Burnie's 2016 subscription season launched

The 2016 Performing Arts Subscription Season was launched on Thursday 19 November at the Burnie Arts & Function Centre and it promises to be a year full of big, colourful shows and outstanding performances.

Following on from a hugely successful 2015 season, the 15 events on offer in 2016 ensure that there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow said, “If the launch is anything to go by, with special guest performances by singer-songwriter Rick Price and Tasmanian Claire Dawson performing an excerpt from her show A Woman on the Edge, then the season is sure to deliver.”

“This is always an exciting time of year when we can celebrate the success of the previous season, while anticipating what’s yet to come.”

Director Burnie Arts & Function Centre Geoff Dobson said, “2016’s Performing Arts Subscription Season has an artistic mix of shows – from local community theatre and musicals, to our season highlight: Opera Australia’s The Marriage of Figaro. Together with the Regional Children’s Chorus, comprised of local children, the opera will be sure to sell out.”

2016 Performing Arts Subscription Season:

  • Kitty Flanagan: Seriously? – presented by A-List Entertainment
  • The Anzacs 100 Years On in Story and Song – Ted Egan
  • The Paris Underground Cabaret – Madotti & Vegas
  • Michelangelo: The Exhibition – special subscribers only platinum event
  • A Woman on the Edge – Claire Dawson
  • They Saw a Thylacine – Human Animal Exchange
  • Baroque Pops Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
  • Spike: The Echidna – Little Wing Puppets
  • Wes Carr presents Here Comes the Sun – The Harbour Agency
  • Lost & Found – Slipstream Circus
  • Sounds Fantastic – Cradle Coast Orchestra & Derwent Symphony Orchestra
  • The Marriage of Figaro – Opera Australia
  • Snugglepot & Cuddlepie – CDP in association with Monkey Baa Theatre Co
  • WICKED: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz – Burnie Musical Society
  • An evening with Rick Price – Catalyst PR

The Burnie Arts & Functions Centre (BAFC) will continue its highly successful Open House program that enables disadvantaged young people living in our region the opportunity to experience the magic of theatre. In 2015, thanks to the generosity of its patrons, BAFC provided the wonderful experience of theatre to 106 children and nine teachers/carers.

Through Open House: Act One! the Centre is extending the Open House program to further engage with young people in our region, by developing and producing content that relates directly to them. Through Act One! BAFC will be working with Tim McLaren from Burnie PCYC to present a short festival of one act plays.  This creative learning initiative will include fun workshops and experiences to link and engage young people in our region with the theatre.

The BAFC continues to deliver the best program of performing arts in the region because of the generous support received from: MMG Rosebery (who continue to support the artsUNEARTHED Arts for the Community Program); Burnie City Council; and the State Government with assistance provided through Arts Tasmania.

The Centre was the first purpose-built fully professional regional arts centre in Tasmania, officially opened on 15 October 1976 by the then Governor Tasmania. Save the date, and help BAFC celebrate 40 years on Saturday 15 October 2016!

TasPAC (Tasmanian Performing Arts Centres) North is the Northern Tasmanian network for performing arts centres. As an added privilege for Burnie Arts and Function Centre Season Subscribers, members can enjoy discounted tickets and special offers at the Theatre North at the Princess and Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre.

To become a subscriber, or to find out more about TasPAC North, Open House or Open House: Act One! please contact the Box Office 6430 5850 (Mon - Fri. 9am - 5pm) or visit www.burniearts.net

In 2015, over 80,000 people visited the Centre and Gallery – attending exhibitions, workshops and events – and stand-out performing arts – including Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo, The Fabulous Singlettes, Origin of O, Frank – A Life in Song, and local community theatre.

For further information please contact

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

Email: jphillips@burnie.net