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Ulumbarra Theatre


Meaning ‘gather together’ or ‘meeting place’ in the language of the Dja Dja Wurrung people, Ulumbarra blends heritage and modern elements beautifully, offering distinctive state-of-the-art performance and event spaces. The renovation by Melbourne architects Y2 and international theatre design specialists Schuler Shook merges contemporary design with the heritage elements of the old penitentiary architecture.

What's On

Explore Ulumbarra Theatre’s development from a working gaol to a state-of-the-art arts and community facility.

Experience CELL 26, which tells the story of a former prison cell on the Ulumbarra Theatre site. Using the cell as inspiration, documentary artist Roslyn Oades and local musician Eliza Hull have created an intimate 30-minute listening experience that explores the layers of story embedded in the site. The work draws on interviews, field recordings and original composition.

Guided tours will be led by Matt Dwyer of Y2 Architecture through foyer spaces, theatre auditorium and courtyards (bookings required).

Images: Ulumbarra Theatre. (1, 2) Photos: AJ Taylor. (3–5) Photos: Peter Clarke.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 22 October + Sunday 23 October
Open access 10am-4pm

Tours departing 10am + 11am (Saturday only)
Running for 30 minutes in groups of 30 people

Age Requirements

12 years and above


Accessible parking nearby


10 Gaol Rd, Bendigo VIC 3550

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