Map to navigate Bendigo's best

Local creatives are being encouraged to take part in the production of an unusual map of Bendigo.

The 3550 CULT-ure Map will be a part zine, part community-created tourist map, detailing contributors’ favourite cheap eats, artist-run spaces, free events and picnic spots.

View Point Homemade Gallery is hosting the map-making workshop. Owner Jess Cola said the publication would be an alternative to the generic brochures given out at tourist information centres.

“We want things like ‘this is a really great place to take photos’ or ‘this place has really good bands on a Friday night’,” she said.

“Artists and writers can even incorporate their work into the guide.

“We need lots of local people to come along and help out, even if it’s just for an hour or so.

“All the resources are provided, you just need to bring along your local knowledge.”

The zine gurus behind Bizoo are coming from Queensland to run the workshop on Thursday, December 20.

Bizoo grew up in Toowoomba,  Queensland, a city Ms Cola said was similar to Bendigo.

“They were lacking a creative scene and people were leaving for Brisbane and Sydney so they decided to build one,” she said.

“Like them I want to be a part of increasing creativity locally.”

The map will be launched as part of the End of the World exhibition on Friday, December 21.

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