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Festival Information

Current Festival Update

Biennale to reopen Thursday 23 September

The Victorian Government announced that Ballarat will be in lockdown until 11.59pm Wednesday 22 September.

In light of this announcement, the 2021 Ballarat International Foto Biennale is temporarily closed. The Biennale will reopen from 10am on Thursday 23 September when restrictions permit and it is safe to do so. As always, the safety of our staff, artists and visitors is our primary concern. We are closely following all Victorian Government health guidelines in order to determine a new opening date.

Ticket holders who can no longer attend due to the lockdown will be able to reschedule tickets to a later date during the Biennale, which has been extended until January 2022, and full refunds are also available.

We are currently experiencing a high volume of enquiries and appreciate your patience as we respond to each and every one. Please be assured that we will respond to your email or ticketing request and thank you for your understanding.

All scheduled events for the coming seven days (16 – 22 September) will no longer take place. New dates for some events will be announced soon. Ticket holders for affected events will be contacted directly with further information.

For all enquiries or details on rescheduling tickets, please send us an email at info@ballaratfoto.org
Thank you for your understanding at this time and for your continued support.

From all of us at BIFB, we hope you stay well and keep safe during this time.


Festival Extended Until Jan 2022

It is with great joy that we announce the Ballarat International Foto Biennale will be extended until 9 January 2022. When restrictions permit, the Biennale looks forward to welcoming visitors from metropolitan Melbourne and beyond.

With more exhibitions and artists than ever before, the 2021 Biennale is not one to be missed. Transforming every corner of Ballarat with photographic art, we invite you to book in for a single day or three-day Festival Pass and escape into the world of art and culture throughout the city.

All Festival Passes include a ticketed entry to the Linda McCartney: Retrospective exhibition, featuring more than 200 extraordinary photographs, including images of the McCartney family, the 1960s music scene, and a series of prints from the McCartney’s time to Australia between 1975 and 1993 which have never been shown before.


Festival Tickets

All Core Program indoor exhibitions are ticketed, requiring visitors to hold a Festival Pass for the dates of your visit. Ballarat International Foto Biennale tickets are available as Festival Passes for a single Day Pass or, for the complete experience, purchase a new 3-Day Pass for multiple entries to the Biennale’s core indoor exhibitions in various venues during the festival. All Festival Passes include a SINGLE timed visit to the Linda McCartney: Retrospective.

DAY PASS
A Day Pass includes one timed entry to the Linda McCartney: Retrospective exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat plus unlimited entry to access the remainder of the ticketed core program indoor exhibitions throughout central Ballarat on the same day. Day passes are available for either a midweek or weekend visit.
Weekend Day Pass Prices: Weekend Day Pass is valid for Saturday or Sunday. Prices: Adult $24, BIFB Friend $18, Concession $18, Child $9, Family $52
Midweek Day Pass Prices: Midweek Day Pass is valid for Monday to Friday. Prices: Adult $18, BIFB Friend $14, Concession $14, Child $8, Family $42

3-DAY PASS
A 3-Day Pass includes one timed entry to the Linda McCartney: Retrospective exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat plus unlimited entryto access the remainder of the ticketed core program indoor exhibitions throughout central Ballarat across three consecutive days.
A 3-Day Pass allows you to immerse yourself in the Biennale experience and stroll through the heritage streets of Ballarat at your own pace. Discover photography in the laneways, streets and local businesses as the Biennale sees every corner of Ballarat come alive with art that will surprise, inspire and delight you. You will have time to explore the complete program of exhibitions while enjoying the warm hospitality of Ballarat’s many wonderful venues.
Weekend 3-Day Pass Prices: Weekend 3-Day Pass is valid for Friday-Saturday-Sunday OR Saturday-Sunday-Monday. Prices: Adult $36, BIFB Friend $27, Concession $27, Child $15, Family $67
Midweek 3-Day Pass Prices: Midweek 3-Day Pass is valid for Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday OR Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday OR Wednesday-Thursday-Friday. Prices: Adult $30, BIFB Friend $21, Concession $21, Child $15, Family $57

TICKETING TERMS AND CONDITIONS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Covid Safety

The safety and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, artists and visitors is our primary concern. We ask that all visitors to the Ballarat International Foto Biennale follow the COVIDSafe practices outlined below. The Biennale is following the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s guidance and information relevant to ensuring the festival is a COVIDSafe event.

Our highest priority this year is making sure we keep each other safe. All in-person events will progress according to the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 restrictions at the time. The Ballarat International Foto Biennale has a thorough COVID Safe plan with guidelines to ensure the safety of all guests.

Stay At Home If You Are Unwell

Please do not attend the Biennale if you
are feeling unwell
are showing symptoms of COVID-19
are awaiting a COVID-19 test result
have otherwise been directed to self-isolate or quarantine
have been in a COVID-19 hotspot of concern in the previous 14 days
If you begin to feel unwell while you’re at the Biennale, contact an event staff member immediately.

Contact Tracing

Upon arrival, you are required to check in with the Service Victoria QR code.

Physical Distancing

Please stay 1.5m from other people when possible to adhere to physical distancing guidelines.

Venue Capacity

We have strict venue capacity limits to ensure the safety of our patrons. We thank you for your understanding and kindly request you follow directions from our friendly event staff during your visit.

Practicing Hand Hygiene

Make sure you regularly wash your hands and apply hand sanitiser after touching any surfaces.

Masks

Depending on advice from the Victorian Government at the time of the event, you may be required to wear a mask. You are required by law to carry a mask at all times unless you have a medical exemption.

Stay in the Loop

Keep up-to-date through the Victorian Government website for the latest information on COVID-19. For any questions regarding health advice, please contact the Victorian Department of Health on 1300 651 150 or visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au

Download the Ballarat International Foto Biennale COVIDSafe Plan here.


Enquiries

For all enquiries about the Biennale or ticketing requests, please send us an email at info@ballaratfoto.org

Stay tuned to our website, newsletter and social media channels to keep up to date on the Biennale.