Ballarat Heritage Weekend 2018 - Page 2

Mayor’s Message A lot has changed over the past century in Ballarat, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. But what’s lucky for us is that we have not lost sight of this significant change over time, nor will we stop working to see our city advance even further into the future. This year’s Ballarat Heritage Weekend celebrates these past achievements and future endeavours by focussing on technology and innovation. So how far have we come in the last 100 years? Just look at the way we now search for content, we’re moving further away from paper and more and more into digital spaces. Over 26–27 May you will have a chance to experience this for yourself. We know how important it is to preserve our heritage buildings while pursuing technology, and as a city, we pride ourselves on the ability to do both. With the assistance of technology you will have an opportunity to see our heritage buildings in a whole new way this Heritage Weekend – a virtual reality way. 2 BALLARAT HERITAGE WEEKEND 2018 Virtually explore the city’s underground shopfronts, tunnels and cells this Ballarat Heritage Weekend and reimagine yourself in the Ballarat of yesteryear. There will also be plenty of opportunities for you to use your smartphone to explore Ballarat’s famous sites and statues. As a city, we do technology well and Ballarat Heritage Weekend will showcase the opportunities we’re tapping into to build a better Ballarat for you and for the millions of tourists who will continue to flock to our city each year. Highlights this Ballarat Heritage Weekend include the Remembering BTV6 variety shows and panel discussions, the Robot Workshop at the Town Hall and the 100 Years of Music special. The City of Ballarat is proud to present the 2018 Ballarat Heritage Weekend, and over this spectacular two-day event I encourage you all to embrace the past innovations and learn more about how technology will advance our city for the better. Mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh