Located just 115 kilometres north west of Melbourne, the regional city will play host to 150 artists from across Australia, with each state and territory being equally represented, including local Ballarat artists.
BOAA ART 2018 will tell Australian stories; stories of our past, present and future, reflecting what it means to be Australian today with a strong Aboriginal focus, as well as celebrating our multiculturalism.
The six-week program of performance art projects, artist talks, live music and food and wine events will feature 65 curated solo exhibitions presented throughout three 'Art Villages' within 14 of Ballarat's heritage buildings and historic locations.
The contemporary art festival highlights the city’s latest uprising with local designers, artists, chefs, producers, craftspeople and entertainers leading a new rebellion to shake Ballarat’s perception of old, cold and gold.
A host of new and exciting products have made the historic city an indulgent weekend away.
Eat & Drink
Culinary enthusiasts won’t be disappointed at the new Pub With Two Names. Led by the artistic minds of David and Yuge Bromley, the eclectic pub has become one of the city’s premier relaxed dining destinations. Fresh seasonal produce and premium ingredients reflect the classic and uncomplicated flavours of the Argentine Grill. Corner of Doveton St and Mair St, Ballarat, Victoria. (03) 4373 2432.
Visitors can strike gold with Ballarat’s newest fine diner Underbar but getting a reservation might be just as hard to find. The intimate 12-seat restaurant is only open on Friday and Saturday nights and visitors eager to experience the regional restaurant need to be quick with reservations only released online on the first day of every month. 3 Doveton Street North, Ballarat.
Moon & Mountain is a modern Asian eatery and bar with an Australian twist - where flavours of the East meet drinks of the West. The new eatery is based on the hawker dining bars of South East Asia with a shared eating concept being the focus in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. 220 Mair Street, Ballarat, Victoria. (03) 5333 3336.
In the heart of the city of Ballarat, the Mitchell Harris Wine Bar is a delicious gateway to the wines of our surrounding regions in Central and Western Victoria, including the Pyrenees, Grampians and Macedon. Located in a refurbished 1870s produce store and workshop, the wine bar matches wines with the best of the region’s produce – from bar snacks and shared plates to a full dining experience. 38 Doveton St North, Ballarat Central, Victoria, 3350. (03) 5331 8931.
Ballarat's Earle Ballarat - Lascelles Terraces provide visitors with a stay of contemporary elegance amidst a historic backdrop. Lascelles Terrace is a luxurious, boutique accommodation right in the heart of Ballarat. Lascelles consists of two grand Victorian terraces. Guests staying at Lascelles can choose to stay in the ground floor or top floor two-bedroom townhouse or a grand six bedroom house. Both houses have been lovingly restored with a modern and contemporary overlay. 6 Errard Street North, Ballarat, Victoria, 3350. 0405 382 710.
Greenfield Place is the newest offering in contemporary accommodation in the city for visitors to immerse themselves in Ballarat’s vibrant arts and cultural scene. The boutique bed and breakfast is located on Lydiard Street is one of the most intact Victorian era heritage precincts in Australia, in a regional centre steeped in history. 313 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat, Victoria, 3350. 0419 303 801.
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