Awaken crowd numbers increase for remaining nights

The City of Greater Bendigo is delighted to announce that crowd capacity numbers for Awaken – Bendigo brought to light have been significantly increased to allow for more people to enjoy the popular light and sensory experience, which ends on Saturday July 17.

Acting Director Strategy and Growth Andrew Cooney said following positive discussions with the State Government, the City received approval for Awaken to cater for 3,500 people in total each night.

“This means from Sunday to Thursday we have 1,500 extra bookings available and an extra 500 bookings on Friday and Saturday nights,” Mr Cooney said.

Awaken has been a huge success with over 51,000 tickets booked so far. Under the initial restrictions, the event was booked out for the remaining nights, so many people would have missed out.

“We are delighted that with the increase in capacity numbers, more people will have the opportunity to see Awaken and we strongly encourage people to book online to avoid disappointment.

“To keep our community safe, new ticket bookings will include a declaration that you have not visited any red zones or public exposure sites that are listed on the Department of Health Victoria website.

“Every person over 12 months old must check in by QR code with the Service Victoria app and show proof of checking in at the entrance, so please have your phone ready. There is manual check-in available if you don’t have a smartphone, so please let the attendant know.

“You will also need to show your tickets for the event when entering Rosalind Park.

“Don’t forget to carry a mask and keep in mind social distancing requirements when appropriate, particularly in crowded spots or in queues.

Awaken runs for four hours each night, so there is no need to arrive exactly at 6pm during the week or at 7pm on Friday and Saturday.

“You can come later to avoid queues and still have plenty of time to enjoy the displays in Rosalind Park and we recommend allowing at least an hour for the full experience.

Awaken has been a hugely popular event that has been embraced by the community and the City has received lots of positive feedback from people who have enjoyed the event.

“Despite the cold temperatures, it is great people have been keen to see Awaken and are spending more time in the city centre, enjoying a meal or drinks to support our local hospitality businesses too.”

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