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Making a Scene at Christmas

Christmas nativities from around the world exhibition.

A sacred tradition, dating back to the 13th century, is to again be embraced in Ballarat during an eclectic showcase opening this weekend.

The Nativities come from all around the world – every continent and over 60 countries. Some Nativities are artistically beautiful, some are challenging, some invite you to ask questions, some tell different parts of the Christmas story, some have their own fascinating story to tell. There are nativities made of bone, bread, wood, car parts, glass, bullets and paper. There is even one made of potato chip packets! Many are hand-crafted. Many answer the question, if this event happened in my time and place what would it look like?

Bridge Mall general manager Germaine Davey is urging those with an artistic side to visit the exhibition. “This is a thematic interpretation in different artforms. It’s looking at one subject, interpreted by different cultures and different artists in different mediums.”

Fiona Tonkin one of the exhibition’s organisers is hopeful the time spent surrounded by the images and models will allow for reflection. “(I would like them to) stop and say, ‘There is a lot more to Christmas’. It reminds them that we’re important, that even in the most challenging of situations, we are survivors.”

Come along to view the Nativities exhibition at The Bridge Mall. Its a beautiful collection of pieces that communicate the meaning of the Christmas story from all over the world.

The exhibition will be in Shop 60 of the Bridge Mall on December 4 – 5 and from December 11 – 24. Opening hours are between 10am – 5pm. Entry is free, although a gold coin donation is invited to assist in covering costs. COVID regulations will apply.

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