Nicholas J Johnson


Nicholas J. Johnson is not to be trusted. As a multi-awarding magician, comedian, author and collector of scams, Nicholas has dedicated the last two decades to mastering the art of the con. As an entertainer he has stolen the watch clean off the wrist of an FBI agent, cheated a group of Canadian mounties at three card monte and baffled top ranking officers of the Australian Federal Police.

Where: Appearing throughout the CBD
When: Performance schedule coming soon.
Cost/Bookings: Free
More Information: Con Man

Nicholas J Johnson
Captain Moonlite

The Mystery of Captain Moonlite: Family Theatre Performance


Musical, physical and family friendly, centred around the true story of Captain Moonlite, a young bushranger who was the mastermind behind one of the only known escapes from Ballarat Gaol. Using original music inspired by Australian musicians from the region, the epic tale pieces together a number of stories about the life of Captain Moonlite, told through the eyes of the people who knew him. Weaving together fiction and fact, Fed Uni Arts Academy alumni present a fun, family friendly, 45-minute musical adventure.

Where: Ballaarat Mechanics Insitute, Sturt Street
When: 11am, Saturday & Sunday
Cost/Bookings: Free

The Spirit Level or The Strange Case of Agatha Banks


Experience the glorious setting of Her Majesty’s Theatre with students from Fed Uni’s renowned Music Theatre program. The Australian premiere of a new opera with music by Fed Uni lecturer Dr Rick Chew and libretto by Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre in London. This production, created especially for Ballarat Heritage Weekend 2017, is directed by renowned writer and director Anthony Crowley.

Where: Her Majesty’s Theatre, 17 Lydiard Street South
When: 10am & 3pm, Saturday & Sunday
Cost/Bookings: Free
More Information: Her Majesty's Theatre
Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Her Majesty
The Secret River

The Secret River


The Lost Ones presents this special screening of the landmark drama The Secret River in our Basement Bar, introduced by Executive Producer, Stephen Luby of Ruby Entertainment. The Secret River is based on the novel by Kate Grenville and directly addresses our founding colonial narrative and the displacement and dispossession of the Indigenous peoples that was carried out in the name of progress.

Where: Lost Ones Gallery, Camp Street, Ballarat
When: 7pm, Saturday
Cost/Bookings: Free. Limited places.
More Information: The Lost Ones

Rare Books and Mysterious Stories


Immerse yourself in pop-up one-hour performances with Fed Uni Arts Academy actors, in a rare theatrical experience of ‘Rare Books and Mysterious Stories’ in the BMI. Extraordinary stories of Ballarat’s past; her spirits and spooks, charlatans and hopeful monsters.

Where: Ballaarat Mechanics Insitute, Sturt Street
When: 10am & 12pm, Saturday & Sunday
Cost/Bookings: Free
Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Boy reading book
Live performer

LIVE from the Music Hall Royale: A Sing-A-Long Extravaganza!


An interactive, audience-involved tribute to the Music Hall traditions upon which modern theatre is built. Combining audience participation with elements of slapstick and vaudevillian comedy, this one-hour show contains a range of songs from the Music Hall repertoire, chosen at random by the audience. Enjoy short comedic sketches and a thrilling, family friendly murder mystery, presented by a vibrant and energetic group of Fed Uni Arts Academy students and alumni.

Where: Ballaarat Mechanics Institute, Sturt Street
When: 2pm, Saturday & Sunday
Cost/Bookings: Free
Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Nellie Minnelli presents Diamonds Are Forever


Intrigue and double-agents, espionage and super-spies. Come undercover with us. A naughty, funny, burlesque and vaudeville variety romp through the golden age of secret agents and double-crossing dames. Travel through time with 40’s Film Noir, 50’s Secret Agents, and 60’s Jet-Set - it’s all thrown together to create a night of teasing and titillation, sultry singing and hilarious variety turns! CONTAINS NUDITY. STRICTLY 18+

Where: Suttons House of Music, Sturt Street
When: 6pm Dinner & Show, Saturday 9.30pm Show only, Saturday
Cost/Bookings: Dinner & Show: $75. Show only $27. Buy Tickets
More Information: Suttons House of Music
Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Live performerPhoto: Liana Showes
Radio presenter

Radio Play Live! with Ballarat National Theatre


Step back in time to the classic days of the radio, when families gathered around the wireless to hear the next thrilling episode in the lastest radio drama. Ballarat National Theatre presents an exciting radio mystery before your very eyes.

Where: Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard Street North
When: 11am, 1pm & 3pm, Saturday & Sunday
Cost/Bookings: Entry by donation
More Information: Art Gallery of Ballarat
Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Sunday Afternoon Concerts


Soprano Eleanor Kerr presents Love Untamed: Songs from the wild side, featuring Dvořák’s Gypsy Songs

Where: Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard Street North
When: 2.30pm, Sunday
Cost/Bookings: Free
More Information: Art Gallery of Ballarat
Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Live performers
Man playing instrument

Bands on the Balcony


Enjoy the music in the air with two of Ballarat’s wonderful community brass bands playing all day on the balcony of the George Hotel.

Where: George Hotel Balcony, Sturt Street
When: 10am to 5pm, Saturday & Sunday
Cost/Bookings: Free
Accessibility: Wheelchair access

Roving Entertainment


See the city’s streets full of characters, music and magic as performers bring the 50’s to life in Ballarat! With Nicholas J Johnson performing close-up magic, students from the Fed Uni Arts Academy on the streets, music in unexpected places and surprise pop-up performances, there will never be a dull moment at Ballarat Heritage Weekend.

Where: Various locations in the CBD
When: 10am to 5pm, Saturday & Sunday
Cost/Bookings: Free

entertainers
Lady playing piano

Pugsley Buzzard on the Suttons Pianola


Pugsley Buzzard continues to dazzle audiences far and wide with his deep funky grooves, rollicking boogie, blazing stride and dark hoodoo blues. With a voice that can make ladies sigh and grown men cry, his performances are guaranteed to booglarize ya and get ya jumpin!

Where: Suttons, 31 Sturt Street, Ballarat
When: 1:30pm to 4:30pm, Sunday
Cost/Bookings: Free