ACT Natimuk awarded Regional Centre of Culture commission for 2018

Greg Pritchard.
Greg Pritchard.

ACT Natimuk artists have been awarded a Regional Centre of Culture commission for Bendigo in 2018. 

The program highlights a region and its culture in Victoria and ACT Natimuk general manager Greg Pritchard said he believed the program would travel to different areas of Victoria each year. 

“It’s been done in Europe before and I believe it has been done in South Australia,” he said. 

Pritchard said ACT Natimuk decided to apply for one of the commissions for the Regional Centre of Culture program. 

Pritchard said artists would create an aerial show and projection on the poppet head look-out structure in Rosalind Park, Bendigo. 

“We suggested to Creative Victoria we would like to put coverings on the poppet head, then do an aerial dance and shadows. We are hoping to work from the inside out and project the form of the building through the fabric,” he said. 

ACT Natimuk has already organised partnerships with the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans, the Golden Dragon Museum, Camp Hill Primary School, Bendigo Historical Society and CreateAbility. 

Pritchard said it was fantastic ACT Natimuk was awarded the commission. 

“They had three commissions and (Creative Victoria) only ended up awarding two of them. The other commission went to a regional company in Clunes,” he said. 

“It’s very affirming for the work we have been doing. It’s very exciting. It will take us a year to put the show together. The project will be on show at the end of October.” 

Pritchard said the group had begun brainstorming ideas for a shadows, music, images and dance performance.

“Things we have talked about already is the similarity between Mindi the Rainbow Serpent legend from that area and the Chinese dragon, which plays a large part in the Easter Parade and the Bendigo tram,” he said.  

Pritchard said he hoped the opportunity would help ACT Natimuk achieve its goal of performing internationally.