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Ulumbarra Foundation

The Ulumbarra Foundation has been established to attract philanthropic support for Central Victoria’s performing arts.

A strong performing arts sector with the ability to contribute to its own development will benefit regional residents and businesses alike by adding to the rich tapestry of cultural experiences in Central Victoria.

Named to recognise Bendigo’s world-class performance theatre, The Ulumbarra Foundation is the only charity in Central Victoria devoted to the performing arts.



The Foundation’s purpose is to benefit the development and delivery of performing arts at Bendigo’s unique arts venues, notably Ulumbarra Theatre, The Capital, Bendigo Town Hall and The Engine Room.

The Foundation’s activities will also support performing arts organisations, artists and the wider regional community through inspirational programs and funding initiatives.



-To provide a framework to enable new funding sources to flow to Central Victoria’s performing arts programs, venues and artists.
-To attract philanthropic support.
-To raise awareness of and wide participation in performing arts programs and venues.
-To develop and engage regional artists, audiences and communities.
-To improve facilities and foster community strengthening activities.
-To promote and deliver new programming and attract new audiences.


Our Board and Management


Carolyn Stanford, Chair

Dale Pearce, Deputy Chair

Vicki Pearce, Treasurer

Margaret Keech OAM, Secretary

Graham Abbott, Board Member

Pip Johanson, Board Member

Robert Blum, Board Member

Nigel McGuckian, Board Member

Robin Bragg, Board Member

David Stretch, Executive Officer 




If you wish to join in and help us continue to make a difference, we welcome your involvement at all levels:

Our Patrons have an opportunity to engage with our giving programs and meet with our newly introduced audiences.

For those donors seeking a closer involvement to create more impact, the Founder's Circle will enable you to establish and lead a donor circle to raise funds for new initiatives. 

And every Ensemble donor becomes part of the very fabric of the iconic Ulumbarra Theatre, with a plaque bearing your name or the name of someone dear to you being attached to a seat, honouring your dedication to the arts.

Simply select the level that suits you, or contact us for a personal discussion and more information. Phone 03 4408 6512 or email [email protected]

-Founders Circle $2,500

-Foundation Patron $1,000

-Ensemble Donor $500

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BV&E acknowledges the Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung Peoples as the traditional custodians of the lands where our venues stand and where we share stories through art and culture.

We acknowledge and pay respect to their Elders past, present and future.