Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music strutted onto the international music scene in September 2013, winning critical praise from around the world and delivering festival and broadcast audiences a visceral experience. With an emphasis on premiere or rarely-performed long-form works, BIFEM platforms virtuosity in musicianship and innovation in composition.


BIFEM's resident ensemble Argonaut is drawn from a flexible roster of virtuosi from across Australia and from visiting international guests, playing together exclusively in Bendigo.


Bendigo is culturally alive, and its audiences are savvy and brave. While this great Central Victorian city is widely recognised for its visual and performing arts culture, Bendigo is also a deeply musical city. The Bendigo Symphony Orchestra, City of Greater Bendigo Brass Band, Bendigo Chorale, Undue Noise, Bendigo Chamber Choir and many of the high school music streams all present dynamic annual programmes. In recent years, the Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival and Bendigo Writers Festival have flourished. BIFEM belongs in Bendigo.


BIFEM is a free or low cost festival. Tickets are available from this website or by calling 03 5434 6100 or in person at The Capital box office, 50 View Street, Bendigo. Many ticketed events have strictly limited numbers, so book early to avoid disappointment. Free events are unticketed and patrons are not guaranteed entry beyond venue capacity. Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance.


BIFEM prospers through the energy and commitment of its musicians, audiences and supporters. Their financial and in-kind support, and their skills and experience, are the making of the festival. To become a part of BIFEM, please strike up a conversation with Executive Director Briony Buys at briony@bifem.com.au



David CHISHOLM, Founding Artistic Director l CEO
Elizabeth WELSH, Associate Artist
Jessica ASZODI, Zubin KANGA Associate Artists (Programming)
Fernando GARNERO, Sound Gallery Curator
Briony BUYS, Executive Director
Marina MILANKOVIC, Production Manager
Myles MUMFORD, Jem SAVAGE, Festival Sound Supervision
Matthew MCGUIGAN, Video Documentation
GOOD ONE Graphic Design, Identity and Festival Design
STANFORD MARKETING, Marketing Campaign and Research
Karen CROOK, Strategic Advisor
Glyn CRYER, Chair


David LLOYD, Manager
Stephen HENDERSON, Coordinator Creative Spaces
Shelley SLADE, Coordinator Business Innovation
David STRETCH, Coordinator Marketing and Business Development
Maree TONKIN, Coordinator Creative Communities
Lizzie SIMPSON, Team Leader Box Office Services
Abe WATSON, Team Leader Front of House Services
Rohan PHILLIPS, Arts Officer
Deborah BLAKE, Finance Administrator
And all the magnificent Technical and Front of House Staff