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Registrations for the BIFB'13 Fringe Exhibition Program close Friday May 3rd. Remember - your show is not part of BIFB'13 and your venue is not secured until you get your paperwork in!
The Core Program for BIFB'13 is locked in. It will comprise 20 shows from Australia, Colombia, Germany, The Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, the UK and USA. The Core will show at our 8 major venues - the Mining Exchange, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Trades Hall, Gallery B1, Mechanics Institute, Post Office Gallery, Town Hall and St Patrick's Community Hall, all prime examples of the wonderful historic architecture of Ballarat. Start planning your BIFB'13 visit now. Festival dates are Saturday August 17th to Sunday September 15th. Core venues open every day from 10am to 5pm.
Less than six months before we kick off BIFB'13. If you love photography as much as we do, why not get involved? We need volunteers [both now and during the festival] more venues, sponsors, workshop presenters, members, in kind supporters and much, much, more. Spend some time looking over this website, and if you find something that interests you, give us a call in the BIFB office on 5331 483
The BIFB has blazed a trail for a global approach to photography, seeking out extremely talented artists who are less well known outside their own domain, or in the case of Australian artists, those worthy of, but yet to be recognised as photographic superstars of the future. Our ongoing belief is that art is integral to society – not a marginal form of expression – but central to the issues that inform and shape our society.
From the Festival’s inception as the Daylesford Foto Biennale in 2005, the Ballarat International Foto Biennale has grown in scale, status and critical acclaim. After two successful festivals, BIFB outgrew the capacity of Daylesford to accommodate the event and relocated to Ballarat for BIFB’09. The Festival is the only internationally significant photographic event in regional Victoria. In the course of just four festivals BIFB has grown from 55 events over 28 venues, with an estimated audience of around 10,000 visitors, to 206 events staged at 73 venues throughout Ballarat and nearby Creswick. Carefully monitored figures record an attendance of 63,500 at events in the seven main venues of the 2011 Festival.