Swing Katz

The Swing Katz are Australia’s premiere vintage dance performance troupe. They are comprised of some of the youngest and energetic dancers in the country, who have wowed local to international audiences. Their spectacular floorshows replicate the dance styles done from the 20s to 50s.

When: Saturday 25 May & Sunday 26 May

Where: Civic Hall Mair Street) & The Mining Exchange (Lydiard St)

Time: Saturday 11.00am, 2.00pm (part of Fashion Show) & 4.00pm
Sunday 10.30am & 1.30pm

Cost: FREE

Adam Mada - Magician

As one of Australia’s leading magicians and magic/illusion consultants Adam Mada has almost 20 years of experience creating, teaching and performing original magic and illusions for live theatre, events and screen. He frequently collaborates with artists, theatre makers and authors.  Mada’s live performances are at the front line of contemporary magic with a nod to the golden era of grand illusionism, his unique show is in demand across the country touring twice through India, courtesy of the Australian High Commission.

He is currently the Australian magic and illusions associate for the global smash hit ‘Harry Potter and The Cursed Child’ as well as the Magic /illusion designer and director for the highly anticipated stage adaptation of Mem Foxes Australian classic ‘Possum Magic’ – touring Australia.

He is a favourite across multiple television networks and is a regular guest on both Studio 10 and ABC. Adam is the founder and director of Magic Inc. a company that creates bespoke custom magic effects and performances for advertising and special events. Magic Inc. also fosters emerging magic talent including Australian and New Zealand Junior champions ‘The Cardistry Boys’.

When: Sunday 26 May

Where: The Mining Exchange, Lydiard St

Time: 12.30pm

Cost: FREE

Katherine Gale presents Songs of My Heritage

Ballarat Arts Foundation award winning singer Katherine Gale will be accompanied by Dr Rick Chew on piano in a beautiful concert in a stunning location.

When: Sunday 26 May

Where: The Oddie Gallery, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Lydiard Street

Time: 2.30pm

Cost: Entry by donation to the Gallery Women’s Association

Return to Sender: Stories from Ballarat

Come and explore the history and heritage of communication in Ballarat from pony post through to the NBN. Old letters and new, post cards, the telegraph, secret notes and messages of love, longing, excitement and protest across the years. Begin at the iconic Post Office Building on the corner of Sturt and Lydiard St, travel through its time-layered spaces before heading to the Town Hall alongside students from the Arts Academy, Federation University Australia who ask: What Heritage Are We Making Now?

When: Saturday 25 May & Sunday 26 May

Where: Post Office Gallery, Cnr Sturt St & Lydiard St & Town Hall, Sturt St

Time: 11.30am (travelling performance duration approx 90 mins)

Cost: Free

Lovers Tryst

Ensemble Goya brings to life the story or three incredible masterminds of the 18oo’s and their complex and unwavering relationship that changed the landscape of classical music forever.

Music from Composers Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms for piano trio and clarinet, are explored at the beautiful Hilltop church (formerly Ballarat, Christian Fellowship).

Belinda Bolger – clarinet, Marisa Hatibi – violin, Elayne Laussade- piano, Luke Severn – cello

Don’t miss these these internationally acclaimed artists, who are equally comfortable on the stages of New York, Europe and Melbourne as they make their debut performance at the Ballarat Heritage Weekend.


When: Saturday 25 May

Where: Hilltop Church, 503 Mair St

Time: 11.00am & 4.00pm

Cost:  Adult $35, Concession 28

Book: https://www.trybooking.com/BCABL

The Kelly Gang Remixed - with Geoffrey Williams

It’s over 100 years since the silent movie, The Story of the Kelly Gang, opened in Melbourne. This Australian-made production is thought to be the world’s first feature-length narrative movie. Despite raking in thousands of pounds and being celebrated as a landmark Australian film, by the end of the Second World War all known prints of the movie were thought to have vanished. Until the mid-1970s, some publicity material and a few photographs were all that remained. Thanks to some lucky finds and painstaking work, 16 minutes of this extraordinary film has now been pieced together and restored.

During the 2019 Ballarat Heritage Week, we’re revisiting and remixing The Story of the Kelly Gang, with the help of local performer Geoffrey Williams. The inaugural performance of this world-class silent film has been now set to an original, commissioned musical, interpretative piece.

A handful of tickets are available to this “world premiere” of our remix of The Kelly Gang.

When: Friday 24 May, 2019

Where: The Lost Ones Gallery, Camp Street, Ballarat

Time: 7pm – 10pm

Cost: $15

Book: www.thelostones.com.au

The Rum Rebellion

This Ballarat Heritage Week, The Lost Ones Basement Bar is celebrating the spirit of uprising – RUM.

A selection of carefully crafted cocktails, all including that essential of ingredients linked back to our rebellious era, are available for one night only. Come and revel in the spirit of the times, the alcohol that fed democracy. A night to raise a glass to our forebears, and recognise the chaos, the tumult and the raw energy that made our city great.

Free entry. This is a night of potation worthy of bushrangers…

When: Friday 24 May

Where: The Lost Ones Gallery, Camp Street, Ballarat

Time: 7pm – 11pm

Cost: $15

Book: www.thelostones.com.au

Radio Play Live: A Tangled Web

Once again performers from Ballarat National Theatre take you back to a time before television, video and electronic devices, to a time when Australians looked to the ‘wireless’ for thrills and laughs, with the regular radio dramas. Join them in a typical radio studio as they bring you the first episode of A Tangled Web. Mystery surrounds the larger than life passengers on the Simplon Orient Express as the train hurtles across Europe towards the Turkish border.

This program is part of Ballarat National Theatre Alternatives program. Entry is by donation to the Gallery’s Adopt an Artwork program.

When: Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 May, 2019

Where: The Art Gallery of Ballarat, Lydiard Street North, Ballarat

Time: 11am, 1pm & 3pm daily

Cost: Free

The Urban Fairy

The Urban Fairy Living Statue is one on one interactive entertainment.

As people pass her by, they can stop for a photo or a softly blown kiss; or linger, to watch as others become part of the show.

It only takes a moment to experience the magic of The Urban Fairy…

When: Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 May, 2019

Where: Various locations in the CBD, Ballarat

Time: Various performances between 10am – 5pm

Cost: Free

Statue Dan

Jack Dan began Performing as a human statue on the streets of Hamburg, Germany in 1996. Since then he has performed many different statues characters around Australia and the world. His current Human Statue is a bit different from those of the past as it can perform in both sitting and standing poses.

Fun Fact – Jack studied performing arts at Ballarat College!

“A Living Statue like no other. “Sitting Man” is one of the wonders of the world. A beautiful combination of illusion and living statue.”

Performed By Jack Dan, this statue was originally based on statues of James Joyce in Dublin Ireland.

When: Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 May, 2019

Where: Various locations in the CBD, Ballarat

Time: Various performances between 10am – 5pm

Cost: Free