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Ballarat Winter Festival - The Art of Storytelling


Saturday June 26 - Sunday July 11, 2021
10:00am - 5:00pm


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The story of the Eureka Stockade has been told in many ways - through history books, stories, films and songs. With reference to that tradition, we will run a series of free school holiday activities at the Eureka Centre exploring the art of storytelling. Join our education team for a series of drop-in activities that explore the Eureka Story.

What’s on this Winter School Holidays at Eureka Centre Ballarat:

Eureka Flag Talk

Eureka Centre is home to the Eureka Flag. The flag was known to the Eureka rebels as the Australian Flag, though it is catalogued in the collection of the Art Gallery of Ballarat as ‘The Flag of the Southern Cross’. The history of the design and making of the Eureka Flag is a source of passionate debate. Join us for a discussion of the myths and facts about one of Australia’s most significant cultural artefacts and textile treasures.

Talks run 11am every Monday – Thursday in the Winter School Holidays.

Subject to capacity limits – please register your interest upon arrival.


Saturday 26 June – Friday 2 July (drop-in activity between 10am and 5pm daily)

Ballarat musicians Justin ‘Hap’ Hayward (The Dead Salesmen) and Brodie Glen (The Brodie Glen Show, The Shorts) join us this winter at Eureka Centre to share their incredible knowledge of song writing through our Songcraft drop-in activity.

Best known as the lead singer and lyricist of The Dead Salesmen, Justin believes that kids can be some of the best lyricists: “A good line is the equivalent to a good musical riff and kids come up with them all the time.”

Justin and Brodie will take up the challenge of creating a song out of lyrics you contribute. You can suggest a word or phrase that you feel fits the theme of The Eureka Flag. Drop-in to the Eureka Centre to make your contribution to the song between Saturday 26 June – Friday 2 July, 10am to 5pm.

Justin and Brodie will then write the song and you can tune in to their performance on our Facebook live stream on Wednesday 7 July at 11.45am, presented as part our pint-sized percussion workshop. 

If you can’t make it into the centre, follow Justin and Brodie’s progress and make your contribution via our Facebook page.

Pint-sized percussion

Wednesday 7 July, 10am-12pm

How can you tell a story through song without the right instruments? Come in out of the cold on Wednesday 7 July for a drop-in Instrument making workshop. Take home a drum, tambourine, rain stick or bell shaker that you build and decorate yourself!

Led by professional educators, parents can feel free to leave your child under their supervision or stay and participate yourselves. The workshops will run for two hours, children can stay for the full session or any portion of time. At the end of the session, children will be invited to use their instruments to help Justin and Brodie perform their newly written song on our Facebook page at 11.45am.

Cost $10.00, no bookings necessary

A Children’s Guide to the Eureka Centre

We are excited to launch our free children’s guide to Eureka this school holidays. Designed by acclaimed Ballarat artist and Illustrator, Ben Sanders, the guide helps children become a part of the Eureka Story as they create their own miner’s licence, design their own Eureka Flag and go on the hunt for the hidden Peter Lalor in the museum.

Pick up your free copy when you visit. Entry fees apply.

Eureka Flag

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