What is Ballarat Frolic Festival?
We are an annual, not for profit, volunteer-run festival promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA+) regional arts and culture. This November will mark the third year of Ballarat Frolic Festival (BFF).
We envisage an inclusive Ballarat and surrounds where LGBTIQA+ people feel safe, connected, and proud; the broader community is welcoming; and our contributions to art, culture, and the community are celebrated.
One question we get all the time is, 'do you have to identify as LGBTIQA+ in order to attend the festival?' The answer is - no. The whole community is welcome, as long as you are supportive of the LGBTIQA+ community! And we know no better way to demonstrate that support locally than to buy a ticket to one of our events and to show up and have a good time!
How we know we make a difference?
Our first 2 years have been incredibly successful. In 2018 we had over 1200 people attend our festival events – a growth of over 20% from the first year. This demonstrates a strong appetite for such a festival in Ballarat.
A post-festival survey of 2018 attendees revealed a wide cross section of the community attended – male, female, non-binary, gay, lesbian, heterosexual, pansexual, trans*, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, and people with a disability.
Who are we?
BFF is powered by a dedicated committee of five Ballarat locals that volunteer their time to organise the festival and other events during the year. We bring together and lead over 30 volunteers (and growing) from the community.
Our Committee of Management
Benjamin, President and Festival Director
Renee, Vice-President and Volunteer Coordinator
Jay, Secretary and Director of Marketing and Communications
Fleur, Treasurer and Director of Sponsorships and Grants
Sarah, Ordinary Member and Events Coordinator