The Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB), scheduled to launch on August 28, has been postponed until the recently-announced Victorian state-wide Covid-19 lockdown ends.
On Saturday, August 21, following a Covid-19 outbreak in regional Victoria, the entire state joined Melbourne in a strict lockdown consisting of 5km travel restrictions with only five reasons to leave home.
While Melbourne has been in a lockdown for several weeks, up until Saturday regional Victorians had softer restrictions, with open travel and non-essential businesses in operation.
BIFB, which runs for two months until October 24, planned to open only to regional Victorians with hopes that Melburnians and interstate visitors could attend before the festival finished. But, as we’ve learned over the last 18 months, the situation can change very quickly.
An update from BIFB:
‘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.
Further announcements will be made in line with ongoing restrictions. We will be closely following all Victorian Government health guidelines in order to determine new festival dates. We look forward to sharing these with you as soon as we can.’
Ticket holders are able to re-schedule to a later date, or receive a refund.
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