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Regional Centre for Culture 2018

Creative landscape for the Regional Centre for Culture Wonder campaign

Read all about the latest details and information on our shire's involvement in the Regional Centre for Culture 2018.

What is the Regional Centre for Culture?

The Regional Centre for Culture (RCC) 2018 is an initiative of the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria in partnership with the Dja Dja Wurrung Aboriginal Clans Corporation, Mount Alexander Shire Council, Central Goldfields Shire, City of Greater Bendigo and Hepburn Shire.

Inspired by a European Union 'Capital of Culture' initiative, the Regional Centre for Culture program will shine a spotlight on local creativity, culture and events. The program will also include specially commissioned artworks, activities and community-based projects by local artists as well as leading Victorian creative practitioners.

Our area has been named the first Regional Centre for Culture because of its significant reputation in the arts, creativity and community expression.

How you can get involved

Are you an artist or member of an arts group?

Do you run a business or work for a community organisation in the designated Regional Centre for Culture 2018 area?

Register your interest and find out more by visiting the RCC website. You can also check out the RCC Facebook page.

Latest announcements

RCC program officially launched

The RCC program officially launched on Wednesday 14 February with an event called Love Letters to the Heart of Victoria in Bendigo's Rosalind Park. The event included the placement of love letters from the community around a new, large-scale sculpture called Heart. The following text is taken from Mayor Bronwen Machin’s love letter.

Love letter to the heart of Central Victoria

Dear Central Victoria,

Our country and our people - intertwined, meandering through each other, testing and loving each other.

Together you are my anchor that grounds me through our many storms.

Together you are the storm that scatters old ideas and brings a rainbow of new ones.

We need those ideas if we are to learn to be custodians of our land and culture for the thousands of years to come. We can’t do it in the same way that the Dja Dja Wurrung have done. We are too many and may strain our land and climate beyond endurance. Yet we can learn from their wisdom offered to us in a gracious spirit of reconciliation.

Our new ideas and culture will come if we let our imaginations and creativity soar. If we spark off each other, if we allow the wisdom of many cultures and different ways of thinking challenge and change us, if we really hear each other and deeply observe our land.

We have all those elements here. Let the storm begin.

Cr Bronwen Machin
Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire

Phee Broadway foyer exhibition program

Expressions of Interest are being sought from artists, makers, curators and organisations interested in exhibiting work as part of the 2018 Phee Broadway Foyer Exhibition Program.

Find out more, including how to apply, on our Supporting our arts page.

The Regional Centre for Culture 2018 is an initiative of the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria in partnership with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, Central Goldfields Shire, City of Greater Bendigo, Hepburn Shire and Mount Alexander Shire.

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