Australia plays host to a great range of arts festivals every year. These include festivals celebrating film, theatre, music and visual arts across contemporary and classical forms. This post by cheapflights details some of the best ones to visit.
Melbourne Fringe Festival
The Fringe Festival takes place in September and October and has been running for over 30 years. It covers a wide range of art forms, including comedy, music, visual art and dance. The open-access nature of the event means that anyone with a talent can showcase it to a discerning audience.
Adelaide Cabaret Festival
This is the most extensive cabaret festival in the world and has taken place since 2001. It’s held annually in July and artists come from across the word to display their talents. The two-week festival uses a range of venues across the city and features comedy, rock, pop, blues and soul performances.
Sydney Film Festival
The Sydney Festival is one of the oldest film festivals in the world. It takes place across 12 days in June, with companies coming from around the globe to exhibit films in a huge range of languages. During the festival, visitors can choose from a mixture of over 100 documentaries, animated movies, feature films and short films.
Adelaide Fringe Festival
This is another open-access fringe festival that welcomes anyone with a desire to perform. The event takes place over four weeks in February and March. It features over 4000 acts and events, including circus performers, film showings, musical acts and visual art exhibits.
Perth International Arts Festival
During February, Perth is home to a number of Australian and international performers for the annual arts festival. The festival covers a diverse range of theatre, dance, music, films and visual arts.
This takes place as part of the Canberra Festival in March. It offers visitors the unique opportunity to visit some of the city’s landmark attractions at night, including the National Gallery of Australia and the National Library of Australia. It also includes an amazing light show, when buildings such as Parliament House are lit up in a dazzling display.
Opera on Sydney Harbour
This event in March and April gives you an amazing chance to see a renowned opera performed in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Whether you love opera or just want to experience the amazing setting, it can be seen in a whole different light in the outdoor arena. The purpose-built set, together with the stunning costumes and professional lighting, can provide you with a wonderful experience.
Melbourne International Art Fair
This biennial fair features a mixture of national and international galleries exhibiting a selection of the best contemporary art pieces. Over 900 artists are featured, covering painting, sculpture, photography and multi-media artwork. The four-day fair allows visitors to view and buy pieces from both established and emerging artists.
Taking place in June, this event brings Sydney to life after dark. The celebration of light and music is epitomized by the illumination of Sydney Opera House. It also features the Vivid Ideas Exchange, where you can take part in talks and debates with some of the world’s leading creative minds.
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