Ballarat's new Christmas decorations revealed

Three new star installations have been added to Ballarat's swag of Christmas decorations in 2020.

A 10-metre long shooting star that sparkles during the day and lights up at night is located in the 400 block of Sturt Street opposite the Golden City Hotel.

It was designed by Ballarat artist Zlatko Balazic.

Zlatko is also the brains behind the giant crystal star (pictured below) which is opposite the Ballarat Town Hall in Sturt Street.

In the 300 block of Sturt Street opposite Myer you will find the constellation stars and the Ngarrindjeri Sky Stories.

These stars tell the sky stories of the Ngarrandjeri people through the eyes of Wotjabaluk and Ngarrindjeri man Adrian Rigney (Pitcha Makin Fellas).

The Southern Cross is a well-known star constellation in the Southern Hemisphere, yet it is a name derived from European colonialists.

The Ngarrandjeri people are saltwater people and, to them, the dark shape of the Southern Cross is the stingray (nunganari) or the shark (ngarakani). The constellation stars depict these animals across two garden beds.

All three installations tie in with this year's Christmas in Ballarat theme, 'Under the Same Stars'.

In 2020, the City of Ballarat is inviting people from all backgrounds and nationalities to stand together and celebrate the joy of Christmas 'Under the Same Stars'.

To find out more, visit christmasinballarat.com.au

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