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Open House Melbourne is expanding to Ballarat this October
Written by
Rebecca Russo

Ballarat’s best architecture will be put on display when Open House Melbourne extends its program of events to regional Victoria.  

Presented by Open House Melbourne, City of Ballarat and Visit Ballarat, this two-day event is much more than a chance to stickybeak at some of the heritage-listed buildings that make up the city of Ballarat (though that is a pretty good drawcard!) It’s also a good opportunity to reflect on the role design played in Victoria’s colonial history.    

Ballarat is known for its involvement in the gold rush era meaning some of the oldest buildings in Victoria exist here – so yes, there is a very good chance they’re haunted by the ghosts of gold miners past.

Through this Open House event, punters will get to stickybeak into a series of private contemporary houses as well as architecturally significant commercial and civic buildings and landscapes. 

The full program of buildings and events will be announced in September. The best part? It only takes an hour and a half on the V-Line (and a little longer in the car) and you’re right in the thick of it.   

Open House Ballarat will be held on the weekend of October 28 and 29 and coincides with the 2017 Season of the Arts campaign, which is headlined by the Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

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