Next Small Town Transformation launched

Posted in Creative Communities on 14/Oct/2014 13:02

Regional Arts Victoria is delighted to congratulate the town of Avoca for their Small Town Transformations launch last weekend.

This was the third Small Town Transformations launch this time in the town of Avoca! The event took place over 9 hours, inviting the community to experience the Avoca Chinese Garden for the first time. Throughout the day, visitors were treated to a feast of activities including dragon dances, Tai Chi demonstrations, traditional Chinese music and exhibition openings.

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The Garden is beautiful. It has a wonderful combination of traditional Chinese elements and Australian landscaping to unite the space in its surroundings. This was an artist-led project that, since its announcement, has garnered significant community support. As people investigated the garden for the first time, it was easy to see the pride they felt for this new space.

The opening itself was one of contemplation and gathering. People from across Australia travelled to see the completed garden and pay their respects to the rich Chinese heritage in the region. The space was officially opened by Russell Jack AM, Director of Golden Dragon Museum in Bendigo and representatives of the Ho Ying and Wyhoon families with long family histories in Avoca area. It was a special moment that will leave a legacy of cultural understanding well beyond the launch day.

There are two Small Town Transformations launches later this month, and you’re invited to take part! Stop by and follow the conversation online via #RAVSmallTowns

  • Natimuk The Verj – Friday October 24
  • Neerim Bower: Inspired by Birds – Sunday October 26

Small Town Transformations is presented by Regional Arts Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government.

Click here for launch details. 

For full details including Small Town Transformations launch dates and locations visit http://smalltowns.rav.net.au.

All photos by Joanna Gould


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Regional Arts Victoria is delighted to congratulate the town of Avoca for their Small Town Transformations launch last weekend.