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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.

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.

In the next 5 years we intend to establish ourselves as an important event on the LGBTIQA+ calendar in Victoria. We have strong governance practices and a clear strategic vision supporting this goal.

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.

100% of survey respondents rated the festival favourably - 38% rated the festival as excellent, 45% as very good, and 17% as good.

Taking Ballarat Frolic Festival to the next level!

We will grow the the festival by:

  • building our followers
  • increasing visibility in the mainstream community
  • developing the skills of our committee and volunteers
  • engaging with LGBTIQA+ local groups and statewide organisations
  • cultivating our relationships with council, local businesses, community organisations and other key stakeholders.

Our Committee of Management

Benjamin Ashe, President and Festival Director

Renee Jennings, Vice-President and Volunteer Director

Jay Morrison, Secretary and Director of Marketing and Communications

Fleur Campbell, Treasurer and Director of Sponsorships and Grants

Sarah Hirst, Ordinary Member and Director of Arts and Performers

If you'd like to help us take BFF to the next level get in touch at with your ideas!