Four-day format for 150th Bendigo Easter Festival

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Council has endorsed a four-day festival format for the 150th Bendigo Easter Festival to be held in 2020.

The festival is currently a three-day event and has been for the past nine years. Prior to this, the festival was a four-day event.

This will mean the Gala parade will be held on Easter Monday instead of Sunday.

The festival is a free community event that attracts approximately 80,000 people throughout the festival period each year.

Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said Council, in collaboration with the Bendigo Easter Festival Reference Group, believed that the occasion warranted an extra day of celebrations.

“Bendigo Easter Festival is Australia’s longest ongoing community festival and is one of our most iconic and loved events,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“To recognise the significance of the 150th anniversary we thought it was fitting to extend the celebrations and entertainment for residents and visitors alike.”

The change in format is only for the 150th festival.

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