SPRING in Ballarat is characterised by the blossoming of more than just flowers, with the city's arts and cultural scene in full bloom during the season.
While the Biennale of Australian Art is headlining the spring calendar of events, there are many other offerings from September through to November for all the culture vultures out there.
Here are our top picks for a season of art and culture in Ballarat.
The Biennale of Australian Art will showcase the work of more than 150 artists from across Australia, transforming the city into a kaleidoscope of art, sculpture, music and installations. With more than 65 exhibitions and a calendar of workshops, concerts and artist talks, it's a six-week festival worth discovering.
While gold reached legendary status long ago, an uncertain something lives on in the people and produce of Ballarat today. Something born out of that same magical soil; a depth, a richness, an indefinable character. Discover all that lies just below the surface with a series of exclusive artisan events as part of Made of Ballarat - the newest movement which highlights the productivity and craftsmanship inherent in the city. From pottery to beekeeping, spoon-making to charcuterie, there's an event to pique your interest.
Staged by Ballarat National Theatre, this timeless play will be performed between September 29 and October 6. This version, written by Jon Jory in 2005, has all of the wit and romance of Jane Austen's classic 1813 novel in a refreshing fast-paced and engaging new adaptation.
Catch a glimpse into the workings of Sovereign Hill's costume department as part of the exhibition A Victorian Silhouette, highlighting Victorian-era fashion trends and what they can tell us about the place of women in society during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901).
Art House Gallery, Post Office Gallery, and Gallery on Sturt will each have exhibitions during the spring season. These shows will be in addition to the exhibitions staged at the likes of the Art Gallery of Ballarat and The Lost Ones Contemporary Gallery as part of the Biennale of Australian Art.
Catch two of Australia's most-loved indie bands as they head to Ballarat as part of their national tour. Ball Park Music and San Cisco will take to the stage at City Oval on October 20 - with Ballarat their only regional Victorian stop. With a string of accolades to their name, these bands are two of the most respected in the country, making this a must-see show!
Jazz concerts at the Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute, fine music in the Pyrenees region, James Morrisson and the JMA orchestra, chamber opera in the heart of the city, the Four Seasons Fine Music Festival in spring, or monthly comedy sessions - there's plenty of music and entertainment to warm the heart and soul during spring.
Make sure to check out the Jazz Series website as well, to see which locales are coming to life with renowned jazz musicians during the springtime.
Join in on the week-long, community celebration of regional Victoria's lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex, and asexual/ally arts and culture. This year’s festival will be held between November 8 and 14 and aims to foster a healthy LGBT+ community for Ballarat and surrounds while providing positive visibility to the broader community through a range of activities and events for all!
Enjoy the stunning native surrounds and spring serenity around Lake Wendouree as part of the annual Springfest Market Sunday. Explore six-kilometres of market stalls ranging from food, art and craft, music, clothing, jewellery, plants and flowers, as well as an array of performers, car displays and activities to suit all ages!