1 February 2017
Get set for a year-long celebration of creativity and culture with the announcement that Greater Bendigo, Mount Alexander, Central Goldfields and Hepburn Shires will host the state's first Regional Centre for Culture program in 2018.
Regional Centre for Culture is a Victorian Government initiative that will support a year-long program of arts and community activities in the region that engage local people and attract tourism.
Inspired by an EU 'Capital of Culture' initiative, the Regional Centre for Culture program will celebrate and boost for local cultural projects and events. The program will also feature specially commissioned artworks, activities and community-based projects by local artists as well as leading Victorian creative practitioners.
The four shires that share in the Regional Centre for Culture designation represent the Traditional lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung and local Aboriginal artists and community representatives will be highly involved planning and programming.
In addition to announcing the designation, Minister Allan announced the first major event of the program – Artlands 2018, a conference and festival which will be held across the state with a strong focus on Bendigo in September 2018. The event will be delivered by Regional Arts Victoria with the support of the Victorian Government.
Artlands is a highly anticipated national conference and five-day festival dedicated to regional arts. The biennial conference attracts hundreds of delegates from across Australia.
Regional Centre for Culture is an action of the Victorian Government's Creative State strategy. With the designation now announced, Creative Victoria will soon open a tender calling for a creative producer to lead and deliver the 2018 Regional Centre for Culture program.