From the Chair

Join us in raising funds to benefit arts and health at our gala ball in April.

Dear valued supporters,

There are several important activities taking place that I would like to make sure you are aware of. Firstly, our Performing Arts Power-up Grants for 2019  are now open and we hope you will join us in spreading the word to local performing arts groups you may know who are seeking funding  for a worthy project. Past recipients have all enjoyed success in their ventures, including The Tripwire Theatre Co, which is soon premiering its newest production, The Belly Dancer, with assistance from an Ulumbarra Foundation grant. I hope you join me in supporting their production.
Ulumbarra Foundation is also a firm supporter of the Arena Theatre Co. which moved to Bendigo from Melbourne last year and is producing some wonderful theatre to engage our young people. One of their latest ventures is the Creative Classrooms Program, for which we are providing matching funding, so I encourage you to join us in making a
You should have by now received your invitation to Take the Stage, a new collaboration between Ulumbarra Foundation and Bendigo Health Foundation, to raise funds for arts and health. If not, please visit the link below to see how to take part. This gala event takes place on the stage at Ulumbarra, and will give you a new experience that will no doubt be a talking point for years to come.
During recent weeks I have thoroughly enjoyed being at the Melbourne Opera Concert, Pirates to Pinafore, and the Bangarra Aboriginal dance performance. Not only was each performance of the highest quality, it was very pleasing that the number of attendees was particularly strong. Our three theatres are a major factor in the growth of the arts and culture scene in Bendigo and central Victoria.
Finally, we are pleased to announce our newest Ulumbarra Foundation Board member, Rob Blum. Rob is Director of Medical Oncology at Bendigo Health as well as an active member of the local performing arts community. He is a welcome addition to our Board and we look forward to our Foundation’s future with Rob as part of it.
On behalf of the board of the Ulumbarra Foundation, I offer my thanks for your ongoing support of the Ulumbarra Foundation.

Gordon McKern OAM

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Join us for a Gala Ball!
Spend an evening dining upon the Ulumbarra Theatre stage at Bendigo's newest Gala Ball, Take the Stage! 

This event is a unique collaboration between Bendigo Health Foundation and Ulumbarra Foundation, raising funds for Bendigo's arts and health.

The night will include performances covering jazz, the Bendigo Symphony Orchestra and an opportunity to let your hair down with a boogie to Groovejuice at the end of the night!

When: Saturday 13 April, 6pm - 12am
Tickets: $200 pp
Dress: Black Tie with a theatrical touch
To be part of this exceptional evening, call 5434 6100 or click the button below to book your place...or a whole table! 
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Performing Arts Power Up Grant
Our first round of funding for 2019 is now open and closes on the 31 March.

Our past recipients include The Bendigo Theatre Company, The Dunolly Theatre Company, Tripwire Theatre Company and The Bendigo Symphony Orchestra. All have enjoyed fantastic outcomes after receiving this grant, which has a reputation or fuelling growth and making possible exciting opportunities for performing arts within our region.

Spread the word to ensure projects in need of support don't miss out!
Tripwire Theatre Company - The Belly Dancer
Tripwire Theatre Co who are past recipients of our Performing Arts Power Up grant, are soon presenting their newest production, The Belly Dancer!

Directed by Alise Amarant, this bold new performance is inspired by real-life experiences of family violence. The play holds up a mirror to our recent local history, when in 2015, Bendigo was the epicentre of anti-muslim protests, centred around the planning proposal for the city’s first mosque.

Six performances will be held at The Engine Room between Friday 15 and Monday 18 March.
Book your Tickets
Do you value local theatre? Support Arena Theatre Co!
Arena Theatre Co produces high quality, original and artistically ambitious theatre for young people. Formerly established in Melbourne, they have a 40-year history of producing theatre that neither patronises nor preaches to it’s audience. 

Arena’s latest venture, the Creative Classrooms Program, inspires and empowers young people to be creative thinkers and cultural agents in their communities and beyond. 

Through short and long-term schools' residencies and workshops, Arena delivers high-quality, immersive arts experiences to young people who are limited by geographic and other social barriers to accessing arts programs.

Share in Arena’s achievements and play a part in nurturing a young person’s interest in theatre by making a one time or recurring donation in support of their future endeavours.

Donate to Arena Theatre Co
New Board Member - Rob Blum
We're thrilled to announce the newest member of the Ulumbarra Foundation Board, Rob Blum!

Rob is currently the Director of Medical Oncology at Bendigo Health Care Group, a position he has held for sixteen years, while also being the Clinical Director of Loddon Mallee Integrated Cancer Services.

Rob has a desire to help promote, attract and cultivate diverse forms of performing arts throughout Central Victoria.

Welcome and congratulations Rob!

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