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Art and Music Festivals in Melbourne & Victoria
Art and Music Festivals
Art and Music Festivals
Art and Music Festivals
Melbourne & Victoria
Some forthcoming Art and Music Festivals in Melbourne and Victoria:
Wangaratta Festival of Jazz
Australia's premier jazz event featuring a wide array of jazz and blues styles. Includes the Black Tie Jazz Ball, Free Stage, National Jazz Awards and Cup Eve Concert.
So Frenchy So Chic - Melbourne
This event seems a wonderful match of venue and entertainment. Our heritage
homes can often be pigeonholed as places for historic re-enactments, but they
are very young in European terms and were usually created as places to entertain
and host cultural activities.
So Frenchy So Chic provides the opportunity to
picnic with choice deli foods, entertain the kids, dance on the grass listen
to French bands and all in civilised surroundings. 30-somthings with
children and a taste for the good life - this is particularly for you.
More info &
St Kilda Festival
A large annual festival with an emphasis on free entertainment and bands culminating in a gaint street party on 11th February
Inverloch Jazz Festival
Over 80 bands covering all styles of Jazz. 4 major venues all in close proximity.
Port Fairy Folk Festival
Workshops, concerts and stalls. The Port Fairy Folk Festival usually sells out well in advance, so White Hat advises that you should book early.
Toorak Village Festival of Sculpture
For the entire month of may, Toorak Village businesses will display contemporary sculptures in their windows and bolted to the pavements along Toorak Road. Take your time surveying the sculptures as well as the shops. Please enjoy 'a decade of sculpture' and take advantage of the warm hospitality of the traders in the village. Catalogues are available from any of the shops in the village and all sculptures are for sale. Toorak Village is between Wallace Ave and Grange Rd, just east of Williams Rd. Simply catch the no 8 tram from Federation Square, along Toorak Road to stop no 35.
Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival
The Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival is an annual three day event
at the iconic Theatre Royal in
Castlemaine, mainland Australia’s longest continuously operating cinema.
The Festival is an immersive experience of 12 films in 1 cinema across 3
days. It features a world-class program showcasing the very best in
Australian and international non-fiction films. Audiences explore
fascinating worlds and cultures together, bringing them face to face with
real-life characters, real-life stories and real-world problems.
The festival provides a deep and enriching experience by connecting
audiences with many of the film directors and key contributors by way of
live in venue and live via Skype Q&A sessions, uncovering the stories behind
the stories, as well as specialist panel discussions. Curated by dual
Emmy Award-winning director, Geoffrey Smith, the Castlemaine Documentary
Film Festival celebrates diversity, profiles the global issues of our time
(and times past), creates community, challenges injustices and holds people
and governments to account.
Gertrude Street Projection Festival
Commencing in 2007 the Gertrude Street Projection Festival has grown to
become one of inner Melbourne’s most visible and accessible free large
scale arts festival. The festival celebrates projection art and lets us see
familiar spaces and buildings in new, inspired ways. It’s a collaborative,
volunteer effort of artists and traders, residents and community groups all
brought together by The Gertrude Projection Association.
For 10 evenings in July and in over 38 sites, the length of Gertrude
Street in Fitzroy is illuminated by the visions of talented projections
artists for the Gertrude Street Projection Festival. Buildings, laneways,
footpaths and tree trunks light up with site-specific, curated projections.
The Festival’s diverse arts program celebrates and connects our diverse
White Hat can thoroughly recommend the festival as a showcase of the
edgy, arty inner suburbs.
more info >>
White Night Ballarat
White Night 2019 will return to the regional city of Ballarat from 7pm on
Saturday 21 September until 2am on Sunday 22 September.
interstate and international artists, musicians and performers will weave a
spell over the city in a celebration of art, culture and creativity.
Under the artistic direction of David Atkins OAM, White Night Ballarat
invites visitors and locals to make their journey around Ballarat’s iconic
buildings, cultural institutions and streets, in celebration of reclaiming
and reimagining the city through projection, installations, performance and
Full details at
Ballarat International Foto Biennale
With photographs from across Australia and around the world together with a
host of exhibitions and events the Ballarat Foto Biennale is the largest
photography event in the Southern Hemisphere. Full information at
Ballarat Foto Biennale
Bairnsdale Country Music Festival
Please note that the Bairnsdale Country Music Festival,
formerly held at Easter, no longer exists
The Falls Festival
An annual festival of rock and pop music on farmland near Lorne.
Kyneton Music Festival
The Kyneton Music Festival features bands and food trucks in the historic town
of Kyneton. You can either take the V-Line train or enjoy a pleasant drive.
Either way it is about an hour from central Melbourne with numbers of affordable
places to stay. Ticket prices and
bookings at the
Clunes Booktown Festival
Indulge in a weekend of book browsing amid the historic streetscape of Clunes
- Australia's first International Booktown. Thousands of rare second-hand new,
small press publications and collectable books on sale. Talks from visiting
writers including Hazel Edwards, Tim Fisher, Geoffrey Blainey, Peter
Goldsworthy, Alice Pung, Anna Goldsworthy, Gina Perry, Nicholas Jose and
Scottish poet Ryan Van Winkle. Workshops on reviewing, with Peter Rose,
writing poetry, writing science and publishing. Meet the publisher sessions.
Begin your own book collection workshops, book road show evaluations, street
theatre, the Australia Fair Grand Concert Street Organ, wine, food, live music,
silent movie show on Saturday night with piano accompaniment. A special
Children's Booktown creates the world of Narnia with visiting writers Hazel
Edwards and John Nicholson. A unique opportunity to see rare books from the
State Library collection - a 15th century illuminated manuscript, a book printed
by William Caxton the first English printer and dated 1490, The Voyage of
Governor Phillips, 1798 and an artists book with a very special connection
to Clunes.Full details at
Woodend Winter Arts Festival
The Woodend Winter Arts Festival showcases music, literature and the
visual arts in intimate historical venues over three pleasurable days.
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