About our Festival
Bendigo Writers Festival began in 2012, set up to provide our region with a program that we hoped would be attractive for all kinds of readers, and bring to our city writers of all kinds to share in many discussions. The unifying theme is “the good life”: we think everyone should have an opportunity to take part in a gathering together of people to share ideas, debate, and inquire, in a friendly and cordial environment.
The Festival is managed by The Capital Venues and Events, which, under the leadership of David Lloyd, provides the framework for the organisation, planning and production of our busy program. We have a committee of management, which comprises representatives from The Capital, La Trobe University and Bendigo Weekly (major supporters) and the community. There is also a programming support group who meet with the artistic director to give feedback and suggest ideas.
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Where you will find us
The Capital, in View Street, is next door to the much-admired Bendigo Art Gallery, and over the road is La Trobe University’s Visual Arts Centre. In 2015, we also added to our list of venues the historic Trades Hall, part of Bendigo’s strong union and Labor history.
The festival starts on a Friday (August 12 in 2016), with a free schools day, bringing students from schools right across our region to listen to some of the best writers around. In 2016, we will begin the main program a little earlier, on Friday afternoon, so those itching for more, and those who want to make a long weekend of it, have ample opportunity.
We also keep our ticket prices as low as possible: we want our festival to be truly accessible. Each year we work hard to improve our ticketing and seating, and each year we grow a little, so it’s important to us to make sure we provide the best program we can in the most efficient way. We believe it’s an absolute privilege to work with City of Greater Bendigo to provide a great writers festival to as many people as are interested.
Bendigo’s historic streets beat with a contemporary feel. Good food, wine, boutique shopping, attractions and experiences are ready to be explored. Magnificent buildings and monuments shed light on the city’s formative goldmining era, and today they are the beautiful backdrop to a fascinating destination.
Get Away for the Weekend
There are many of historic and modern hotels, motels, lavish B&B’s, great-value caravan parks and cabins as well as sophisticated apartments. Stay overnight in Bendigo and enjoy a range of accommodation and ticket packages developed especially for Festival audiences. We’ll announce new ways to attend our festival in 2016, to better accommodate and provide for our audiences.
Ideally located in the centre of Victoria, Bendigo is 150 kilometres north of Melbourne, an easy 90 minute drive once you are on the freeway, or 80 minutes from the Melbourne Tullamarine Airport along the Calder Freeway (just under two hours on the Bendigo Airport Service shuttle). There are hourly V/Line rail services from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station (90 – 120 minutes).