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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)

  • Art Gallery of Ballarat (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

  • Ballarat Municipal Observatory and Museum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

  • Centre for National Photography (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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Ballarat International Foto Festival: Central Goldfields Water: Waterworks
Aug
24
to Oct 20

Ballarat International Foto Festival: Central Goldfields Water: Waterworks

  • 12 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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MARGARET DELAHUNTY SPENCER AND MARY VAN DEN BROEK: OUR PLACE AND…
Sep
11
to Oct 6

MARGARET DELAHUNTY SPENCER AND MARY VAN DEN BROEK: OUR PLACE AND…

MARGARET DELAHUNTY SPENCER AND MARY VAN DEN BROEK: OUR PLACE AND…

19 September–6 October 2019

Mary van den Broek is a sculptor, working metal and other natural materials while Margaret Delahunty Spencer is a painter who creates abstract works on linen. Both are mindful of the words of Romanian artist Constantin Brâncusi: ‘the moment you are no longer a child you are already dead’.

For this collaborative exhibition, they draw inspiration from a bee hive and the comings and goings and daily rituals of its inhabitants, using different mediums to create fresh new work that speaks of both the significance and the insignificance of our place in the world and the universe.

OPENING
20 September 2019, 6 for 6.30 pm

Image: Mary van den Broek, Between Resting 2019 (detail) mild recycled steel in front of Margaret Delahunty Spencer, Domesticity 2019 (detail) oil, acrylic and charcoal. © the artists

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Fed Uni Season 2 - The Northern Lass
Sep
18
to Sep 22

Fed Uni Season 2 - The Northern Lass

  • Federation University Ballarat, Helen Macpherson Smith Theatre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Season Two Tickets are now available for our graduating Acting and Music Theatre companies upcoming productions. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Federation University, School of Arts, Arts Academy

The Northern Lass by Richard Brome, a play written and first staged in 1638, is a boisterous comedy with music that focuses on the wooing and marriage of four women: Mistress Fitchow, a rich and domineering widow; Constance, the innocent Northern Lass of the title, freshly arrived in the city; Trainwell, who acts as her governess ;and Camitha Holdup, a cunning courtesan who impersonates the Northern Lass. They are wooed by Triedwell, Squelch, Nonsense, Widgeon and Luckless… as these names suggest, there is a little gentle satire about love, and more confusion here than an episode of MAFS!

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What is Design Thinking? Masterclass
Sep
20
9:30 AM09:30

What is Design Thinking? Masterclass

Rounding off his series of sessions for StartUp Ballarat, local design veteran Paul Blake will show how design-led innovation can transform your business.

Combining a review of previous session highlights with some new tips and tricks, Paul will discuss:

- What design thinking is, who is using it, and why it works

- Setting a vision and strategy for your business

- How understanding your customers will help your bottom line

- Low-cost and low-risk ways of evaluating new products and services

This FREE session will include several hands-on exercises demonstrating some simple techniques for you to take away. We will even provide you with lunch!

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Aime Brûlėe in Le Femmes de Versailles (The Women of Versailles)
Sep
20
8:00 PM20:00

Aime Brûlėe in Le Femmes de Versailles (The Women of Versailles)

Aime Brûlėe in Le Femmes de Versailles (The  Women of Versailles)

Friday 20 September from 8.00pm

Discover the secrets and conquests of the extraordinary women of the French court with JS Bach’s French Suite on the grand piano. Tickets $25/$15 for children under 14 from www.trybooking/BEUWU

Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute

117-119 Sturt St, Ballarat

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SKILL UP! COURSES FOR CREATIVES: Intro to the City of Ballarat Events Team
Sep
24
12:00 PM12:00

SKILL UP! COURSES FOR CREATIVES: Intro to the City of Ballarat Events Team

SKILL UP! COURSES FOR CREATIVES

Introduction to the CoB Events team

Are you wanting to organise an event but don’t know where to start? This workshop will provide an overview of the event management process and provide you with the tools and resources to get you started. Free event but bookings essential.

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Euripides' Medea
Sep
28
to Oct 5

Euripides' Medea

Ballarat National Theatre continues to offer the very best in contemporary community theatre. BNT are staging a very modern telling of this Greek classic complete with live music and a very unique and colourful set.

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Fed Uni Season 2 - Heathers
Oct
3
to Oct 12

Fed Uni Season 2 - Heathers

  • Federation University Ballarat, Helen Macpherson Smith Theatre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Season Two Tickets are now available for our graduating Acting and Music Theatre companies upcoming productions. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Federation University, School of Arts, Arts Academy

Heathers The Musical is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicized ass - but J.D. has another plan for that bullet.

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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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Compassionate Ballarat
Oct
20
to Oct 27

Compassionate Ballarat

In October this year, the City of Ballarat will sign the International Charter of Compassion and CB Steering Group is organising a Celebration of Compassion from October 20 to October 27, 2019.

This week long celebration of compassion includes a wonderful range of concerts, volunteer activities, children's compassion book clubs, exhibitions, films, free talks, tree planting and a host of other activities.

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SKILL UP! COURSES FOR CREATIVES: Finance essentials for creatives
Oct
29
6:00 PM18:00

SKILL UP! COURSES FOR CREATIVES: Finance essentials for creatives

Finance essentials for artists with Tim Gay

29 October 2019, 6 pm–9 pm - FREE

What are the basics I need to know about finance in order to run my own arts business? Do I need an ABN? How do I charge for GST? What sort of business structure do I need in place so that I can work effectively as an artist? Free event but bookings essential.

Shown here, the work of Rachel Grose, Pearls for the Artful Duchess (2018), sterling silver and freshwater pearls

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Spring in the Park
Nov
16
2:00 PM14:00

Spring in the Park

  • Victoria Park Ballarat Central Australia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is proud to present an exciting new event this November in Ballarat... SPRING IN THE PARK! Save the date, because this will be an event for everyone. We have food trucks, market stalls, amusements, as well as an exciting line up of artists (which we will be announcing soon ... stay tuned).
This is a FREE event for those of all ages.

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SKILL UP! COURSES FOR CREATIVES: Finance for not-for-profit boards
Nov
26
6:00 PM18:00

SKILL UP! COURSES FOR CREATIVES: Finance for not-for-profit boards

Financial reporting for Not-for-Profit boards with Tim Gay

26 November 2019, 6 pm–9 pm

FREE EVENT

Members of volunteer not‐for‐profit communities have a responsibility to understand the financial position of their organisation. Learn to read the financial reports your Treasurer produces every month for your meeting and understand what questions you need to ask in order to get a clear picture. Find out what reports you need to produce every month for your meeting. Free event but bookings essential.

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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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Mooncake Festival
Sep
14
2:30 PM14:30

Mooncake Festival

Bring family and friends along to create your own beautiful lantern in this year's Mooncake Festival at this fun lantern-making workshop suitable for both audlt and kids. Use your creativity and imagination, make lanterns from various materials. Light up your lantern at night and enjoy Chinese cultural performances organized by Australian Chinese Cultural Society of Ballarat.

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Fed Uni Season 2 - The Comedy of Errors
Sep
11
to Sep 15

Fed Uni Season 2 - The Comedy of Errors

  • Federation University Ballarat, Helen Macpherson Smith Theatre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Season Two Tickets are now available for our graduating Acting and Music Theatre companies upcoming productions. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Federation University, School of Arts, Arts Academy

Third Year Acting Company

The Comedy of Errors 

By William Shakespeare

Directed by James Prat

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Cultural Enquiry Research Group Seminar
Sep
5
6:00 PM18:00

Cultural Enquiry Research Group Seminar

  • Federation University (SMB Campus) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Gregory Marks' seminar paper, entitled 'The Aesthetics of the Posthuman Gothic'. Drinks and nibbles are provided. The venue is room C001, (Old Chemistry Building), SMB Campus in Ballarat's CBD. It is marked as Building C in the legend of the campus map: https://federation.edu.au/about-us/our-campuses/smb-campus

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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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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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Digital Innovation Street Party
Aug
31
10:00 AM10:00

Digital Innovation Street Party

The Ballarat Central Innovation precinct DIF Street Party is an opportunity for the community too experience technology and innovation across the education, industry and community settings.
Come see how you can make a DIF, from emerging technologies to tomorrow's jobs building digital skills, creatives and change makers.

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Spring art soiree for BAA members
Aug
29
7:00 PM19:00

Spring art soiree for BAA members

Celebrate the coming of Spring and the Ballarat International Foto Biennale at the BAA August Soiree at The Printer's Room, underneath Sebastiaan's. The BAA have some talented local artist/photographers presenting short talks on their work in the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. Check out their pages on the Foto biennale website: Pitcha Makin Fellas, Erin M McCuskey, Lynden Nicholls, Marg Dobson, Ian Kemp, Kim Percy, & Rhonda Baum

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Talking History @ Ballarat
Aug
27
1:00 AM01:00

Talking History @ Ballarat

Eureka Centre is excited to announce the launch of Talking History @ Eureka, an initiative to explore significant new research into the history of the Ballarat region, with a special focus on the colonial period.

Presented on the first Tuesday of each month, these talks will present new perspectives on Ballarat and Goldfields history with a special focus on the events and legacy of the Eureka Stockade. Speakers will include academics, writers, independent researchers and people from diverse fields who are engaged in exploring and reimagining Ballarat’s past.

Join us at the Eureka Centre on the first Tuesday of each month at 5.30pm to hear guest speakers bringing our history to life. Entry is free and no booking is required.

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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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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

  • Ballarat Mining Exchange (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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