Burnie Shines 2015 - Skin Deep

Burnie is once again gearing up for Burnie Shines – the much anticipated month long festival of community events, held each October.

Burnie Mayor Anita Dow said, “Since 2000, Burnie City Council, in conjunction with the Burnie community, has presented a festival of arts, performances, shows, exhibitions, open gardens and sporting events throughout the month of October.”

“Burnie Shines is about community. We bring everyone together by offering a wide range of fantastic events that appeal to a large audience. It’s the community that drives Burnie Shines as these are their events.”

And this year Burnie Shines – Skin Deep - is set to be another feast for the senses with 80 events on offer.

Burnie City Council Marketing and Events manager, Jenny Cox said, “Tattooing and body art have been around for centuries, however they’ve never been more a part of mainstream western culture than they are now, and we’re exploring that.  What Skin Deep is asking people to do, is not judge a book by its cover but to understand that art and beauty comes in many forms and we should celebrate that.”

“One of the main features of this year’s Burnie Shines is the Pop-Up Art Gallery which will house two separate exhibitions including Ink on Skin, featuring five local tattoo artists. These artists each offer a unique insight into art of tattooing. And while the theme is Skin Deep this year’s Burnie Shines is not all about tattoos. The Tarkine in Motion exhibition will feature the work of 20 Tasmanian artists who visited the Tarkine earlier this year.”

“We really want the community to get involved, so this year we will have an online gallery – Show us your Tatts – where people can post images of their own tattoos. There is also a Skin Deep essay/short story competition where people can share their stories; personal, fictional or something in between.”

“There are also some really fantastic events being held to raise money for some worthwhile causes. The Southern Gospel Choir will join with their North West Chapter, bringing together 100 spellbinding voices to raise the roof off the Town Hall to raise funds for suicide prevention. The Burnie Shines Cocktail Party is always a calendar highlight, and will continue to raise funds for people living with disabilities in the community.”

“For those who want to really get their toes tapping there are some fantastic performances on offer, including 13 – A New Musical presented by Encore, or Tom Burlinson’s show Frank, celebrating the music of Frank Sinatra. Community bands and orchestras will be performing as will The Matthew Ives Big Band. There really is something on offer for everyone.”

Burnie Shines will be officially launched on Thursday 17 September, coinciding with the opening of the Ink on Skin exhibition at the Pop Up Art Gallery – located on the corner of Mount and Cattley Streets. The full Burnie Shines program will be available in The Advocate on Friday 18 September or from www.burnieshines.com

For further information please contact

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

Email: jphillips@burnie.net