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The Minerva Space

The Minerva Space provides a majestic backdrop for concerts, conferences, presentations, performances, weddings, formal dinners, parties, cinema, exhibition space and training.
Its decorative heritage features offers elegance of years gone by whilst providing state of the art facilities including cinema quality projection, large presentation screen, main stage, lectern and lectern stage, professional sound system (Midas M32R Desk and RCF FOH Speakers), upgraded lighting system, Wi-Fi access and preparation kitchen.
Round tables and tablecloths are also available (as well as standard rectangular trestle tables) and a bar service is available if required.

Seating/table capacity for up to 130 guests or 290 seated theatre style (pre-Covid, check the booking application for the latest capacities).

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Terms Conditions of Hire and Room Hire Rates

See all important documents (including the above) here.

 

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To view room availability see the bookings calendar.

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Venue and Events Manager
P: 0419 677 713
E: venue@ballaratmi.org.au


Who was Minerva?

Minerva was the Roman goddess who, from the 2nd Century BC equated with the Greek goddess Athena. Minerva was the virgin goddess of poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, crafts and magic. She is often depicted with her sacred creature, an owl, which symbolises her ties to wisdom. The statue of Minerva sits proudly atop the BMI, welcoming all who venture through its doors to expand their knowledge through the arts, culture and education. The Minerva Space auditorium is part of the original 1860s building. It was designed to provide a large space for the staging of exhibitions, lectures, recitals, school speech nights and meetings.

The stage was added in 1873. It was never intended as a performing arts theatre. One of its major events was the farewell dinner to Victoria’s second Governor Sir Henry Barkly (1856 – 1863) attended by 400 people. It has been completely refurbished and is now the jewel in Minerva’s crown. Artists and performers sing of the exceptional acoustic qualities of the Minerva Space, making it ideal for the voice, musical instruments and stage performances. Minerva Space includes dressing rooms, a high tech projector, six beautiful, unique Brazilian crystalline lights, new velvet curtains and a retractable screen. The Minerva Space is a great asset to Ballarat’s arts scene.