Burnie Arts & Function Centre turns 40

The North West Coast’s premier function and events venue, the Burnie Arts & Function Centre, is celebrating a significant milestone this month, it’s 40th anniversary.

The Civic Centre, as it was formally known, was officially opened on 15 October 1976 by then Governor of Tasmania, the Honourable Sir Stanley Burbury KBE, and was the first purpose-built, fully professional regional arts centre in Tasmania.

In 2009 the Civic Centre was renamed the Burnie Arts & Function Centre to better reflect the magnitude of events that are presented within its walls.

The Centre incorporates the performing arts and function venues, as well as an art gallery. It is the only venue in the North West of the State able to host large-scale indoor functions for up to 1000 people and it remains the largest multi-arts centre in Tasmania.

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, “This is quite a significant milestone for the Burnie Arts & Function Centre (BAFC), as well as the broader Burnie community.”

“The BAFC is without a doubt the cultural hub of our city. It has played host to countless performances, productions, concerts, Eisteddfods, exhibitions, meetings and conferences over the years.”

“To celebrate this significant milestone, two major events will be held this month – the 40th Anniversary Concert and a Long Table Gala lunch.”

The 40th Anniversary concert is being held in the Town Hall on Saturday 15 October at 7:30pm and will feature a wonderful cross section of over 100 local amateur performing artists, who have all previously played at the BAFC.

The Long Table Gala Lunch is being held on Sunday 23 October at 12noon. A six course degustation menu will be served up by Burnie based business palate food + drink. This is a ticketed event and strictly limited to 100 guests.

“It is wonderful to see facilities such as the BAFC reach these significant milestones, as they reinforce their value to the community and to the region. The Centre has been fortunate to attract some very well-known and respected productions, performers and exhibitions over the last 40 years, namely due to its great reputation.”

For more information about the celebration events, contact the Burnie Arts & Function Centre on 6430 5850 (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm).

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: jphillips@burnie.net