New guide puts Geelong and Bellarine on the map for arts and culture

Posted 31 August 2017

The 21st edition of Experience Culture Victoria – the State’s definitive guide to art and culture – highlights the immense depth and quality of cultural experiences on offer in the Geelong and Bellarine Region and right across the State.

Launching the 21st edition of Experience Culture Victoria – the State’s definitive guide to art and culture – Cultural Tourism Victoria Chair Kathryn Mackenzie noted the immense depth and quality of cultural experiences on offer in the State’s regional areas.

“Private and public places around the State are being transformed with striking and ever-changing art. From the world-famous laneways of Melbourne’s CBD to regional centres including Geelong and the Bellarine, the form has never been more prolific.

“We are being recognised for not only the quality of our regional galleries and theatres but also our strikingly bold street art culture,” she said. We are openly embracing this form of artistic expression as artists take to the streets, buildings and silos to dramatically transform private and public spaces into breathtaking pieces of art.”

The guide includes more than 170 cultural “must do” places and spaces right across the State. Key cultural attractions in the Geelong and Bellarine Region are featured, including some that are well-known and others waiting to be discovered.

City of Greater Geelong Arts and Culture Manager, Kaz Paton said: “Geelong has always had a remarkable arts scene but it is now gaining a reputation for a dynamic and creative city. Arts and culture is transforming our landscape.”

Creative Victoria estimates in the year to June 2016, Victoria played host to 1.6 million international cultural visitors, with cultural visitors representing 64 per cent of all international visitors to the State.

The guide has been produced in partnership with local and regional tourism boards, councils, public and private venues and organisations.

It is being distributed across Victoria at visitor information centres, attractions and transport hubs and select accommodation providers. About 60,000 copies have been printed this year and a digital edition is available at culturaltourismvictoria.com.au

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