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The Burnie Shines festival celebrates 18 years this year and features over 100 events throughout October.  It is proudly presently by the Burnie community and they invite you to be part of it. The festival reflects the passions and interests of the community.

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!