From the mayor, steve kons

Welcome to the 19th Burnie Shines Festival - 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 years 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 27th September until 27th October.