Burnie Shines launching over 100 events this October!

Burnie is once again gearing up for Burnie Shines, the much anticipated month long festival of community events held each October. Burnie Shines will be officially launched on Friday 21 September at The Advocate Laneway by The Hon Elise Archer MP.

Burnie City Council Mayor Alvwyn Boyd said “The Burnie Shines festival celebrates 18 years this year and features over 100 events throughout October. It is proudly presented by the Burnie community and they invite you to be part of it.

Spring in Tasmania is always amazing and visitors can get amongst the blossoms, rhododendrons and tulips at the Cherry Blossom Festival, the Orchid Show and the Table Cape Tulip Farm.

There’s amazing music performed by Tasmanian artists in concert halls, cafes, bars, fields, streets and other unexpected places, from comic opera to country rock and everything in between. The Chapel Café presents jazz, gospel and bluegrass in a gorgeous old church and some local musos have combined awesome blues music with smoking barbecues at Burnie Blues & BBQs for a family friendly event.

There’s a street party on the 12th featuring locally brewed beer, Tasmanian spirits, great local food and cool tunes.  Produce to the People will present a degustation dinner at Burnie’s historic Breckenborough on the 27th. You can spend an evening making cocktails from new Tasmanian spirits, celebrate World Gin and Tonic Day or meet Stephanie Alexander, one of Australia’s most celebrated cooks and authors.

The Arts play such an important role in the lives of many Tasmanians and UTAS and Ten Days invite you to join the discussion with an expert panel, as they explore the contribution of the arts in regional Australia to our economic, cultural and social life.

The featured artist for Burnie Shines in 2018 is Kit Hiller, who is one of Tasmania’s great living artists. She has won numerous national awards for portraiture painting and has been shortlisted in the Archibald Prize five times. Don’t miss this exhibition at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery.

Or if sports are more your pace, you can put on your running shoes and race in the Burnie Ten or place a bet on the Pig Races at the Menai.  There are toes to be tapped, hands to be clapped, feasts to be eaten and competitors to be beaten, so spring into Burnie this October and be part of it!

Mayor Boyd said “Council is excited as it enters into its second year with partner Caterpillar Underground Mining, the major sponsor for Burnie Shines. Caterpillar Underground Mining have been a very proud employer and supporter of the Burnie economy for more than 35 years. The partnership is a great fit for our creative festival.

“I would also like to thank our friends from the media, sponsors Sea FM, 7BU & 7AD, The Advocate newspaper and ABC radio, who never fail to put their hands up to support the Burnie Shines Festival.”

The full Burnie Shines program will be arriving in your letterboxes or pick one up at any Tasmanian Visitor Information Center around the state… full details can also be found at www.burnieshines.com

For further information please contact

Fiona Loughran
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: floughran@burnie.net