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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 7:00pmGET TICKETS HERE

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 arrange…

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 y…

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 Festiv…

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:

JOIN ALAMANA DANCE STUDIOS FOR SIX FUN WEEKS OF DANCE LESSONS AT BIRREGURRA MECHANICS HALL. CLASSES START AT 7PM AND GO TO 9PM. COME IF YOU'RE A BEGINNER OF IF YOU WANT TO BRUSH UP YOUR MOVES.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 ca…

2018 Snapshots of Birregurra is now open for entries - Broken, Bent & Busted in Birregurra


Show Announcement - Cookie Baker secret house gig on Sun 30th September. Tickets now on sale.


Holy cow batman! Look what's coming up in Birregurra for the rest of 2018!



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. LISTEN TO JESS HERE

Licenced Bar Opens 4.30 / BYO Glass On Sunday 9 September 2018 at 5:00pm Tickets $20 presale or from Birregurra Community Arts Group  LOCATION Birregurra Christ Church
7 Sladen Street, Birregurra, VIC 3242 GRAB YOUR TICKETS NOW



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
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 informationThe 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 datesRegistrations 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…

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

Melbourne Recital Centre brings Melbourne Guitar Quartet to Birregurra this Sunday - Get your tickets NOW!

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 mo…

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

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…

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

Tickets are now on sale An intimate arvo with Bob EvansTickets 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 eve…