From bar choirs to opera, dancing in the dark to big brass bands, noodles to bagpipes and music trails across the city, there will be more than 30 venues hosting performances and events for all ages from 12 noon to midnight on November 29.
More than 50 different performers, artists and musicians - most from Ballarat and surrounds - will showcase their talents in venues ranging from bakeries to Bridge Mall which will host a night noodle market.
"We're celebrating our heritage heart, and the businesses who make the most of our city. We've merged them with a myriad of musical and artistic performers," said Ballarat Council's Creative City coordinator Tara Poole.
"We're expecting people to flow easily through our city, and explore everything Ballarat and its creatives, musicians and artists have to offer."
Fringe Benefits was announced in July as a way to attract visitors and locals to venues across the city on the Friday before Spilt Milk takes place in Victoria Park on Saturday. Around 24,000 festival-goers are expected at Spilt Milk, which runs from 11am to 11pm on November 30, and includes artists such as Khalid, CHVRCHES and Juice Wrld.
The Fringe Benefits program was launched on Thursday and features local hip-hop artist Candi Wade performing at the Hydrant Cafe, Cordelia's Potted Opera at Pipers by the Lake, Cheer Squad DJs in 1816 Bakery and outdoor events including a surf band in Alfred Deakin Place, the Federation University Pipe Band on the Central Square carpark rooftop, and a DJ and food vans at Bridge Mall.
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As part of Fringe Benefits a temporary art piece will be installed in Alfred Deakin Place where it will stand for a year: Josh Muir's Roots will be officially opened at 5.30pm on November 29 with a smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country.
"Ballarat already has extensive history of supporting a diverse array of creative industries and individuals, from visual artists to craft makers, right through to architects and designers, and now we'll be providing them with increased visibility, improved communication, educational resources and opportunities to exhibit, work and grow," said mayor Ben Taylor.
See the full program at fringebenefitsballarat.com.au.
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