14 February 2018
Victorians are invited to celebrate the launch of the inaugural Regional Centre for Culture 2018 program with Love Letters to the Heart of Victoria.
Held in Bendigo’s Rosalind Park from 6pm tonight, the event will include performances, the unveiling of Heart, an inflatable sculpture created by Felipe Reynolds and Dja Dja Wurrung artist Racquel Kerr, and thousands of love letters written by people from across the region.
This free public event heralds the beginning of the year-long Regional Centre for Culture, an unprecedented showcase of local creativity set to enliven the cultural communities of four municipalities in central Victoria.
Throughout the year, the program will see the City of Greater Bendigo, Central Goldfields, Mount Alexander and Hepburn Shires host ambitious arts and community events to celebrate the rich creative and cultural life of the region.
With a focus on participation, Regional Centre for Culture 2018 program highlights include:
- Water Hole – On Saturday 3 March the town of Newstead will be celebrating rose-tinted memories of summer by the pool. With in-water performances, lilo races, poolside karaoke, arts and crafts, Water Hole is a street party event aimed at bringing the whole community together.
- Now You See It – In May, Anderson’s Mill in Smeaton will be transformed through light and sound, with an immersive audio-visual work that celebrates the mill’s heritage status.
- Trumpit Up and Drone On — Hundreds of pipe and brass players will gather for a very special ensemble performance on Lake Jubilee in Daylesford on Friday 28 September.
- Poppet by ACT Natimuk – In late October, the Natimuk team will present a new aerial and projection performance centred on the iconic poppet head in Rosalind Park, capturing the stories of Bendigo and the Dja Dja Wurrung People.
The Victorian Government has distributed grants totalling more than $500,000 for 36 new projects by local artists and groups that will be presented through the year as part of the Regional Centre for Culture 2018.