DANCES & LAUGHS

From epic dance celebrations, through to conversations with fashion icons, food & wine, theatre, comedy and music!

BIG DANCE
Big Dance is the largest dance celebration in the world and it’s coming to Australia. Created by an Indigenous choreographer and a New Zealander, the dance is for all ages and abilities, including a seated option, with all invited to join. One of the four Australian locations is Castlemaine, and is followed with performances by local dance and circus groups. 29 April. www.bigdance.org.au/big-dance-castlemaine/

YELLOW DOT
The Ballarat International Foto Biennale is hosting the Yellow Dot Exhibition, an auction evening where a cheaper entry fee covers drinks and nibbles and the full entry fee also includes one of the featured photographs. 30 April. https://ballaratfoto.org/yellowdot/ballarat/

WINE IN THE PARK
In case you missed it, the Stratagem Bendigo Winemakers Festival is this weekend. The wine tasting ticket includes tastings of regional wines, or a non-tasting ticket if you’d just like to take in the live music and festival atmosphere. The event also offers a range of regional street foods available for purchase. 28 April. www.bendigowine.org.au/events

PLATES ARE IN
Just a reminder that Plate Up Ballarat starts next Tuesday, showcasing the region and its incredible food, along with local venues, producers and suppliers. Some events are sold out but there are plenty available, and there’s always the contenders for Ballarat’s Best Pie. 1 – 31 May. www.plateupballarat.com.au

MUSICAL RENAISSANCE
The Australian Chamber Choir are making their way to the goldfields especially for the Clunes Booktown weekend. These talented musicians will be performing a cappella works from the Italian, Spanish and English Renaissance. 5 May. On 6 May a Chamber Brass Concert will be performed by Kavanagh Brass. Both concerts will be held in the historic Anglican Church of St. Paul’s, Clunes. http://ballaratanglican.org.au/fourseasons/

I GET IT NOW!
Kirsty Webeck is heading from the Melbourne Comedy Festival to a gig in Castlemaine at the Taproom – Shedshaker Brewing’s bar and eatery. Kirsty Webeck prides herself on knowing what’s going on, but her new show is the hilarious culmination of all the things she thought she got at the time … but really didn’t. 4 May. www.facebook.com/events

FASHION SPEAKS
For a special talk about life, art and creativity, join Fashion icons Linda Jackson and Jenny Kee, who will be speaking with artist Carla Fletcher, who was an Archibald Prize finalist with her portraits of the above in 2015 and 2016. The conversation will be joined by Zan Rowe, host of Double J Mornings. 5 May. https://artgalleryofballarat.com.au

TWO TALENTED FRIENDS
Nancye Hayes and Todd McKenney are putting on a show. Bosom Buddies is touring Australia with the pair talking about their lives in showbiz through song, dance and hilarious stories. Bendigo: Ulumbarra Theatre, 8 May; Ballarat: Wendouree Centre for the Performing Arts; 10 May. http://www.christinedunstan.com.au

MARKETS THIS WEEKEND
It’s the last weekend of the month – and the fifth Sunday! – but we’ve found some markets for you.
Saturday
Wesley Hill Market, Castlemaine
Ballarat Farmers Market, Lake Wendouree
Lancefield Farmers Market
Sunday
Daylesford Sunday Market
Daylesford Sunday Farmers Market