Ararat One Act Play Festival

Ararat Performing Arts Centre & Ararat Theatre Company jointly host this annual, amateur One Act Play festival.

The festival is an open competition and is held annually on the first weekend in August. Competition is of a very high standard, with theatre companies from across Victoria and interstate competing for the coveted "Bert Bates Memorial Trophy" for best play.
This festival has been held continuously for more than 30 years.

"AYTA" - Australian Youth Theatre Ararat is in recess. This competition was held in the school week immediately prior to the weekend of the open competition and was directed toward secondary schools students.

The Ararat Festival offers various individual and group prizes including best play, best actor, best director.