris Barter, Vicki Jeffrey, Fiona Brandscheid (me) and Susan Coulson
  • Accommodation providers – Chris & Dee Barter, Judy Goddard

The massive benefit of this project has been the arts connections made, the mentoring and skill development that took place, and the strengthening within community. Different groups, usually disparate, came together on Saturday and left in awe of the project and the show. Feedback has been incredibly positive with lots of great ideas now being thrown back and forth by people I would not have expected earlier – cinema, more drama, fundraising events and more. 
The key goal for this project has been to unite community with the common thread of the arts and music. I am happy to report, we are well on our way.
Fiona Brandscheid