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2019 Ballarat Frolic Festival Events Program

Welcome to our exciting 2019 Ballarat Frolic Festival Program!

We have an exciting array of events catering to the whole community.

Book your tickets today and come Frolic with us in November.

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June 2019

Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus Presents: REBEL | REBEL

June 22 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Ballarat Mining Exhange, 8 Lydiard St N
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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$20

This June the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus invite you to encounter the rule-breaking, earth-shaking music of two renegade rock maestros through REBEL | REBEL: The genius of Annie Lennox and David Bowie. Melbourne’s original and most dynamic LGBTIQ+ choir throw themselves into a spectacular parade of never-before-performed arrangements of soul-searing, boundary-defying hits. REBEL | REBEL is four-parts harmony and all parts glam! Buy tickets here: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=501250 This special event is coming to Ballarat for one show only. Make sure…

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July 2019

Frolic Cabaret Night 1 @ Ballarat Winterfest

July 6 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Printers Room, 60 Lydiard St (entrance on Mair St)
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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$10 – $20
Frolic Festival Cabaret

Prepare to be titillated, stunned and amazed! This is the first of two Frolic Cabaret nights as part of the Ballarat Winterfest. Anything is possible at Frolic Cabaret - burlesque, singing, drag, fringe acts etc. There'll be different performances and performers for each night so don't miss it. Enjoy a meal with the performance from Sebastiaan's extensive menu or a refreshing drink from the bar. This event reached capacity last year so be sure to book early by clicking here!

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Frolic Cabaret Night 2 @ Ballarat Winterfest

July 13 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Printers Room, 60 Lydiard St (entrance on Mair St)
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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$10 – $20
Frolic Cabaret Performer

Prepare to be titillated, stunned and amazed! This is the second of two Frolic Cabaret nights as part of the Ballarat Winterfest. Anything is possible - burlesque, singing, drag, fringe acts etc. There'll be different performances at each night so don't miss it. Enjoy a meal with the performance from Sebastiaan's extensive menu or a refreshing drink from the bar. This event reached capacity last year so be sure to book early by clicking here!

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August 2019

2019 Winterball – for LGBTIQ+ youth & allies

August 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute – The Minerva Room, 117-119 Sturt St
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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Free
2019 Youth LGBTIQA WinterBall

B'You Ballarat, Ballarat Frolic Festival, ZAQUE and the HEY (Healthy Equal Youth) Project, are proud to announce this years LGBTIQ+ & Ally Ball! This is a drug & alcohol free celebration for young people aged 12-25, who identify as LGBTIQ+, as well as allies and supporters of sex and gender diversity! Come along on 16th of August, 7pm-9pm Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute - Minerva Room! Dress as ANY theme - punk, emo, retro etc! Best Dressed Prizes Snow Machine Food &…

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November 2019

No Lights, No Lycra Ballarat – Special Frolic Edition

November 4 @ 7:45 pm - 9:15 pm
Victorian Railways Institute Hall, Corner of Lydiard St N and Nolan St
Soldiers Hill, Victoria 3350 Australia
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$8
No Lights No Lycra Ballarat

Come warm up for Ballarat Frolic Festival at a special No Lights, No Lycra Ballarat and meet your Frolic BFF before BFF officially kicks off. Never been to No Lights, No Lycra Ballarat? NLNL is a global dance community providing an inclusive and non-judgmental place for people to explore this notion. NLNL brings people together to experience freedom of self-expression and joy. There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, and no technique. NLNL is a…

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2019 Festival Launch and Art Show Opening

November 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The George Hotel Atrium, 27 Lydiard St N
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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Join us as we launch the 2019 Ballarat Frolic Festival in the Atrium at The George Hotel! We'll be surrounded by some amazing local art from this year's Frolic Art Show. The winner of the Frolic Art Show People's Choice Award will be announced on the night - come help us choose our winner! There'll also be a Welcome to Country, some special guests including Ro Allen Gender and Sexuality Commissioner, and captivating performances to give you a taste of…

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Frolic Art Show

November 7 @ 6:30 pm - November 13 @ 5:00 pm
The George Hotel Atrium, 27 Lydiard St N
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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Make sure you don't miss our Frolic Art Show @ The George Atrium for the duration of the festival 7th-13th November 2019. On display will be works from talented and creative LGBTIQA+ artists from Ballarat and surrounds. Opening night coincides with the launch of our fabulous festival and kicks off at 6.30pm Thursday 7th November with special guests and nibbles. This is a free event. Please note: This is a wheelchair accessible venue. This is a licensed venue; under 18's…

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The Wandering Circus

November 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Lounge, The George Hotel, 27 Lydiard St N
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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$20
Wandering Circus

Roll up, roll up - The Wandering Circus is coming to Ballarat Frolic Festival as part of their international tour! The Wandering Circus is an eclectic group of national and international performers here, especially for Frolic. This impressive event is not to be missed.  Door open from 8pm. Shows starts from 8:30pm. Pre-sale tickets are $20. Tickets on the door will be $25. Note this is a licensed venue and anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by…

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Fairies in the Garden

November 8 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Ballarat Community Garden, Corner Queen Street and Dates Parade
Ballarat East, Victoria 3350 Australia
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Free – $10

Come Frolic in the Ballarat Community Garden with us. The Ballarat Community Garden is a place to connect, grow, and learn. Join us for a tour of the garden and an exclusive gardening workshop, before we indulge in some freshly made pizzas from the stone pizza oven on site. There are limited spots so get in quick. $10 entry. Kids under 10 free but must RSVP. Please bring your own gardening gloves and a bag so you can take away…

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Hooking Up with Dame Maxene

November 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Lost Ones Bar, 14 Camp St
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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$5
crocheting picture

Hooking? Picking up? Don't be knotty! The Divine Maxene will have you in stitches as she teaches a crochet class at the Lost Ones Basement Bar. Entry fee includes the materials you will need to learn, including a crochet hook, yarn and pattern. Book ahead so you don't miss out on a pack. Only limited numbers available. This is a licensed venue. Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please note: This event will be sensory friendly.…

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Let’s Talk About (Queer) Sex

November 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Printers Room, 60 Lydiard St (entrance on Mair St)
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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$5 – $15
Peach cut in half

Join us at the Printers Room for a fun and educational session, as Ballarat Frolic Festival offers you the chance to learn all the things you missed in high school. Going beyond the basics, we'll explore the colourful variety of queer sex; talk about gender, disability and other factors that influence our sex lives; and learn how to stay safe both physically and emotionally. A panel of sex educators from Ballarat, regional Victoria, and Melbourne will talk about the highs…

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Queering the Gallery for Frolic

November 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St N
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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Lance and Gabriella

This year we’re partnering with Art Gallery of Ballarat to bring you this very special event. Join Lance DeBoyle for an irreverent walk through the Gallery, throwing open the Gallery closet to take a new look at old art, a fun look at serious art and a revealing look at hidden messages. Guest appearance from Gabriella Labucci. $28 per person, $22 for AGB Members, includes drinks and light refreshments. Super limited spots. Get in quick! Tickets available here.

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2019 Frolic Bush Dance

November 8 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Ballarat Trades Hall, 24 Camp St
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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$22.50 – $30

Swing open those barn doors and chuck on some flannel - the Frolic Bush Dance is back! Always a thigh slapping time, come learn some country dance moves and take to the dancefloor with The Northcote String Band. There'll be rollicking bluegrass and country music, cowgirl drag queens, and a bar stocked with your favourite drinks. You'll be rolling in the hay in no time! Please note: This venue is wheelchair accessible. The accessible toilets are located across the street…

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Rainbow Story Time

November 9 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Ballarat Library, 178 Doveton St N
Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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KIDS EVENT: Join queer cabaret artist Sarah Ward, best known as her cabaret character Yana Alana, as she reads you her favourite children’s stories and sing's songs celebrating diversity and difference as part of Ballarat's Frolic Festival. You will dance, you will sing, you will listen and you can even join in. In the end we’ll write our own rainbow song together. Morning tea provided. Tickets are free but bookings required at https://rainbowstorytime.eventbrite.com.au This event is a partnership between Ballarat Frolic…

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Frolic Carnival Day

November 9 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Alfred Deakin Place, Camp St
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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Ballarat LGBT Events

Come show your pride at the very first Frolic Carnival Day! We have trawled the region to bring you an extravaganza of local delicacies including live music, cabaret, circus performers, kids entertainment and all day activities, stalls, food trucks, and local boutique beer. Oh, and we have a couple of special guests from the big smoke! Joining us we'll have Dolly Adamson, Yana Alana, The Grannies from Melbourne's Granny Bingo - plus heaps more! Bringing the community together, this is…

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Granny Bingo

November 9 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Ballarat Trades Hall, 24 Camp St
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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$15 – $20

Fresh from Melbourne, Edith Vale and Maureen McGillycuddy are here to play with their balls - their bingo balls, that is! These stalled warts of the international bingo circuit are so far right wing; anti-equality, and anti-feminist, that even their family stopped visiting a long time ago. Don't miss these Melbourne Comedy Festival Award winners. Doors open at 4pm. Bingo and show starts at 4:30pm sharp. Prizes to be won. Please note: This venue is wheelchair accessible. The accessible toilets…

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Queeraoke! And disco! Hosted by Nellie Minelli

November 9 @ 8:00 pm - 11:55 pm
The Printers Room, 60 Lydiard St (entrance on Mair St)
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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$10 – $15

Is there an Australian Idol within you? Do you have The Voice? Or do you just want to get a little Glee and belt out Don't Stop Believin' with a few dozen of your friends? Our fabulous host Nellie Minelli will give you the introduction you deserve as you take the microphone! If you're not the singing type, don't stress - from 10pm DJ Mia be playing tunes and we'll dance the night away! This venue is wheelchair accessible with…

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Koling wada-ngal Wadawurrung Dja: Let’s walk Wadawurrung Country together

November 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Corner of Oliver St & Esmond St, Black Hill, Oliver St & Esmond St
Black Hill, Victoria 3350 Australia
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$5

Yarn up and Walk Country with traditional owner Tammy Gilson as she takes you on a journey looking at the landscape through the eye of her ancestors, “the Wadawurrung people”. Along the Yarrowee Tammy will share stories connecting to place and give you an understanding of our living waters and how her ancestors managed Country with fire. Meet at the corner of Oliver St & Esmond St, Black Hill. Note: This will be a sensory-friendly event with no loud music or…

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Queer Goldfields History Tour

November 10 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Queen Victoria Statue, Sturt St (opposite Town Hall), 225 Sturt St
Ballarat, Victoria 3350 Australia
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$5
Ballarat Queer History Exhibition

Let Thomas, co-host of the very popular podcast Tales from Rat City, and Alex, a local amateur historian, give you a glimpse of what life would have been like for LGBTIQA+ residents of the Goldfields area in days gone by. Wander some of Ballarat’s best-known streets and discover some new insights into our wonderful historical town. Can't make it on the walk? Check out our banner display of Ballarat's Queer History exhibited in the foyer at Ballarat Community Health, Lucas, from…

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Afternoon jazz and wine tasting

November 10 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Uptown, 28 Lydiard St
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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$22 – $30
Microphone

Join us for a relaxing afternoon of jazz and wine tasting at Uptown Bar. Talented locals Sarah Hirst (vocals) and Michael Brown (guitar) will be performing a collection of songs by LGBTIQA+ singers and songwriters. Accomplished pianist, Akasha will be tickling the ivories in between. It'll be a sophisticated afternoon affair not to be missed. Please note: This venue is wheelchair accessible. This is a licensed venue so anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent…

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Let’s Get Quizzical

November 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Printers Room, 60 Lydiard St (entrance on Mair St)
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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$10 – $80

DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES WE'VE HAD TO POSTPONE THIS EVENT AND WILL RESCHEDULE IT TO EARLY NEXT YEAR - AS IT'S ONE OF OUR FAVES <3 All tickets purchased have been refunded. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope you can join us next year for some trivia! Trivia host Marlon will test your LGBTIQA+ knowledge and your vocal chords at our super popular trivia night. This event is always a barrel of laughs.  The night starts with general trivia…

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Uptown Girl Drag Show

November 10 @ 8:00 pm - November 11 @ 1:00 am
Uptown, 28 Lydiard St
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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$15

Uptown Ballarat is super excited to present their first LGBTIQA+ event as part of the Frolic Festival. Uptown Girlis a night of Drag, Disco and you Darling. For the first time performing together in Ballarat and direct from Broken Heel we present the fabulous Philmah Bocks, Maude Boate and Jojo Zaho. This trio of Fractured Fairies will delight and entertain you with their cheeky wit and show stopping production. Local queen HollyPop will also feature an an extra special guest! Buckle…

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Frolic Cabaret

November 11 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Printers Room, 60 Lydiard St (entrance on Mair St)
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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$15 – $20
Frolic Cabaret Nellie Minelli

It's back again by popular demand! Anything is possible at Frolic Cabaret – burlesque, singing, drag, fringe acts etc. This festival we're curating a couple of acts of new performers as well as some old favourites. It's going to be a night jam packed with local talent. So please come enjoy the pure raw talent of local artists in a cozy, supportive environment. We're again lucky enough to have Frolic Cabaret hosted by the one and only Nellie Minelli. Two…

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‘I AM WHAT I AM!’ – A Shirley Bassey tribute show

November 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Printers Room, 60 Lydiard St (entrance on Mair St)
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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$15 – $20

The amazingly talented Maureen Andrew is bringing the life, story and songs of Shirley Bassey to life in this one woman show. An experienced stage and screen performer, Maureen brings a depth to her characterisations that you need to experience. Maureen was a stand out at the Frolic Cabaret shows during Ballarat Winter Festival and has been a stalwart at ChillOut Festival with her popular one woman shows over many years. We're absolutely delighted to have her as part of…

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Queer Beers in the Laneway

November 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Laneway, The George Hotel, 27 Lydiard St N
Ballarat Central, Victoria 3350 Australia
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Come relax after a hectic Frolic Festival over a casual drink or two in The Laneway at the George. No drama, no performers, no acts - just good conversation and beers (or whatever takes your fancy!). You can also grab a bite to eat at the George. Note: This venue is a licensed venue. People under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The venue is also wheelchair accessible.  

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