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BIFB to go on without Melbournians

The Ballarat  International Foto Biennale is scheduled to open on August 28 as planned, but with attendance limited to regional Victorians at this stage and a number of headline events ‘on pause’.

‘We will open to Metropolitan Melbourne when restrictions permit and it’s safe to do so,’ a BIFB statement explained.

Headline exhibition at BIFB this year is an exclusive look back at the career of the photographer Linda McCartney (1941-1998). Linda McCartney: Retrospective features more than 200 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. (Source: BIFB)

The festival will run to October 24, which means there is some chance Melbournians and people from other states will be able to attend in late September/early October – hopefully earlier.

Ticketholders – the event now attracts an entry fee of $24 for a day pass, with three-day passes also available – who can no longer attend due to the various state lockdowns will be able to reschedule tickets to a later date, with full refunds also available. BIFB doesn’t provide a phone number – contact must be made via email:

All ‘Opening Weekend’ events are ‘on pause’: ‘we will update our ticket holders for these events with further information shortly.’

Opening Weekend events include the Opening Night itself, and a series of talks, workshops, exhibition openings and photographic prize announcements.

‘There will be some elements of the program going online, and there’ll be more information about that soon,’ the BIFB publicist told Inside Imaging.


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