UNDER the cover of darkness, explore the city in a whole new light this Ballarat Heritage Weekend.
Presented by the City of Ballarat, the May 25-26 event will extend into the night this year, adding a whole new element to the festival.
Food in Focus — Peter Ford
On Friday night, join renowned Ballarat chef Peter Ford at the National Centre For Photography for a culinary event to delight the senses. Find your seat at a shared table to enjoy a skillfully curated menu of food and wine, accompanied by the contemporary aesthetics of Ballarat’s newest photographic gallery.
As the sun goes down on Saturday evening, Ballarat's streets and laneways will be brought to life with fire pits, fire displays and roving entertainment. From 5.30pm, expert storytellers will provide detailed accounts of the city's history using fire as a medium for discussion. And don’t miss the flame cannons!
Aboriginal Short Film Festival & Gathering
From 5.30pm Saturday, the off-street carpark in Armstrong Street North will be transformed into a celebration of Aboriginal culture with fire pits, yarning circles, entertainment and the Aboriginal Short Film Festival. There will also be a range of informative and engaging discussions from, among others, traditional custodian Tammy Gilson.
Coffee Exchange by Mr Black
Combine two of life's best things — coffee and cocktails — at Saturday's Coffee Exchange by Mr Black at the Ballarat Mining Exchange. Featuring unique concoctions from The Lost Ones, Workshop Cafe, Moon & Mountain, Mitchell Harris, Kittelty’s, Cafe Sidra, The Healthy Hub, Freight Bar, The Canberra Hotel and Webster's Market & Cafe, plus something a little colder from Il Piccolo Gelato.
Ballarat Town Hall After Dark Tours by Eerie Tours
This is your opportunity to explore the historic Ballarat Town Hall like never before with dark history researcher Nathaniel Buchanan (the creator of the Ballarat Ghost Tour, Ballarat Cemetery Tour and the Aradale Asylum Ghost Tour). The town hall tours will be held on Saturday at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm at a cost of $10 per person.
Horse and carriage rides
For the first time, the popular Cobb and Co horse and carriage rides will operate into the evening on both Saturday and Sunday for a unique sightseeing experience. Hitch a ride around Ballarat's CBD between 6.30pm and 9.30pm for $8 per person.
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? Sit back on Saturday night as The Space Company presents a double bill of documentary theatre at the Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute from 7.30pm.