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Ballarat Heritage Festival 2021

Ballarat Heritage Festival

When we were asked by our friends at City of Ballarat to be part of their *big* Ballarat Heritage Festival this year, we really couldn’t resist.

What is the 2021 Ballarat Heritage Festival? Think bold art, artisan crafts and big beards taking over our grand city.

Let’s reconnect, get together, celebrate and experience what Ballarat is all about.

Here’s where you can catch us during the festival.

Pecha Kucha
Meet the amazing talent bringing to life the traditional trades and crafts of the past.
Join us for a laid-back, show-and-tell, drink-in-hand special evening in our Victoria Theatre and United States Hotel bar.

  • When: Friday 21 May, 5:30pm (for a 6:00pm start)
  • Where: Sovereign Hill
  • Details: Bookings essential. Further info here 

Crafts galore
Check out our Friends of Sovereign Hill volunteers at their craftiest in a series of live demonstrations

  • When: Sundays 9, 16, 23 and 30 May 11:00am-3:00pm
  • Where: Ballarat Visitor Information Centre

Craft Lab & Design Expo
See how we make Victorian-era fashion magic as our costume team showcase their tailoring and dress-making skills.

  • When: 22 and 23 May
  • Where: Ballarat Mining Exchange

Hop on a train
Want to know a random and little-known fact?
We own a 132-year old steam train made by Ballarat’s famous Phoenix Foundry and now you can ride it. Hop on a scenic return trip from Ballarat to Lal Lal.

  • When: 29 and 30 May
  • Where: Departing from Ballarat Railway Station
  • Details: Further info here

Snag a bag of Raspberry Drops
Who doesn’t love a freebie?
Catch our generous costumed team handing out bags of Raspberry Drops. What do we want in return? Just a friendly smile and ‘Thank you’ always warms our hearts!

  • When: Saturdays 8, 15, 22 and 29 May from 11:00am
  • Where: Catch them promenading around the block from Lydiard, Sturt, Mair and Armstrong Streets (it’s hard to miss those giant crinolines!)

Beard & ‘Stache Competition
It’s no surprise that we ♥ our bros with ‘mos which is why we jumped at the chance to hand-make the winning trophies for this year’s Beard & ‘Stache Competition.

  • When: Saturday 29 May
  • Where: Hop Temple
  • Details: Further info here

Journey to the Southern Cross
A live role-playing adventure game that follows four characters making their way to the Ballarat Goldfields. Features some of our finest performers and costumes. Delivered by Tales from Rat City

  • When: Sunday 9 May, 1:00pm
  • Where: Ballarat Mechanics Institute
  • Details: Further info here

Facing Up
Featuring some of our talented performers, Facing Up is socially relevant theatre that promotes understanding of our shared history with First Nations People through truth telling. Its focus is on the Federal Governments’ attitude towards and treatment of Australia’s Indigenous people since federation to the present. An elaboration of Indigenous protests is presented concurrently. Facing Up written and directed by Lynden Nicholls, designed Gus Powers and funded by Regional Arts Victoria.

  • When: Sunday 30 May, 2:00pm
  • Where: Alfred Deakin Place, Camp Street, Ballarat
  • Details: Further info here