Art & Culture

Ballarat International Foto Biennale


The Ballarat International Foto Biennale returns in 2019, shifting its focus to photographers who present the world in unconventional ways and in unpredictable circumstances. Featuring...

24 Aug 2019 - 20 Oct 2019

Royal South Street Eisteddfod

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From their humble beginnings in 1879 as the Young Men’s General Debating Society, Royal South Street has grown to become one of the largest and...

29 Jul 2019 - 02 Nov 2019

Art & culture itinerary

There is an undercurrent of creativity, productivity and craftsmanship that pervades the Ballarat region.

The Herald Sun Aria at the Royal South Street Eisteddfod

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The Herald Sun Aria, now in its 95th year, features Australia’s best young opera singers. Each year the heats and semi finals are held as...

13 Sep 2019 - 14 Sep 2019

White Night Ballarat


White Night will return to the regional city of Ballarat for a third consecutive year on Saturday 21 September, from 7:00pm to 2:00am. Local, interstate...

21 Sep 2019 - 22 Sep 2019

Mathieu Asselin – Stock Market


In a meticulous five-year investigation, supported by archival documentation, court files, personal letters, company memorabilia and photographs, Mathieu Asselin presents the reckless history of growth...

24 Aug 2019

Jane Burton – The Sunken Garden


An Art Gallery of Ballarat exhibition. This new suite of photographs depicts a landscape of the Central Highlands region beyond Ballarat that was shown to...

24 Aug 2019

Eugenia Lim – Yellow Peril


Yellow Peril is the starting point for Eugenia Lim’s performative and playful exploration of Chinese presence in Australia. The first in Lim’s Ambassador trilogy, Yellow...

24 Aug 2019

Fiona Foley – Who are these strangers and where are they going?


Curator Djon Mundine OAM. To celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages in 2019, Ballarat International Foto Biennale is proud to present Badtjala artist Dr...

24 Aug 2019

Martin Kantor Portrait Prize


Join the presentation of the 2019 Ballarat International Foto Biennale Martin Kantor Portrait Prize, made possible with generous support from the Dara Foundation. Named in...

24 Aug 2019

Liu Bolin Up Late at White Night


Local, interstate and international artists, musicians and performers will weave a spell over the city in a celebration of art, culture and creativity. Under the...

21 Sep 2019



Book in and bring along your pet for a bespoke pooch portrait in the Biennale photographic studio at Alfred Deakin Place. Do not miss this...

08 Sep 2019 - 22 Sep 2019

Kris Kristofferson and The Strangers – Ballarat

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Three time Grammy winner, actor, storyteller and country music superstar Kris Kristofferson returns to Australia and New Zealand for a national tour with band The...

23 Sep 2019

Moritz Laneway Iceberg Party


Join the Moritz at the Laneway Iceberg Party to enjoy the work of artist Han Sungpil, who appears in the Biennale’s Outdoor Program. Sungpil’s art...

19 Oct 2019


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Jazz music comes to the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, with three exciting musical events. Kick back and relax with a glass of Mount Langi Ghiran...

31 Aug 2019 - 12 Oct 2019

Become the Blacksmith


The blacksmith was one of the most important members of the community back in the 1800s. Their skills were vital to the running of the...

09 Jun 2019 - 03 Nov 2019

November Sun

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By popular demand, November Sun is back again in 2019. Spread out a picnic rug on the hill and soak up some sunshine in a...

09 Nov 2019

Spilt Milk


One of Australia’s favourite music, food and art festivals, Spilt Milk is back for another year, returning to Canberra plus unveiling a second home in...

30 Nov 2019

Become a Blacksmith


Have you ever wanted to learn to build tools, forge metal and use an anvil? Join our talented blacksmiths as they take you through some...

28 Aug 2019 - 08 Dec 2019

Leather Belt Making


A good pair of boots, your favourite jeans, that t-shirt you would happily never take off; there is something special about these things that become...

25 Jul 2019 - 19 Dec 2019

‘Coloring the Land’ a Watercolor Exhibition by James McKay in Gallery 127


Coloring the Land is an exhibition of watercolors by artist James McKay. James grew up on a farm in Africa where he started painting with...

02 Aug 2019 - 23 Sep 2019



In collaboration with Regent Cinemas, the Ballarat International Foto Biennale presents FOTO FILMS, a series of contemporary short and feature films that relate to the...

24 Aug 2019 - 19 Oct 2019

Ballarat Foto Walks


The Ballarat International Foto Biennale is excited to announce Ballarat Foto Walks. Guided by a professional photographer participants of all ages, abilities and levels of...

28 Sep 2019 - 19 Oct 2019

Best ‘O’ Lake Photo Exhibition


The Best ‘O’ Lake Photo Exhibition will feature high quality print and digital images of Ballarat’s Lake Wendouree, habitat and wildlife. Featuring images from local...

27 Aug 2019 - 20 Oct 2019

Ballarat Frolic Festival


Frolic Festival is a week long celebration of regional Victoria’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, asexual (LGBTIQA+) arts and culture. There are a huge...

07 Nov 2019 - 13 Nov 2019

Pose Photographic Exhibition


Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum will showcase a unique collection of photographic portraits in their new exhibition Pose. Highlighting the work of Ballarat’s talented photographic studios,...

13 Aug 2019 - 08 Mar 2020

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