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The Regional Centre for Culture

Take a break from the city and discover the vibrant artistic hubs of the Regional Centre for Culture, where exciting events, festivals and dining experiences are just waiting to be discovered

Bendigo Art Gallery
Photograph: Visit Victoria

What do the four shires surrounding the buzzing Victorian centres of Bendigo, Daylesford, Castlemaine and Maryborough have in common? In 2018, they’re teaming up to form the Regional Centre for Culture. Over 12 big months, the RCC will host music festivals, shows, exhibitions and community events shining a light on talented locals, as well as celebrating the rich history and continuing presence of the Dja Dja Wurrung people, who are the traditional owners of the land. Each of the shires in the RCC has their own personality (are you all about the relaxing spas of Daylesford? Or keen to soak up the arty atmosphere of Castlemaine?), and we recommend exploring as much of the RCC as possible. We’ve put together your ultimate guide to an RCC adventure, including what to see and do, where to eat and where to stay.

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A guide to Bendigo and surrounds
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A guide to Bendigo and surrounds

Venture just a few hours from Melbourne and you'll find a town packed with world-class arts and culture, thriving creative communities, historic landmarks and top-notch dining and drinking.

A guide to Castlemaine and surrounds
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A guide to Castlemaine and surrounds

Castlemaine punches way above its weight when it comes to cultural festivals and activites – not to mention restaurants that are well worth the drive north.

A guide to Daylesford and surrounds
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A guide to Daylesford and surrounds

There are the spas, of course; but then there are also contemplative art galleries, heritage train rides and a museum that tells the stories of the Dja Dja Wurrung people who are the traditional owners of the land.

A guide to Maryborough and surrounds
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A guide to Maryborough and surrounds

The jewel of the Central Goldfields Shire is the chilled-out, picturesque and historically rich centre of Maryborough.

The best of the RCC

The best places to eat and drink in the RCC
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The best places to eat and drink in the RCC

You'll need to keep your energy up during your RCC adventure, and luckily, these shires are home to some of the state's best dining experiences.

Where to stay in the RCC
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Where to stay in the RCC

If you want the very best from your RCC stay, then look no further than these cosy digs and luxe bed and breakfasts.

Events in the RCC

Bosom Buddies at Ulumbarra Theatre
Theatre

Bosom Buddies at Ulumbarra Theatre

In May Ulumbarra Theatre will host Bosom Buddies, a show by Todd McKenney and Nancye Hayes that is one part stageshow and one part Q and A session. It's on for one night only at the theatre (Tuesday May 8), and tickets start at $60. 

Mirusia and Paris Underground at Capital Theatre
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Mirusia and Paris Underground at Capital Theatre

This May the Capital will host several standout shows including a performance by Australian-Dutch soprano Mirusia. Having spent a decade with André Rieu's orchestra in the Netherlands, the singer has returned to Australia to forge a solo career. The Capital will also be hosting the Paris Underground cabaret where you can catch tap dancers, aerialists, magicians and singers. 

FoRT at the Engine Room
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FoRT at the Engine Room

During May the Engine Room will host FoRT, a playful show for childen that uses everyday objects to create fantastical imaginary worlds. You and your tiny tots can catch the clowning around Tuesday May 29 or Wednesday May 30 at 10.30am. 

Arnold Street Gallery
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Arnold Street Gallery

In 2016 a team of local Bendigo-based artists took a disused milk bar and turned it into Arnold Street Gallery: an eclectic space to see and create art. Established by Dr Susan McMinn and Tegan Wheeldon, Arnold Street Gallery is close to Bendigo's main arts precinct and provides a supportive space for those exhibiting contemporary art.  The 2018 program of exhibitions at Arnold Street Gallery includes: An Homage to the New York School Grant Davis. July 10 to 28. Launch 2pm July 14.  ImproviséBryan Dawe. August 7 to 26. Launch 6pm August 11. Term Three Student ExhibitionAugust 28 to September 9. Launch 2pm September 1. Australian KitchenMerrian Dennis. October 2 to 21. Launch 2pm October 6. Latitude Art Exhibition: showcasing artists with a disability October 30 to November 10. Launch 2pm November 3. Wild and TamedCarolyn Dew and Rhyse Jones. November 13 to December 1. Launch 6pm November 17. Landscape in WatercolourGary Vaughan. December 4 to 15. Launch 6pm December 6.