Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB) 2011 has been a great success thanks to thousands of volunteer hours bringing the festival together. Festival Director Jeff Moorfoot told The Ballarat Independent that the festival was an economic boost for Ballarat, with at least $2 million injected into the local economy.
Jeff said the controversy around the Jan and Sarah Saudek exhibition had not hurt the festival and visitor numbers were up, along with media coverage and the quality of work on show.
Estimating the volunteer time put into BIFB 2011 at well over the previous festival's 8000 hours, Jeff said his first priority was the festival and had a suggestion for anyone concerned about more controversial work at the festival: "If you don't like it, don't go and see it."
Open until 18 September, there are just a few days left to get out and see the work on offer in Ballarat, Creswick and Buninyong. Find out more on the Ballarat International Foto Biennale website.