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Australian Festivals

Australia is known throughout the world for its Festivals. People flock from all around the globe to Australia to experience what is at times a unique festival event, not staged anywhere else in the world. Here's a short list of Australian Festivals that will be staged in Australia.

The Byron Bay BluesFest began in 1990 and was considered a pioneer in the presentation of blues music in Australia. Blues Fest is considered one of the top five international evens of the year for Blues Festivals.

The Festival of the Falling Leaves in Tumut, on the outskirts of the Alpine region in New South Wales and celebrates the wonderful event of the autumn season.

The world famous Melbourne International Comedy Festival held at many venues through the Melbourne CBD. Now in its 26th year, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is one of the three largest comedy festivals in the world, alongside Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Montrealís Just for Laughs Festival. The inaugural Festival was opened by Barry Humphries who in 2012 is co-incidentally is retiring Dame Edna Everage this year. The aims of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival are to discover, develop and showcase great talent for the entertainment and inspiration of a broad based audience. This Festival achieves its aims in spades.


The Jane Austen Annual Festival is held each April in an old and beautiful part of Canberra, the Federal capital of Australia. This is the 6th year of the Jane Austen Festival Australia, which celebrates everything Regency. Including dancing, music, food, games, costumes and books. Events include small soirees, concerts, a costumed promenade, theatre, archery, fashion, food, talks and of course lots of dancing at the Grant Jane Austen Ball.

The Sydney Comedy Festival held at various venues in the Sydney CBD. Celebrating its 8th year, the Sydney Comedy Festival prides itself in delivering comic disturbances across the city in April. This Festival encourages comic liaisons of all kinds, including stand up acts to slap stick, satire, sketch and musical.

The Sydney Writers Festival is another Festival that attracts writers from all around the world. Held in Sydney. During May a plethora of interviews, conversations and presentations will be what makes the Sydney Writers Festival unique and celebrated around the world.

In June, the Melbourne Jazz Festival comes to Melbourne. This festival has been a fixture on the festivals calendar for the last 14 years. It will bring to Australia an eclectic mix of jazz artists, from many different genres. Those appearing in 2012 include Dee Dee Bridgewater, Robbie Hurst with the Jamie Oehlers Trio and many more international and local artists. Various venues in the Melbourne CBD.

Vivid Sydney has four focuses in 2012. Light, Music, Ideas and Industry. This will be the fourth year of Vivid Sydney where the CBD will once again be transformed into a stunning canvas of light, music and ideas. One of the major highlights of the Vivid Festival is the light installations and projections, including performances from local and international musicians at the Vivid LIVE Sydney Opera House which will be bathed in the most incredible light show. Vivid Sydney is all about celebrating the Creative Industries and is the biggest festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. According to the Guardian newspaper in UK, the Vivid Festival is ranked in the top ten global ideas festivals.




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