Flourish Fest

CMY Ballarat presents ‘Flourish Fest’, a mental health and well being festival for young people of the Ballarat region. Designed and led by young people, the festival includes a jam packed weekend of movie screenings, workshops, dance lessons, the launch of Tiaal Mi Goa’s ‘Thrive Cast’ podcast and more. Flourish Fest aims to destigmatise mental health issues and ensure that young people have access to the support and resources they need to thrive and flourish.

Read on to see what we’ve got planned.

FRIDAY 15 MARCH 2024

Gardening Bee
Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm
Location: Ballarat North Neighbourhood House, 6 Crompton St, Soldiers Hill VIC 3350
Cost: FREE
Hosted by City of Ballarat Youth Services and Food is Free Inc.
REGISTER HERE

Madame Web Movie Screening
Time: 7.00pm – 9.15pm
Location: Showbiz Cinemas Delacombe, 315 Glenelg Hwy, Smythes Creek VIC 3351
Cost: FREE for first 50 people, $8 for remaining tickets
Hosted by Showbiz Cinemas and CMY
REGISTER HERE

SATURDAY 16 MARCH 2024

Keychain Making Workshop
Time: 12.00pm – 2.00pm
Location: BRMC Courtyard, Barkly Square, 25-39 Barkly Street, Ballarat VIC 3350
Cost: FREE
Hosted by headspace Ballarat

Small Space Gardening Workshop
Time: 12.00pm – 2.00pm
Location: Yarning Garden Barkly Square, 25-39 Barkly Street, Ballarat VIC 3350
Cost: FREE
Hosted by Food is Free Inc and WHG
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FREE Op-Shop
Ballarat Trans and Gender Diverse Clothing Swap shop offers free clothing and binders to members of the LGBTIQA+ community all across Victoria – but mainly Ballarat. Our overall goal is to provide a safe and comfortable space for the community to find gender-affirming clothing, including items like packers, binders, and bras. We do, of course, assist the wider community; no matter your sexuality or gender, our services are available to you. Because at the end of the day, we all deserve to feel our best authentic self. Come and shop for free!
TIME: 12.00pm – 2.00pm
Location: Ballarat Welcome Centre Courtyard, 25-39 Barkly St, Bakery Hill VIC 3350
Cost: FREE
Hosted by Ballarat Trans and Gender Diverse Clothing Swap Shop

Bollywood Dance Diva Workshop
TIME: 12.00pm – 1.00pm
Location: Ballarat Welcome Centre, 25-39 Barkly St, Bakery Hill VIC 3350
Cost: FREE
Hosted by Transwings Studios
REGISTER HERE

Indigenous Dance Lesson
Time: 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Location: Ballarat Welcome Centre, 25-39 Barkly St, Bakery Hill VIC 3350
Cost: FREE
Hosted by BADAC
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‘Thrive Cast’ Podcast Live Launch and Q&A
Time: 3.00pm—5.00pm
Location: Ballarat Welcome Centre, 25-39 Barkly St, Bakery Hill VIC 3350C
Cost: FREE and catering provided.
Hosted by CMY and Headspace
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Creative Cauldron Workshop
Getting creative with non-alcoholic drinks.
Time: 5.00pm-6.00pm
Location: Barkly Square, 25-39 Barkly Street, Ballarat VIC 3350
Cost: FREE
Hosted by CMY and QHub. For over 15s only.
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SONIKA Live Concert
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Location: Ballarat Welcome Centre, 25-39 Barkly St, Bakery Hill VIC 3350
Cost: FREE
Hosted by SONIKA
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SATURDAY 23 MARCH 2024

Beginners Roller-Skate Session
Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Location: Rsk8 Fit Club, 16 Nandiriog Dr, Delacombe VIC 3350
Cost: FREE
Hosted by Rsk8 Fit Club and CMY
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All ages roller-skate session
Time: 3.00pm—4.30pm
Location: Rsk8 Fit Club, 16 Nandiriog Dr, Delacombe VIC 3350
Cost: FREE
Hosted by Rsk8 Fit Club and CMY
REGISTER HERE

SUNDAY 24th MARCH 2024

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
Time: 11.30pm – 12.30pm
Location: Lake Wendouree, Ballarat, VIC 3350
Cost: FREE
Hosted by Ballarat Youth Services
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Festival Partners

Thrive Cast is a partnership between Multicultural Arts Victoria, CMY Ballarat and headspace Ballarat, and supported by VicHealth through its Future Healthy: Future Reset program.
Flourish Fest is a drug, smoke, and alcohol free event made possible by City of Ballarat Community Impact Grant funding.

  • Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council
  • Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative
  • City of Ballarat Youth Services
  • headspace Ballarat
  • Ballarat East Neighborhood House
  • QHub Ballarat
  • Rollerskate Fit Club
  • Showbiz Cinemas
  • Y Ballarat

Download a Flourish Fest flyer here.