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Uncle Graham Atkinson Photo: Aunty Linda Ford

Uncle Graham Atkinson
Photo: Aunty Linda Ford

November 17 at 8:00pm
Rosalind Park, Bendigo

YAPENYA presented by the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation

YAPENYA means to dance, to sing; ceremony in Dja Dja Wurrung language. 

Through bloodline and kinship, the people belonging to the heart of Victoria are the Dja Dja Wurrung. Their Country is a cultural landscape that is more than just tangible objects; imprinted in it are the Dreaming stories, law, totemic relationships, songs, ceremonies and ancestral spirits, which give it life and value.

YAPENYA is a new performance ceremony presenting new songs and new dances by Dja Dja Wurrung, the Traditional Owners of the heart of Victoria.

Photo: Neil Newitt

Photo: Neil Newitt

December 11-15 at 8:15 pm 
Bendigo Showgrounds, Regional Events Complex, Holmes Road

Tickets $20 and $25

Demolish exposes the fragility of home. It takes us inside the heart of cataclysmic change.
Performed at the Bendigo Showgrounds, on Dja Dja Wurrung country, Demolish explores the precarious nature of how we live in the landscape, and what that will mean for our future.

Demolish is a moving, theatrical spectacle created by goldfields theatre-makers Rebecca Russell and Ken Evans, with performers Janette Hoe (dance artist), Christy Flaws and Luke O’Connor (physical theatre performers) with Clunes farmer, Christine Rowe and Dja Dja Wurrung elder Aunty Linda Ford.

Performances, Readings

CreateAbility,  Dendron

CreateAbility, Dendron

November 3 - 4
How the Hell Did We Get Here? 
Aria award winner, songbird and folkloric explorer Kavisha Mazzella presents recordings of Aboriginal, immigrant and refugee people in Mount Alexander Shire, examining how they came to live in the area
Phee Broadway Theatre, Castlemaine

November 2
Castlemaine Jazz Jam
Free entry, all welcome to sing, play or listen
2-5pm Maurocco Bar, 4a Templeton St, Castlemaine

Spooky Nights: annual Halloween event hosted by Yo Bendigo - drug, alcohol, and smoke-free community event
Entertainment includes local talent YERGURL with support act Tangerine Hellos, and more
Costume competition with great prizes to be won
7-10pm, RPM Rehearsal Space Mundy St, Bendigo

November 3
The Undead Radio Party - presented by MAINfm
7pm, Maurocco Bar, 4a Templeton St, Castlemaine

November 8
That Was Then, This is Now - in partnership with Castlemaine Library, this event see young people and older people coming together on stage in a panel discussion about books they have read that have made an impact on them
Phee Broadway Theatre, Castlemaine

Cushion Concert
The Capital, Bendigo

Jane Rutter, flautist
Capital Theatre, Bendigo

Mojo Juju - Native Tongue Album Tour - sold out
The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine

November 8
Liz Low talks about her memoir, Eaglehawk Girl: A Free-Range Child
2-3pm, Bendigo Library

November 9
Baker Boy Live at Castlemaine Theatre Royal
Two shows 4pm (all ages) & 8pm (18+)

Blues Boot Camp Finale Concert - showcasing young local musicians
7:30-9:30pm, The Capital, 50 View St, Bendigo

November 10
Liz Low talks about her memoir, Eaglehawk Girl: A Free-Range Child
11am-12pm, Eaglehawk Library

Seed Cinema - free outdoor public screening of films produced by Hepburn Shire primary school children
Quarry Reserve, Trentham

Indian Dance Fest 2018 - mosaic of Indian dance forms presented by Bendigo Malayalee Association
6pm, JB Osborne Theatre, Kangaroo Flat

November 11
How We Disappeared - Eliza Hull EP Launch
8pm The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine

November 14
Flinders Quartet
The Capital, Bendigo

November 15
Rod Hadfield: The Mad Scientist of Australian Hot Rodding - comprehensive biography of an Australian hot rodding legend by Allison Hadfield
5:30-6:30pm, Castlemaine Library

Outside the Square: Streets for People
All welcome to join this discussion presented by Bike Bendigo and Make a Change Australia, 6:30-9:30pm
The Engine Room, View Street, Bendigo

B2M (Bathurst to Melville) - Mamanta
Don’t miss this pumping RnB performance, a unique blend of contemporary and traditional sound, Tiwi style!
8pm, Theatre Royal Castlemaine

November 15, 16
Dendron - the Forest in Us by CreateAbility
Performances at 6pm and 8pm
Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo

November 16
Triage! A Nursing Cabaret
6pm, The Engine Room, 58 View St, Bendigo

November 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30 & December 1 & 2
Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca, presented by Castlemaine Theatre Company
Castlemaine Town Hall

November 17
Rod Hadfield: The Mad Scientist of Australian Hot Rodding - comprehensive biography of an Australian hot rodding legend by Allison Hadfield
11am-12pm, Bendigo Library

Jordy Maxwell: The “Honest’ Tour
7:30pm, The Engine Room, 58 View St, Bendigo

November 18
Take Flight - a showcase of local aerial and circus artists
The Capital, Bendigo

Booktown on Sundays
Robert Lukins, The Everlasting Sunday
The Warehouse, Clunes

Justin Bernasconi presents a workshop on finger picking
2pm, The Guildford Family Hotel

Paul Bangay's Stonefields Open Garden - presented by Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, bookings essential

November 23
Wreckless Eric with Sleeper & Snake (Amy Hill & Al Montfort) - Live at the Theatre Royal Castlemaine, 8pm

November 24
The Change Revolutionary Hip-hop Theatre
6pm, Lot 19, Castlemaine

November 25
Lunar Phase: An Over the Moon Youth Dance Work featuring students aged 13-19
Phee Broadway Theatre, Castlemaine

Bendigo Symphony Orchestra - A farewell concert for Musical Director and Conductor Rohan Phillips, featuring Brahms Symphony No.1 and soprano Brenda Kinsella singing Mozart, Wagner and Handel
2:30pm, St Paul’s Cathedral, Myers St, Bendigo

November 27
Australia on Screen - introduced by John Flaus
Sunday Too Far Away
Star Cinema, Eaglehawk

November 29 - December 1
WW1:100 Years The Sideshow Concert Party - an unforgettable stroll down memory lane highlighting the music of the war years
Creswick Theatre Company

Air Race presented by Arena Theatre Company
Drawing on the amazing true story of the 1919 London to Australia Air Race, seven teams take to the skies in a dare-devil adventure
For young people aged 10+ and their families
The Capital, 50 View St, Bendigo

November 30 - December 2
Once And For All
Visual theatre company Such As They Are tell stories, from history and living memory, of the people buried in Bendigo cemetery using music, sculptural sets, performance and puppetry
8pm on November 30 and December 1
2 pm on December 2
The Mortuary Chapel, Quarry Hill Cemetery, 70 Carpenter St, Bendigo

December 2
Tree Change at Vaughan Springs - community celebration of our relationship to nature, inspired by the project Republic of Trees
11am-8.30pm, Vaughan Springs Reserve, Dry Diggings Track, Vaughan

Castlemaine Jazz Jam
Free entry, all welcome to sing, play or listen
2-5pm Maurocco Bar, 4a Templeton St, Castlemaine

December 5
Cushion Concert
The Capital, Bendigo

December 8
Retreat - Presented by Company On Foot, this project reflect and respond to the familiar space of the Phee Broadway Theatre through the artistic forms of sound, physical movement and the digital image
5-6pm, Phee Broadway Theatre, Castlemaine

December 8, 15 & 22
Frida Kahlo, between pain and pleasure: free documentary screenings (also on January 12, 19 & 26, February 2 & 9)
1:30-2:30pm, La Trobe Art Institute, 121 View Street, Bendigo

December 9
Slim Hope & The Lonesome Cowboys
3-5pm, Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine

Carols in the Cathedral 2018 hosted by Marist Brass
7:30-9:30pm, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bendigo

Handel’s Messiah by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo

December 13
In Didj'n'Us Hip Hope in Youth
The Meeting Place presents a performance of hip-hop songs and dance to help connect Aboriginal children living within the Mount Alexander Shire to Country
5pm, Phee Broadway Theatre, Castlemaine

Synchronicity Performing Arts - 2019 Season Launch
7:30-9pm, J.B. Osborne Theatre, Olympic Parade, Kangaroo Flat

December 15
Black Cab live show and cinema event
Set 1 - Akira live (sci-fi anime alt-soundtrack) + video, Set 2 - full band set
Theatre Royal Castlemaine

December 16
Dodgy Brothers
1-3pm, Guildford Family Hotel

Irish fiddle workshop with Sean Kenan
No musical experience necessary, fiddles provided, $10
2pm, Guildford Family Hotel

Carols in the Domain presented by Maryborough Theatre Company: family friendly free event, bring a picnic, food vans in attendance, from 5pm
Station Domain, Maryborough

Carols by Candlelight presented by Rotary Club of Bendigo
6pm, Rosalind Park, Bendigo



Sarah Wallace Smith,  Rusty Charlie and Dirty Harriet, 2018

Sarah Wallace Smith, Rusty Charlie and Dirty Harriet, 2018

To November 11
Peace - At the End of the Day: exhibition focusing on the Shire of Creswick's Avenue of Honour (Kingston's Avenue of Honour)
Creswick Museum

Follow The Thread - exhibition of exquisite needlecraft, textiles and artworks by Central Victorian arts & crafts practitioners, Alice Clague, Jenny Campbell, Beverley Downie, Viv Holmes, Marj Jones, Yvonne Campbell, Liz Sardone and Helen Fraser
Bendigo Visitor Centre

To November 18
New Work Exhibition - Showcasing the work of 13 artists
Cascade Art, 1A Fountain Street, Maldon 

To November 30
Transience - exhibition of works by Sharon Greenaway
Finders Keepers Cafe, 20 Mitchell St, Bendigo

To December 9
Rupture: Jessie Boylan
Bendigo Art Gallery

Throughout November & December to January 21, 2019
Damon Moon: Subject/Object - an object-based conversation between the artist’s own ceramics works and works from each Collection, reflecting on their place in the history of art and industry
Bendigo Art Gallery

To February 10, 2019
Gothic Beauty: Victorian notions of love, loss and spirituality
Bendigo Art Gallery

November 1 to 17
The Masque Project Exhibition
Launch 4:30pm on November 1
Exhibit B, Bendigo Bank Central, 12 Bath Lane, Bendigo

November 2 - 13
Inside Out - An exhibition of student artworks and performance exploring personal identity, presented by Kalianna School
Opening at 6:30pm on November 2
Dudley House, 60 View Street, Bendigo

November 2 - 30
Amalgamation: exhibition of works by Danielle Ryles, Jamie Gunning and Mark Newbold
CASPA, CASPA Lane off Hargraves St, Castlemaine

November 2 - December 3
The Space Around: exhibition of works by Shaun Clarke, Darren Crothers, Mark Stone, Kain White
Opening 7:30-9:30pm on November 2
The Capital, 50 View St, Bendigo

November 3, 10 & 16
Datim Datim: Dja Dja Wurrung Collection Talks
Hear the history and story of 20 significant artefacts made by Dja Dja Wurrung ancestors returning to Country after more than 150 years in a repatriation project led by Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation
12-12:30pm, Bendigo Art Gallery

November 7
Gothic Texts - Join Dr Claire Knowles, Senior Lecturer in English, La Trobe University for a discussion of the history of gothic literature
11:30am-12:30pm, La Trobe Art Institute
121 View Street, Bendigo

November 8 - April 1, 2019
Small Works from a Big Place - a travelling feast of miniature art works from a collective of Central Victorian Artists
Call out to visual artists to get involved
Riddells Creek - Castlemaine - Bendigo

November 10 - 25
On Foot: eight artists exhibiting, performing and presenting written work on walking - Catherine Shields, Jane Rusden, Zoe Hambleton, Tobias Richardson, Zeb Olsen,
Lucy Mow, CiPi, Jacques Soddell
Opening at 2pm on November 10, open weekends 12-5pm until November 25
Lot 19, Castlemaine

November 10 - February 10, 2019
Daughters of the Sun - the story of Christian Waller, celebrated Australian printmaker of the Art Deco era, and her niece, pioneering ceramic artist Klytie Pate
Bendigo Art Gallery

November 11 - December 23
Support Structure: works by Emma Coulter, Jake Walker, Kate Tucker, Louise Blyton, Mumu Mike Williams, Sam Martin
La Trobe Art Institute, Bendigo

November 13
Beyond Inclusion: Fostering meaningful youth engagement in participatory arts activities -
Forum hosted by Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Emerge Cultural Hub Bendigo and Manchester Centre for Youth Studies
4-5:30pm, La Trobe Art Institute, 121 View Street, Bendigo

November 13 - December 1
‘Wild & Tamed’ works by Carolyn Dew & Rhys Jones
Launch 2-4pm on November 17
Arnold Street Gallery, Bendigo

Image courtesy of Catherine Pilgrim

Image courtesy of Catherine Pilgrim

November 16 - 25
Mrs Larritt in Upside Down Country by Catherine Pilgrim
Launch 5-7pm on November 17
Artists Talk 2pm on November 24
Dudley House, Bendigo

November 15 - February 17, 2019
Robert Milton, Military Artist: Bendigo’s continuing contribution to the Australian Defence Force 
Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

November 17
Penny Weight street art opening
11am, Pennyweight Place, 586 Hargreaves St, Bendigo

November 17 & 18
Threads of Life - celebrating the role of textiles in our lives - past, present and future; demonstrations of weaving, knitting, crochet, sewing and lace making; a display of two historic flags from the Creswick Museum collection
10.30am-4.30pm, Creswick Town Hall, Water Street and Creswick Museum

November 17 to March 17, 2019
Stitches Thru Time - an exhibition of 19th and 20th century dresses, underwear, accessories, embroidery, lace and patchwork
Creswick Museum

November 21
Art & Tea - introduction to the Daughters of the Sun exhibition with Curator Emma Busowsky Cox
10am Morning tea, talk at 10.30am
Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street, Bendigo

Ellwood + Quinlan on Escher X nendo - Gallery directors Tony Ellwood AM and Karen Quinlan discuss the NGV’s latest blockbuster Escher X nendo: Between Two Worlds.
1-2pm, La Trobe Art Institute, 121 View Street, Bendigo

November 24
Cascade Christmas Show!
Cascade Art, 1A Fountain Street, Maldon

November 30 - December 3
Figure Drawing & Painting, presented by Bendigo Artists Incorporated
9am-12noon & 1-5pm daily, for enquiries call Jeffery Murrell 0407 430 635
All Saints Church Building, 12 McKenzie Street, Bendigo

December 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 22 & 23
Goldfields Photography: Bronwyn Silver, Geoff Park and Patrick Kavanagh roam the goldfields of Central Victoria, stealing images of the beauty they find - birds, mammals, plants, insects
Launch 11am-2pm on December 2
Open 10am-4pm weekends
Newstead Railway Arts Hub

December 4 -15
Landscape in Watercolour: exhibition of works by Gary Vaughan
Launch 6pm on December 6
Artist talk 2pm on December 15
Arnold Street Gallery, Bendigo 

December 6
Gallery Giggles - stories, songs and a taste of art for children aged up to 5 years
10:30-11am, Bendigo Art Gallery

December 8
Voices: Trentham Stories - all welcome to celebrate the installation and launch of a wonderful community artwork
3pm, Trentham Neighbourhood House

December 8 to February 10, 2019
Frida Kahlo, Her Photos - highlights from the artist’s personal collection
Bendigo Art Gallery

December 12 to January 30, 2019
Poesie: Figures of the Field - exhibition by Victor Rubin
The Convent Daylesford, Cnr Hill & Daly Sts, Daylesford

December 18 - January 15, 2019
Latitude Art Exhibition: showcasing artists with a disability
Launch 6-8pm on December 20
Arnold Street Gallery, 189 Arnold Street, Bendigo

Festivals, Markets

St Pauls Church, Clunes

St Pauls Church, Clunes

Throughout November
Christmas in Clunes - Get ready for the Christmas in Clunes Street Parade by having an outfit made especially for you! Get along to a fitting during November: 12-2pm and 3:30-6:30pm on Mondays and Thursdays, 1-4pm on Saturdays
Free but bookings essential - 5345 4078
Clunes Neighbourhood House 70 Bailey St, Clunes

November 2
Laneway Fiesta - the fun includes music, tapas, paella and Killiecrankie Wines
6:30-10pm, El Gordo, Chancery Lane, Bendigo

November 2 - 3
Castlemaine Show

November 2 - 5
Maldon Folk Festival

November 2 - 6
Daylesford Art Show
Opening at 6pm on November 1
Daylesford Town Hall, 72 Vincent St, Daylesford

November 3 - 4
Four Seasons Fine Music Festival
Clues & Creswick

November 3 - 11
Castlemaine and District Festival of Gardens

November 4
Castlemaine Farmers Market

Castlemaine Artists Market

November 8
Leftover Lovers Pop Up Kitchen
5:30-8pm, Barrack Reserve, Heathcote

November 8 - 11
Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival

November 10
Zonta Christmas Market
10:30am-3pm, The Bendigo Club, 22 Park St, Bendigo

November 10 & 11
2018 Creswick Garden Lovers Weekend

November 11
Maldon Market: Hand Made, Home Grown
This is … Maldon Market  
The RCC presents performances

Kingston Avenue of Honour Centenary - free, all ages event starts at 10:15am with the Creswick Brass Band, a parade and Remembrance Day Service at 10.30am, plus historical displays & games, kids activities, live music & performances, vintage cars and steam machinery

November 15 - 18
1st Annual World Circus and Cabaret Festival
- Sprung Circus: Daylesford Youth Circus School
- The Pitts Family Circus: All Family Circus Show
- Coriander: A Solo Clown Show
- Retox: Adults only Circus Cabaret
Daylesford and Hepburn Springs

November 17
Newstead CFA Community Market

Gallery Book Fair - annual fundraising event for the Friends of Bendigo Art Gallery
10am-3:30pm, Bendigo Art Gallery

November 18 & December 9
Trove Makers' Market

November 22 - 25
Energy Breakthrough

November 24
This is...Energy Breakthrough
The RCC presents performances

Spring Gully Market hosted by Bendigo Retirement Village
9am-2pm, 33 Mandurang Road, Spring Gully

November 24 & 25
Castlemaine Rotary Truck Show

November 25
This is…Castlemaine Rotary Truck Show  
The RCC presents performances
Campbells Creek

November 25
Patchwork to Pickles: Traditional Arts Fair
Buda Historic Home & Garden, Castlemaine

Daylesford Show presented by the Daylesford & District Agricultural Society 

November 30
Bendigo Christmas Tree Lighting

November 30 - December 2
Bendigo Food Truck Festival 2018

December 1
Daylesford Highland Gathering

December 8
Castlemaine State Festival 2019 Program Launch
11am-12.30pm, Castlemaine Goods Shed, 11 Kennedy Street, Castlemaine

December 9
Maldon Market: Hand Made, Home Grown

December 14
Castlemaine Twilight Market - Castlemaine Farmers Market and Castlemaine Artists Market
4-8:30pm, Western Reserve, Castlemaine

December 16
Talbot Farmers Market

December 20
Orphans Xmas Party hosted by Cohoots Coworking
6-10pm, Theatre Royal Castlemaine

December 19, 20, 21
Apollo Chorus’ Christmas Recital
8:30pm, St Paul’s Cathedral, Myers Street, Bendigo

December 21
Christmas in Clunes: a fabulous evening of live entertainment, carols, face painting, kids activities, a visit from Santa and fireworks
5-9:30pm, Fraser Street, Clunes

December 22
Guildford Christmas Market
Guildford Family Hotel

December 31
Daylesford New Years Eve Parade & Gala