Bendigo - The creative heart of regional Victoria

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News reports over the past week have again proven Bendigo is the creative heart of regional Victoria.

It’s been a bumper week of arts and creative industry news:

  • Bendigo Art Gallery’s Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits exhibition exceeded our 55,000 expected visitation to enjoy artwork that has never before been displayed in Australia
  • Bendigo’s resident theatre company, Arena Theatre Company, won a Helpmann Award in the category of Best Presentation for Children and Young People for its original piece Robot Song
  • Aurum, a contemporary ballet choreographed by Bendigo’s own Alice Topp, also received a Helpmann Award for Best Ballet.

There’s more to come with the Australian Sheep and Wool Show returning to Bendigo for its 20th year this weekend. It is Australia’s largest sheep show featuring not only sales and competitions, but it also has a strong focus on celebrating innovative farming practices and the wonderful world of wool craft, fibre and fashion.

On August 9, 10 and 11 the eighth Bendigo Writers Festival will take place and it’s on track to break all previous box office records with more than 3,500 session attendees expected.

From August 17, Bendigo Art Gallery will welcome another Australian exclusive exhibition, Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, which explores the 80-year history of the Spanish fashion house.

The 7th Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music has just launched its most ambitious program to date.  The September event will showcase artists and composers of new music from around the globe, including: Australia, New Zealand, USA, France, UK, Sweden, Brazil, Canada, Chile and Turkey.

Over the past 12 months more than 150,000 people have attended close to 900 performances and events at Ulumbarra Theatre, The Capital and the Engine Room. 

Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said it was wonderful to see Bendigo continuing to ride the wave of an amazing cultural resurgence.


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