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Frolic Festival Cabaret

Worst kept secret ever – Frolic Cabaret is back!

Frolic Cabaret is returning as part of Ballarat Winterfest! Prepare for two nights of entertainment – it’ll be a little bit naughty and a little bit nice. This event was a highlight of last year’s Frolic festival and reached capacity so get in quick or miss out! Book tickets here: More info here:

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Launching new Frolic website features!

We’re super proud to announce new features to the Frolic website! Firstly, you’ll find a new events page! This page will list all local upcoming LGBTIQA+ events – including every Frolic festival event when our program is finalised. You’ll be able to go straight there and get all the information you need – including…


Win a double pass to REBEL | REBEL!

‼️🎶 We have a double pass to give away to the Ballarat performance of Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus Presents: REBEL | REBEL. 🎶‼️   All you need to do to win is sign up to our mailing list by clicking here ✅   One lucky email subscriber will win the double pass. Winner drawn randomly on June…

Frolic Cabaret Performer

Life is a Frolic cabaret, old chum

Are you a cabaret performer? Do you like to perform for an audience? Do you have something special you need to share? If so, we’re looking for you for Frolic Cabaret! We’re looking for cabaret performers who would be interested in taking part in upcoming Frolic Cabaret Nights in July as part of Ballarat Winterfest. This…


National Reconciliation Week 2019

Today marks the beginning of National Reconciliation Week. We acknowledge the traditional owners of the region in which we hold our festival, the Wathaurong people, whose land was stolen, never ceded. We pay tribute to elders past, present and future. We also acknowledge that we need to constantly strive to do better and commit to…


Thanks for coming to Heritage Weekend!

Thanks to the 632 people who checked out our Ballarat Heritage Weekend exhibition this weekend and the 78 people who took our queer history tours! 😲 Special thanks to Ballarat Council (especially Kate!), our exhibition volunteers and to our amazing tour guides, Tom and Alex. 😘 We’re relaxing at Hop Temple Ballarat now. But keep…

Ballarat Queer History Exhibition

Courier articles

How exciting! We’re in The Courier talking about Frolic at Ballarat Heritage Weekend queer history exhibit & tours. Read the articles here and here.



It was an honour to have Attorney-General Martin Pakula and Ballarat Council Mayor Samantha McIntosh in attendance today for IDAHOBIT and the Pride flag raising outside Ballarat Town Hall. Ballarat Pride Hub Inc and Ballarat Frolic Festival were also in attendance. Congratulations all for coming together to celebrate our community 🏳️‍🌈  


Happy IDAHOBIT 2019!

Justice and protection for all. That’s the theme of this year’s IDAHOBIT. What does that mean for you? We’ve come so far in Australia with law reform but there’s still a fair bit to do to make sure that all parts of our community are equal & have the rights needed to live their authentic…


Tomorrow is IDAHOBIT Day 2019

Tomorrow is IDAHOBIT Day – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and it’s really important to celebrate the day. Ballarat Libraries are having some great events we urge you to attend. The first is a flag raising at 10am outside Ballarat Town Hall and then morning tea from 10:30am, and then from 4pm to…


Equality Roadshow coming to Central Victoria tomorrow

We’re super excited to be attending the Central Victoria session of the Equality Roadshow tomorrow with Gender and Sexuality Commissioner Ro Allen, local LGBTI+ organisations, and other key stakeholders in the community. We’ll be meeting in Daylesford and presenting about Ballarat Frolic Festival. We’ll be talking about the impact we have on creating a more…

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A Trans and Gender Diverse Centre for Ballarat!

The Victorian Andrews Labor Government will support the needs of trans and gender diverse people by opening two new dedicated multidisciplinary health clinics – and one of them is in Ballarat!!! 😯🏳️‍🌈😃 We’re super proud that Ballarat has been chosen. These two clinics for trans and gender diverse people will be focused on boosting access…