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Happenings

Events, Festivals & Initiatives.

 

What’s going on in our creative city?

A little taste of the events, initiatives, activities and happenings in our creative city. We’re interested to hear from you if you’re running a creative event, workshop, activity or initiative. If you want to see your event here, fill in this form and we’ll review it.

 

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Ballarat International Foto Biennale
Aug
23
to Oct 20

Ballarat International Foto Biennale

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale was founded in 2005 and attracts significant International and Australian photographers as one of Australia’s pre-eminent photographic festivals. It is a not-for-profit event that immerses the historic town of Ballarat in photographic art.

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Ballarat International Foto Biennale: Liu Bolin (China)
Aug
24
to Oct 20

Ballarat International Foto Biennale: Liu Bolin (China)

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Liu Bolin / Camouflage examines Liu Bolin’s career over almost two decades; from his best-known Hiding in the City series initiated in 2005 until the present day. The exhibition aims to demonstrate how the artist’s strategy of camouflage has allowed him to produce images which resonate globally with viewers across time and place.

This exhibition is part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale

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Ballarat International Foto Biennale: To the Moon and Back
Aug
24
to Oct 20

Ballarat International Foto Biennale: To the Moon and Back

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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 in the heritage-listed Ballarat Observatory. A diverse group of international artists bring their individual voices to a contemporary exploration of the continuing relevance of the historic 1969 lunar landing and its lasting photographic legacy.

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Ballarat International Foto Biennale: Centre for National Photography
Aug
24
to Oct 20

Ballarat International Foto Biennale: Centre for National Photography

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The 2019 Biennale will be the first to feature the new National Centre for Photography, an exciting, permanent arts space developed for the community by the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. The NCFP is Australia’s only regional gallery dedicated exclusively to the photographic arts, with a strong focus on providing ample creative opportunities through educational programs and skills development. During the 2019 Biennale, the NCFP will host important artists including Laia Abril (Spain), Matthieu Asselin (France), Robbie Rowlands and renowned curator Naomi Cass. Be sure to visit the National Centre For Photography to experience the robust arts environment it fosters and nurtures.

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Aug
24
to Oct 20

Ballarat International Foto Festival: Central Goldfields Water: Waterworks

  • 12 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat Australia (map)
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Curator Cash Brown
The Ballarat International Foto Biennale presents WATERWORKS, a unique exhibition of photographs, objects and ephemera from the Central Highlands Water archives. For the first time, visitors can delve into the expansive archives through photographic essays and fascinating stories spanning over 150 years of supplying our most precious resource, water.

With a strong focus on ingenuity and sustainability, and the people who make it happen, WATERWORKS will stimulate and educate people from all walks of life. Curator Cash Brown says, “Visitors can expect a sea of images, hidden for decades, exposing the unseen past and illuminating the extraordinary and often invisible achievements of this remarkable organisation from the early gold rush era until the 21st century.”

OPENING TIMES
10am – 5pm
7 days a week

FREE ENTRY

PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY
Central Highlands Water

Image credit: Ballarat Water Board employees, copyright The Courier 1989

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Ballarat International Foto Biennale: Fiona Foley(Australia)
Aug
24
to Oct 20

Ballarat International Foto Biennale: Fiona Foley(Australia)

To celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages in 2019, BIFB is proud to present Badtjala artist Dr Fiona Foley’s solo exhibition Who are these strangers and where are they going? This exhibition showcases key works from Foley’s internationally celebrated 30-year career in interactive and site-specific installations, alongside unveiling, in an Australian first, an important musical soundscape to mark this momentous occasion.

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Ballarat International Foto Biennale: Vernissage
Aug
24
8:00 PM20:00

Ballarat International Foto Biennale: Vernissage

Come celebrate the opening of the 2019 Ballarat International Foto Biennale at the Ballarat Mining Exchange. To launch our festival program in style, we’re hosting a celebration within the exhibition Who are these strangers and where are they going? Curated by Djon Mundine OAM, this mid-career showcase of Dr Fiona Foley’s key works spans her celebrated 30-year art-making practice.

The show features her signature interactive, site-specific artworks in addition to premiering a new digital piece. Get a taste of what awaits you over the course of the festival, as this public event opens the Core Program, the Outdoor Program and the Open Program of BIFB 2019

All welcome. Bookings not required.

For all exhibitions and events visit ballaratfoto.org

Image credit: Fiona Foley, Oyster Fisherman 1, 2011

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Repair Cafe
Aug
31
1:00 PM13:00

Repair Cafe

The Ballarat Repair cafe is now open for business - hooray! Bring your broken, your stuck, your wobbly, and the team will do their best to get them back into operation again. All work is done for free by skilled volunteers offering 'best effort' repairs, but no work is guaranteed. Cash donations invited.

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Ballarat International Foto Biennale: Q & A with Ray Martin
Sep
1
1:00 PM13:00

Ballarat International Foto Biennale: Q & A with Ray Martin

BALLARAT INTERNATIONAL FOTO BIENNALE

Q&A WITH RAY MARTIN

Join one of the most respected and influential journalists of our time as he discusses how the camera creates a new horizon for his own story telling. This is a chance to talk cameras, creativity and culture with Ray Martin.

Sunday 1 September

Free entry. Bookings essential 

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Blacksmith Workshop
Oct
8
9:00 AM09:00

Blacksmith Workshop

Ever wanted to learn to build tools, forge metal and use an anvil? Join our talented blacksmiths as they take you through some of the basics of blacksmithing and give you a glimpse into life as a blacksmith on the Ballarat goldfields.

Participants must be over 16 years.

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Fringe Benefits
Nov
29
12:00 PM12:00

Fringe Benefits

With the welcome announcement that Spilt Milk will be hosting their festival in Victoria Park in November 2019, the City of Ballarat has focused on driving support for music, art, food and performance through the creation of Fringe Beneftis.

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Slow-stitch Workshop - Ballarat Ethical Fashion
Aug
18
1:00 PM13:00

Slow-stitch Workshop - Ballarat Ethical Fashion

Japanese Slow Stitch – The Japanese expression “mottainai” encourages us not to be wasteful. Join Leanne of Kimono House to hand-stitch recycled cloth in the traditional “boro” style to make your own sustainable fashion accessory. This three hour long session gives you a chance to learn some new techniques from an experienced teacher and sewer, with all materials supplied.

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Cinderella by Victorian State Ballet Inc
Jul
28
2:30 PM14:30

Cinderella by Victorian State Ballet Inc

Following sold out seasons, we are delighted to bring this timeless and most loved fairy tale classic to our audiences again.

Featuring internationally recognised artists in leading roles. A rich display of outstanding skill. The story is retold through excellent staging, simple and direct mime, superb classical ballet technique and choreography which honour the spirit of this great classical work - promising to be an inspiring, entertaining and memorable experience for the whole family!

​The Victorian State Ballets ‘Cinderella’ features a cast of the highest standard of outstanding classical ballet artists carefully assembled from across Australia and abroad.  The choreography is rich with virtue, sensibility, grace, intrigue and outstanding skill. Our version of 'Cinderella' endeavours to immerse the audience right in amidst the fairytale classic in a profound experience that is exhilarating, impacting and visually inspiring.

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John Scurry's Reverse Swing
Jul
28
1:00 PM13:00

John Scurry's Reverse Swing

A “must see concert event” with outstanding Jazz performed at the highest level. Some of Australia's finest musicians present a smorgasbord of irresistibly swinging, melodic and original music that offers a nod and a wink to many traditions while being indebted to none.

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Repair Cafe
Jul
27
1:00 PM13:00

Repair Cafe

The Ballarat Repair cafe is now open for business - hooray! Bring your broken, your stuck, your wobbly, and the team will do their best to get them back into operation again. All work is done for free by skilled volunteers offering 'best effort' repairs, but no work is guaranteed. Cash donations invited.

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Out of the Store - Federation University's Collection
Jul
24
5:30 PM17:30

Out of the Store - Federation University's Collection

Clare Gervasoni is the Curator of Federation University’s Art and Historical Collections. Join her for this Becoming Modern public program, as she talks through a selection of interesting items from the university collection which help tell the story of women enrolled at the Ballarat Technical Art School.

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Ballarat Ska Union
Jul
20
8:00 PM20:00

Ballarat Ska Union

Ballarat Ska Union features Stella Savy on vocals and guitar, Bryn Hills wailing on trombone, Mick Timcke, John “JD” Davey and Pat Emery rounding out the horn section. Mr Wayne Parker skanks on guitar and Barry Deenick, Geoff Hassall and Andrew “Vinnie” Vincent form the backbone of a super-tight rhythm section.

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Grigoryan Brothers: Past, Present and Future
Jul
17
12:00 AM00:00

Grigoryan Brothers: Past, Present and Future

Slava and Leonard Grigoryan are justifiably regarded as Australia’s finest classical guitarists, with a repertoire spanning centuries, continents and genres, amazing telepathy and the ability to draw emotion from every note.

While their individual and combined artistry brings the music alive, they are forever grateful to those who have provided the framework for their performances. For this performance, they honour those past, present and future who have provided the fuel for their fire.

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Facing up
Jul
14
2:00 PM14:00

Facing up

Facing Up is a powerful performance piece commenting on Prime Ministerial statements concerning Australia’s Indigenous population from 1901 to present day. This is a free community NAIDOC Week event featuring Zerene Webster, Tammy Gilson and Nicola Ingram - proudly supported by the Koorie Engagement Action Group.

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Winteractive Arcade
Jul
13
to Jul 14

Winteractive Arcade

A 4-day extravaganza of digital tech awesomeness. Art meets digital, where you can experiment with drawing and creating in virtual environments, or test some of Ballarat’s finest digital gaming examples. Hosted in the Mining Exchange.

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Art and Design Discovery Day
Jul
11
10:00 AM10:00

Art and Design Discovery Day

Ages: 16–25 year old

Join the AGB Education and Federation University of Australia Arts Academy teams to explore the Modernist trends of the mid 20th century. Choose between two creative making workshops to develop your skills in either Painting or (Visual) Communication Design with experienced lecturers from the Arts Academy Federation University Australia.

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Winter Drawing
Jul
7
11:00 AM11:00

Winter Drawing

Winter Drawing with POD is untutored drawing in the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Meet at Kittelty's Cafe at the Art Gallery of Ballarat for a cuppa and then make your way into the Gallery to draw! Just bring your pencils & journals for this one - no paints or easels.

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Spinning Wheel Workshop
Jul
4
to Jul 25

Spinning Wheel Workshop

Join the resurgence of homemaking, recycling and upcycling textiles by learning the forgotten art of the spinning wheel. Local designer and maker Debbie Weston will guide you through a four week series of Spinning Wheel Workshops. Throughout the series, Debbie will give an introduction to spinning fiber with an express course that teaches participants how to set up a spinning wheel, basic spinning technique, and where to begin when spinning. Bookings required as spaces are strictly limited. Classes run each Thursday from July 4 to July 25, from 6:30pm - 9:30pm.

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The Wiggles
Jun
30
2:30 PM14:30

The Wiggles

The Wiggles are coming to Ballarat! This brand-new show will see Emma, Lachy, Anthony and Simon singing and dancing their way around Australia with all their Wiggly Friends; Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Shirley Shawn the Unicorn!

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Winteractive Arcade
Jun
29
to Jun 30

Winteractive Arcade

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A 4-day extravaganza of digital tech awesomeness. Art meets digital, where you can experiment with drawing and creating in virtual environments, or test some of Ballarat’s finest digital gaming examples. Hosted in the Mining Exchange.

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In Conversation with Lee Kofman
Jun
15
10:45 AM10:45

In Conversation with Lee Kofman

Internationally renowned author Lee Kofman presents her latest book, Imperfect. In a captivating mix of memoir and cultural critique, Kofman casts a questioning eye on the myths surrounding our conception of physical perfection and what it’s like to live in a body that deviates from the norm.

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Seussical - the musical
Jun
13
7:30 PM19:30

Seussical - the musical

Performed by the talented Federation University students, Suessical the Musical is a glorious, riotous display. Seussical the Musical (from Tony award winners Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens) is a bright, funky adaptation of the best parts of the classic Dr Seuss stories.  Woven together by the Cat in the Hat, this tale of Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, JoJo, Mayzie La Bird, the Grinch & the town of Who is a crazy fun-filled ride.  Based on a concept by Eric Idle (Monty Python), this rock musical will enthrall the whole family – appropriate for all ages.

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Men's Health Night: An evening with Ron Iddles
Jun
13
10:30 AM10:30

Men's Health Night: An evening with Ron Iddles

Keynote speaker Ron Iddles, a former homicide detective, will discuss how he managed his own mental health while dealing with some of Australia’s most high profile cases, such as the Melbourne Gangland Wars and the murder of Jill Meagher. Ron’s book The Good Cop will be available for sale and copies can be signed. Health professionals will be in attendance to provide information and promote services in the community.  There will also be free health screenings.

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Ballarat Blues Festival
Jun
1
12:30 PM12:30

Ballarat Blues Festival

The Ballarat Blues Festival is running the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of June, bringing free and ticketed entertainment to the heart of town. Profiling award winning performers and songwriters Lloyd Spiegel, Geoff Achison, John McNamara and Bill Barber.  Jesse Vallach and the Testements and DreamBoogie, Anna Scionti and Dan Dinnen. The Main Bar is hosting a ticketed show featruing Steve P and the 3 Strings, and JoJo Rainwater.

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Heritage Weekend
May
24
to May 26

Heritage Weekend

An annual event that celebrates the wide complexity of our region, the history laid down over the ages from our first nations peoples through to today. We celebrate the highlights and mark the grimmest parts of our history, looking back so we can all move forward. Enjoy storytelling over fire pits, musical performances, our famous Tweed Ride, steam engines and more.

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Becoming Modern - Art Gallery of Ballarat
May
18
to Aug 4

Becoming Modern - Art Gallery of Ballarat

Becoming Modern is a celebration of the tenacity and innovation of Australian women artists. It features works by over forty artists, including Margaret Preston, Grace Crowley, Thea Proctor and Grace Cossington Smith. This stunning exhibition is an opportunity to view rarely-seen works from the Gallery’s collection, including paintings, prints, drawings and ceramics.

Image shown: DORIT BLACK WINGS 1927–28, COLOUR LINOCUT ON PAPER, PURCHASED, 1976

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Plate Up
May
1
to May 31

Plate Up

Plate Up Ballarat is an month-long event celebrating Ballarat’s food offerings, craft beers, boutique wines and a whole lot more. Taking place throughout the month of May 2019, Plate Up Ballarat will showcase local producers whilst also promoting successful and supportive connections between producers, restaurants and cafes.

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