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Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2017

19 August, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 19 September, 2017 @ 10:00 pm


The Ballarat International Foto Biennale was founded in 2005 and attracts significant International and Australian photographers as one of Australia’s pre-eminent photographic festivals. It is a month-long festival of photography that is staged every two years in the city of Ballarat, Australia.

The 2017 Ballarat International Foto Biennale is on from 19 August to 17 September 2017.

Our 2017 program, with over 100 exhibitions and special events planned for all five weekends, is expected to attract an attendance of over 50,000 people. We encourage you to plan your stay early, stay long enough to stroll Ballarat’s charming streets and engage deeply with the photographic image.

The Core Program exhibits at the beautiful Art Gallery of Ballarat, The Mining Exchange, the Minerva Room, The Trades Hall, The Observatory, Post Office Gallery, Backspace Gallery and the Town Hall.

The centrepiece of the 2017 Ballarat International Foto Biennale is an exhibition by David LaChapelle, one of the most important photographers of our time. This is the first time David LaChapelle will exhibit in Australia.

The Fringe Program consists of over 90 exhibitions across  70 cafes, galleries and wine bars across Ballarat, showcasing local and Australian photographers.

The Biennale is guided by the principle that it not only serves the community but also plays a vital role in cultivating it. It strives to engage the local community with creative and courageous programming.

We will present the world on our doorstep – celebrating and creating a shared, exciting perspective of how we see our surrounds, our community and ourselves.


19 August, 2017 @ 8:00 am
19 September, 2017 @ 10:00 pm
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Art Gallery of Ballarat
40 Lydiard street North
Ballarat, Victoria 3356 Australia
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0423 242 972


Ballarat International Foto Biennale
0434 276 132