There's plenty happening in our region this week. Check out our list for events and activities to include in your diary.
RUNNATION FILM FESTIVAL
2019 marks the fifth year of the RunNation Film Festival.
The festival was founded in Sydney and is now an international event attended by athletes and runners.
This year's line-up includes inspirational films and human interest stories, using running as their medium.
Where: Bendigo Cinemas, Queen Street, Bendigo.
When: Monday, August 26, 7pm-9pm.
FILM FESTIVAL TRAVELLING SHOWCASE
Each year, the Melbourne International Film Festival presents the Travelling Showcase, which hits the road after the festival with a series of weekend programs across regional Victoria.
Join in the festival fun at the Star Cinema to watch give titles, Below, In My Blood It Runs, H is for Happiness, Measure for Measure and No Time for Quiet.
Tickets at regular Star Cinema ticket prices: Adults: $17, Star Cinema members: $15, concession/seniors/under 16: $12, family: $48.
Bookings can be made directly to Star Cinema on 5446 2025.
Where: Star Cinema, Peg Leg Road, Eaglehawk.
When: Friday and Saturday, August 30 and 31.
SEDGWICK FIRE BRIGADE FUNDRAISER
This show will raise money for Sedgwick Fire Brigade with all door proceeds heading to the brigade.
The event will feature performances from Bruce Fenton, Fred Goodwin, Ken Bice, Floreena Forbes, Dee Hart and many, many more.
The walk-up shows also include poetry, yarns, country, blues and rock. Walk-up artists welcome.
There will also be a raffle, prizes and an afternoon tea.
For table bookings, please phone Peter on 0400 076 634 or 0407 059 480.
For meal bookings phone 5443 8166 (meals available between noon and 2pm and 6pm and 8pm).
This event is supported by Muso's Stuff, Phoenix FM 106.7, KL FM 96.5 and Bendigo Country Talent Club.
If you have any questions or would like more information please call Peter on 0400 076 634.
Where: All Seasons Hotel, McIvor Road, Bendigo.
When: Sunday, August 25, 1pm to 5.30pm.
COME TO THE MUSIC
Women of Note have invited 11 choirs to join them in celebrating their 20th anniversary with Come to the Music, a day-long series of concerts by leading choirs within central Victoria.
The concerts will be performed at Ulumbarra Theatre and St Paul's Cathedral.
Day tickets and tickets for individual concerts are available through the Capital Theatre ticket booking site.
On the Women Of Note website, tickets are available through the Buy Tickets button on each concert page.
In the evening, there will be a gala concert at Ulumbarra Theatre, featuring performances by The Women of Note, Exaudi, The Melbourne Women's Choir, Bendigo Chamber Choir, Bendigo Chorale, and The Young Voices of Melbourne.
The concert will conclude with all 12 choirs (about 450 singers) performing with the renowned Australian soprano, Merlyn Quaife AM.
Day pass adult $20, day pass child $10, individual concert $10, Gala concert adult $25, Gala concert child $15.
Where: Ulumbarra Theatre and St Paul's Anglican Cathedral, Bendigo.
When: Saturday, August 24, 10am to 9pm.
RED RIBBON RE-ENACTMENT
All are invited to the annual Red Ribbon Rebellion Re-enactment on again this year.
The event includes student participation, Highland pipe bands, members of the Bendigo Historical Society, a free democracy sausage and much more.
For further enquiries, please phone Jim Evans 5442 6763.
Where: Bendigo Art Gallery and Rosalind Park forecourt.
When: Tuesday, August 27, 11am.
Enjoy a guided, wildflower walk with the Bendigo Family Nature Club.
This event is supported by the Bendigo Sustainability Group and Bendigo Field Naturalists Club.
The event will also include outdoor playtime.
Bring your own picnic, no pets please. Free for children with an adult.
Bookings essential, click here to book.
Where: Location provided on registration.
When: Sunday, August 25, 10am to noon.
The Connection Club's aim is to connect people through a series of free events and activities throughout the year.
The club meets on the last Thursday of the month and hosts a free cuppa morning.
Meet new people and connect, enjoy a board game or two and sometimes live music.
For more, phone 5441 6906.
Where: Bendigo Marketplace food court, Mitchell Street, Bendigo.
When: Thursday, August 29, 10am to 11am.
Dingo CARE is hosting another dingo walk in Bendigo.
Bring your camera and questions and learn all you need to know about dingoes in Australia.
Information is provided by those who have been involved with dingoes for more than 40 years.
Where: Rosalind Park, Bendigo.
When: Sunday, August 24, 11am to 2pm.
SATURDAY NIGHT DANCE
Head to the Spring Gully Hall and enjoy great music by Bitz'N'Pieces on Saturday
The event will feature a good program and a delicious home-cooked supper.
There will also be a raffle and prizes.
Admission $9. Everyone welcome.
For more information contact Keith on 5444 2953.
Where: Spring Gully Hall, Spring Gully Road, Bendigo.
When: Saturday, August 24, 8pm to midnight.
KYNETON COMMUNITY HOUSE
Kyneton Community House hosts various activities for community members local to Kyneton but from further afield to get involved in.
On Thursday, join in with Fran for a gentle yoga session.
Yin Yoga is about stretching and holding poses for a long time and is a perfect introduction to a new style of exercise.
$10 a session. Contact Fran to book a place: firstname.lastname@example.org.
From 9.30am to 10.30am.
Later on Thursday, enjoy healing meditation with Monica.
If you need space to recharge and reset, this meditation is for you.
Experience traditional Sanskrit meditation every Thursday morning and learn the ancient mantras that have been used for centuries.
From 10.45am to 11.30am.
Where: Kyneton Community House, Mollison Street, Kyneton.
Meet and greet representatives of each organisation - Country Fire Authority, ambulance, police and State Emergency Service at this first responders talk.
The representatives will speak about what they do and how they work with each other to keep the community safe.
There will also be time for questions with brochures and information to take away.
For enquiries, contact Pyramid Hill Neighbourhood House here.
Morning tea provided, all welcome to attend.
Where: Pyramid Hill Senior Citizens Hall, 8/10 McKay Street, Pyramid Hill.
When: Tuesday, August 27, 10.30am to 12.30pm.
BALENCIAGA: SHAPING FASHION
World-class couture has come back to town, with the Bendigo Art Gallery opening their newest exhibition, Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion this weekend.
This exhibition showcases the growth and works of designer Cristobel Balenciaga and his legacy of the modern designers he influenced.
The exhibition will feature contemporary designs by the house of Balenciaga, with video footage that shows historic garments morphing into modern interpretations.
For more information on the exhibition, the gallery and bookings, click here.
Where: Bendigo Art Gallery, View Street, Bendigo.
When: Saturday, August 17 to Sunday, November 10.
Desert Lines: Batik from Central Australia brings together about 60 selected works from the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.
The works show the unique and distinct batik styles (a method of wax resist fabric printing) of five central desert communities: Ernabella (Pukatja), Fregon (Kaltjiti), Utopia, Yuendumu and Kintore (Walungurru).
This exhibition will showcase the batik work for women of the desert and it's importance. It will also show interconnected through ceremony, travel and much more.
Where: Bendigo Art Gallery, View Street, Bendigo.
When: Saturday, August 17 to Sunday, November 17.
MANY SUCH AS SHE
Museum curator, Kirsten McKay, is excited to be hosting this exhibition, Many Such As She, which profiles more than 15 biographies of women poets, alongside items from the military collection.
Central Victorian poet and critic Michael Sharkey began researching the poets' responses to the Great War many years ago, with an interest to find out why so little had been collected and why it was so long neglected.
Michael edited the collection of women's poetry for his recent publication, Many Such As She, after discovering some fascinating stories
For the exhibition, Kirsten has negotiated the loan of a suite of original poetry publications from the State Library of Victoria - Rare Books Department.
Admission: $6 adult, $5 concession, $4 student, $15 family.
For more information, phone 5442 4513.
Where: Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, 37-39 Pall Mall, Bendigo.
When: Until Sunday, October 6, 10am-4pm.
NGARDANG GIRRI KALAT MIMI
This exhibition is the first of its kind in Australia, curated by Georgina MacGuire.
It will be an opportunity to see quality and uniqueness of Indigenous culture and the art practices of women connected to different tribes of Victoria.
These works will promote unique art practices and have a particular focus on women located within the region.
For more information, phone 5460 4588.
Where: Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Old Fire Station, Neill Street, Maryborough.
When: Saturday, August 17 to Sunday, October 13, 10am-4pm.
FLIGHTS OF FANTASY
This exhibition presents a selection of work from three artists, combining photo montage, art jewellery and fashion pieces.
The featured artists are illustrator Lorena Carrington, Milton Long and costume designer Ulrike Barbara Von Radichevich.
The works will be presented in the Living Arts Space, a gallery that presents a range of exhibitions and public art programs, showcasing the region's emerging and professional artists.
For more information, contact the Living Arts Space on 5434 6060 or email: email@example.com.
Where: Living Arts Space, Bendigo Visitor Centre, Pall Mall.
When: Until Saturday, August 31.
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