The Good Food & Wine Show will kick off in Melbourne on June 1 with celebrity chef appearances from Maggie Beer, John Torode, Rick Stein and George Calombaris. Over 140,000 people are expected to try new foods and taste wines at the Australia-wide series of events.
4th Vivid Sydney
May 25 - June 11
Various locations around Sydney
Vivid Sydney, the largest light and music festival in the Southern Hemisphere, will illuminate Sydney with immersive light installations, projections, flashing sculptures, interactive light art, and music and DJ performances from local and international artists. Highlights include lighting projections across the Sydney Opera House and colorful architectural lighting on some of Sydney’s most prominent buildings. More than 300,000 people are expected to attend the diverse array of free and ticketed events.
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Good Food and Wine Show Australia
This consumer-oriented food and wine show takes place across Australia from June to November, with the first event rolling out in Melbourne. More than 140,000 foodies will turn up at the Australia-wide events to watch celebrity chef demonstrations and to enjoy food, wine, beer and cheese tastings. Additional dates around the country include Sydney (June 22-24), Perth (July 13-15), Adelaide (October 12-14), and Brisbane (November 9-11).
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59th Sydney Film Festival
Various venues in Sydney
On the heels of Cannes, Australia’s second biggest film festival marks its 59th year with more than 150 films and a program of more than 250 screenings. The Sydney Film Festival (SFF for short) showcases a hand-picked selection of short films, Australian films, documentaries and archive titles -- many of which are world premieres. While the Melbourne International Film Festival (August 2-19) is regarded as the most significant film event in Australia, the Sydney Film Festival is one of the longest-running film festivals in the world. Other notable Australian film festivals include the Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF runs from June 17-24) and Tropfest (February).
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36th Hair Expo Australia
Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre
The largest hairdressing event to be held in the southern hemisphere, the Hair Expo showcases all the latest developments in cutting, coloring and extensions, as well as tanning and nail products. The best coiffeurs of Australia and New Zealand will be honored at the close of the three-day industry event at the Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards.
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Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters exhibition
June 16 - December 3, 2012
Art Gallery of WA
A touring exhibition of famous artworks from New York’s world-renowned Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) -- including pieces by Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso -- will be shown at the Art Gallery of Western Australia as part of the gallery’s Great Collections of the World series. The Art Gallery of Western Australia will be the only Australian venue to host this exhibition. The partnership with New York’s MoMA will give visitors the chance to see exclusive highlights from this outstanding collection, many of which have never been seen outside the United States. The large-scale exhibition will feature more than 100 modern art masterpieces by 14 iconic artists of the 20th century. Five subsequent exhibitions at the gallery will feature works from MoMA’s extensive collection.
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12th Melbourne International Animation Festival
ACMI Cinemas, Melbourne
The 12th edition of the Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF) is an eight-day festival showcasing some of the greatest animations created by artists around the globe. MIAF is one of the largest animation festivals in the world. More than 400 films from over 30 countries will grace screens at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image during the festival. Entries in the MIAF are automatically considered for the UTS Sydney International Animation Festival, the London International Animation Festival, and Australia’s smaller, regional touring festival, the Australian International Animation Festival.
38th Queenstown Winter Festival
June 22 - July 2
Queenstown, New Zealand
The Queenstown Winter Festival has been dubbed the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest winter party and celebrates the start of the official ski season. An estimated 45,000 people show up to take part in events that span mountain races, concerts, street parties, fireworks and free family fun. The Alpine Winter Festival series will also take place in Australia in June.
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18th Biennale of Sydney
June 27 - September 16
Various venues across Sydney
The Biennale of Sydney is Australia's largest and most respected contemporary visual arts event. It’s the fourth oldest recurring contemporary art exhibition on the international calendar after Venice, São Paulo and Documenta. The event highlights recent and new works created by Australian artists alongside leading international artists in iconic locations across the city. The Biennale of Sydney is completely free and open to the public.
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New Zealand International Film Festival
July 12 - November
Various locations across New Zealand
The New Zealand International Film Festival is a national event that hosts respective events and screenings in cities including Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch. The Indy film festival features a wide selection of over 150 international films and shorts.
12th Splendour in the Grass
Byron Bay, Australia
In 2012 Australia's largest winter music festival, Splendour in the Grass, features Jack White, Bloc Party, Smashing Pumpkins, At The Drive-In, The Shins, Hilltop Hoods, Gossip and Lana Del Rey. The boutique festival is relatively small (30,000) in comparison to major annual Australian festivals like the Big Day Out but is well regarded for its ability to attract popular headlining acts. Tickets for this year’s festival sold out in a record 43 minutes.
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61st Melbourne International Film Festival
In the weeks after the Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF), the Sydney Film Festival and Cannes, Australia's biggest film festival will light up screens around the city of Melbourne. The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is the world's largest showcase of new Australian cinema and regularly draws crowds in excess of 170,000 people.
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