Regional Tourism Guide for Goldfields Region
Victoria , Australia  
Daughters of the Sun: Christian Waller and Klytie Pate
Date Sat 10th Nov 2018 to Sun 10th Feb 2019
This free exhibition tells the story of Christian Waller, celebrated Australian printmaker of the Art Deco era, and her niece, the pioneering ceramic artist, Klytie Pate.

Christian Waller, born in Castlemaine in central Victoria in 1894, had a deep personal interest in spiritualism, symbolism and the mystical philosophies of the modern theosophical movement.

Her print work is characterised by a complex symbolism, combining ancient classical and literary subjects alongside occult motifs in a dynamic style owing much to the bold geometry of Art Deco and the handmade ethos of the Arts and Crafts movement. She had established a reputation as one of Australia’s leading stained glass artists, having produced some 65 windows for churches in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales.

Christian Waller’s niece, Klytie Pate, came to live with the Wallers as a young teenager. As Pate’s maternal figure from a formative age, Christian Waller was an influential force in Pate’s life, directing her notable artistic talent into formal studies and guiding her early career. Klytie Pate mastered her chosen craft of ceramic art, forging innovations in design and glazing to become one of Australia’s foremost studio potters of the 20th century.
Olaf and Kerstens Exhibition
Date Sat 10th Nov 2018 to Sun 24th Feb 2019
Ballarat International Foto Biennale in collaboration with Craig's Royal Hotel Ballarat presents a Regional Victoria exclusive of two significant Dutch photographers, Erwin Olaf and Hendrik Kerstens, paying homage to the traditional Flemish masters of the 16th Century. This exhibition is toured by the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This exciting exhibition is open seven days and is free to attend.
Embroidery for All Seasons
Date Fri 16th Nov 2018 to Sun 18th Nov 2018
This is the biennial not to be missed, exhibition of the Bendigo Branch of the Embroiderers Guild, Victoria, featuring exquisite contemporary and traditional embroidery and textile art.

Daily demonstrations of embroidery techniques, members profiles, well stocked boutique, special interest areas including work by members doing their Intermediate and Masters Certificates in embroidery and featuring the work of a woman who has been a member of the Guild for 50 years.

Light refreshments are available.
The Mallow Short Film Festival
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
The Mallow Hotel will be hosting its inaugural Short Film Festival screening on Saturday November 17, 2018.

The outdoor cinema will be decked out with mini bar, deck chairs and beanbags.

There will be drink specials, and of course popcorn for the total cinema experience.

The evening will kick off with live music at 6:00pm.

Short films will be screened from 9:00pm.

Anyone can enter, entries close on 4 November and winners will be announced the following day on social media.

Judges include acclaimed producer and founding director of Media World Pictures, Colin South, as well as Brett Climo, currently starring in the Foxtel series, A Place To Call Home, and with numerous other television, film and stage credits to his name.

There will be prizes for the top films, thanks to sponsors - Bridge Road Brewers, Camera House Ballarat and Ballarat Mercedes Benz.

Silvie Paladino - On My Own
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
Silvie Paladino is one of Australia's most versatile and talented entertainers and is giving two performances at the Ballarat Anglican Cathedral in November.

Silvie is probably best known for her performances in the annual Carols by Candlelight for the Nine Network but has also appeared throughout Australia, Asia and London's West End. Productions include Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, The King and I, Chess. Silvie has also featured in both the Rugby League and Australian Football League Grand Finals and the 2008 Olympic Games.

Silvie will be giving two performances at the Anglican Cathedral. As Silvie has a great following among younger people her first performance will be at 3:00pm so families will be able to attend. At her 7:00pm performance the Cathedral is going to launch its Music Foundation established to support younger people in the choral tradition. Street car parking is available.
November Sun
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
Blue Pyrenees Estate opens its gates on 17 November for its first November Sun music event — a celebration of great wine, Australian music, local food and craft beer.

The lineup features â€㰔s rockers Dragon alongside ARIA award winner Oh Mercy, Batts and Grim Fawkner, plus guests.

The event runs from 1:00pm to 8:00pm, with a free shuttle bus from Avoca and bus transfers available from Ballarat.

See the website for more event information including FAQ, camping and accommodation information and maps.
Nose to tail - A Charcuterie Experience
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
Somebody once said a weekend well spent brings a week of content. And what better way to spend an afternoon than a workshop and long lunch with Mick Nunn from Salt Kitchen Charcuterie and John Harris of Mitchell Harris Wines.

Join Mick as he turns The Barrel Room into a classroom, demonstrating how you can work with pigs to prepare dishes using every part of the animal. While John will match each dish with a delicious wine that pairs perfectly with cured pork. Bring your own esky for some delicious take-home Salt Kitchen products.
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
YAPENYA is song. YAPENYA is dance. YAPENYA is language. YAPENYA is ceremony. YAPENYA is Dja Dja Wurrung.

YAPENYA is a new Dja Dja Wurrung ceremony celebrating song, dance, language and culture.

YAPENYA meaning place of song and dance, will share Dja Dja Wurrung stories from the stars, that are reflected onto country. Using song, dance, language and storytelling YAPENYA is a celebration of Dja Dja Wurrung ancestors, history, culture and presence.

The Dja Dja Wurrung community extends a warm invitation to all residents of Bendigo and surrounding areas to come witness this new ceremony.

Free entry.
Mullets and Memoirs
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
Memoirs and Mullets is an original and unique Australian love story, weaving its tale with roller skating, comedy, live music, circus and dance. Frankie and Shazza meet way back in the 50’s and we follow their love affair through the decades. Accompanied by the iconic tunes of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, this show is sure to have you tapping your feet and singing along. The show appeals to audiences as young as six all the way through to their Grandparents.
Deny Christian 'Passionism'
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018 to Sat 22nd Dec 2018
First Victorian solo exhibition of recent works by artist Deny Christian. Christian has had an extraordinary artistic career spanning more than four decades.

A twice honoured exhibitor in the Portia Geach National Prize for Portraiture (1975 and 1976); winner of the David Berry Portrait Prize (2000) and winner of the Packer’s Prize of the Archibald Prize, for her beautiful portrait of the actor Gary McDonald (1999), and the painter of numerous celebrity and official portraits – from Kate Ceberano and Derek Llewellyn Jones to Lara Giddings the Former Governor of Tasmania.

Supremely well versed in the art of portraiture and still life, Christian works in the classical tradition and creates both beautiful and incredibly naturalistic artworks.

She believes in the artistic movement known as Passionism.

Hallmarks of this style are a classical elegance, grace and a devotion to the traditions of European painting that were established during the Italian Renaissance.

The Design Exchange and Bakers Lane
Date Sun 18th Nov 2018
Ballarat’s The Design Exchange market is a designer market that brings together emerging designers and contemporary artists from all over.

You will be amazed by the calibre of the designers as you wander leisurely through the market. With over 60 designers selling their wares you are bound to find something to suit you. Be tempted by yummy food or simply enjoy a cup of coffee, while being entertained by local musicians. Come and relax with friends in the Design Exchange 'lounge room' while soaking up the atmosphere in this very impressive building.
Lavandula - Taking The Waters
Date Sun 18th Nov 2018
Lavandula celebrates the wonderful healing mineral springs and all things wellness in this unique event. Come to the water bar and sample the water from the springs in the region and come to understand their unique healing benefits.

There will be two in-depth talks on the mineral water at 11:30am and 2:00pm.

Take some time for you while you are here and be healed and treated with massage, reiki and yoga throughout the day.

Come and take the waters at Lavandula on Sunday 18 November. Book now.
Draw the Nude Man in the Bar
Date Thu 22nd Nov 2018
Never had the courage to go to a life drawing class? Always wanted to draw but unsure where to start? The Lost Ones Gallery have the perfect solution. They have got the nude - all they need is for you to turn up. Grab yourself a drink, help yourself to some paper and charcoal - and get drawing. Free entry. Leave your inhibitions at the door.
Corroboree by Full Moon
Date Fri 23rd Nov 2018
A Corroboree by Full Moon will be held at Sovereign Hill on Friday November 23.

This award-winning community event is part of Sovereign Hill’s annual Gnarrwirring Ngitj/Learning Together Program, which showcases local Aboriginal history and living culture.

Beginning as darkness descends, Corroboree by Full Moon will feature Wadawurrung dancers, along with people from other Aboriginal nations across Victoria and beyond. The performance presents an opportunity to learn about the region’s 50,000-year history and the oldest continuous cultures on Earth.

Sovereign Hill’s new adventure Play Space will be open for ticket holders to enjoy on the night, in addition to a variety of hands-on educational activities.

Sovereign Hill’s inaugural Corroboree event recently won a Museums and Galleries National Award (MAGNA) and a Reconciliation Victoria HART Award. It was believed to be the first Corroboree held in Ballarat for over 150 years.

Tickets for the 2018 Corroboree are on sale now.
Sportsbet Ballarat Cup
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
Soak up the atmosphere and excitement of the premier sporting and social event on Ballarat's calendar; the 2018 Sportsbet Ballarat Cup.

The Sportsbet Ballarat Cup is ideally placed at the end of the popular Spring Racing Carnival, and is a perfect opportunity for racegoers to come together and enjoy themselves in the terrific setting of Sportsbet-Ballarat.

With over one million dollars in prize money and a racing program featuring the Ballarat Cup, plus events such as the Magic Millions Two Year OldClockwise Classic and Magic Millions Three Year Old Classic, the quality of racing is truly outstanding.

If you are interested in the fashions make sure that you register for the Stockland Wendouree Fashions on the Field. This event is always a highlight of the day.

The range of on-course dining options is exceptional and whether you are celebrating with friends and family, hosting a corporate event or simply enjoying a spectacular day of racing, the Sportsbet Ballarat Cup has something for everyone's tastes.
TreX Cross Triathlon Series - Race Four: TreX Goldfields
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
The TreX Series is back and ready to explode into the 2018/19 triathlon season with an even bigger and more action-packed season with no less than seven ‘not to be missed’ events across the country, including:

An all new event location; new event formats; the revival of the TreX Duathlon; and all new Standard and Sprint course AquaBike.

Race Three returns to a favourite Victorian course in Bendigo with its more than memorable off road trail run course. Stay tuned for some more news for this event.
Elmhurst Bush Twilight Market
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
Held in the gardens and streets surrounding Elmhurst Bush Nursing Centre, the Elmhurst Bush Twilight Market is a great country market including local produce, free activities for children, great Christmas shopping, food and wine.
Freya Josephine Hollick
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
Freya Josephine Hollick is an old-timey, country, folk singer/songwriter from the Victorian Goldfields. Hollick's roots in folk music has led her to blues and country music, through a hunger for knowledge of how and from where modern music evolved. Freya has followed a path back to a time that holds true to her voice, her songwriting and her story. Hollick's voice has been described as haunting, as both powerful and fragile, truly a voice unlike any other, and one that is of another time.
Winemaker's Comparative Tasting Four Course Lunch
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
Benchmarking against peer’s wines is the way a winemaker hones their palate. Want to witness this first hand? Come to this lunch. Over a four course lunch, Adam will present Bress Gold and Le Coq Noir wines served against wines from other five star wineries. A great way to taste impressive wines, learn and eat exceedingly well.

This event is not suitable for children.
SpringFest Market Sunday
Date Sun 25th Nov 2018
Bring your family and friends to SpringFest Market Sunday. Admire the natural surrounds of Ballarat’s Lake and gardens precinct in the springtime as you explore six unbelievable kilometres of market stalls, events, activities and fun for all the family, set up against the serene backdrop of Lake Wendouree.

There are almost 500 market stalls to browse, offering a wide range of food, art and craft, music, clothing, jewellery, plants and flowers, performers, car displays and activities to suit all interests.
Bendigo Trail Run Festival
Date Sun 25th Nov 2018
The Bendigo Trail Run Festival is hosted in conjunction with the TreX Cross Triathlon Series which together make up an action packed weekend of off road events for the entire family.

Taking in some of the most spectacular bushland trails this all new trail run festival is set to delight, challenge and inspire trail runners of all ages and abilities.

Based in the heart of Victoria’s Gold Rush Country at Crusoe Reservoir in Bendigo the courses challenge runners with a diverse array of terrain and scenery, from the natural beauty of Crusoe Reservoir and No 7 Park, to the challenge of Big Hill within Bendigo Regional Park.

So whether your a hardcore trail runner, a weekend warrior, someone who just loves getting in two the outdoors, or a family and kids, there’s something for everyone.
Summer Exhibition of Art by Ballarat Society of Artists Inc.
Date Fri 30th Nov 2018 to Sun 23rd Dec 2018
Once again the Summer Exhibition of Art is on display at the Trades Hall Camp Street, Ballarat.

This is a free event open 10:00am to 5:00pm Thursday to Sunday each week from 30 November to 23 December.

A wide selection of original artworks for sale in a variety of mediums and genres. Also available original cards and unframed work. EFTPOS available.

At varying times, artists will also be completing artworks at the exhibition.

Christmas Shopping Night at Sovereign Hill
Date Fri 30th Nov 2018
One way to ensure people keep their hands off your raspberry drops is with Sovereign Hill’s new personalised jars.

For one night only, shoppers will be able to create personalised labels for their jars of the popular hard-boiled lolly.

The customised jars are available with purchase of a 450 gram jar of raspberry drops during Sovereign Hill’s annual Christmas shopping night Friday, 30 November 2018.

The night will also see stalls filled with delicious fudge, Turkish delight and all your favourite Sovereign Hill treats. Jams, sauces, soaps, creams and other locally made products will also be on display and available for you to purchase for that special someone (that special someone can be you).

A children’s choir and visit from St Nicolas will fill the night with Christmas cheer, alongside the new adventure Play Space which will be open for shoppers to enjoy.

Entry to Sovereign Hill is free for this one-off shopping event.

No Excuses Drag Racing Heads Up
Date Sat 1st Dec 2018
See Australia's toughest and quickest Radial tyre cars battle it out for bragging rights and cash.

No Excuses - Heads Up Elimination Drag Racing is a Radial Tyre event. The classes are around the tyre size of the entering vehicle.

$2,000 prize money given to each class winner on the day for classes with 15 entrants or more. The classes are: R235, R275 and R325.

This event is one eighth of a mile. There will be many trophies given away on the day and will also be demonstration passes from vehicles that are racing but not part of the heads up elimination.
Inter Dominion - Heat Two - Ballarat
Date Tue 4th Dec 2018
The Ballarat & District Trotting Club invite you to the biggest event in harness racing history, the 2018 TAB Inter Dominion.

The Inter Dominion (ID) is Australasia’s premier trots event, the Inter Dominion Championship, is returning to Victoria after a 10 year hiatus. The ID is an ultimate test of equine speed and strength.

Offering free children’s activities and games on track with the opportunity to see Ballarat’s own International recognised street artist, Travis Price, painting a 21 metre mural under the grandstand.
Matt Fraser Medium with a Message Australian Tour Ballarat
Date Tue 4th Dec 2018
Matt Fraser is an internationally-renowned psychic medium and best-selling author of The Secrets to Unlocking Your Psychic Ability.

Over his dynamic career, he has conducted thousands of readings for clients around the world, performed at sold-out events across the country, and appeared on numerous televisions shows and media outlets, all with the mission of reconnecting friends and family with the spirits of those who are no longer with us.

His vibrant messages of hope, comfort, and healing have touched the lives of all who meet him.

Psychic Medium Matthew Fraser can be described as dynamic, electric and the real deal. At his popular Medium with a Message live group reading events, Matt connects those who have passed with the loved ones they have left behind. The messages he is asked to deliver frequently include names, dates, and locations he couldn’t possibly know, and only add to his long-established credibility.

Matt’s personal and humorous interaction with the members of the audience guarantee that you will have a great time and leave feeling uplifted. What truly matters is that the messages from heaven will touch your heart and change your life for the better.

Presented by Wowza events.
Frida Kahlo, Her Photos
Date Sat 8th Dec 2018 to Sun 10th Feb 2019
Drawn from the extensive photographic archive of the Casa Azul (Blue House) this exhibition includes photographic highlights from the personal collection of Frida Kahlo.

The interests and obsessions that Kahlo grappled with throughout her life are reflected in this series of photographs: her family, her fascination for Diego Rivera and other loves, her crippled body and medical science, her friends and enemies, political struggles and art, the pre-Columbian past and her great love for Mexico and its traditions.

The exhibition reveals Kahlo’s passion for collecting historical photographs as reference material for her work, as well as the photographs of contemporaries including Man Ray, Martin Munkácsi, Edward Weston, Tina Modotti, Pierre Verger, and Lola and Manuel Álvarez Bravo.

Exclusive to Bendigo Art Gallery in Australia, this exhibition from the Frida Kahlo Museum and Diego Rivera Museum, curated by Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, and toured by Terra Esplêndida and Banco de México, the fiduciary of the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Museums.
Christmas at Mandurang Valley Wines
Date Sun 9th Dec 2018
Each year, Mandurang Valley Wines and the Rotary Club of Bendigo hold a community Christmas party, and this year it is on Sunday 9 December from 10:00am to 3:00pm

There is wine, retail stalls and food - there' is something for everyone. It is a chance to enjoy a bite to eat, and a drink, and enjoy the community atmosphere.

All money raised from the Christmas party is donated to Rotary projects to help children in need.

This is a free event to attend.
Date Tue 11th Dec 2018 to Sat 15th Dec 2018
DEMOLISH takes an evocative look at Austrlia's landscape and home, through an enthralling blend of dance and physical theatre, lighting, projections, original soundtrack and heavy machinery.

The land the Dja Dja Wurrung call ‘upside down country’ has been ravaged by the goldrush, stripped and ploughed into farmland and now faces more cataclysmic change into houses, factories and freeways. Demolition continues through every generation as a new future evolves. What are the losses? And what are the gains?

Audiences will experience DEMOLISH on an iconic Bendigo site on Dja Dja Wurrung country, which has been peopled over time by indigenous people, settler/farmers and in its recent history students who lived in its teacher’s college dormitories and attended La Trobe University courses. Now a development site slated for medium density housing to be built around its remaining 'Pleasantvale' homestead, the location is resonant of the issues that have informed this theatrical spectacle to be played on its grounds.

Commissioned by Creative Victoria for the Regional Centre for Culture, supported by the City of Greater Bendigo and Latrobe University, DEMOLISH will be performed on the ancient land of the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans.
Christmas at the Trots
Date Wed 12th Dec 2018
Celebrate Christmas in the Terrace Restaurant at the Ballarat and District Trotting CLub.

Enjoy a $40 dining package that includes a three course Christmas inspored meal and race book. Or opt for the $60 dining and drinks package that also includes house wines, tap beers and soft drink. Children's meals are also available.

Conditions apply and bookings are essential. Call to make a reservation.
A Very Vaudeville Christmas - Ballarat
Date Sat 15th Dec 2018
Jingle your bells and deck the halls as The Old Married Couple presents a Very Vaudeville Christmas Variety show.

The vintage styled novelty jazz duo will fill your stocking with cheer as they share a night of distinctive 20’s inspired Dixieland toots and hoots with some extra special Christmas treats thrown in. These treats include devilishly delightful Christmas burlesque, a live music, comedy and more yuletide silliness than you can shake your candy cane at for a night of toots, hoots and naughty gifts to boot.
Christmas at Bress
Date Sun 16th Dec 2018
One of Bress' favourite weekends of the year. Celebrate the festive season – Bress style.

Tickets include a three courses plus a delicious baked ham and a glass of Sparkling Blanc on arrival. They will also have exclusive gift packs available for our lunch guests to pre-order for collection on the day – perfect for those last-minute Christmas gifts.

Australian Jazz Convention
Date Thu 27th Dec 2018 to Mon 31st Dec 2018
Ballarat will come alive with the sounds and colours of Jazz between Christmas and New Year, when as many as 1,000 musicians and delegates will attend the 72nd Annual Convention and play and enjoy music in programmed performances in eight venues in Ballarat’s CBD.

The convention commenced in 1946 and is the longest continually run event of its kind in the world. Although primarily a Jazz Musician Convention, visitors and lovers of jazz are welcome and encouraged to come enjoy the vast presentation of Jazz music on offer.

Over the period of the Convention, lovers of Jazz can participate, listen or simply enjoy the many components of the Convention, including the programmed performances, piano recitals, street parade, original tunes competition, workshops as well as a free public concert at Alfred Deakin Place.

Single day passes can be purchased for $30 either online, at Her Majesties Theatre or at the convention main information centre, located at the Mining Exchange, during the Convention.

Day passes are for performances 27 to 31 December.
2019 FedUni Road National Championships
Date Fri 4th Jan 2019 to Tue 8th Jan 2019
The 2019 FedUni Road National Championships is your chance to watch the best Aussie riders battle it out for the ultimate glory of the green and gold jersey.

Held over five days, this ultimate festival of cycling features a criterium, time trial, and a road race.

If you are keen to get involved, 2019 will see the return of the Gran Fondo National Champs.

With heaps of national titles up for grabs and an unforgettable five days of racing, organise the family and make the most of it.
Luluc 'Sculptor' Tour in Castlemaine
Date Sat 12th Jan 2019
A homecoming album launch for much loved Brooklyn-via-Melbourne duo, Luluc. Sculptor (Mistletone/Sub Pop) is the third album by Luluc (Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett) and has won universal acclaim including Album of the Week (3RRR, Double J, The Age) and four star reviews from MOJO, Uncut, Q and The Guardian.
2019 PETstock Ballarat Pacing Cup
Date Sat 19th Jan 2019
The 2019 PETstock Ballarat Pacing Cup promises to showcase the best in Harness racing action and entertainment.

The Terrace Restaurant caters for the whole family. Dining package are priced from $32.00 to $75.00 which include admission, a delicious three course meal, race book and table service. Drinks additional.

If you are after a more casual feel, look no further than the CUB Beer Garden. Located track side, pre-purchased tickets are $20.00 offering you admission, $10.00 food voucher and complimentary drink.

On the night the CUB Beer garden is open to public where food and drinks are available to purchase.
Professional Bull Riders Bendigo
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019
The PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Monster Energy Tour will bring its thrilling, adrenaline-filled, edge-of-your-seat excitement back to the Bendigo Showgrounds on Saturday, 2 February 2019.

For one-night only, some of the best bull riders in the world will battle the sport’s toughest bovine athletes. The thrilling eight second rides and heart-stopping wrecks make the PBR’s Monster Energy Tour the toughest sport on dirt and one huge night that you will not want to miss.

Choreographed with pyrotechnics, concert sound system, and mega screen replays, with multiple camera angles that will take you behind the scenes and inside the bucking chutes as riders prepare for the ride of their life whilst delivering you the ultimate live event bull riding experience.

This is a sport where eight seconds can cost you everything. Welcome to the world of the PBR.
Professional Bull Riders Ballarat Invitational
Date Sat 9th Mar 2019
The PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Monster Energy Tour will bring its thrilling, adrenaline-filled, edge-of-your-seat excitement to the Ballarat Showgrounds on Saturday March 9.

For one-night only, some of the best bull riders in the world will battle the sport’s toughest bovine athletes. The thrilling eight second rides and heart-stopping wrecks make the PBR’s Monster Energy Tour the toughest sport on dirt and one huge night that you will not want to miss.

Choreographed with pyrotechnics, concert sound system and mega screen replays, with multiple camera angles that will take you behind the scenes and inside the bucking chutes as riders prepare for the ride of their life whilst delivering you the ultimate live event bull riding experience.

This is a sport where eight seconds can cost you everything. Welcome to the world of the Professional Bull Riding.
Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019 to Sun 14th Jul 2019
Tudors to Windsors traces the history of the British monarchy through the outstanding collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London.

This exhibition highlights major events in British (and world) history from the sixteenth century to the present, examining the ways in which royal portraits were impacted by both the personalities of individual monarchs and wider historical change.

Presenting some of the most significant royal portraits, the exhibition will explore five royal dynasties: the Tudors, the Stuarts, the Georgians, the Victorians and the Windsors shedding light on key figures and important historical moments. This exhibition also offers insight into the development of British art including works by the most important artists to have worked in Britain, from Sir Peter Lely and Sir Godfrey Kneller to Cecil Beaton and Annie Liebovitz.

To bring these royal figures to life, Bendigo Art Gallery has secured key loans of historic fashion, armour and personal effects which will be featured alongside these magnificent and imposing portraits.

Significant additional lenders: Historic Royal Palaces, the Bath Fashion Museum, Royal Armouries, FIDM Museum, LA, National Gallery of Victoria, State Library of Victoria and Art Gallery of South Australia.

Castlemaine State Festival
Date Fri 22nd Mar 2019 to Sun 31st Mar 2019
The Castlemaine State Festival is a ten day extravaganza of art, music, film, culture and fun.

The program is packed full of captivating events in some of Australia's finest Gold Rush era venues.

Set amongst the artist hamlet of Castlemaine and surrounds, a town of 7,000 swells to over 15,000 during peak festival time.

Audiences congregate from across Victoria for one of Australia's longest running Arts Festivals, now in its 42 year, which makes it Victoria’s key regional arts festival.

Festival goers will no doubt enjoy the unique atmosphere of our Central Victorian community which comes together to celebrate this biennial ten-day multi-arts celebration.

Bendigo Yoga Festival
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019 to Sun 24th Mar 2019
The Bendigo Yoga Festival is a unique two-day event focused on promoting physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing to yoga participants of all levels. Taking place in the heritage buildings and laneways of Bendigo against the backdrop of the beautiful northwest Victoria countryside, it is the perfect opportunity to completely immerse in the flow of your personal practice away from your daily life.

The organisers believe Yoga is for everyone and recognising this diversity, have incorporated workshops in a range of styles for the festival, catering for beginner, intermediate and advanced yogis. With workshops delivered across the whole day from some of the countries most prominent instructors, this is the perfect opportunity to hone your practice in a focused and supportive environment.

In addition to workshops there will be market stalls, live music, a chill out tee pee and much more; with ample opportunity to sit back, reflect, and unwind. Take this opportunity to turn your routine to ritual, start with intention, move to purpose and excel with clarity in 2019.
A Taste Of Ireland
Date Thu 11th Apr 2019
After performing to thousands of audiences nationwide, The Irish music and dance sensation, A Taste of Ireland, is touring Nationally in 2019. Witness the World Champions directly from the West End’s Lord of the Dance, as they tell the tale of the World’s most loved nation in one incredible live performance.

Told through Irish music and dance, A Taste of Ireland reveals the magical tale of two star crossed lovers leaving their Emerald home forever. Produced by Australia’s golden duo, Brent Pace and Ceili Moore, A Taste of Ireland transports the audience to a time and place where tunes, taps and tradition are all the very essence of celebrating the Irish spirit.

Featuring an unparalleled cast of World, All Ireland and National Champion Irish dancers, and musicians from around the globe, A Taste of Ireland is unique for a production in this genre and features music and dance reflected through raw talent, which is impressively 100% live.

Irish accordion, paired with raw guitar and rhythmic banjo, combined ballads and songs from across the counties and provinces as the audience is transported on a journey through the Celtic motherland.
Rushworth Easter Heritage Festival
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
Rushworth Easter Heritage Festival is a two-day event held in the heritage listed High Street of Rushworth.

It incorporates music entertainment, stalls, food and a parade. There is also an art and craft exhibition, steam engine display and the museum will be open as well.

The parade includes all types of horses, old vehicles, an old steam traction engine, CFA and foot entries as well.

Sunday's event is held at Moora and consists of the Moora Working Draft Horse Muster with working horse displays, ploughing, winnowing with associated crafts, blacksmithing, shearing, music and food. There are also cottage crafts demonstrations and lace making.
Metcalfe Tractor Pull and Woodchop
Date Sun 15th Sep 2019
The thirteenth annual Metcalfe Vintage Tractor Pull and Wood Chop will be held on 15 September 2019.

Take a picturesque, rural recreation reserve and add to it thirty vintage tractors being nursed, cursed and encouraged to their limits and you really do have the beginnings of a great day.

Add to it a fiercely competitive wood chop event with axmen from around the state, vintage and classic cars, vintage static engines, children’s entertainment, plus music and plentiful food and drink and you have the recipe for a great, country festival.

All proceeds benefit the local community groups of Metcalfe: the CFA, Tennis Club, Senior Citizens, Landcare and the Hall.