Good Friday, Saturday and Sunday will continue to be the three main days of next year’s 2013 Bendigo Easter Festival.
However, next year Monday will be included within the entertainment program as local groups and organisations continue to host their community activities and entertainment as part of the festival’s long weekend of celebrations.
BEF Advisory Board chairman and City of Greater Bendigo councillor Rod Fyffe said following a comprehensive review of this year’s festival the board unanimously voted to once again retain the same official three day format in 2013. \
The decision will result in the Torchlight Parade taking place on Saturday evening and the Gala Parade beginning at 1pm on Easter Sunday.Cr Fyffe said the three-day format allows the BEF to concentrate available funding on producing a high quality, family friendly festival rather than spread it thinly over four days.
“This has worked really well over the last two Easters and has resulted in a better, more action packed festival," he said.
"The changes over the past two years centralised Easter activities and have allowed people to move easily on foot between the key entertainment zones.“The board also believes that the new parade routes worked well with excellent crowd numbers turning out to watch both events and that the fireworks display off the Rosalind Park tower was one of the best in years.
“This year’s festival was simply an outstanding success with attendance numbers remaining the same, if not more than previous years.".
Cr Fyffe said the advisory board, which consists of four community representatives, four Bendigo Easter Fair Society representatives, one representative from both the Bendigo Chinese Association and the City of Greater Bendigo, is a good mix of community and stakeholder representatives.
“The board is very happy to continue with the three day, Good Friday, Saturday and Sunday format leaving Easter Monday available to local groups and organisations to hold their community activities and entertainment," he said.
“We have not taken this decision lightly. We have consulted with festival volunteers, we undertook surveys of festival patrons and we consulted with festival sponsors before making the decision to continue with the format."