THE Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music is an event that will build links with major cities across the world, according to festival director David Chisholm.
The inaugural festival is set to feature music from 15 different countries.
Mr Chisholm said he expected people to travel from around the state and the country to attend the event.
He said people should expect the unexpected when the festival kicks off on September 14.
“Many people are sort of asking what exploratory music is and in many ways it describes the spirit of the composers, of the players and the audience,” Mr Chisholm said.
“I think exploratory is a better word then experimental because it is not about science – it is about art, it is about expression.”
Mr Chisholm said Bendigo was the perfect city to host an international music festival.
“Bendigo is an inherently cultured city,” he said.
“Bendigo is a major Australian city that has always hit above its weight.
“I have always said it is the city that made Melbourne rich.”
Mr Chisholm said the music that will be played in Bendigo throughout the festival would be some of the first to be ever played in Australia.
“It is the first gathering of artists and musicians from all around the world in Bendigo to play a bunch of music that really hasn’t been performed before,” he said.
“People love new music, people are always looking for what is new in pop music, people are looking for the next best thing.
“We live in an inquiry-based age thanks to the internet.
“We are offering a fresh start, people should expect excellence.”
Mr Chisholm said people would be pleasantly surprised to hear the exciting new sounds that will be explored during the festival.
“I think people will be surprised by how easy it is to listen to this music, not that it doesn’t lack complexity or that it isn’t unusual to what they have heard but because it is really well written and it is beautifully performed,” he said.
“People who are interested in this music will make the pilgrimage to Bendigo and people who do live in Bendigo will have access to it on their doorstep.”
For more information about the festival visit www.thecapital.com.au/Whats_On/BIFEM