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Ballarat’s Heart of Creativity

Over the last two years, Ballarat has been focused on the development of it’s Creative City Strategy. This strategy is one that embraces the energies of makers, crafters, artists, innovators, entrepreneurs and problem solvers, linking them closer to the engine room of the city’s heart.

We know that a creative city is one that can wear the changes in economic forces, delivers new ideas, drives businesses to grow and delivers greater community cohesion and wellbeing. The creative sector in Ballarat is crucial to our prosperity, helping create better people and better places to live and work. It is creative thinking that helps all sectors to blossom, and underpins a healthier, happier and wealthier city. The City of Ballarat is dedicated to embedding creativity within its very fabric.

Ballarat has established two guiding documents - the Creative City Strategy and the Creative City Masterplan. These documents are being responded to through the creation of implementation plans that tie directly into the work of the creative city. This site has been established to help track the implementation of the Creative City Strategy, and to assist in support creative people, businesses and industry to become economically and socially sustainable.

Artist Peter Field

Artist Peter Field

Artist Eden Fairbrother and Katie Chancellor

Artist Eden Fairbrother and Katie Chancellor

Performance at opening of Murrup Laar

Performance at opening of Murrup Laar

Current News and Announcements


9 july 2019 - fringe benefits 2019

The eve of the city’s largest inaugural music festival in November sees the creation of Fringe Benefits – a local music festival between 12pm to 12am on November 29th. The city’s restaurants and cafes, pubs, bookshops and clubs will come alive…

Performer Freya Hollick, pic by Michael Weston

Performer Freya Hollick, pic by Michael Weston



9 july 2019 - CELEBRATION OF OUR CREATIVE CITY

We’ve released our celebration document at the beginning of the financial year, highlighting the activities and initiatives of our passionately creative city. This document takes a look at the creativity of Ballarat yesterday, today and tomorrow - and gives a taster of what is to come…

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17 july 2019 - the boer war memorial restoration

The works to remove the Boer War Memorial for conservation assessment have further revealed the fragile nature of this significant statue. We’re dedicated to ensuring the best possible conservation of the statue to ensure its longevity. Removal works will likely continue next month after further assessments have been made.

Boer War Memorial, 1906

Boer War Memorial, 1906