Program Highlights

Something for everybody.
The Regional Centre for Culture is a once-in-a-lifetime experience - some highlights appear below but there's much MUCH more.  Plan Your Own RCC for every day of 2018

Water Hole


March 3  Newstead

The timelessness of local swimming pools celebrated at the Newstead & District Swimming Pool. Performances by the Itchy Scabs (bad music for good children), the Seduceaphones, Asking for Troubles' Circus in a Pool and a dance performed by Newstead's volunteer committees. Fun kicks off with a parade: If You Like Our Pool You'll Love Our School! Fun starts at 2:30pm. Full Event Schedule

Punctum's Public Cooling House


March 2-4, 10-12 Botanic Gardens, Castlemaine

Roll up your sleeves, skirts, and slacks, slip off your socks and step into Punctum’s Public Cooling House. Paddle your feet while enjoying an unbeatable line up of performers and speakers.  It’s part art house/part bath house, and a uniquely dry country approach to paddling and performance. Bookings

Big Dance ... You know you want to

April 29 Bendigo • Castlemaine • Maryborough

The largest dance celebration in the world is now hitting Australia. Big Dance 2018 events will be hosted in Sydney, Federation Square (Melbourne) … and in Castlemaine’s Victory Gardens. Dancing kicks off at 1:30pm

Now You See It ...


May 11 to 13 • Smeaton

A Visual Arts focus on Anderson’s Mill.  The old mill will be lit up with video projections accompanied by music for the brand-new audio-visual work Now You See It… The mill will also be open for tours throughout the Mother’s Day weekend as part of the Australian Heritage Festival

Enlighten: A Festival of Projection

August 20-26  Bendigo Town Hall & Surrounds

A festival of projection art, celebrating the amazing cultural diversity of Bendigo.

Photo by Julie Andrews

TrumpitUp and DroneOn: 

mass brass and pipe bands concert

 September 28 Jubilee Lake, Daylesford 


Rollin' Into Town:


Circus Oz Rolls into Maryborough


 October 14, 2018 • Maryborough


Poppet by

ACT Natimuk 

October 20, 21  Rosalind Park Poppet Head Bendigo

The Natimuk team  will work in Bendigo over ten months to create a new aerial and projection performance centred on the iconic poppet head  in Rosalind Park. The event captures the stories of Bendigo and its people including Dja Dja Wurrung People, the Golden Dragon Museum, Bendigo Historical Society and CreateAbility.

Photo: Michelle McFarlane

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Demolish by


October 24- 27 at 8pm • Bendigo

The story of Australia is one of demolition: of ancestral lands turned upside down into goldfields, farms, freeways and houses. DEMOLISH takes us inside the heart of cataclysmic change, shining a new light on progress in our landscape. A moving, theatrical spectacle performed with dancers, musicians, projection artists, visual theatre artists, local community members and heavy machinery.



November 17 Rosalind Park, Bendigo

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: Aunty Linda Ford



October 10-14, 2018
Bendigo & Castlemaine

Celebrating twenty years in 2018, Artlands is the biennial event that shines a national spotlight on Australia’s regional arts. Artlands Victoria will be an artistically driven and strategically distributed gathering presented by Regional Arts Victoria, producing art experiences across the state.




EMERGE aims to increase opportunities for emerging and refugee communities to participate in and control their own cultural development. The Emerge Cultural Hub in Bendigo is part of Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Emerge Cultural Network that operates within a Community Cultural Development framework. The Emerge program adds a diverse voice to the arts and cultural landscape in Bendigo through creating intercultural arts experiences, increasing participation and opportunities by and for artists and community members from former refugee and Indigenous backgrounds.