Ballarat's history to come alive for Heritage Weekend

The Living Heritage Trail will return for the 2014 Heritage Weekend, depicting Ballarat’s history through two diverse tours.

Dozens of FedUni performing arts and visual communications students have worked to bring the city’s history to life, depicting iconic stories and scenes from different eras on Saturday and Sunday.

FedUni first year performing arts students Tara Coleson and Verity Wood will be part of a performance at the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute depicting life at the Old Ballarat Orphanage. 

“We focus on the orphanage, the Eureka Stockade and other events throughout numerous sites,” Ms Wood said.

Ms Coleson, who is not originally from Ballarat, said the project had provided her with an education of Ballarat’s history.

FedUni lecturer of critical studies Angela Campbell said the students had worked hard since February to finetune the performance.

“The orphanage story is more about them finding a family amongst themselves,” Dr Campbell said.

“For us, it’s about the students and audience. It’s about using the heritage of Ballarat to awaken them to the city that they live in.”

The first tour allows visitors to follow a trail of eight performances that begin at Ballarat railway station and conclude at the town hall. 

The second tour is a self-guided ‘Trades & Traditions’ shop window trail.

Both components reflect the early 20th century ‘Trades and Traditions’, where visitors can learn about the people who once worked in Ballarat.

david.jeans@fairfaxmedia.com.au

AT A GLANCE

WHAT: Ballarat Heritage Weekend

FedUni performing arts student Mitchell Wills will reenact parts of Ballarat’s history for Heritage Weekend.

FedUni performing arts student Mitchell Wills will reenact parts of Ballarat’s history for Heritage Weekend.

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11

WHERE: Venues around Ballarat

MORE INFO: www.ballaratheritageweekend.com

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