Post Office Gallery Exhibition
Bendigo’s Easter Fair: amusement, charity and tradition
6 March – 29 August, 9am–5 pm, Post Office Gallery
An exhibition of photographs, moving image and memorabilia sharing the fun, fundraising, entertainment and tradition cemented over 150 Easter Fairs. While attractions and entertainments have come and gone, over time, longstanding community connections have endured, forging iconic traditions through shared endeavour, festivity and cultural exchange.
1920s Themed Cocktail Ball
Saturday, 4 April, 7pm – midnight, Fortuna, Chum Street, Bendigo
Why not start off the 150th Easter by attending a Cocktail Ball? Come celebrate with us at this 1920’s theme Ball. To begin with, you will be entertained by our pianist, Xavier, while you enjoy pre-dinner drinks.
From here, you will move into the Crushing Room where you will be treated and can dance to the 12 piece #Big Band including 2 vocalists; enjoy delicious continuous finger food and have a great choice of alcohol and refreshments. There will also be a photobooth for you to have your photo taken as a keepsake to remember this fantastic night.
And keeping with tradition, the Bendigo Health Foundation will hold an auction with fantastic prizes. Not enough? You will also receive a 150th commemorative medallion!
Don’t miss out! Go to gotix.com.au to buy your tickets.
Ticket sales end 18 March.
Easter on Ice
Saturday, 4 April to Monday 13 April, 10 am–8pm (closes 5pm Easter Monday),
Tom Flood Car Park (Parking off Park Road and Water Street)
Ice skating and tobogganing fun, 60-minute sessions running each hour.
Skate: Children U/16 $10, Adults $15
Toboggan Run: 5 slides for $5
Bookings essential, visit Eventbrite. com.au (tickets on sale 1 March). Limited tickets on the day.
Thursday, 9 April–Monday, 13 April, all day, Piazza – View Street
Violet was one of the 12 Kewpie Dolls created for the closing ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and one of only 8 still remaining. Purchased for the Federation Easter Fair Parade of 2001, she has appeared only 3 or 4 time since. She represents the many Kewpie Dolls won by thousands of carnival goers from side show stalls over the years.
Violet stands about 6 meters tall and wears a replica Golden Sash “MOST POPULAR GIRL – 2001”. A tribute to the Popular Girl Charity Quest that ran as part of the Easter Fair from 1930 until 1996. Come see her and have a selfie taken with her. Next year will be her 21st Birthday!!
Way of the Cross
Good Friday, 10 April, 7 pm, steps of the Capital Theatre, View Street
The Christian churches in Bendigo present a live, outdoor theatrical presentation; the story of the last supper, arrest, trial, death, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This story of the Christian faith is retold using drama, music and specialised lighting. This event was traditionally always performed on Good Friday evening as part of the Bendigo Easter Fair, and is returning for the first time in 15 years.
Supported by Bendigo Easter Fair Society. Sponsored by The Bendigo Community in conjunction with Bendigo’s Christian Churches
Good Friday, 10 April, 1pm–1.30 pm and 3pm–3.30 pm, View Street – Arts Precinct
Two shows – Wadaiko Rindo are renowned for their energetic and dynamic drumming performances. Their performances are spectacular visual displays of stamina, strength and humour, with the vibrations produced on stage energising the whole audience. Over the last 20 years, Wadaiko Rindo have not only entertained Australian audiences, but they have also represented their unique blend of Australian and Japanese running further afield to countries like Fiji, Tonga, Singapore, China, Japan and New Caledonia.
Along with hundreds of local and interstate festival appearances, corporate events and public performances, Wadaiko Rindo have been supporting the Richmond Football Club at every home game over the last four seasons. They passionately share their love of Japanese drumming and hope that you, too, will be touched by the energy of these traditional instruments.
150 Years Up in Lights
Friday to Monday, 10-13 April, from 7 pm, The Conservatory, Rosalind Park
Journey back through 150 years of the Bendigo Easter Fair. Historical stories and highlights will be recounted through lighting projection and sound on the Conservatory building.
Sponsored by Bendigo Bank
Teddy Bear’s Picnic
Sunday, 12 April, 10 am–12 pm, Bendigo TAFE Main Stage, Rosalind Park
The Teddy Bear’s Picnic first held in the 1980’s will return to Rosalind Park this year with our old friend Humphrey B. Bear! Bring along your favourite teddy (or soft toy) and try your luck in the competitions for biggest teddy, best dressed teddy, most colourful teddy and best non-teddy. Keep your eye out for lots of great giveaways!
Sponsored by Dragon City Marshalls
Cavalcade of Transport
Sunday, 12 April, 2 pm–4 pm, Pall Mall
Departing from Tom Flood Sports Centre at 1pm, the cavalcade of transport will make its way down along Bridge Street before forming a display in Pall Mall at 2 pm. A celebration of transport through the years, including tractors, trucks, trams, cars and more.
Held in conjunction with the Veteran, Vintage and Classic Car Club of Bendigo.
Saturday, 11 April, 7pm–8.15pm, Rosalind Park Main Stage
Mamamia: Abba Tribute Band – A Worldwide Sensation!
Mamamia is Australia’s premier all ABBA tribute band.
Time travel back to peak at ABBA with an authentic tribute band like no other! Mamamia combines all the major hits and pop anthem ABBA songs that you love such as Waterloo, Fernando, Knowing Me Knowing You and the ultimate dance-floor filler Dancing Queen; add to that the glamour and colour of authentic, iconic 1970’s costumes and you have yourself a great night out!
Mamamia are THE tribute band to beat all other tribute bands; they give audiences the most authentic ABBA tribute show in Australia and are great entertainment for all ages.
Followed by Fireworks
This event will also be a fundraiser for fire victims.
Supported by Bendigo Fireworks and Boss Security