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Ballarat Times – Frolic Cabaret will heat up Winterfest

Ballarat Times – Frolic Cabaret will heat up Winterfest Written by Edwina Williams, July 3 2019 OVER two Saturday evenings this month, Ballarat Winter Festival and Ballarat Frolic Festival will unite to present exciting cabaret showcases. With burlesque, singing, drag and more, focussing on the avant-garde, anything is possible, and the two nights will not…

Lady Eleanora

Lady Eleanora to take the stage at Frolic Cabaret this weekend!

Lady Eleanora time travels to us from the glitz and glamour of the 1920s and 30s. She brings style, sophistication and sass for your enjoyment. With a penchant for the gorgeous art-deco period, she swings and sways her way into your heart with her grace, charm and poise. Sometimes daring, sometimes sweet and cheeky, but always elegant…

Benjamin Ashe

Benjamin Ashe is our Festival Director – say hi!

Meet Ben/Benji/Benjamin Ashe, the next volunteer we’re profiling as part of our Frolic Festival profiles. Ben is one of the founders of the Frolic Festival, the Festival Director, and sits on our Committee of Management. Preferred first name: Ben/Benji/Benjamin Ashe – I really don’t mind! Pronouns: He, They Your role: Festival Director What does that involve? I work with…

Anna Phalaxis

Feel a little faint for Burlesque star Anna Phalaxis!

What are the first signs of Anna Phalaxis? A weak or rapid pulse! Be prepared to feel a little faint when Anna takes the stage. Anna Phalaxis is a teasing troublemaker of epic proportions. Feisty, flirty and fun, she’s new to the world of burlesque, and is quickly making her mark as a fierce and popular entertainer…


Rap up Frolic Cabaret with Lil Jul

And now for something completely different – local rapper Lil’ Jul will be doing a couple of short pieces as part of Frolic Cabaret at Winterfest. As a song writer Lil Jul practices mindfulness through acknowledging the good and bad in writing, sometimes with playful language.  First drawn to the art of writing and poetry,…

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Holly will make you HollyPOP!

Enjoy our second Frolic Cabaret bio – introducing HollyPop! HollyPop is Ballarat’s newest Drag Queen having only started drag in August of last year. Holly is a live singing and dancing sensation with a history of Musical Theatre and Commercial Dance. Eager to see what’s in store for her, Holly is always experimenting with drag…

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Meet Nellie Minelli, our Frolic Cabaret Host

Over the next couple of weeks we’re teasing you with biographies from our upcoming Ballarat Winterfest Frolic Cabaret performers – enjoy! Meet the host of our Frolic Cabaret nights coming up as part of Ballarat Winterfest. Producer, artistic director, mother-hen, queer person, driving force, notorious bohemian. With a theatrical career spanning 30 years, incorporating classical…

Sarah Frolic Volunteer

Meet Sarah, one of our Frolic Volunteers

Volunteers are so important to our festival. Without our Frolic volunteers, we have no festival. But who are our volunteers? What do they do? Well, meet Sarah, one of our Ballarat volunteers in our first Frolic profile. Sarah helps out with our sponsorship, marketing and promotions working group, has performed at our events in the…

Chorus performing

Chorus rocks the Mining Exchange!

From goosebumps to clapping and cheering, there was a real buzz in the air last night at the Ballarat Mining Exchange.  180 people filled the Mining Exchange to hear the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus and special guests shOUT Youth Chorus sing some classic Bowie and Lennox tunes.  Highlights were Bowie and Freddie Mercury classic ‘Under Pressure’, Bowie’s…


Calling all artists! …Hello? …Are you there?

Frolic Festival Art Show 2019 – artist call for Perception vs Reality The Frolic Festival Art Show is back in November 2019, bigger and better than ever! If you are LGBTIQA+ (or make LGBTIQA+ art) and have a connection to Ballarat or surrounds we would like to invite you to submit work. We want this…


Rolling out the red carpet

The Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus will be in town THIS Saturday for REBEL REBEL so you only have a couple of days left to get your tickets. Don’t miss out! Get them here before it’s too late: We’re really looking forward to it and will see you there!


We want to partner with you!

We’re about bringing the community together, having fun, being visible, and showing pride through arts and culture events. We try to cater to the whole community. But have we missed something? Maybe something you’d like to make sure is part of the 2019 Frolic Festival program?! It could be that you’re a local business and want…