History Ablaze

Ballarat will burn brightly during Ballarat Heritage Weekend, as the streets, laneways and stories of this gorgeous city are brought to life with fire pits, fire displays and entertainment. 

The iconic and historic fire pit – a place where tales are told and stories are shared. Ballarat’s CBD will be peppered with a range of fire pits, barrels and installations as you wander around the beautiful streetscapes making for a unique Ballarat Heritage Weekend experience like never before. 

Expert storytellers will be on hand to help provide a detailed account of the history and heritage of Ballarat, using fire as a medium for discussion. Share your own stories of Ballarat with other festival goers or sit back and be immersed in the experiences of others – and don’t miss the roving entertainment and flame cannons. 

When: Saturday May 25th from 5.30pm 

Where: Various locations – Armstrong St Nth, Lydiard St Nth, Alfred Deakin Place, Camp St, Ballarat 

Cost: Free

Aboriginal culture & heritage

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

The 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 There will also be a range of informative and engaging discussions from Traditional Custodian Tammy Gilson, among others. 

You won’t want to miss this incredible ode to Ballarat’s first heritage.  

In addition to the Aboriginal Short Film Festival, 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 courtesy of Saltbush Kitchen. 

Working in conjunction with Federation University Aboriginal Education Centre, Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative and other engaged community groups, this display aims to share with you the stories from the Nation’s First Peoples and their history and current day contributions within Ballarat and wider Victoria. 


Aboriginal Short Film Festival & Gathering   

When: Saturday 25 May  

Where: CarePark, Armstrong St Nth

Time: 5.30pm onwards  

Cost: Free

Aboriginal Cultural Exhibition at the BMI  

When: Saturday 25 May & Sunday 26 May  

Where: Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute, The Humffray Room (Level 1) 

Time: 10am – 5pm  

Cost: Free

Vintage Fashion

This year, Charlotte Smith surrounds herself with some of Australia’s most exciting entertainers as well as a dazzling selection of vintage fashion from her private collection, The Charlotte Smith Fashion Collection.

On Saturday, sparkling outfits from the Twenties will add to the electric energy of the catwalk at The Civic Hall when the Sydney Swing Katz perform Gatsby dance classics like the Charleston and the Foxtrot.

Saturday evening, Adam Mada’s magic show will add a bit of Bond sophistication to a glamorous party when cocktails flow and a parade of Sixties jewel-encrusted hostess gowns bewitch at the Coffee Exchange.

On Sunday, Brodie Harper will be the celebrity model for Charlotte’s fashion shows. The ‘Postcards’ presenter will showcase some of the incredible garments within the collection and also provide some insight into Brodie with some ‘In Conversation’.

It’s all about being dazzled at Ballarat Heritage Weekend 2019.

Where: Civic Hall, Mair Street 

When: Saturday 25 May & Sunday 26 May 

Time: Saturday – 2pm
Sunday – 11.30am & 3pm 

Cost: Free

Ballarat's Beard & Stache Competition

They say every beard has a story to tell and The Ballarat Beard & Moustache Union once again return to Ballarat Heritage Weekend to not only share these stories, but to also deliver one of the greatest ‘Beard Competitions’ in the land! This iconic event continues to grow like the glorious hair on everyone’s chin, and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever. More categories, more fun, more engagement – you won’t want to miss this!

When: Saturday 25 May

Where: Hop Temple, Hop Lane

Time: From 12 noon

Cost: Free (to enter the competition or just to spectate!)

Register: https://ballaratheritageweekend.com/beard-competition/

Ballarat Lifestyle Magazine Tweed Ride

The Tweed Ride is one of the most celebrated events on the Ballarat Heritage Weekend program. This immersive and unique experience is unlike anything else. Dress in your best dapper and elegant tweed, ride through Ballarat’s beautiful streets, listen to some of the amazing stories that the city’s unique and iconic architecture holds.

When: Sunday 26 May

Where: Departs Pipers by the Lake, Wendouree Parade, Lake Wendouree

Time: 11am

Book: http://ballaratlifestylemagazine.com.au/tweed-ride

Tours of the Old Ballarat Gaol

Come and visit the old Ballarat Gaol on a guided tour exploring Ballarat’s criminal history including a look at the goal tunnels and turrets in Virtual Reality. Uncover the colourful history of the former gaol and its inmates and explore Ballarat’s criminal underworld of the 19th century through artifacts, blueprints and images as part of an extensive exhibition. Includes new material on the lives of the women held in the Ballarat Gaol and their stories.

When: Saturday 25 May & Sunday 26 May

Where: FedUni SMB Campus, Lydiard Street South

Time: Every hour from 11am – 5pm

Cost: Free

Stardust & The Mission

For 25 years, a locked cupboard sat in a family garage. So what was inside? A “Fighting Gunditjmara” man returns home from war only to be forced from his traditional lands. What drove him to fight for a country that didn’t even recognise him. The Space Company presents a double bill of documentary theatre: ‘Stardust’ and ‘The Mission’. Starring multi-award winning ABC presenter & performer, Joel Carnegie, and award winning actor, Tom Molyneux and the Creswick Brass Band  these two are unforgettable stories about love, music and war, and all the things that people leave behind…

When: Saturday 25 May

Where: The Minerva Space, Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute, 117 Sturt Street

Time: 2.00pm & 7.30pm

Cost: $35 Adult, $32 Concession, $30 Her Maj Member, $15 Child

Bookings: http://hermaj.com/events/mission

Ballarat Apron Festival

Stitching together a love of sewing, crafting, and nostalgia the Ballarat Apron Festival returns this year to celebrate all things apron. The only apron festival in the world, the Ballarat Apron Festival showcases displays of competition, modern and heritage aprons, focusing on their variety and the people who wear them.

Held in conjunction with Ballarat Heritage Weekend, this year’s festival will feature a makers market, craft workshops, art displays, musical performances, a café, kids activities, heritage photo booth and much, much more!

When: Saturday 25 May & Sunday 26 May

Where: St Patrick’s Cathedral Hall, Dawson Street Sth

Time: Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm

Cost: $2

'How cities become resource efficient' by Professor Ana Pereira Roders

Ana Pereira Roders graduated as an Architect at University Lusíada (Portugal) in 2002; and obtained a Ph.D. in Building Technology in 2007 at Eindhoven University of Technology. Since 2016, she works as Associate Professor in Heritage and Sustainability at Eindhoven University of Technology. Ana also worked as Visiting Professor at VU Amsterdam, KU Leuven and ULiege (Belgium), Durham University (UK), and Universidade Lúrio (Mozambique). She is the founding co-editor of the Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development (Emerald, UK).

Ana will be presenting her TEDx Talk from Hamburg and will also engage the audience with some Q&A afterwards.

When: Sunday 26 May

Where: Helen MacPherson Smith Theatre, Fed Uni campus, Lydiard St Nth

Time: 2pm

Cost: Free

Come along to the event

25-26 May 2019