Mining Exchange to showcase Ballarat on film at Heritage Weekend

Mitchell Harris’ Alicia Mitchell, with (back left) Cr Samantha McIntosh and Mill Markets owner Mark Ward, will put the city’s historical past in the spotlight through various events held for Ballarat’s Heritage Weekend. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Mitchell Harris’ Alicia Mitchell, with (back left) Cr Samantha McIntosh and Mill Markets owner Mark Ward, will put the city’s historical past in the spotlight through various events held for Ballarat’s Heritage Weekend. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

A NEW inclusion at this year’s Ballarat Heritage Weekend will ensure the event continues to stay fresh while still holding on to its historic charm. 

The Retro Lounge will be located in the Call Room at the Ballarat Mining Exchange and will showcase two film projects focusing on local stories. 

The Inside Story profiles the stories behind three of Ballarat’s most famous buildings – Ballarat Town Hall, the railway station and the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute – and will be shown at the event.

Another series of film projects, Object Stories, features a series of videos made by local contributors. 

The weekend is held on May 10 and 11 to coincide with Mother’s Day. 

City of Ballarat councillor Samantha McIntosh said the weekend had proved to be huge for Ballarat in the past.

“Each year we do something different and there is a little bit more excitement that comes to our streets and our city,” she said. 

“Heritage Weekend is celebrating all of the decades of our past and opening the doors wherever we can and inviting as many people as we can to enjoy Mother’s Day weekend.”

The theme of the weekend is “Who Made Ballarat?” with the Mining Exchange expected to be the hub for many of the events.

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