Clubs, Talks and Associations

Twilight Talks

What are twilight talks?

Twilight Talks have been held at the BMI since 2001, providing a great opportunity to hear some fantastic speakers and meet up with friends over drinks.
Participants arrive at the Humffray Room from 5pm for drinks and conversation, followed by a 30 to 40 minute talk commencing at 5.30pm.


$10.00 per person, bookings of 10 people or more $8.00 per person.

BMI members receive a complimentary glass of wine on arrival.

Talks are held in the Minerva Space (dependent on final numbers) commencing at 5:30 pm.

Drinks will precede the talks beginning at 5:00 pm in the Humffray Room.

Return regularly for more information about upcoming speakers.

Contact Rosemary in the BMI Library for information on 5331 3042.

Twilight Talks Feedback

If you have attended one of our events and would like to provide your feedback, or make suggestions of Talk Topics, we would like to hear from you.

We are now planning our next series of talks stay tuned by registering for our newsletter >

Book Clubs

Go to our Library page 

Our Library > or register for The Reading Room >


Sing Australia is a network of singers, right across the country, who enjoy singing without any expectations, no auditions but much fun and friendship.

The philosophy of Sing Australia is about encouraging more Australians to sing. And Ballarat and Ballarat North certainly do that with much joy and enthusiasm, under the musical directing of Marilyn Kent, accompanist Jane Nice and Leader Carolyn Priddle. Sing Australia inspires a love of music and singing. With no auditions, there’s no stress, no expectations, so no one can be disappointed. Everyone has a singing voice!

Sing Australia in Ballarat has gained a reputation for performing at civic functions such as Australia Day celebrations, Anzac Day services, choral festivals, residential facilities and celebrations throughout the city.

Sing Australia Ballarat has become the resident choir of the BMI, and holds fundraising concerts to provide much needed funds for the ongoing maintenance of this wonderful iconic building.

There is a network of Sing Australia right across the country. We sing from the same books so members can travel all over this wide brown land and join other Sing Australia groups on their travels.


Sing Australia Ballarat meets at the BMI on a Monday at 7 pm.

Sing Australia Ballarat North meets at BLOC, 608 Peel Street on Thursday at 10 am.

Come along and see what all the singing is about!!

For further information go to the Sing Australia website: or contact our Leader in Ballarat Carolyn Priddle on 0416 005 722

Ballarat Film Society

The Ballarat Film Society is a member of the Federation of Victorian Film Societies and is a not-for profit organisation.

Films play on the second Thursday of every month in the Minerva Space.
Doors open at 7.00pm with refreshments for a 7.30 start.

The Ballarat Film Society is a member of the Federation of Victorian Film Societies and is a not-for-profit organisation.

Please note, no single entry tickets are available.

Entry by Membership only.

2020 Membership

12 months (Feb-December) $60
6 months (Feb-June), (July-Dec) $30

To join or renew your membership, please e-mail or phone Angus McLachlan (5374 2474), or come with cash on the night.

Membership can be paid by bank transfer or with cash.

For film enquiries, phone Sue Nunn: 5341 2266

Visit the Ballarat Film Society website at:

All films subject to availability

Ballarat Chess Club

Thursdays, 6.30pm The Humffray Room

Patrick Cook – Club President
Tel: 0499 255 240

The Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute began hosting the Ballarat Chess Club 153 years ago, an event published in The Ballarat Star on Friday March 10, 1865.  Since that time the club has moved around town to various locations, but since January 2016, we’ve come home and settled back into the Hooper Room.

Locals of all ages gather on Thursday evenings from about 6:30 to enjoy social and competitive chess, in the friendly and comfortable environment of the Hooper Room.

Membership for all juniors is free, and it is free for all to come and give it a tryout.

All the information you need about chess in Ballarat can be accessed at the Ballarat Chess Club web site –

Contact information is available here:

We look forward to seeing you over the board!

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