Ballarat International Foto Biennale postponed until after lockdown

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The opening of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB) has been postponed in response to the state-wide Covid-19 lockdown that was recently declared in Victoria. The BIFB was set to launch on August 28, but it has instead been postponed until the most recent lockdown ends. 

As of Saturday 21 August, the entire state of Victoria joined metropolitan Melbourne, which had already been subject to a number of restrictions,  in a tight lockdown to limit the spread of the most recent Covid-19 outbreak in the state. 


BIFB - photo by Linda McCartney, The Beatles, Abbey Road, London, 1969

In the wake of the changes announced on Saturday morning, the BIFB organisers shared, 

The Victorian Government recently announced that regional Victoria will be in lockdown until 11.59pm Thursday 2 September.” 

“In light of this announcement, the 2021 Ballarat International Foto Biennale will no longer open on 28 August. The Biennale will commence when restrictions permit and it is safe to do so. As always, the safety of our staff, artists and visitors is our primary concern.”

The BIFB typically runs for two months, and it was hoped that it could at least be on show to regional Victorians with the possibility of city-siders having the chance to view the show later on, but in light of recent developments, such hopes have been dashed. 

If you or someone you know is a ticket holder, you will be able to re-schedule to a later date, or receive a refund. You can find out more information about that here. 

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