Top 3 Free Events in Bendigo in Spring

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Posted 2013-06-25 by Geoff Edlundfollow
Bendigo is a major town 150 kilometres north-west of Melbourne, and 100,000 residents are gearing up for a fun and creative Spring. Tourism is booming in Bendigo with drawcards like the Bendigo Blues festival, a huge swap meet, and an impressive exhibition. These Spring events are free, and provide a great way to get out and about with friends and family.

Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival

Enjoy the sound of Blues throughout the festival season, with the highlight of the festival a day long family friendly concert featuring 16 acts over two stages. The Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival is a not for profit community organisation supported by a group of volunteers. It was established by the renowned Bendigo musician and promoter Colin Thompson in 2011 and after a successful festival last year, it returns again at the start of November 2013.

The festival is held from the 7th to the 10th of November 2013 throughout Bendigo and surrounds. Major sponsors and partners like Bendigo Bank, The Southern Bay Brew Co, and Mawby Property ensure the sustainability and promotion of the festival to a broad audience.

Some major acts from last year include the multi-instrumentalist Rowan Blackmore, the Blues group Cold Snap, and the powerful vocalist and guitar virtuoso Mike Erlington.The details of all of the acts and their locations will be finalised at the start of Spring, and a program can be obtained by contacting [email protected].

Bendigo National Swap Meet

Bendigo has excellent club rooms and mechanical facilities enabling it to host car club rallies. There are 96 clubs, regular displays, and quarterly meetings for enthusiasts. The Bendigo National Swap Meet is the largest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and attracts over 30,000 motoring enthusiasts.

The event includes displays of motorcycles, historic vehicle, and steam and oil engines. Toy cars and models will also fascinate the kids, and families are encouraged to attend. There will also be a range of food and coffee stalls to give you energy to explore the expansive site.

This event is held on the 16th and 17th of November 2013 from 9am to 5pm at the Bendigo Showgrounds, Corner of Holmes Road and Havilah Road, Bendigo. Enquiries: 04 34 730 822, [email protected]

Experimenta Art Exhibition

Experimenta is a leading contemporary media arts organisation. They aim to commission, exhibit, and encourage the best in contemporary media art in Australia through two-year events. The model developed for Experimenta's biennial exhibitions and touring exhibitions has been hugely successful.

Past events include Experimenta Utopia Now (2010 - 2012), Experimenta Playground (2007 - 2009), Experimenta Vanishing Point (2005 - 2007) and Experimenta House of Tomorrow (2003 - 2005). The biennial is launched in Melbourne before embarking on a subsequent two-year national tour.

The new offering is called Experimenta Speak to Me. This exhibition explores the question of communication in an online age, and how this impacts our relationships and experience of the world in general. Experimenta will present five newly commissioned artworks by Australian artists including Christopher Fulham, Jess MacNeil, Wade Marynowsky and Katie Turnbull. Working across disciplines including robotics, animation and digital video, each artist explores new experimental art forms. There will also be a collaboration with New York based artist Ian Burns who uses found objects and video screens to create sculptural installations that draw upon modern culture. This is an extensive exhibition and many of the works will tour regionally, including Bendigo.

The exhibition is held in Bendigo from the 7th of September to the 13th of October 2013, at Bendigo Art Gallery. The gallery is located at 42 View Street Bendigo. Enquiries: (03) 5434 6088, [email protected]

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