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Summer fun at the Ballarat Pop-Up Park

Visit Ballarat

12 Jan 2022

Filed underFamily Friendly

Introducing the Ballarat Pop-Up Park, the city’s newest attraction this summer.

From Friday 14 January until Sunday 30 January, the free family-friendly space is open 11am-10pm daily.

Presented by the City of Ballarat and Spark Theatre, the park is located in Camp Street’s Alfred Deakin Place (behind the Art Gallery of Ballarat).

Be entertained by a variety of live performances, including music, comedy, roving performers and more.

Pull up a deck chair and watch summer sports and movies on the big screen, or why not dance along to a Zumba class?

And cap off your summer session with a sit-down or takeaway meal or snack from one of the CBD’s nearby cafes and restaurants.

You can also pimp up your Ballarat Pop-Up Park experience with a free trip to the Art Gallery of Ballarat, which has extended its trading hours to 10am-10pm daily until Saturday 29 January.

Ballarat Pop-Up Park. Image: Meda Design Au

Wednesday 26 January

  • 11am-5pm: Share the Spirit livestream on the big screen, celebrating First Nations music, art and culture
  • 5pm-8pm: Big Bash cricket on the big screen
  • 8pm-10pm: The Sapphires on the big screen

***Please note, this schedule is subject to change***


Thursday 27 January

  • 11am-12pm: Fitness circuits with Leah Johnson
  • 11am-10pm: The Talking Couch – stories from elderly Ballarat residents about their life in the 1940s. The installation is a small sofa with speakers installed, with a 40-minute audio on loop
  • 4pm-10pm: The Boaz and Jachin Pillars interactive installation and sensory experience. The audience will become participants, encouraged to touch and manipulate each pillar. The main intention is to produce a heavenly blend of ethereal sounds with Jachim and a cacophony of hellish undertones with Boaz
  • 6pm-9pm at the Art Gallery of Ballarat: ZÖJ (Iranian-Australian musician Gelareh Pour and experimental drummer Brian O’Dwyer who fuse Persian and western motifs into their intoxicating music)

***Please note, this schedule is subject to change***


Amie Brûlée

Friday 28 January

  • 11am-10pm: The Talking Couch – stories from elderly Ballarat residents about their life in the 1940s. The installation is a small sofa with speakers installed, with a 40-minute audio on loop
  • 6pm-7pm: The Wunderhorns roving musicians
  • 7pm-8pm: Live music with Paige Duggan and Robbie Melville
  • 8pm-9pm: Live music with Aimee Brûlée and Geoff McArthur
  • 9pm-10pm: Live music with Paper Mouse
  • 6pm-9pm at the Art Gallery of Ballarat: Candi Wade – solo acoustic guitar player and singer who has been playing and performing from a very young age

***Please note, this schedule is subject to change***


Saturday 29 January

  • 11am-2pm: Australian Open tennis on the big screen
  • 2pm-3pm: Music workshop with Gamelan Dananda
  • 3pm-4pm: Roving music performance from Gamelan Dananda
  • 4pm-5pm: Live music from Shadow Feet
  • 5pm-6pm: Live music from Plum Green
  • 6pm-7pm: Live music from ZÖJ
  • 7pm-8pm: Roving music performance from Gamelan Dananda
  • 8pm-10pm: Australian Open tennis on the big screen
  • 6pm-9pm at the Art Gallery of Ballarat: Cassells Acoustic – a solo acoustic project founded by Jordan Cassells, blending the unique sounds of alternative/folk acoustic into encapsulated stories of personal life events

***Please note, this schedule is subject to change***


Sunday 30 January

  • 12pm-2pm: Odes to My Lunch – hilarious dedications to your favourite midday meal as spoken word poet Megan J Riedl and her musical friends
  • 2pm-3pm: The Tennis Pros roving circus performance
  • 4pm-5pm: The Tennis Pros roving circus performance
  • 4pm-6pm: The Breakup Mixtape – songs of love, passion, loss and heartbreak throughout the ages by Ballarat’s Sarahlouise Younger, Jessica Ryan and Sarah Barlow
  • 6pm-7pm: 4pm-5pm: The Tennis Pros roving circus performance
  • 7pm-10pm: Australian Open tennis on the big screen

***Please note, this schedule is subject to change***


Kelsie White’s new laneway installation in McKenzie Street. Image: Meda Design Au

Meanwhile, Ballarat’s line-up of summer activations also includes:

Main image: Meda Design Au

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The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.