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Ballarat Laneways – Local & Live (Winterlude)

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Undiscovered enlightened laneways will come to life

Ballarat Laneways: Local & Live is literally Ballarat's inaugural 'enlightening' experience. This event will take place over 3 weekends from 17 July to 2 August 2015 and it's free to attend. There'll be light installations, live music performances and street performance art. It'll take place in Alfred Deakin Place, Police Lane, Ballarat CBD laneways, and the George Hotel.

Local artists Beth Lamont, Damien Orriss, Diokno Pasilan and Saeed Salimpour will delight you with interactive and immersive light installations called the Ballarat Laneway Lumieres populating the space throughout the Festival period. The Lumieres will be bookended on Friday evenings with 'live' music performances staged in the Art Gallery of Ballarat, McCain Annexe and adjacent to the new Hop Temple at the west end of George Lane. In connection there'll be a seamless array of roaming performance artists.

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This is not an isolated event but part of a bigger celebration, Ballarat's Winterlude which was launched by the City of Ballarat and Ballarat Regional Tourism. It's almost fair to say pack your bags, take some holidays and head over to Ballarat for a few weeks to participate and enjoy all that is Winterlude. Subscribe to the Winterlude newsletter to keep abreast of updates and events.

There'll be fun activities for young and old that includes a pop up ice skating rink in the CBD where you can either skate or go for a toboggan ride. Wow! If food carts, musicians, feasting at local farms, cooking classes, cultural wanderings, warming winter menus and gourmet winter pies by the region's chefs featuring the region's best produce and much much more grabs your attention, well, you know where to go. Winterlude!


Why not consider a Ballarat Pass that enables you to enjoy 3 or 4 of Ballarat's biggest attractions. You can buy this pass from the Ballarat Visitor Information Centre at 43 Lydiard St Nth in Ballarat. Make sure you take advantage of all that Ballarat offers during this winter festival to create an unforgettable experience for you and your family and friends.

Listed below are some of the events in chronological order, which you'll find on the Visit Ballarat website. Start getting that diary out and marking out events you don't want to miss.

5 Jun to 5 Jun - BallaratCat Comedy (stand-up comedian) one day only
6 Jun to 7 Jul - Art Gallery of Ballarat: Tarli Glover, Paperscape (series of landscapes; art event).
7 Jun to 7 Jun - Saltbush Kitchen Sundays ( (explore Australian Bush spices; food event) one day only
13 Jun to 13 Jun - Catfish Cooking Class (food event)
13 Jun to 16 Aug - Shipwrecked! The fabulous tale of Louis De Rougemont (original illustrations; art event).
13 Jun to 9 Aug - The inimitable Mr Meek: Rediscovering a lost art (large intricate drawings; art event).
14 Jun to 14 Jun - Design Exchange Market (designer market) one day only
19 Jun to 19 Jun - Ballarat Winter Solstice Market (intimate designer market) one day only
20 Jun to 21 Jun - Rug Up Winter Festival (market, shopping etc)
23 Jun to 24 Jun - Cranky Bear (cabaret style show)


25 Jun to 25 Jun - Curious winemaker at Mitchell Harris wines (food event) one day only.
27 Jun to 12 July- Sovereign Hill.
27 Jun to 12 Jul - The Festival of the Flame at Kryall Castle (school holiday program).
27 Jun to 12 Jul - M.A.D.E. School Holiday Program.
28 Jun to 28 Jun - Fashion and High Tea (high tea and the Liz Davenport fashion collection) one day only
29 Jun to 10 Jul - Art Gallery of Ballarat School Holiday Program (fun activities).
1 Jul to 31 Jul - Ballarat's Best Pie Competition (eat your way around Ballarat in the month of July and sample the range of gourmet pies from participating venues. Overall winning pie crowned on 31 Jul 2015 at the Mining Exchange).
17 July to 2 Aug - Ballarat Laneway, Local & Live (light installations, live music performances and street performance art - as per this article above).
31 Jul to 31 Jul - Coopers Pie and Pale Gala (Ballarat Pie and Beer Judging Spectacular) one day only.
1 Aug to 1 Aug - Ballarat International Food Market , one day only.
8 Aug to 13 Sep - Dean Kahan; The Glass Garden (fantasy garden; art event)

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Why? Ballarat's winter festival 'Winterlude' - a plethora of fun activities, markets, roving entertainers and more.
When: 5 June to 13 September covers all events
Phone: 1800 44 66 33 or 61 3 5337 4337
Where: Ballarat CBD and various venues.
Cost: Various costs and some free events
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