BALLARAT Heritage Weekend will have a strong indigenous focus this May 25 and 26.
Saturday's Aboriginal Short Film Festival will showcase a range of films and documentaries highlighting cultural heritage, shared history and social justice. From 5.30pm, Armstrong St Nth's off-street carpark will be brought to life with fire pits, yarning circles, entertainment and discussions.
On Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 5pm, the Humffray Room at the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute (BMI) will host a free interactive exhibition where you can immerse yourself in the history of Victoria’s Aboriginal people and enjoy bush tea and other authentic culinary experiences courtesy of Saltbush Kitchen.
As part of the exhibition on Saturday, Federation University's Dr Fred Cahir will launch his new book, My Country All Gone, The White Men Have Stolen It, which details the invasion of Wadawurrung Country between 1800 and 1870.
In a double bill of documentary theatre, The Space Company will present Stardust and The Mission in the BMI's Minerva Space on Saturday at 2pm and 7.30pm. The Mission tells the story of a Gunditjmara man who returns home from war only to be forced from his traditional lands. Tickets are adults $35, concession $32 and child $15.
On Sunday in the Minerva Space, traditional custodian Deanne Gilson will run a ochre painting workshop between 10am and 1pm. It will include some talks around the history of the art form and screenings of Deanne's short film. From 1.30pm until 5pm, Barry Gilson will deliver a workshop focusing on song, music and poetry, including live performances by Barry himself.