Fiddler on the Roof – an unmissable classic


In a few weeks’ time the BTC will present the timeless classic of Fiddler on the Roof. You will be whisked away to 1905 Imperial Russia, to a time where life was as precarious as the perch of a Fiddler on a roof.

Set in the early 1900s, Jewish man Tevye is struggling with fast changing social movements that are threatening his tradition, and is forced to choose between holding onto the traditions of his culture and his daughter’s happiness.

One of the longest running shows in the history of Broadway and winning nine Tony Awards, Fiddler on the Roof was one of the first musicals to touch on issues such as poverty, persecution and holding onto one’s beliefs, often leaving audiences crying tears of joy, laughter and sadness.

“Denton Arthur has returned to Bendigo and will wow us again on stage playing the lead role of Tevye; he will make you cry and make you laugh.” said Bevan Madden, director of the Bendigo Theatre Company show.

From the Golden Age of musicals, Fiddler on the Roof features a number of well-known songs such as Matchmaker, If I Were a Rich Man and Sunrise, Sunset. The Bendigo Theatre Company will stage this beautifully written musical with a live orchestra.

A little birdy told me that the BTC’s performance will be absolutely unmissable… so pull on your winter woolies, get off the couch and come and support local theatre!

What you need to know:

  • running from 5-8 July with matinee and evening shows
  • held at the Ulumbarra Theatre
  • performances for one weekend only

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Women of Wit – Stand-up comedy night

WoW Standup

It’s finally here! An all-female line-up of comedians. Some of the best on the Australian circuit team up with Bendigo’s finest women of wit for what is going to be a stellar night of comedy.

Cath Styles, comedy goddess trapped in the body of an ordinary women, with festival shows Shift and Accidental Cougar, will MC the night.

Danielle Walker, winner of the National Raw Comedy Final in 2016, and winner of Best Newcomer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2017 will feature.

Headliner, Kirsty Webeck is “…relaxed and affable…” (Squirrel Comedy), “Honestly, this is must watch comedy.” (Funny Tonne), and Kirsty is a firm fan favourite of Bendigo gigs and is returning for this big night. Joined by Gamze Kirik, a Melbourne comedian on the rise, Tara Trewhella and Jade Fitzgerald from Albury, and Bendigo’s Simone Amohanga. We’re also using this night to invite new female comedians to take to the stage.

There are two five minute spots available to newcomers. Anyone interested in performing are encouraged to contact the organisers via email to

8pm, Saturday 23 June 2018
The Engine Room

The night is supported by the City of Greater Bendigo Grants Program, and it is going to be a bonanza of laughs, with doors open at 6pm and a bar operated by Bendigo Beer, supported by Two Birds Brewery.

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Colours of Silence

Art Exhibition Fundraiser for Refugees
11am, 5pm, Saturday 7th April

Drew Lawson returns with his bi-annual art exhibition. Each year the local community of Bendigo (and beyond) are welcomed into the studio on the edge of the Whipstick Forest to celebrate and take in all that each instalment of the exhibition provides. Throughout the day light refreshments will be provided, while all funds raised will be used for the care of refugees.

All paintings arise from, and add to, Lawson’s daily practice of meditation. This vision for the exhibition is that each image is a door onto the viewers own meditations. Which is emphasised by a few images having a coloured door central to the image.

This exhibition comprises a series of paintings in oil and acrylic.

Part of the exhibition will be an array of paintings on A3 paper which have been painted over poems Lawson thought were finished, but were not. In many of the images words can be seen, perhaps all the words, perhaps only one word, and for other images no words are visible but they all have the sense of a page from a book.

The array on A3 paper will be in the upper room and visitors are encouraged to sit on a chair and take some time for personal reflection if they find a particular image, or images, that speak to them.

All images are for sale. Entry by gold coin donation

Lawson’s studio is at
169 Eaglehawk-Neilborough Road, Eaglehawk
9km from the central Bendigo Post Office

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Barnum – presented by BTC Youth Theatre


The show retells the story of American Showman P.T Barnum, founder of the circus that became the famous travelling Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

The performance features acrobatics, juggling, stilt walking and great singing and dancing numbers.

Suitable for all – aged from 2 to 102!

Opening night is Thursday 28 September for 8 shows.

Tickets Adults $20  |  Concession $15  |  Student/child $12  |  Tickets on sale now

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Markets this Weekend in Bendigo

It’s market heaven this weekend, with The Creators Market on Saturday and Trove Market on Sunday.

The Creators Market
10am – 3pm, Saturday 16 September 2017
Bendigo Town Hall, 189 – 193 Hargreaves Street

Trove Makers’ Market
10am – 2pm, Sunday 17 September 2017
The Good Loaf, 404 Hargreaves Street

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The Creators Market back in Bendigo

On Saturday 16 September 2017, The Creators Market will return to Bendigo Town Hall for one day only. For the last time until next year, the boutique design market will bring together some of the region’s most talented artists, designers, crafters and culinary creators.
Over the last three years, this popular market has supported a huge range of Victorian producers with specialty market events taking place around Victoria. This family-friendly event offers something for everyone with nearly 40 stall holders selling handmade items. The best part, it’s also FREE to attend.

“The markets we hold are boutique and the venues typically accommodate roughly 40 exhibitors at each market. This means the market books out in just a few hours after applications open. However, we’re rather particular about ensuring there’s a great variety of products and great quality products available so we limit the number of stall holders per category to make sure it’s not saturated with similar products” said event director, Megan Luscombe.


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Everybody Loves Pizza

The Woodhouse Pizza

Slow-cooked Woodfired Lamb Pizza from
The Woodhouse.
Image courtesy of

Where to go for your pizza fix? Here are the places that were recommended to us:

Nelsons Pizza 5442 3888
42 Eaglehawk Road
Trav’s pick is the Pepperoni. You can order online and they deliver.
Tuesday & Wednesday 5pm-9pm, Thursday – Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 11am-9pm. Closed Monday.

Built Pizza 5442 2241
10A Pall Mall
Build your own Neopolitana-style woodfired pizza! Menu here
Open 7 days, 11am-2pm & 4pm until late

Say Cheese Pizza 5406 0177
Shop 5/113 Mollison Street
Lauren tells us the pizza here is excellent.
Tuesday – Sunday, 5pm-midnight

Crust Gourmet Pizza 5441 7222
99 Mitchell Street
The Moroccan Lamb and White Prosciutto (both from the Upper Crust menu) are highly recommended. They deliver and you can also order online.
Monday – Wednesday 5pm -11pm,
Thursday 5pm-11:30pm, Friday 11am-11pm, Sat 4pm-11pm, Sun 4pm-11:30pm

JoJoes 5441 4471
4 High Street
Lauren is a massive fan of their Chicken Tropicana, Aussie (with egg), and Moroccan Spiced Pumpkin.
You can dine in, take away (from midday), or order home delivery from 5:30pm.

Sally’s Pizza 5447 2266
35 Olympic Parade, Kangaroo Flat
One size, one price: $7.50 each. Extras $1 and specials available.
Monday – Thursday 5pm-8pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm-9pm. Closed Sunday.

The Woodhouse 5443 8671
101 Williamson Street
Fancy pizza cooked their woodfired oven. Awesome. The Cohuna wagyu meatball is highly recommended, as well as the Swiss brown mushroom with tomato, thyme, asparagus & taleggio.
Eat in only. No delivery.
Monday 5:30pm-11pm Wednesday & Thursday 12pm-2:30pm
Friday 12pm-2:30pm, then 5:30pm-11pm, Saturday 5:30pm-11pm. Closed Sunday

Luchiano Pizza & Pasta 5443 8800 CLOSED!
214 McCrae Street, White Hills
Michelle loves their Hawaiian, and her Dad likes the Luchiano Special, which has the lot.

Small $5.50 Large $7.50 Family $11.50.
No delivery unfortunately, but phone orders are welcome.


If you have your own recommendations, opening times or any other info, please let us know.

Updated 17 August 2017

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Reusable Coffee Cups – Bendigo

Until recently, we all thought that our takeaway coffee cups were recyclable – but thanks to Craig from the War on Waste, we found out this isn’t true! Coffee cups have a plastic lining, so they can’t be recycled in Australia, except Biocups – which can be put in your organics bin (see list below for those cafes that stock biocups).
18768264_1590111624376333_1631351350324388789_oA number of Bendigo cafes offer a discount for bringing in your CLEAN reusable cup:

$1 discount if you bring your clean reusable cup:

  • Crooked Kitchen 3/287 Lyttleton Terrace

80c discount if you bring your clean reusable cup:

  • Everbean Cafe 22 Williamson Street

50c discount if you bring your clean reusable cup:

  • The Anxious Goat 380 Hargreaves Street
  • Bendigo Foodstore 40 Strickland Road
  • Loaded Plate 521 Napier Street
  • Mother Bean Mobile Coffee Trailer in Central Victoria
  • Mr Grimsby 2/35 Wills Street
  • Old Green Bean 179 Lyttleton Terrace
  • RedWell Cafe Bendigo Library, Hargreaves Street
  • Sim’r 236 Hargreaves Street
  • Vahland’s Bistro Bendigo TAFE, Hargreaves Street
  • Wholefoods Kitchen 314 Lyttleton Terrace

Other deals, if you bring your own clean reusable cup:

  • Brougham Arms 150 Williamson Street20c discount if you BYO cup
  • Cafe El Beso 87 View Street Get your 8th coffee free
  • Coffee Man at Lake Weeroona – $3 in your own cup
  • El Gordo Chancery Lane – they offer a discount, but we’re not sure how much
  • Ex Lion Tamer 143 Mollison Street –  they offer prepaid coffee cards at $50/$70 for 20 x regular (8oz)/large (12oz) coffees.
  • Hoo-gah (Fountain Court, Mitchell Street) offers a 10% discount
  • Sweeney’s La Trobe University – they offer a large refill for the price of a regular
  • The Coffee Box Bendigo Hospital – they only charge you for a small coffee

You can purchase NEW reusable cups from these cafes:

  • Bendigo Wholefoods 314 Lyttleton Terrace (various – bamboo, stainless steel & glass too)
  • Everbean Cafe 22 Williamson Street (BioCup 12oz (M) $9.80)
  • Get Naked Espresso Mitchell Street & View Street (Frank Green)
  • Hoo-gah Fountain Court, Mitchell Street (KeepCup) and get your first coffee free
  • Mr Grimsby 2/35 Wills Street – own brand
  • Old Green Bean 179 Lyttleton Terrace (KeepCup)
  • Percy and Percy Cnr Hargreaves & Baxter Streets (Joco)
  • Sim’r 236 Hargreaves Street (Joco)

This post from Choice and this from carsales may help with your reusable cup purchase decision making.

as well as these fabulous, locally-owned stores:

  • Gathered 79 View Street (Frank Green)
  • Hunt Gather Grow 291 Lyttleton Terrace (Kleen Kanteen)
  • Living Quarters 108 Lowndes Street (Cheeki)
  • Mad Hatters Tea Shop Bath Lane (various, including the Mighty Mug)


4oz_biocup_kraft_4BioCup (or recyclable) takeaway coffee cups are also used at the following cafes:

  • Bendigo Corner Store Cafe 305 View Street
  • Cafe Essence 53 Bull Street
  • Harvest 55 View Street
  • Spring Gully General Store 134 Spring Gully Road
  • Wholefoods Kitchen 314 Lyttleton Terrace

#waronwasteAU #BYOCoffeeCup #Bendigo



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Australia Day – Bendigo 2017

We would like to acknowledge that we live on the traditional lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung or Jaara people and the traditional lands of the Taungurung peoples who are the rightful custodians of the lands we now refer to as Bendigo. Read more here, please.

On Australia Day (26 January 2017) there are heaps of activities on in Bendigo.

Official Ceremonies
The official Australia Day ceremony in Bendigo is at Lake Weeroona at 10:30am. Festivies go from 10am-3pm, including the Rotary craft market.
There are also official ceremonies in Axedale, Eaglehawk, Elmore, Golden Square, Goornong, Junortoun, Kangaroo Flat, Heathcote, Huntly, Maiden Gully, Mia Mia and Strathfieldsaye. More on the CoGB website here.15994835_1392055660814341_1650523938898310485_o.jpg

Free pool entry to outdoor pools
To keep you cool, there is FREE entry to all the outdoor pools too – Bendigo Aquatic Centre, Bendigo East, Brennan Park, Elmore, Golden Square, Goornong, Heathcote, Kangaroo Flat, Marong, Raywood and White Hills.

And more!
Head over to our events page on Facebook for more activities from 26 – 29 January.

As taken from the National Australia Day Committee‘s page:

We believe that our national day should be authentic and mature where we can celebrate and mourn at the same time. We can honour all that is great about Australia and being Australian, remember the sufferings and our shortcomings and commit to build a more cohesive and inclusive nation. We do so with an underlying spirit of optimism.



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Local people, local products

bendigo-3Now we can all support local makers and stores in our area without having to trek from store to store and market to market, as we now have

We all want to support local business and buy local products – this is the backbone of our local economy. Bendigo Made is an online platform to find local products, so you can purchase directly from the maker, or buy from your local store.

What is Bendigo Made? It’s an online store, it’s a directory, it’s a support network for local makers and stores that stock their products.

Graphic designer Dale Harris created the site in 2014 after trying to search for gift made locally.

“I came up with the idea for Bendigo Made after having a frustrating time trying to find the perfect gift. I wanted to support local, but with only a few local stores online it was difficult to do without some prior planning.” Dale Harris, Studio Ink

Local PR/Marketing Consultant, Bryley Savage believed the site could benefit the whole community, so came on board without a second thought.

“When working on a project together earlier this year, Dale mentioned that he had created the site. I thought it was such a terrific idea, so set to work with community engagement and helped bring the site to life.” Bryley Savage, Friendly Savage

Local firm MGR Advisory have come on board as principal sponsors of the site and to support the initiative, for which the two partners are very thankful.

“Bendigo Made presents a fantastic opportunity for local producers to showcase their products. The initiative aligns with MGR’s objective of supporting and developing our local area by promoting jobs and opportunities through the retention of service and product purchases within our local area.” James Bennett, Manager at MGR Accountants

A percentage of profit made on the site each year will be donated to local causes in the local community. In 2016/17, Bendigo Made will be supporting the Bendigo Health Foundation.

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Blues & Roots for the whole family

After two stupendous Showcase/Fundraiser events in 2016 for Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival (at the Rifle Brigade Hotel and Golden Vine Hotel respectively) the crew’s Spring edition will be staged back where it all began.

13091971_1066219210118500_608456846738041251_n“We staged our first fundraiser in October 2010 at the beloved Newmarket Hotel and we’re stoked to be staging this event at the newly renovated Newmarket Hotel & Bakery.” explains festival director, Colin Thompson.

The final BB&RMF fundraiser for 2016 will be staged this Sunday 18 September, with the live tunes kicking off from 12pm and finishing around 7:30pm.

The packed list of acts confirmed to perform across two stages includes some of Bendigo’s best, along with some fresh faces from the Victorian blues circuit, who’ve all put their respective hands up to support the not-for-profit community music festival. The line-up includes: This Way North (Melb), Cameron Holmes & The Blues Dudes (Kyneton), Mon Shelford Duo (Melb), Sean McConnell from White Lightning (Melb), Luke Watt (Castlemaine), Phil & Trudy Edgeley (Ballarat), Andrew Watts & Seed, Midweek Blues, Tulli, Andy Garlick, Sherri Parry, Four Lions (Duo), Dark and Gravy Boat (featuring young guns Rhyley McGrath & Geordi Scarce).

To continue to fund this predominantly free festival, your support and assistance is needed. Spread the word and take a posse to the Newmarket this Sunday and keep supporting Bendigo’s music scene which has seen a heartening resurgence over the last half decade.

Tickets for this event are available at the door on the day and are $15 for adults, $5 for under-18s, and under-12s free.

Date: Sunday 18 September 2016
Attraction: Up to 8 hours of quality live music in a family friendly atmosphere
Ticket price: $15 for adults, $5 for under 18s, under 12s free
Venue: Newmarket Hotel & Bakery, 133 Charleston Road Bendigo

The Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival will take over the town from
November 2016, with hundreds of performances staged across more than 40 of Bendigo’s finest live music venues and public spaces.

As always, these artists are generously donating their time and talents, as do the Festival’s volunteer committee and crew, to help pay for the Festival itself.

For more information, visit the festival website.


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