The Borough is set to bloom in full colour for the annual Dahlia and Arts Festival, with free events, parades and exhibitions, all on show for the next 10 days in Eaglehawk.
The Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Festival takes over the streets and wherever you go in town there is no shortage of the flowers, after which the Festival is named, the arts, literature, film, and family activities.
I love the feel of Eaglehawk at Dahlia and Arts time. It’s the spirit in the Borough. You can't buy it, you can't see it but you can feel it.Festival president David Richards
A huge drawcard of the Festival is the Eaglehawk UFS Dispensary Dahlia and Arts Street Procession which is on Saturday afternoon.
"The Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Festival time really shows the spirit of the Borough. You can't buy it, you can't see it but you can feel it, and I love it," Festival president David Richards said.
"It probably comes from Cornish ancestors. Everyone hops in and gets the job done. Everyone who helps is a volunteer, which is great and it shows we’re just a group of people from the community."
This year the Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Festival features the popular Melbourne based band “The Itchy Feet Pep Band” to compliment the 19 separate activities at this year's Festival.
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"The theme adopted for 2019 is “We are One” to demonstrate that we are an inclusive community, one that accommodates all, including those suffering from a disability.
"With this in mind a special effort has been made to provide facilities for those with a disability, with every event listed in the brochure giving information of accessibility and facilities available," Mr Richards adds.
The Festival will be officially opened by Daniel Giles, OAM and former citizen of the year for the City of Greater Bendigo.
Daniel suffers from autism and will speak about his experience in coping with a disability. The opening ceremony will take place on Wednesday March 13 at the Eaglehawk Town Hall at 7pm.
This will be preceded at 6.30pm with the showing of short films produced by local secondary school students. The winners of the Literary Competition and the Youth Scholarship will be also be announced at this event.
The Festival runs from March 13 to 22, and opens with short films from secondary school students, and concludes with a Trivia night and finally a free film night at the Star Cinema.
For further information refer to the web site eaglehawkfestival.org.au or you can contact President David Richards on 5446 9098 or 0432 520 626.