Extra funding helps boost Victorian major events in 2022

Victoria is looking to turbo charge its major events for this year as it looks to make up for lost ground following two years of disruption.

Supported by the government’s Major Events Fund, White Night will return to Bendigo on September 3 after the pandemic forced White Night Bendigo to be postponed in 2020 and 2021.

Directed by Joseph O’Farrell, the program will feature artists from the categories of installation, visual art, lighting, audio-visual, projection, film, music and performance united by the theme will be ‘everything on the land is reflected in the sky’.

“Welcoming back White Night to Bendigo is great news for locals, visitors and the region’s tourism and hospitality businesses that are set to benefit from this spectacular event,” said Minister for Tourism and Major Events Martin Pakula.

Australian artists Nick Cave, Warren Ellis and Tash Sultana will also perform at locations across the state as part of a major music festival supported by the Andrews Government.

ALWAYS LIVE is a new statewide music festival taking place across regional Victoria, the CBD and surrounding suburbs in 2022.

“This is just the beginning of the ALWAYS LIVE program, which will feature dozens of acts and reinforce Victoria’s place as the cultural capital of Australia,” said Pakula.

UK culinary star Nigella Lawson is also coming back for seconds at this year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, with support from the Andrews Government enabling an extra event to be added to the program.

Nigella Lawson will appear in conversation with Melbourne food personality and author Alice Zaslavsky at The Edge, Federation Square.

“We’re supporting another show for Nigella Lawson to give foodies an extra serving of the best the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival program has to offer,” said Pakula.