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Berninneit Phillip Island cultural hub celebrates 100 days with sold-out shows, acclaimed architecture and diverse programs becoming a vibrant artistic centre

Berninneit, Phillip Island's newest cultural hub, thrives with over 10,000 attendees in its first 100 days. Featuring diverse arts, sustainable architecture, and acclaimed performances, it's hailed as a vibrant centre of creativity.

By news@gippsland - 9th February 2024 - Back to News

The newest arts and cultural hub in Victoria, 'Berninneit' in Phillip Island has just celebrated its first 100 days where it has welcomed over 10,000 people to a range of sold-out shows and exhibitions. This Passivhaus masterpiece has been applauded for its sustainable architecture, community warmth and incredible acoustics - lauded for months by visitors, architects, celebrities, artists and media.

Phillip Island's newest cultural hub, Berninneit, marks its 100-day milestone with packed shows and varied programs, solidifying its status as a lively artistic nucleus

Phillip Island's newest cultural hub, Berninneit, marks its 100-day milestone with packed shows and varied programs, solidifying its status as a lively artistic nucleus

Berninneit's diverse offerings

So far, our community as well as visitors from all around Australia and the world have been treated to a series of full house events featuring live music, cinema, dance, exhibitions, community curated productions, family theatre, music and much more. The success has come from a perfectly curated suite of programs featuring Australia's finest artists alongside high quality community accessible events for all ages and for all tastes.

Berninneit has hosted Kate Ceberano, Kutcha Edwards, Baluk Arts 'Millowl' exhibition, Elly Poletti, Kate Miller-Heidke and Steph Strings. The library, which is positioned in a beautiful garden lit corner of the ground floor, has hosted thousands of visitors and seen a great uptake in library memberships.

Berninneit arts success

Mayor, Cr Clare Le Serve said, "In what has taken many years to become a reality - the dream of Berninneit is truly alive and well and has become a pulsing heart of arts in southern Victoria. We have had a groundswell of support from residents, artists, producers, media as well as visitors from across the world. It's been marvellous to hear so many wonderful reviews of the space and to know that it will be a hub of creativity and learning for many generations."

"I'd like to thank everyone again who has been involved in making this project come to life and for getting the message out. The tremendous success in such a short time of 100 days has meant so much for our community, our staff as well as all the artists and producers who have come in," said the mayor.

Various programs

Cr Le Serve also said, "The numbers tell the story - and after so many sold-out shows, I'd encourage everyone to connect with us online and make sure you book early so you're not disappointed to miss out on any future shows."

Upcoming showsNEWK The John Newcombe Story
Ralph McTell
Elly Poletti
A little bit of blue
Slava Grigoryan
'On the Horizon' an exhibition featuring selected works from the Bass Coast Shire Council Art Collection
CelebritiesAustralian actor Chris Hemsworth and his wife were some of the first public visitors to Berninneit. Chris complimented the space and asked for the architect's details
CinemaOver 105 cinema sessions
5327 cinema attendees
Theathre19 performances and events with nearly 3000 attendees
9 concerts (of these 3 were classical)
4 community dance schools
3 comedy performances (of these 2 were family circus theatre pieces)
3 talks & workshops - Included:
Places We Imagine - Author Panel Discussion
Phillip Island Festival of Stories
Phillip Island Conservation Foundation 55 year anniversary
Exhibitions3 Exhibitions were held across both the Gallery and Grand Hall which included ASPIR, Baluk Arts and PICES
Media oppsFor media passes, interviews or tours, please contact Communications -

Visitors Reviews

"Gorgeous venue and fabulous art show" - Elena;

"Welcoming, warm and creative" - Ron and Sonia

"Inspiring, great space" - Gillian

"This was a great visual experience. Thankyou" - Maree

Exhibiting Artists Reviews

"Dynamic space to exhibit, I really enjoyed the height of the walls as it suits my installation practice." Kylie Watson,

"Great space. With a wonderful mix of works on a rotating exhibition of weekly exhibitions. Well organised, co-ordinated by PICES - excellent job - cheers," - Wendy Harbraken,

Pictures from Bass Coast Shire Council Facebook page.


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