Apart from the breathtaking scenery, seemingly endless shoreline and lovely and beautiful cities, Australia has many fantastic festivals, cultural events and celebrations throughout the year, drawing large crowds from all over the world.
Here are the five must-visit festivals and events held across the country:
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
Annually held in March since 1993 to promote the food and wine culture of Melbourne and Victoria, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is an amazing gastronomic celebration in the country calling food lovers from far and wide. It is a 10-day celebration comprising of 300 events throughout Victoria. Visitors can sample gourmet fare, enjoy regional lunches, discover many pop-up restaurants and attend master classes. The festival is also attended by many celebrity chefs and famous personalities.
Famed as the world’s largest short film festival, Tropfest Australia is a free outdoor event founded in 1993 and attracting over 70,000 spectators. It began in 1993 as a screening for 200 people at the Sydney’s ‘Tropicana Caffe’ and takes place every year at Parramatta Park. During the event, you would love to witness the screening of 16 finalists and red-carpet arrivals and attend an award ceremony where a panel of industry and celebrity judges decides the Tropfest winner.
Perth International Arts Festival
The country’s longest running cultural festival, Perth International Arts Festival is held annually in Western Australia. It invites visitors to celebrate a wonderful event of art without borders. Created in 1953, it is the oldest international arts festival in Australia where visitors can enjoy contemporary and classical music, dance, visual arts, theatre and opera. Come and explore an array of talented international and national artistes attracting around 500,000 people each year with their wonderful performances.
Woodford Folk Festival
Held near the semi-rural town of Woodford, Woodford Folk Festival is the most celebrated folk music festival of Australia. The festival invites around 125,000 people and over 2000 local, national and international performers annually. It takes place over six days from 27th December to 1st January with an amazing fire event on New Year’s Day. Visitors can enjoy more than 430 events, ranging from street theatre, concerts, writers’ panels and films to folk medicine, debates, parades and craft workshops during the festival.
Set in Adelaide’s stunning Botanic Park, WOMADelaide (World of Music, Arts and Dance) is an iconic open-air festival with acts from across the globe. This award-winning celebration of the best of the World of Music, Dance & Arts was introduced in 1992 and takes place annually for four days. More than 20,000 people attend this exciting festival every year and enjoy the wonderful performances by up to 500 artistes from around the world. Some major highlights of the festival include Taste the World, KidZone, The Planet Talks, the Global Village and the Electro lounge.