If you haven't been to Bendigo lately, I think now is a great time to head there. One of Bengio's latests attraction is a worldclass arts precinct called Ulumbarra. It's an Indigenous name meaning the gathering or gathering place; it is best pronounced as 'OO' lumbarra!
The new theatre, which has 953 seating capacity, has come together with the help of a lot of different people. It is actually part of the Bendigo High School and was built with some of their education funding. What a lucky school indeed! The acoustics in the theatre itself are brilliant and it has the most comfortable seating I have ever sat on in any kind of venue.
It has been built from the old jail in Bendigo which was first built in 1862. Most of the original stone and brick work remain. The rest is was carved out with great architectural expertise. The Arts Centre in Melbourne will surely be envious of this new masterpiece!
In May, the theatre will debut "Ned", a musical about Ned Kelly which I can tell you after seeing a preview has amazing talent attached to it. It coincides with a fantastic display happening in honour of all things Ned Kelly in the local gallery. Called Imagining Ned it is currently taking place now and up through June.
If you aren't the kind who likes the arts and theatre you might also enjoy the fact that when you attend a performance you can explore aspects of the jail how it use to be. The box office is in a wing where they have preserved several cells of the prison, and you can see inside these.
There are just so many different features and reasons to venture into Bendigo for a day trip or longer and check out this marvellous new venue and the historic and beautiful town itself.