2015′s Must-See Festivals In Australia For The Food, Arts, And Music Connoisseur

If you are looking for the ultimate Australian culture trip, go to one of the land down under’s many festivals celebrating their je ne sais quoi, be it contemporary arts, food heritage, or musical prowess. From highbrow to casual, fun to engaging, the Australian annual calendar is filled with parties you will never forget for all the right reasons. The array of events catering for all tastes is impressive, but for now we skim the surface to give you the 9 festivals we are looking forward to the most.

1. For the music lover
Bass In The Grass is the largest music festival in the Northern Territory. Every year, the biggest names in the Australian music scene fly to Darwin just for some bass in the grass. This is where you will get to discover the best Australian bands and singers no matter rock, indie or contemporary hip hop. Since its inception in 2003, Bass In The Grass has transformed the social scene of Darwin and given the local youths a sense of pride and ownership. Instead of a conventional ticket system, concertgoers get a branded cap that ends up as a handy souvenir. What to expect: 12 hours of rocking out to Australia’s best musical talents in all genres When: 23 May Where: Darwin Amphitheatre, Darwin

2. For the culinary gastronomist
The Noosa International Food and Wine Festival is for those who enjoy the finer things in life. Every year, the crème de la crème of foodies and wine luminaries flock to the resort town of Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast to celebrate food and the joy it brings. Now in its 13th year, the festival is attracting an even stronger crowd of food fanatics from all around the world. They are prepared for lifestyle lunches, river picnics, and wine master classes played to good live music and great company. What to expect: A 4-day party of food, wine, and merrymaking with the best Australian chefs, winemakers, entertainers, and foodies When: 14 – 17 May Where: Queensland

3. For the jazz lover
The Melbourne International Jazz Festival warms up the city of Melbourne during winter with more than 300 iconic musicians and 100 events bringing the spirit of jazz alive. For two weeks, the city’s most iconic spaces, from concert halls, clubs, art venues, to the streets are filled with music. If you think jazz is boring, this festival will prove you wrong with its film screenings, workshops, late night art parties and more. You don’t even need to fork out any extra cash to attend a show; there will be free concerts, Evening Soundwalks, and other open events for all to experience the personal impact that jazz can have on them. What to expect: A new appreciation and love for jazz When: 28 May – 7 June Where: Melbourne

4. For the performing arts dreamer
The Adelaide Cabaret Festival is one of the biggest event in the international and Australian arts calendar, and rightly so as it is the most comprehensive cabaret festival in the world. It upholds a reputation of highlighting the best local and international artists including Broadway legend Bernadette Peters. Everything you love about cabaret – the glitz and glamour, the power vocals, the bellyaching comedy, and more will be ready to entertain you. The theme for 2015 is “cabaret has no rules”, so you can be sure artistic director Barry Humphries has lots in store. Maybe even a little burlesque, perhaps? What to expect: Unforgettable nights of music, satire, comedy, storytelling and dancing When: 5 – 20 June Where: Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide

5. For the creative thinker
Dark Mofo is the Museum of Old and New Arts’ festival celebrating the winter solstice tradition of bringing back light to Hobart’s long winter nights. Dark Mofo is only in its third edition, but has already built a grand following with its quirkiness and mind-bending creepiness that challenges, disturbs, enlightens and excites. To call this festival intriguing is an understatement. Dark Mofo features bands that go by the names of Pallbearer, The Body, The Irrepressibles; and programmes that are described with words like “ceremonial death dance”, “life-changing theatre experience Funeral”, and “sacrificial offerings”. At the end of the five-day party, there will be a Nude Solstice Swim to greet the return of the sun. What to expect: Dark music, theatre, art, film, a sliver of avant garde to suit your fancy, and a winter feast When: 12 – 22 June Where: Hobart, Tasmania

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