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Ballarat Heritage Weekend – history ablaze

For centuries fire has been used to tell stories.

This Heritage Weekend we’re tapping into this form of storytelling to bring to life history and heritage of Ballarat.

The CBD will be scattered with a range of fire pits, barrels and installations for you to explore as you wander around the city’s streets and laneways.

Expert storytellers will be on hand providing explorers with a detailed account of the history and heritage of Ballarat, using fire as a medium for discussion.

This Heritage Weekend we will also celebrate the history, cultures and stories of Aboriginal peoples with a unique and diverse range of offerings and exhibitions.

While we will be extending what’s on offer into the night, all the Heritage Weekend favourites are returning.


History Ablaze
As the sun goes down on Saturday evening, Ballarat will burn brightly during Ballarat Heritage Weekend. The streets, laneways and stories of this gorgeous city will be brought to life with fire pits, fire displays and entertainment.
When: Saturday 25 May
Where: Various locations – Armstrong Street North, Lydiard Street North and Alfred Deakin Place, Camp Street
Time: from 5.30pm
Cost: free

Aboriginal Short Film Festival and Gathering
The off-street carpark in Armstrong Street North will be transformed into a celebration of Aboriginal cultures with a range of fire pits, yarning circles, entertainment and a short film festival.
When: Saturday
Where: Armstrong Street North carpark
Time: 5.30pm onwards
Cost: Free

Aboriginal Cultural Exhibition at the BMI
The Humffray Room at the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute will house an educational and interactive exhibition where you can immerse yourself in the history and heritage of Victoria’s Aboriginal people and enjoy some bush tea and other authentic and unique culinary experiences.
When: Saturday & Sunday
Where: Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute, The Humffray Room (Level 1)
Time: 10am – 5pm
Cost: Free

The Charlotte Smith Collection
Be dazzled this year as Charlotte Smith surrounds herself with some of Australia’s most exciting entertainers as well as a selection of vintage fashion from her private collection.
When: Saturday & Sunday
Where: Civic Hall, Mair Street
Time: Saturday 2pm and Sunday – 11.30am & 3pm

Ballarat Apron Festival
Town Hall After Dark Tours by Eerie Tours
Stardust and The Mission
Food in Focus with Peter Ford
Milk Bar & Co
The Tea Trolley
Coffee Exchange by Mr Black
Swing Katz
Adam Mada Magician
Ballarat’s Beard and Stache Competition
Ballarat Lifestyle Magazine Tweed Ride
Steam Trains
Horse & Carriage rides

City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh said, “When we started thinking about what we could offer this Heritage Weekend it made sense to embrace everything that makes Ballarat so unique.

With that in mind, we’re shifting the focus this year to one of storytelling and experience.

While all the Heritage Weekend favourites are returning, we’re extending what’s on offer late into the night.

This year we’re tapping into fire to tell our stories. Think fire pits and barrels, authentic Ballarat stories revisited and told in a unique way, and let’s not forget our Wadawurrung heritage – a theme which will feature throughout the weekend.”

This year’s Heritage Weekend, which is presented by the City of Ballarat, takes place over 26-26 May.

To view the full program or for more information about Heritage Weekend, visit: ballaratheritageweekend.com