Cultural experiences abound in Wangaratta, which is home to a regional Art Gallery and acclaimed performing arts and convention centre.
The Wangaratta Performing Arts and Convention Centre is celebrating its 10th year and started 2019 with a bang, hosting former local Nick Cave for an intimate performance.
Other highlights for the year will include the Melbourne International comedy Festival Roadshow on June 12 and An Evening with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on October 2.
Wangaratta Art Gallery’s Gallery 1 is currently hosting Louise Saxton: The Linen Project, building on the gallery’s reputation for textiles.
Don’t miss the Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award from June 1 to August 11.
At the city’s library, you'll find more than just books.
This year it is part of the council’s Enviro Events program, with a series of events running throughout March, aptly named March Into Sustainability.
These include an author visit on Wednesday, March 20 at 6.30pm.
Meet author Lachlan Walter whose novel The Rain Never Came is a fictional look at a future Australia where the rain hasn’t arrived.
And there will be a Sustainable Living Expo on Saturday, March 30 between 10.30am and 1pm.
Meet and talk to the local groups who are focused on sustainable living and the environment.
At the expo, meet the team behind Waste Wise Wangaratta who are asking participants to bring ideas about how to minimise single use packaging in shopping.
Councillor Dave Fuller, who holds the Environment Portfolio, said the events would be educational and fun.
“Enviro Events are growing in popularity as our community becomes more conscious of the need to transition towards a more environmentally sustainable future,” he said.
“There’s nothing better than getting out and enjoying nature and Wangaratta is blessed with some spectacular natural surrounds that need looking after."
And finally, if heading out for a walk, be sure to try the Bullawah Cultural Trail.
Beginning form Apex Park near the centre of town, the trail snakes 2.4 kilometres along the Ovens River.
Along the way you’ll take a self-guided tour, discovering ancient Aboriginal stories, spirituality, culture, food, sculptures, interactive signage and a Bush Tucker Garden.
For more information the full Enviro Events Calendar is on the council’s website at www.wangaratta.vic.gov.au/enviroevents.