Ballarat Heritage Weekend goes virtual in 2020

Ballarat Heritage Weekend will reach a worldwide audience for the first time in its 12-year history this weekend (30-31 May).

One of the City of Ballarat’s most popular annual events, Ballarat Heritage Weekend is going virtual as part of a special, one-off History at Home series.

Told through the lens of some of the city's event storytellers and experience makers, the six heritage-related online videos will relay all the vintage charm, mystery and intrigue that is unmistakably Ballarat.

Ballarat Mayor Councillor Ben Taylor said Council was committed to providing online content that inspired and connected with its audiences, allowing them to engage with each other and their favourite events – all from the comfort of their homes.

“What is also exciting about this year’s online platform is that we get to showcase our beautiful city and genuine, authentic experiences to everyone, anywhere around the globe,” Cr Taylor said.

“Through this experience, we have been able to produce a heritage product, documented by locals, that captures the stories of Ballarat.”

The Mayor and his fellow Councillors will introduce the online videos, which take visitors on a fascinating journey from the historic Craig’s Royal Hotel and its tales of intriguing guests to the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute to unearth some of the city’s dark history.

From the fashionable Ballarat Tweed Ride to ghostly encounters and bearded gents in the Ballarat Beard and Stache Competition, this is history worth re-living and heritage worth sharing with all your online friends.

For more information, visit the Ballarat Heritage Weekend website or follow the BHW Facebook page.