Arts and Creative Industries Strategy released for comment ahead of 'Creative Bendigo' session at Writers Festival

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The City of Greater Bendigo has released its draft Arts and Creative Industries Strategy for public comment ahead of the ‘Creative Bendigo’ session as part of the Bendigo Writers Festival.

The free ‘Creative Bendigo’ event is the third in a series of Creative Conversations which have been held as part of the development of the strategy.

David Astle with Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke will host a panel discussion featuring urbanist Marcus Westbury, La Trobe University Associate Professor Jacqueline Millner, Bendigo Writers Festival Director Rosemary Sorensen and Dja Dja Wurrung woman, cultural interpreter and storyteller Bec Phillips.

The panel will discuss how Bendigo can enhance its already strong reputation as a creative place, open to new ideas.

The draft strategy outlines actions across four key themes:

  • Inspire a culture of creativity that everyone feels part of
  • Create networks and activated spaces that are inclusive
  • Nurture and support talent
  • Show the world

Proposed actions include establishing an independent creative industries group, developing mentoring opportunities and a new creative industries funding and grant program.

The strategy will be open for comment until Wednesday September 5.

The free event is on at 6.15pm on Friday August 10, at Ulumbarra Theatre. Entry is free but bookings are required.

To view the draft strategy can be found at

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