A celebration of local content and community participation will take over the Bendigo Library next week.
The library's Write on the Fringe Festival launched its fifth year on Friday night.
Bendigo Library team leader Robin Pearson said the festival would also include the ninth year of the Co.Lab exhibition where writers and artists collaborate on a work and cARTel's seventh year which sees local writers and creatives submit a singler piece of paper in a journal of artist contribution.
"So it's three things that happen simultaneously," Mr Pearson said. "Write on the Fringe runs parallel to Bendigo Writers Festival and it is all about local content, free activities and community participation."
Mr Pearson has been involved with the festival for three years and said the week-long event shows everything the library is about.
"It connects everything Bendigo Library is about, that literacy and reading aspects combined with the creativity and community aspects of a public library," he said.
"The festival is something that grew very quickly and has now become steady enough for us to know it is a feature event for the library.
"We don't want to grow to point where we can't cope with it. It sits comfortably as the highlight of the library's year."
Mr Pearson said the interactivity, free activity and family-based activities where reasons for the success of Write on the Fringe but that it was mainly driven by the local content.
"Bendigo stuns me with the amount of talent that happens here. We are very creative city," he said.
"We encourage local writers through the year but each year when I examine the expression of interest for the festival, I'm always stunned at the diversity and volume of local people who have a need to be heard."
Festival items have already started with stand-up and giant knitting workshops drawing good crowds.
"Over the next week we also have a number of activities including a big family fun day, with all sorts of things like badge making, face painting and lots of literary based activities," Mr Pearson said.
Bendigo Library's Write on the Fringe Festival is on Until Saturday, August 10. For the full program visit www.ncgrl.vic.gov.au/fringe of find Write on the Fringe on Facebook.
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