A snapshot of 10 years of success.

Since 2009, we have championed the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Australia’s most prestigious and captivating photographic festival. Thousands of artists and local creative industry practitioners create lasting connections and present their work on a national and international stage. Every two years, the 60-day festival draws thousands of visitors to be part of immersive experiences and exhibitions across Ballarat and provides significant economic benefits to local businesses.



Held in 100+ diverse locations across Ballarat

Event duration:

Two months





  • Supported event marketing and promotion
  • Enduring partnerships with local businesses and venues
  • Generated more than $20M in economic impact
  • Platform for thousands of Australian and international artists
  • Catering, printing and customer service supplied locally

Ballarat International Foto Biennale says:

The City of Ballarat support is one of the cornerstones for delivering the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, providing highly valued resources to support our small team of staff and volunteers.

They offer a collaborative, engaged approach to staging a successful event, bringing shared benefits to the local community and event organisers. The City of Ballarat also provided access to well- managed council-owned assets and delivered marketing activity and communications channels that supported our event marketing and promotion. Senior council management also provided additional support.

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From the most prestigious photographic arts festival in Australia to an en masse chic picnic among the exquisite heritage buildings; Ballarat hosts so many unique, exciting and memorable events. Each with endless possibilities to be an authentic, bold and dynamic articulation of our city’s aspirations.

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