Far East Bellydance Festival



September 22 – 23, 2018 at Birrunja in Upwey.

Join us for the first Far East Belly Dance Festival in Upwey (VIC).

Located in Melbourne’s picturesque outer east, the Far East Belly Dance Festival features an amazing line up of workshops, an open stage, markets and a show “The Far East Nights”.

Weekend overview:

Where When Cost Details
Workshops Black Box, Theatre and dressing room at Burrinja Cultural Centre, Upwey

Saturday 10:15am- 4pm Sunday 10:15am-4pm


Full Weekend tickets available

12 x 1 hour 45 min workshops in dance, music, drumming and make-up 4 x 45 minute taster workshops in finger cymbals, ATS, Oriental technique and Meditation
Open Stage Skylark Room at Burrinja Cultural Centre

Saturday 10:30am-3:30pm

Free entry Breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks available for purchase. Dance and music performances all day
Market Foyer at Burrinja Cultural Centre

Saturday 10:30am- 3:30pm

Free entry Pick up a new costume, jewelry or dance practice wear. Enjoy a massage then get some beautiful henna art.
Festival Dinner Pin Pan Alley Upwey

Saturday 6:30pm


Join fellow festival participants and teachers for a delicious meal. Cost includes 1 drink, pizza and desert.
Far East Nights Sooki Lounge Burwood Hwy Belgrave

Sunday 6pm (Doors open at 5pm)

$20 presale

$25 at the door

Festival teachers and professional dancers take to the stage to perform with live music by Jadida. This is a show not to be missed!


The Far East Festival is proudly sponsored by:

Bellique Bellydance


Bellique Bellydance is a Melbourne based Bellydance school providing fun classes for students beginner to advanced currently based at Dance Empire in Tacoma.

Bellique Bellydance can provide professional performers for all types of events. From soloists to a 6 member troupe, bellydancers will liven up your event or party! We also has a student troupe available for community festivals and charity events.

APB Dance


APB Dance is a new dance school in Melbourne’s inner north. Focusing on Salimpour Format technique, APB Dance aims to provide dancers of all levels and styles a strong and safe technical foundation. No matter if you are an oriental or cabaret dancer through to tribal fusion or ATS, APB Dance has what you need to support your development.

Melbourne Bellydance


Melbourne Bellydance is the home of glamorous and internationally experienced dancers in Melbourne.

We offer a premium service and only work with the best dancers and musicians to create stunning shows that will charm and wow your guests. ​Solo dancers, group performers, drummers and musicians available. ​

Josie and her professional team have trained extensively in Egypt and Europe with top Middle Eastern teachers. She is able to enthral and enrapture your audience, whatever the size.

A perfect addition to your wedding, party or corporate event.

Dance Empire


Dance Empire is a friendly studio in the hills & we offer classes in Dancing, Acting & Singing.

A great place to make friends, build confidence & learn some new skills. Located in Tecoma, Monbulk & Bayswater.

Bellydance with Zabelle


Zabelle has been sculptured by masters of various genres and styles of dance.

In 1998 she discovered Middle Eastern dance. This journey began unfolding wisdom and skill that was already inherent in her style. A professional and qualified dance teacher trained both in Melbourne and interstate. Concentrating on techniques given first hand by the masters and great artists of belly dance.

Zabelle is passionate about the dance and aims to find individuals assets to create the best dancer people can be. To make moving graceful and with ease.
Loves everything about dancing!