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Bendigo Easter Festival 2008

  

Bendigo Easter Festival 2008

Bendigo Easter Festival 2008The 2008 Bendigo Easter Festival promises to be an exciting and fun filled four days of entertainment for all the family. With events at various locations around the city, the festival is now in its 138th year and celebrates the Easter holiday, the city’s Chinese heritage and various community events, entertainment and attractions.

The weekend of celebrations starts on Good Friday, March 21 with the Coliban Water Family Day which has established itself the traditional festival opener for Bendigo. It includes the popular Vision Australia Easter egg hunt, markets, classic cars, art displays and local wine tastings. All this is to be had around Bendigo’s picturesque Lake Weeroona.

On Saturday the festival’s focus moves to Rosalind Park creating a children’s Kidzone wonderland of free activities and great shows. There will be giant puppets, sing-a-longs, antique fire truck rides and lots of family friendly activities. The Bendigo Chinese Association will also be staging Kuan Yum’s birthday celebrations beginning with an offering ceremony at 1pm by the Drati Monks and then followed by a series of traditional dances including The Ribbon Dance, Drum Dance and Peking Lion Dance. This is a free event and is being held at the Kuan Yum Temple, Farmers Lane, Bendigo

In Bull Street you can enjoy music stage with Jazz, folk and alternative rock performances live from 12.30pm to 9.30pm.

On Saturday evening there will be a presentation of ‘Spectacular China’. This stage show is full of music, dance, acrobatics and martial arts celebrating past Chinese dynasties. This is a ticketed event.

On Easter Sunday 100,000 crackers will awaken the dragon and Lion Teams, Drums and Dancing will celebrate Bendigo’s Chinese heritage. In the late afternoon there will be a torchlight procession and floats which will make their way to Lake Weeroona and conclude with a spectacular fireworks display.

Bendigo Easter Festival 2008The Bendigo Easter Festival culminates with the feature event on Easter Monday, The Bendigo Advertiser Gala Parade. Commencing at 12pm in the Bendigo city centre and full of stunning floats, marching bands, clowns and the worlds longest imperial dragon Sun Loong the parade will wind its way through the streets of Bendigo. Chinese crackers will be lit to ward off evil spirits and to bring good luck to the city for another year. The parade finishes in Rosalind Park where there will be lots of free entertainment and demonstrations. As the parade finishes there is also the opportunity to return with Sun Loong to the Golden Dragon Museum as he returns to his resting place.

In addition to the previously mentions events the following free and paid attractions are also taking place: Autumn bonsai exhibition, Bendigo Bank Dragon Mile, Bendigo Easter Antique Fair, Bendigo Goldrush Carnival, Bendigo Model Railroads, Bendigo Music Festival, The BANDROOM, Bendigo Woodturners Inc. Easter expo, Bendigo Y’s Men second-hand book fair, Civic Gardens market, Creation of a sand mandala, Easter labyrinth, Festival of compassion, Twilight activities, Tibetan Buddhist art exhibition at the Great Stupa, Snapshots and Stories: Exploring Heritage Collections in Bendigo and the Rotary Easter Art Show.

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