UNESCO City of Crafts puts craftsmanship on the dinner table

Ballarat Heritage Festival presents Craft Lab and The Great Takeaway, where local makers will have their pieces spotlighted and taken home after a grand dinner.
Craft Lab returns to Ballarat Mining Exchange as part of Ballarat Heritage Festival. Photo: Supplied. Three woman gathering near a timbre table displaying round crafts vases. They are in a bustling indoor environment.

The City of Ballarat was recognised as a UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art in 2019 and is one of four UNESCO Creative Cities in Victoria – the only state in the world to have this many designations.

On 19 April, Victorian Creative Cities Network revealed a new campaign titled Creative State of Mind, which draws on the reputation of Victoria’s four UNESCO Creative Cities – Melbourne (Literature), Geelong (Design), Ballarat (Crafts and Folk Art) and Bendigo (Gastronomy) – and aims to elevate the state’s reputation globally.

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