Everything Starts With A Dream
17 years ago The Council had a dream of transforming the way this community feels about itself by building a collection of events and presenting it back to them; to entertain, engage, inspire, teach, trigger memories, to stimulate off-season business and bring us together to celebrate our interests and talents.
This year I think we may come close to achieving that dream, because Burnie Shines this October is going to be EPIC!
The region’s population will swell by about 5,000 when Australian Masters Games participants fill our beds, restaurants and sports fields from 21 – 28 Oct, as competitors realize their dreams of competing in their chosen sports with other like-minded Australians. Over 50 sports will be played throughout the week and throughout the region.
Burnie is hosting the after party, so get your tickets to the Skyfields Party @ West Park on Sat 28 Oct to celebrate with The Hoodoo Gurus, who have contributed to the soundtrack of Australian life since the early 1980s and are still one of Australia’s favourite party bands.
It was 50 years ago that The Beatles landmark album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released and heralded as the greatest album ever made. Join other Beatles fans on Fri 7 Oct as you groove your way back to the 1960s and get lost in the love vibe.
There is HEAPS of music right throughout October. The Chapel is going off all month with feasts and shows and the Live @ the Point series returns providing cool Sunday afternoon tunes. There are even ways to learn about Tasmanian whisky or brewing coffee with alternative devices.
Last year Ten Days on the Island commissioned an orchestral work, Facing North by Tasmanian composer Dean Stevenson, which drew on the stories and musicians from the region, creating a moving orchestral performance that transfixed both the audience and the musicians. Don’t miss the encore performance on Wed 18 Oct.
The Burnie Musical Society will perform a season of 9 to 5 The Musical and you can catch Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado performed by the English National Opera, on the big screen at Metro Cinema on 21 & 22 Oct. On Sun 22 Oct Jade Hurley will be at the Burnie Arts & Functions Centre raising funds for Make a Wish Foundation.
Don’t miss The Mayor’s (Last) Garden Party on Sat 14 Oct, B&E Burnie Ten on Sun 22 Oct or fascinating exhibitions at LINC, Makers’ Workshop, Burnie Regional Museum and the galleries.
We’ve explored the stories of six North West emerging artists who are following their own dreams, of transforming their lives, through their studies at the School of Creative Arts, University of Tasmania. You can see their work at the Burnie Shines Featured Artist’s Exhibition from 21 Oct to 5 Nov at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery.
This year Burnie Shines is brought to you by literally hundreds of people following their dreams, honing their skills, sharing their interests and presenting to you. Our advice is, come and have a look, get involved, get the tickets, get inspired, transform yourself, because you never know where your dreams will take you.