Regional Centre for Culture is a year-long celebration of arts, culture and community focused on a particular geographic region of Victoria.

Inspired by a European Union 'Capital of Culture' initiative, and supported by the Victorian Government, it is one of the most significant arts and cultural programs to be established in regional Victoria.

The inaugural Regional Centre for Culture is being held in 2018 in a culture-rich area of central Victoria, encompassing the City of Greater Bendigo, and the Mount Alexander, Central Goldfields and Hepburn Shires.

It will shine a spotlight on the creativity of the region through a dynamic and inclusive program including specially commissioned artworks, large-scale participatory projects, a major national regional arts conference, and a wide range of local projects and events.

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This area has been named the first Regional Centre for Culture because of its significant cultural heritage and vibrant contemporary creative community.

The designation recognises:

  • the Dja Dja Wurrung and the Taungurung as Traditional Owners of this land with deep cultural roots and places these communities at its centre as First Peoples.
  • the region's cities and towns which have developed and nurtured a strong cultural identity, reflected in the area's theatres, galleries, festivals and creative offering.
  • the large number of artists developing work locally and collaborating with other artists and communities.

Regional Centre for Culture News

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Register your interest

Are you an artist or member of an arts group? Do you run a business or work for a community organisation in the designated Regional Centre for Culture 2018 area?

You can register your interest to participate in the Regional Centre for Culture 2018 program,  to find out more about the program as it unfolds and hear the news first.


Rohini Sharma, Manager Regional Partnerships, 8683 3157,,

Regional Centre for Culture partner representatives:

Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation

Mariaa Randall, Aboriginal Project Officer – Regional Centre for Culture, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, 5444 2888,

Central Goldfields Shire

Kay Parkin, Arts Manager, 5460 4588,

City of Greater Bendigo

David Lloyd, Manager, The Capital, 5434 6003,

Hepburn Shire

Rebecca Pedretti, Economic Development Officer, 5321 6105,

Shire of Mount Alexander

Vicki Anderson, Cultural Development Officer, 5471 1877,