The 36th edition of Australia’s Hair Expo will take place over the weekend. More than 100 prize pieces of artwork from New York’s Museum of Modern Art will be on show at the Art Gallery of Western Australia for the Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters exhibition.
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
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.
8th Sustain and Sustain Traders Oceania
Royal Hall of Industries
In 2012 Australia’s popular Organic Expo & Green Show has been rebranded as the Sustain Natural & Organic Lifestyle Show. The expo showcases new products and services across all aspects of sustainable living. Expect to see the latest trends in organic food, Fair Trade & sustainable goods, green, ethical, allergy free and wellness products from Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific, Asia, India, America and Argentina.
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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Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre
The Integrate Expo is the biggest and only national expo in Australia for audiovisual enthusiasts. Visitors can view the latest technologies and demonstrations from over 500 companies producing equipment for the entertainment, DJ, recording, concert production and lighting industries.
Sydney Fashion Festival
The Sydney Fashion Festival features ticketed fashion events for the public, showcasing Australia's leading designer brands and retailers as their Spring/Summer collections arrive in stores throughout the city. The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (April) is Australia's most globally-followed fashion event but, like the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival (March 21-28, 2013), the Mercedes-Benz Sydney Fashion Festival is popular with the locals as it is open to the public.