On November 17, the Dja Dja Wurrung community will gather in Rosalind Park for an evening of song, dance and story. While the continuation of the age-old ceremony is an important part of the clan’s continuous culture, all locals, regardless of birthplace or background, are invited to share in the celebration, and have the privilege of hearing stories that were passed down from the stars.
Baker Boy in Castlemaine
After impressive performances at both last year’s Meredith Music Festival and this year’s Splendour in the Grass, Triple J Unearthed artist Baker Boy, will appear in Castlemaine for two performances (one all-ages, one adult) and run dance and cultural youth workshops on November 8 and 9.
Baker Boy is the first Indigenous artist who raps in Yolngu Matha language to have mainstream radio play. Raised in the remote NT communities of Yurrwi and Maningrida, the 21-year-old has been delivering hip hop and cultural workshops around Australia for five years; giving young participants a taste of East Arnhem and Yolgnu culture.
Dendron – The Forest in Us
On November 15 and 16, Bendigo’s CreateAbility – a company of artists with a range of abilities – will perform a work that explores humanity’s relationship with nature. Dendron, which has its origins in the Greek work for ‘tree’, will discuss connections – the connections in our own bodies, our links to each other and how we relate to the forest.
CreateAbility uses movement and sound to investigate our cultural DNA, through a story that is deeply rooted in the emotional and mythic. This isn’t your regular sit-down theatre – you will follow the action in the performance space, on a journey of your own.
Bike Bendigo’s Bike-Palooza
Throughout the month of October expect a range of bike-centric initiatives hosted by Bike Bendigo, including new artworks on underpasses, cycle-focused film festivals and community rides. Williamson Street will be closed to traffic on October 20 for people to ride around, and everyone – including truck drivers, car drivers and pedestrians – is invited to take part.
Australia on Screen: Sunday Too Far Away
Another entry in the excellent Australia on Screen series at the Star Cinema is Sunday Too Far Away, the 1975 drama by Ken Hannam. Starring a ripped Jack Thompson as a hard-drinking, hard-working shearer, the film details a strike by the downtrodden workers against the local landholders. Luckily, November 27 isn’t too far away.
Once and for All
Taking a look at the lighter side of darker subjects, theatre company Such as They Are is performing a work in residence at the Mortuary Chapel in the Bendigo Cemetery, where the performers will use sculpture, puppets and storytelling to investigate death. Once and For All runs from November 30 to December 2.
For the past 12 months, local students from the Hepburn Shire have been working on a filmmaking project. That gargantuan task comes to fruition at Trentham’s Quarry Reserve on November 10, when the kids’ three-minute movies will be screened at Seed Cinema. It’s basically the ultimate in next-gen film festival programming: getting to see hot new directors before they’re out of primary school.
The title “Take Flight” is literal. Between November 2 and December 2, thirty local circus artists will create an aerial show at The Capital Theatre in Bendigo, exploring themes of identity while high in the rafters. But it’s not only the professionals who are invited to fly – a free workshop on November 18 at Z Fit Studios will teach rank amateurs how to take flight as well.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with the Regional Centre of Culture 2018.