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Ballarat's Cultural Response to COVID-19

A city-wide cultural response to COVID-19

The Be Kind – Be Creative initiative is all about learning, making, doing and being in these changing times – for kids and adults alike.

Virtual Soul Choir

Composers and choir conductors, Geoffrey and Georgina Williams wrote a song that summed up Ballarat’s experience under lock down and encouraged the community to join in and sing remotely.

Thanks to the over 150 artists and community from across Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland and France for their contribution to the project. Find out more at



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Ballarat's COVID-19 Podcast

Once Upon a Lockdown is a series of short stories from the people of Ballarat - examining everything from how we’ve adapted and responded to this weird turn of world events, through how through acts of selflessness and self understanding, we might have changed a city.



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BeTV - TV for Kids

A rip-roaring time for Ballarat kids, BeTV is part of Be Kind Be Creative and is designed to connect community groups and school-aged children.

New episodes released weekly. Don't miss it!


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Ballarat Open Studios [Remote]

Ballarat Open Studios was a program of activities celebrating the art of making, uncovering the hidden stories and studios of Ballarat’s creative community. Through exhibitions, workshops, talks and creative spaces, the Art of Making was designed to take you behind the scenes of our creative city. Today we’re offering you a chance to visit these spaces virtually.

Tour the Open Studios

Artists Commissions

Working with the Art Gallery of Ballarat, the City of Ballarat will commission five artists to document the current world events and Ballarat’s place within it.
These commissions will be produced with the idea of creating a physical exhibition for the gallery when it reopens. The selection of artists is now underway across wide genres, from music to poetry, ceramics and visual art.