Arts & Culture
Council has prepared a draft Arts and Cultural Plan to outline the actions we intend to take to increase the liveability of the municipality through engagement in arts and cultural practices. Council is seeking community feedback on the best actions we can undertake to increase our arts and cultural capacity, participation, access, engagement, communications, facilities and practices.
A summary of the Plan is available here. Final draft copy of the full Plan is available here.
The Wimmera region is part of the traditional land of the Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawajali, Wergaia and Jupagalk peoples. Horsham is the largest population centre in the Wimmera, in Western Victoria (Australia). It sits on relatively flat plains that stretch from the Grampians mountains in the South toward the Malee to the North. The Wimmera River which runs through the town is the largest land-locked river in the world eventually disappearing into terminal lakes and dunes. In the West of the municipality is one of Australia premier rock climbing destinations, Mount Arapiles and the small town of Natimuk. To the South of Horsham are the towns of Laharum, Dadswells Bridge and the Wartook valley; gateway to the Grampians.
People: Most of the people in the municipality reside in Horsham and are sustained by a thriving arts culture. Under the umbrella of this website are gathered some of the key organisations and individuals that make up the arts and cultural community of Horsham Rural City Council. Some of these include the Horsham regional Arts Association (HRAA), Wesley Performing Arts Centre, The Horsham Regional Art Gallery, Horsham Film Society, Horsham Arts Council, Arapiles Community Theatre, The Goat Gallery and the Makers Gallery. There is also in development a new major performing arts centre and nationally conferencing facility with an upgraded Regional Art Gallery located at the heritage listed Horsham Town Hall site to be opened in 2014.
There are several key indigenous cultural organisations including the Barengi Gadjin Land Council, Goolum Goolum and Wurega as well as the new and burgeoning immigrant population represented by organisations such as Oasis.
There are six major arts festivals. The community strong Art Is... Festival; Awakenings, the only regional arts for all abilities festival in Australia; The Horsham Country Music Festival, Kanamaroo festival held in the CBD on the Street, the Spring Garden Festival in the historic botanical gardens and the biennial spectacular Natimuk Frinj Festival. Horsham is also home to a culture of many internationally acclaimed artists and arts companies across the performing and visual arts mediums. There is also a new Public Art and Heritage trail through the CBD and Wimmera River.