Thursday, July 18, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Event guide 4th July

Saturday 13 July

The Sunshine Club
Saturday from 7.30pm
It tells the story of Frank Doyle, an Aboriginal serviceman who has come home from World War II to find that although the wider world may have changed, attitudes back home in Brisbane are just the same. Filled with a defiant energy and ambition for a better life, Frank starts The Sunshine Club, a place where black and white can meet and, most importantly, dance. Here he dreams of a future where he can dance in step with Rose, the girl next door, the girl of his dreams.
The award-winning Sunshine Club is a thought-provoking, vibrant and above all joyful night of theatre and music, featuring a talented cast of 11, including emerging and established First Nations artists, and a 5-piece live band. It is perfect for audiences seeking entertaining, socially relevant work, at a time of heightened social discourse on Indigenous Affairs, as Australia looks towards ‘incorporating’ the Indigenous Voice to Parliament by 2024.
Burdekin Theatre

Tuesday 16 July

Beginners Resin Art Class

Tuesday from 6.30pm
Learn the art of resin with our fun and hands-on Beginners Resin Art Class/Workshop—perfect for unleashing your creativity and creating stunning pieces.

Discover the mesmerising world of resin art at our upcoming Resin Art Courses!

Whether you're a complete beginner or an experienced artist, our talented instructors will guide you through the entire process, from preparing your board to mixing and pouring the resin. You'll learn various techniques, including colour blending, creating stunning effects, and adding texture to your artwork.

This is not just a class, it's an experience! Immerse yourself in the magical world of resin art and unleash your inner artist.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to expand your artistic horizons and create breathtaking masterpieces! Limited spots available, so book your place today! 
Malpass Hotel, Home Hill

Saturday 20 July

Zonta Club Burdekin – Birthing Kit Assembly
Saturday from 9.30am

The Zonta Club Burdekin Inc welcomes your help to assemble 1,000 birthing kits which are distributed to developing countries (i.e. areas in Africa, New Guinea).  

Each kit has the potential of saving two lives, mother, and her baby.

A scrumptious morning tea is provided by Zonta.  It is a fun, feel good morning. We look forward to your company and assistance.
Samaritan Centre, St Francis School.

Wednesday 14 August

Morning Melodies: A Farewell to Doris
Thursday from 11am
Melinda Schneider returns to the stage in 2024 to pay tribute to the legendary Doris Day.
The world lost one of its biggest stars with the passing of Doris Day. A legend of stage, screen and song, Doris died aged 97, leaving behind an incredible body of work, including iconic movies and unforgettable songs.
Doris Day, “the girl next door”, had millions of fans around the world, none bigger than chart-topping Australian singer songwriter Melinda Schneider, who has recorded two albums of Doris’ songs, co-written and starred in a theatre show based on Doris’ life, and done sell-out tours celebrating Doris’ work.
Melinda Schneider’s, A Farewell To Doris, is a heartfelt tribute to Doris Day. This nostalgic concert celebration will include timeless hits as well as a number of Doris’ big band standards.
Burdekin Theatre

Saturday 31 August

Burdekin Water Festival QMN Long Lunch

Saturday 12pm
The Burdekin Water Festival QMN Long Lunch will host the crowning of the Water Festival Senior Ambassador winner and runner up in an elevated, and sophisticated atmosphere with two stages showcasing talented performers and entertainment. More details are to come regarding ticket releases, and more information can be found on The Burdekin Water Festival Facebook Page.
Populins Hall

Monday 2 September

Burdekin Art Society Art Exhibition
Monday to Saturday, 8am to 5pm
The Burdekin Art Society Annual Exhibition attracts lovers of fine art from near and far. Being a week-long exhibition allows people from other areas an opportunity to see this very popular event and draws entries from all over the state and further afield. 
The longevity of the event attests to the quality and popularity that the entrants and viewers alike enjoy.
Burdekin Theatre

Saturday 7 September

The Burdekin Water Festival “Bring It Back” Parada and Mardi Gras

The much-loved Burdekin Water Festival will make its celebrated return to the community, and to Queen Street for 2024 on Saturday 7 September with the nostalgic theme, “Bring It Back”. All are welcome to join in on what will be an extraordinary celebration.
Queen Street

Saturday 7 September

The Visitors
Saturday, 7:30pm
On a sweltering day in January 1788, seven clan leaders gather on a sandstone escarpment overlooking the harbour. The attendees, six of them Elders and one new initiate, catch-up, laugh together, share a meal and compare notes. But beyond the friendly banter, protocols, and hospitality, a momentous decision is waiting to be made. A mysterious fleet of giant nawi is amassing in the harbour and as they creep closer, these seven representatives must choose unanimously: whether to send these strangers on their way or welcome them?
Adult $40.00
Concession $38.00
Friends of the Theatre $35.00
Youth under 30 $35.00
Burdekin Theatre

Saturday 14 September

Giru Show
Saturday, from 12pm to 6pm
The annual Giru Show highlights the community's talent with a variety of exhibits and stalls. From vintage machinery displays and live entertainment to games suitable for every child, there's something for everyone to enjoy. The Giru Show have recently added games to the schedule for all ages to take part in. The local bands will provide entertainment throughout the day. 
Brolga Park, Giru

Celtic Illusion
Saturday, from 7.30pm
Immerse yourself in the Irish Dance and Grand Illusion sensation that has taken Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Canada, and the USA by storm. Celtic Illusion is coming to a stage near you!

Even fans who have seen our previous shows won’t dare miss the 2024 tour that is set to raise the bar once again. This exhilarating production has broken barriers by fusing unparalleled art forms and is more spectacular than ever before. With new spellbinding illusions, entrancing music and choreography, Celtic Illusion is an awe-inspiring night of family entertainment.
Burdekin Theatre

Wednesday 2 October

Morning Melodies: Livvy and Pete
Thursday from 11am
Helpmann award winner Michael Griffiths and acclaimed cabaret darling Amelia Ryan celebrate the songbooks of Aussie icons Olivia Newton-John and Peter Allen. 
From their humble small-town beginnings to world domination in sequins and jumpsuits, revisit all of their sing-a-long classic from Rio to Tenterfield, all the way to Xanadu and beyond. As camp as maracas and tender as Pete's gift to Livvy "I Honestly Love You", there promises to be rollerskates, T-Birds, Pink Ladies, 80s jazzercise and an Oscar winning song to boot! Livvy & Pete made its debut in 2016 at the Ballarat Cabaret Festival, and Adelaide's Feast Festival. Since then it has delighted audiences at The Adelaide Fringe Festival (Garden of Unearthly Delights), The Hobart Spiegeltent, The Wollongong Spiegeltent, Vivaldi's Canberra, Slide Sydney, Adelaide Fringe Roadshow, and the Brisbane Cabaret Festival. 
Burdekin Theatre

Friday 11 October

Grinspoon ‘whatever, whenever, wherever’ Australian Tour 2024
Friday, from 7.30pm

Grinspoon’s 8th studio album titled ‘whatever, whatever’ will arrive on August 9. It’s an album of ferocity; an injection of adrenaline that marks a period of rejuvenation and a new peak for the band, who’ve spent recent years touring nationwide celebrating their untouchable seven album-strong discography and legacy to date. 

The band have also announced they’re heading out on an extensive 45 date ‘whatever, whenever, wherever’ tour across the country.
Burdekin Memorial Hall

Saturday 9 November

Home Hill Harvest Festival – Grand Parade & Street Party
Saturday from 5pm
Celebrate the sugar industry in Burdekin. The Home Hill Harvest Festival runs from September to November. The Festival culminates with the Mardi Gras including floats from festival queens, community groups and businesses and ends with a Street Party featuring entertainment, rides, food and activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Home Hill

Sunday 10 November

Burdekin Machinery Preservationists Open Day
Sunday from 9am
Located at the Brandon Heritage Precinct, 21-27 Spiller Street, Brandon, the Burdekin Machinery Preservationists have an open day. Witness the power of the working vintage machinery which includes the historic Marshall Colonial Tractor and the Walkers Engine No.1, which is just one of two working air blast fuel injection engines in Australia. Admire the other vintage tractors and stationary engines on display.
Burdekin Heritage Precinct, Brandon

Wednesday 4 December

Morning Melodies: Andrews and Bin Christmas Swing
Thursday from 11am
The Andrews & Bing Christmas Swing joyful, live, melodious Christmas Show is a stroll down memory lane with the beautiful 1940’s bright & engaging Christmas songs of the Andrews Sisters & the one & only “Crooner” himself, alias Bing Crosby. Three dynamic, harmonious, humble divas with their professional band, “The Miller Horns,” igniting the stage! Clap along to their iconic stylized “Jingle Bells”, listen to the enchanting best-selling song, “White Christmas” and all aboard the Christmas “Chattanooga Choo Choo”.
Burdekin Theatre

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