Aussies know how to celebrate, and any festival down under is a riot of colors, music, entertainment and great food. Whether its performing arts, or racing camels, these folks redefine fun for you in ways you would never imagine. If you’re planning a trip to Australia anytime soon, you may want to squeeze in one or more of these fests into your must-do list.
Ten Days on the Island (Tasmania) – This biennial multi-art form festival is held in the island state of Tasmania, and the next one is scheduled between 15th and 24th March, 2013. This festival is a celebration of art, and showcases the work of a wide range of Tasmanian, national and international artists. Theater, music, dance – you name it and you have it here at the Ten Days on the Island festival. 2013’s highlights include The Select (The Sun Also Rises), a play based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa’s brilliant soprano as she performs some gems from her repertoire, and a funky performance by Sprag Session.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival – This huge carnival of laughs starts off on the 1st of April, and not surprisingly so. Loads of stand-up performances, improvs, cabarets, and sketch shows promise three and a half weeks of clutching your stomachs helplessly while you almost fall off your chairs laughing. There’s no wondering why Melbourne is the cultural capital of Australia, is there?
Woodford Folk Festival, Queensland – Held over six days and nights between the 27th of December and 1st of january in the surreal town of Woodford, this festival is a cultural extravaganza. It includes dances, street plays, comedy performances, art and crafts workshops, a kids’ festival and several other events that appeal to people from all age groups and cultures. What’s more, you can actually camp on site for the full six-day duration, and soak in the festive atmosphere.
The Great Matilda Camel Races and Festival, Charleville, Queensland – Want to see some camels, wild goats, donkeys and yabbies racing? Head to what is a unique and thoroughly enjoyable festival in Charleville, Queensland. In this bizarre Outback festival, you can also participate in a beer drinking or wood cutting competition. The Charleville Camel Races and Festival is a classic example of the quirkiness that you can be sure will characterize your Australia holidays packages.
Perth International Arts Festival – This is Australia’s oldest multi-arts festival, and has won international acclaim for its excellent events and performances. The three week long festival will showcase some of the best events in theatre, music, literature and films. If you’re browsing Australia tours, and want a superb cultural and literary treat, head to Perth this February.
Nandini Muralidharan is an engineer-turned-writer, possessive bibliophile and a travel junkie. She loves love collecting random bits of information about any place she visits, and weaving a story out of it. An obsessive photographer, she records any memory of a place from the beautiful Helsingor castle to the “Delizia icecream – keeps you tongue tied” signboard on the highway. Currently, she writes for WeAreHolidays.