Re­gion hosts first cul­tural, tourism project

McIvor Times - - RABBIT STEW -

HEATH­COTE is lined up to share in a year-long cel­e­bra­tion of cre­ativ­ity and cul­ture with the an­nounce­ment Greater Bendigo, Mount Alexan­der, Cen­tral Gold­fields and Hep­burn coun­cils will next year host the state’s first re­gional cen­tre for cul­ture pro­gram.

The re­gional cen­tre for cul­ture is a Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive to 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 lo­cal cul­tural projects and events.

The pro­gram will also fea­ture spe­cially com­mis­sioned art­works along­side ac­tiv­i­ties and com­mu­ni­ty­based projects by lo­cal artists as well as lead­ing Vic­to­rian cre­ative prac­ti­tion­ers.

The first ma­jor event of the pro­gram – Art­lands 2018 – will be a con­fer­ence and fes­ti­val across the state with a strong fo­cus on Bendigo Septem­ber.

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 that is ded­i­cated to re­gional arts. The bi­en­nial con­fer­ence at­tracts in the hun­dreds of del­e­gates from across Aus­tralia.

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.

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Jan King, Alexan­dros on Jack the horse be­ing led by Betty Cormack.

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