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The Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival is proud to present the Bendigo Easter Blues Bender.
This four-day event will feature live music across various locations in Bendigo.
There will be all the favourite regional artists performing, with visitors heading to the best venues.
For further information, click here or email email@example.com
Where: Various locations in Bendigo.
When: Until Sunday, April 4.
Celebrate Easter in Bendigo this year with Eggs-plore Bendigo.
This COVID-safe Easter festival will host a wide range of family friendly activities and include lots of entertainment.
Good Friday will have walks in Bendigo to explore its Chinese history; children's active and creative events; a book fair; movies in parks; and many art shows.
Saturday and Easter Sunday will feature the above and a farm workshop at PepperGreen Farm; hole in one competition; Easter puzzle trail at Bendigo Pottery; a car show; Discovery Centre activities; the Bendigo Bank Dragon Mile; and much more.
Monday will conclude the celebrations with walking tours; the book fair; puzzle trail; and Rotary Art Show.
Limits to how many can attend each event, book ahead here.
Where: Various locations in Bendigo.
When: Friday, April 2 to Monday, April 5.
MALDON EASTER FAIR
The Maldon Easter Fair is one of the oldest in Australia, starting in 1878.
This 144th event will include the Easter Parade Grand Procession on Easter Monday and will feature a wide collection of all things Maldon, from the fire trucks through to penny farthing bikes.
There will also be a hole in one competition and the annual Easter Machinery Rally.
The Easter events will also include a torchlight procession, dancing in the streets, a scone bake competition, Maldon brass band and more.
Click here for further information.
Where: Various locations in Maldon.
When: Friday, April 2 to Monday, April 5.
EXHIBITIONS AND PERFORMANCES
Heavenly is the latest exhibition from the Castlemaine Costume Museum, a privately owned collection of fashion, ephemera, and stories.
Christening gowns, baptismal bonnets and capes, hand-stitched French first communion outfits, accessories and more will all feature in this exhibition.
While the exhibition features costumes from the 1850s to 1970s, there is a focus on the transitional bridal fashion through the 1960s.
For further information, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Gold coin donation.
Where: 24 Hargraves Street, Castlemaine.
When: Until Wednesday, June 30, 8.30am to 4pm.
OPEN GARDEN SCULPTURE EXHIBITION
Back open for another year of showcasing sculptures is the Mica Grange Open Garden Sculpture Exhibition.
This exhibition will be running until April 25 and will feature sculptors from Victoria, NSW and South Australia.
There will be morning and afternoon teas, light lunches, garden art, plants and preserves for sale.
Group bookings are available throughout the week.
Entry is $7. For further information, click here.
Where: 373 Faraday Sutton Grange Road, Sutton Grange.
When: Open each weekend until April 25, 10am to 4pm. Open Easter Saturday to Easter Monday.
The cancellation of contact sports during COVID-19 affected social and physical connections for people and their communities.
PLAY ON is an exhibition that expresses that loss of connection.
The exhibition is a two-channel video projection and photographic installation which will be outdoors.
The videos will run on nine-minute loops during the course of the evening.
Audio is via geo-located sound within the free Echoes app. Please bring own smartphone and headphones.
For further information, email email@example.com
Where: Camp Reserve, 11 Forest Street, Castlemaine.
When: Until Sunday, April 4, 8.30am to 10.30pm
MARY QUANT: FASHION REVOLUTIONARY
The Bendigo Art Gallery is proud to present Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary, an exhibition on the British fashion designer Dame Mary Quant.
The exhibition is on loan from the Victorian and Albert Museum in London and showcases the peak of Quant's career with never-before-seen fashion and radical designs.
The exhibition brings together more than 110 garments, along with accessories, sketches, photos and much more.
Book online here or phone the gallery on 5434 6088.
Tickets: adults $25, gallery member $20, concession $22, children under 16 years $12, children under five free.
Where: Bendigo Art Gallery, View Street, Bendigo.
When: Until Sunday, July 11, 10am to 5pm.
HOUSE OF FLUX
House of Flux is an exhibition by artist, Nikita Hendrics, showing layered photo-media made inside the home.
This exhibition is free to attend and is located in the Living Arts Space.
For further information, click here or phone 5434 6060.
Where: Living Arts Space, Bendigo Visitor Centre, Pall Mall, Bendigo.
When: Until Sunday, April 11, from 9am to 4pm.
#Perempuan 2021: Contemporary Indonesian Art is an exhibition that celebrates the unspoken stories of Indonesian women.
The works, selected from the Project Eleven Collection, explore activism and traditions through a broad range of art forms including painting, textiles, sculpture and installation.
For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Castlemaine Art Museum, 14 Lyttleton Street.
When: Until Friday, October 1, noon to 4pm.
ART QUILT EXHIBITION
Textile artists will be participating in the sixth Biennial Golden Textures Contemporary Art Quilt Exhibition.
One quilt will be selected for the Central Goldfields Art Gallery's permanent collection, with the winner receiving $3000.
The Golden Textures Award celebrates the region's long connection with textiles.
For further information to this free event, click here.
Email or phone for further queries, email email@example.com or call 5461 6600.
Where: Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Neill Street, Maryborough.
When: Until Sunday, May 9, from 10am to 4pm.
BACK CREEK TAIL
Grab your friends and explore Bendigo's Back Creek Trail.
Find all of the 10 scavenger hunt tiles, visit some local cafes, search for a secret mural, all to go into the draw to win a prize.
You can walk, run or ride your way through this hunt.
Download your map here.
Where: Various locations in the Bendigo region.
When: Until April 25, 9am to 7pm.
TAKE A BREATH
Head along to the Bendigo Library for some stories and activities to learn how breathing can become a super power.
This event is suitable for those aged 5-8 years and allows children to learn about their breathing. They will also be given the opportunity to create their own blower to take home.
Bring your favourite soft toy along.
Bookings must be made in advance, click here. Please only book for the children attending.
Where: Bendigo Library, Hargreaves Street, Bendigo.
When: Thursday, April 8, 10.30am to 11.30am.
LUNCH AND CHAT
Enjoy a meal and a chat this week ahead.
This social event is for those aged 55 and over, and will run every week on Tuesdays. This social meeting has no joining fees.
Parking is available at the venue.
For further information, phone 0452 480 438.
Where: Golden Vine Hotel, corner of Myrtle and King streets, Bendigo.
When: Every Tuesday, from noon.
TRANS AND GENDER DIVERSE
Are you trans or gender diverse living in central Victoria? Would you like to meet other TGD community members?
This event meets monthly in the Kyneton and Castlemaine regions to help TGD community connect.
For further information, click here, phone Chirp 5479 1000 or email SClow@cdch.com.au
Where: Event alternates between Kyneton and Castlemaine.
When: Monthly, phone or email for more information.
The Spring Gully Dance committee is hosting a family fun Easter dance event at the weekend.
This community dance will feature music by Adrian Holmes Trio Dance Band.
There will be supper with tea and coffee and individually wrapped biscuits.
For further information phone Keith on 5444 2953.
Where: Spring Gully Hall, Spring Gully Road, Bendigo.
When: Saturday, April 3, from 7.30pm to 11pm.
Are you depressed, anxious, isolated, suffering grief or loss or know someone who is?
Grow groups meet weekly to offer peer support and use a proven educational program for mental wellbeing.
To express interest in a group opening in Bendigo and Castlemaine, call Lindy on 0448 052 769.
Click here for current groups.
Where and when: Link above or enquire for further details.
FESTIVALS AND FAIRS
CASTLEMAINE STATE FESTIVAL
Get your family together and enjoy Castlemaine's state festival.
This event returns to the region with various visual arts, performances, music, workshops, outdoor activities and much more.
People of all ages will be entertained with events by One Sky Many Stories featuring Indigenous storytelling; Hear Here pop-up radio station; INSIDE OUT Castlemaine; and more.
Music will include genres from classical through to contemporary with artists such as Cathy-Di Zhang, Josh Teskey and Ash Grunwald, Jess Hitchcock, Lior, Allara, The Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra and others.
Topics will be discussed through various programs and performers will showcase their works in theatre.
For the full program, locations and all information, click here.
Email any queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Various locations in Castlemaine.
When: Until Sunday, April 4, various times.
The Castlemaine Fringe Festival is hosting a massive program of free events over three weeks.
The festival will feature various dance, music, performances, treasure maps, art exhibitions, street parties, picnics in the park and so much more.
For further information, click here or email email@example.com
Where: Various locations within Castlemaine.
When: Until Sunday, April 4.
BENDIGO BRICKS 2021
Are you interested in seeing what can be created with Lego?
Head to the Bendigo Bricks 2021 event in April.
There will be Lego fan models, many retail stalls and much more.
$8 entry, under 4 free entry.
Book tickets here.
Where: Bendigo Exhibition Centre, Prince of Wales Showgrounds, Holmes Road, Bendigo.
When: Saturday and Sunday, April 10 and 11, from 10am.
BENDIGO WINEMAKERS FESTIVAL
Celebrate Bendigo's great wine and food at this returning festival.
The Strategem Bendigo Winemakers Festival will celebrate regional wines and food and live music in April.
Tickets are $60 Saturday and $55 for Sunday, under-18s have free entry.
Where: Rosalind Park, Bendigo.
When: Saturday and Sunday, April 17 and 18.
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