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Friday, 24 November 2017


Local creativity will be on show throughout central Victoria next year, with the Andrews Labor Government’s Regional Centre for Culture kicking off across four municipalities.

Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan and Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards today joined producers, artists and traditional owners from the state’s centre for the first program announcement.

Kicking off on Valentine’s Day with Love Letters to the Heart of Victoria, a big public event in Bendigo, and the year-long celebration of culture in all its forms will offer plenty to get hearts pumping and communities involved.

From a circus in a public swimming pool and surprise performances in farmers markets to an art installation at a flour mill, everyday places will be transformed through music, dance, projections, art, festivals, podcasts and more.

They also announced Labor Government grants totaling more than $500,000 for 36 new projects by local artists and groups that will be presented across the region in 2018.

Designed to highlight the diversity and creativity of the region and attract tourism, the supported projects will form the backbone of the Regional Centre for Culture program providing employment opportunities and a wealth of cultural experiences for locals and visitors alike.

In addition to the grants, two leading Victorian creative teams have been awarded $260,000 to create high-impact new outdoor performance works in Bendigo that will employ local artists and be significant drawcards.

A Labor Government initiative, the inaugural Regional Centre for Culture is being delivered in partnership with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, the City of Greater Bendigo and Mount Alexander, Central Goldfields and Hepburn shires.

For Regional Centre for Culture program information or to get involved visit and for details of the grant recipients, visit

Quotes to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“From leading professional artists, to community groups, enthusiasts and creative kids, there is a place for everyone to get involved in next year’s Regional Centre for Culture program.”

“Together, we’ll put on quite a show, one that will attract visitors from near and far and leave a lasting legacy for our communities.”

Quotes to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“Next year we will embark on a journey of creativity and wonder, one that will highlight the extraordinary creative community that calls this region home – from our major centres to our smallest towns.”

“The Regional Centre for Culture gives us the opportunity to showcase our region like never before, and build our reputation as the creative heart of the creative state.”

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