New chapter for Bendigo Writers Festival with a return to august in 2024

Media release

The City of Greater Bendigo is delighted to announce a new chapter for the Bendigo Writers Festival with a return to its traditional winter spot in the events calendar in August 2024. 

The popular three-day festival will take place from Friday August 16 to Sunday August 18, 2024.

Manager Bendigo Venues & Events Julie Amos said following the departure of Festival Director Rosemary Sorensen after 11 festivals, the event was embarking on a new chapter.

“While change is inevitable, the festival remains committed to building on Rosemary's impressive legacy and the rich history of thought-provoking discussions, engaging authors, and a vibrant atmosphere that has enthralled audiences for years,” Ms Amos said.

“There will be an opportunity for participation by school groups, programming for kids, celebration of Bendigo and the region’s UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy status, a pop-up bookshop, and great sessions with a wide range of writers, and lovers of words.

“It makes sense for the festival to return to August as Bendigo’s wider events calendar better supports and compliments the festival’s activities.

“August is a great month to hold the festival with our heated venues providing a cosy atmosphere for up-close interactions, our venues located within walking distance on View Street, and of course the exceptional food and wine that Bendigo and the region has to offer during winter.

“The Bendigo Writers Festival has become a cornerstone of the region's cultural activities, attracting both local and national talent, as well as book lovers from all walks of life. With a diverse program of events, panel discussions, workshops, and entertainment, the festival continues to grow in popularity year after year.

“Save the date for the Bendigo Writers Festival in August 2024. Tickets are expected to go on sale next May with announcements of some of the big name writers taking part in the festival.”

As the planning of the 2024 festival comes together, Bendigo Venues & Events will be releasing more announcements in the coming months.

Greater Bendigo