Celebrate everything about spring in NW Tasmania with Burnie Shines!

Published on 23 September 2019

Burnie Shines Launch

Burnie is once again gearing up for the much anticipated month long festival of community events that is Burnie Shines! Burnie Shines will be officially launched on Tuesday 1 October at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery by Ruth Forrest MLC. 

Burnie City Council Mayor Steve Kons said “The Burnie Shines festival celebrates 19 years this year and each year it seems that we have more to celebrate and be thankful for.” 

The annual Burnie Shines Festival is synonymous with a celebration of sunshine, the blossoming of spring flowers, new life and hope. Experiencing spring in North West Tasmania is one of the real joys of living here.

There’s a buzz in the community and a sense of fun and optimism as we come out to play, at events, shows and functions throughout the month of October. Burnie Shines Festival is proudly presented by the Burnie City Council on behalf of the Burnie community and we are all invited to be part of it.

Our new look Burnie Shines brochure is packed full of opportunities to get out and about in the community. You’ll be spoilt for choice. 

Last year’s popular Burnie Bite & Brew will be back again. In a new location, the Civic Plaza between the Burnie Regional Museum and the Arts & Function Centre, Bite & Brew promises to be a great evening where you can feast on prime local produce and sample superb brews – all whilst listening to some cool tunes from the Coachmen. 

Once again, Burnie will offer great music in October. The Chapel, which proved to be an outstanding entertainment venue last year, will once again deliver an outstanding music program. With Yachties the place to be on Sunday afternoons for great entertainment. 

There will be performances by the Burnie Concert Band and the tradition of Stringalong in the Atrium continues. Big Sing is back for 2019, and you’ll have the opportunity to join in the free workshop and participate in a community concert. 

Jazz is back at the Townhouse and Dark Horse performs at the Menai. Downtown – Songs of Petula Clark, is on at the Arts & Function Centre. 

If dancing is your thing, there’s Just Swing It or Your Move at the Burnie Arts & Function Centre and a Silent Disco at the Townhouse. 

 Burnie Shines is known for its exhibitions and this year is no exception! Burnie Coastal Art Group presents the 41st TasArt & Uptown Art Exhibition and The Makers’ Space Gallery is host to Vanishing Point, an Art/Science Collaboration and Exhibition on the impact of micro plastics in our oceans. You can also join in one of the many workshops at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery. 

Special thank you to our featured artists for 2019 - Graham Mace, Jeannine Binoth and Zoe Grey, all from  Circular Head. Their work will be on display at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery from 27 September until 27th October. 

Mayor Kons said “Council is excited as it enters into its third 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. 

“Special thanks also to our friends from the media, who go over and above each October for Burnie Shines. Thank you sponsors Sea FM, 7BU & 7AD, The Advocate newspaper and ABC radio, who never fail to put their hands up for our festival.” 

The full Burnie Shines program will be arriving in your letterboxes or pick one up from Council officers or at any local café or Tasmanian Visitor Information Centre around the state… full details are available on www.burnieshines.com