Lit up: gold will finally run through the Bendigo Creek again… but only as a projection. Photo: SUPPLIED

History brought to light

April 29, 2021 BY

TALES of Bendigo’s past will light up Rosalind Park in an all-new sound and light show during the winter school holidays.

Awaken – Bendigo brought to light will showcase 14 installations made up of lasers, smoke and even holograms around the park and mayor Cr Jennifer Alden said the free show will educate locals and tourists alike on the city’s rich history.

“It’s a great opportunity to tell our story. We have so many unique aspects to our history and obviously people will think of different parts of it, whether it is the traditional owners of the land, if it’s the gold rush, if it’s the Chinese history. There’s so many things that Bendigo is known for,” she said.

Marketing manager of the City’s tourism and major events unit Glenn Harvey hopes the sensory experience will draw in crowds from across the region and the state.

“We’re expecting one to five thousand people in the park on a nightly basis so we’re really excited,” he said.

“This event has been put on as a really great way to stimulate visitation and also for locals to come out over the winter months and enjoy what we have to offer here in Bendigo and learn and hopefully take away some fantastic memories.

“The great thing about this event is that it encourages people to stay the night. Being nightly for three weeks we’re going to see a big influx of people over the school holidays.”

Awaken – Bendigo brought to light will switch on nightly from 26 June to 17 July between the hours of 6pm and 10pm, Sunday to Thursday and 7pm to 11pm Fridays and Saturdays.