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Celebrate the past at the Ballarat Heritage Festival

Visit Ballarat

27 Feb 2024

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Uncover untold stories and discover hidden gems at the 2024 Ballarat Heritage Festival.

Running from 17-26 May, the annual festival celebrates the vibrant tapestry of Ballarat’s golden past and evolving future.

From night-time heritage walks and interactive exhibits to hands-on workshops and a vintage car show, the Ballarat Heritage Festival offers a range of exciting events and activities to fill a weekend getaway.

And experience the city’s diverse cultural landscape through live performances, traditional crafts and delicious local cuisine and produce. 

Craft Lab at the Ballarat Mining Exchange

Festival highlights will include:

  • Australian artist Craig Walsh’s globally-renowned outdoor video installations, Monuments, in Sturt Street
  • Craft Lab 24, which will examine skill, design and reinterpretation through traditional artisanal techniques and contemporary treatments
  • the Ballarat Tweed Ride through the city’s historic streets
  • a series of panels at the Eureka Centre including a conversation between writer and documentary maker John Safran and historian Dr Sue Silberberg that will explore the Jewish influence on Ballarat’s social, political and religious landscape in the 19th century 

The full program line-up will be released in March at   

Main image: Craig Walsh’s globally-renowned outdoor video installations, Monuments

Across Victoria’s Midwest, we acknowledge that we travel across the ancient landscapes of many First Peoples communities.

These lands have been nurtured and cared for over tens of thousands of years and we respect the work of Traditional Custodians for their ongoing care and protection.

We recognise the past injustices against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country. As our knowledge grows, we hope that we can learn from their resilience and creativity that has guided them for over 60,000 years.

As we invite people to visit and explore Victoria’s Midwest, we ask that alongside us, you also grow to respect the stories, living culture and connection to Country of the Ancestors and Elders of our First Peoples.