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

Love Letter to the Heart of Victoria

February 14  Bendigo

The Regional Centre for Culture will officially kick off on Valentine's Day 2018 with a public event in Bendigo's Rosalind Park. Heralding a year of cultural and community celebration, it brings together diverse voices from across the region to compose love letters to their home.

Water Hole


March 3  Newstead

The timelessness of local swimming pools celebrated in Mount Alexander

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

Trumpit Up and Drone On: 

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

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.

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Demolish by


October 24, 25, 26, 27 at 8pm

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.

Newstead Live


January 26, 27, 28 • Newstead

Newstead Live has been running for fifteen years. Folk-roots, Americana, Celtic, Australian acts - The Troubadour live music venue & wine bar, Live ’n’ Local Stage, concerts, sessions, blackboard spots, Poet’s Breakfast, workshops, pool party, Australia’s original trad disco, camping and more.

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Dja Dja Wurrung Celebration

November 17  Bendigo

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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.