Festivals in Australia can be found throughout all parts of the continent. From small and intimate to large and internationally known, hundreds of festivals are held each year in Australia. With so many to choose from, read below for a list of some of the best festivals to check out in Australia.
In popular Sydney, the Sydney Festival is put on each year and boasts a diverse array of visual art, dance, music, theatre, and film. For three weeks in January locals and visitors alike enjoy this free, large scale event held outdoors. With over 80 events and 500 artists, the city of Sydney is cloaked in fun, food, and plenty of festivities.
Continuing on with the arts, the Melbourne International Arts Festival is a unique festival not to be missed. Both international and Australian events featured at this festival include music, dance, theatre, multimedia, and visual arts. Also free to the public, this outdoor event stretches over over 17 days every October.
To learn more about the cultural side of particular cities in Australia, the Darwin Festival is a must to attend. This celebration of Darwin showcases its uniqueness and vibrant, youthful energy in the month of August. From opera to cabaret, film and comedy, Darwin is host to local, national and international performances. There are also workshops featuring and incorporating dance from various communities(Pacific, Indigenous, and Indonesian). This festival also displays a strong visual arts program guided by traditional land owners who proudly show off the Indigenous art found in many of the galleries throughout the city.
Another great festival to attend is the Brisbane Festival. Although held every two years, this is one of Brisbane’s most attended international festival. This multi-arts festival offers everything from theatre and opera to dance and music. Including the entire community and its visitors, the Brisbane Festival encourages all to get involved and participate in not only enjoying the event but helping put the event on.
To experience one of the oldest festivals in Australia, head west to the city of Perth. The Perth International Arts Festival is held every year in February and offers a melting pot of international arts. First held in 1953, this festival also features the Contemporary Culture program as well as several satellite festivals like the Perth Visual Arts Festival and the Western Australian Indigenous Arts Showcase. Whether it is music and film or street arts and comedy, this festival has something for everyone.
It is important to note that there are also many independent festivals like Chinese New Year and the Dreaming Festival that captivate audiences from all over the world. So no matter whether you choose one or all, these are just a few of some of the best festivals to check out in Australia while on holiday.
Not only that Perth has got the oldest festivals in Australia, it is also the largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia. It is the fourth most populous city in country, with the population of working holiday and tourist increasing each year. The city offers lots of other tourist-friendly services such as cheap backpacker accommodation, bike hire and foreign currency exchange in Perth CBD and suburbs.