Region hosts first cultural, tourism project
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.
For information and updates, visit creative.vic.gov.au
Jan King, Alexandros on Jack the horse being led by Betty Cormack.