Australia agenda: Art Month Sydney

Galleries and art venues around Sydney will open their doors late into the night and host special events for the second annual Art Month Sydney. More than 120 exhibitions will be on show in the city including
Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life,
Exposed: Art and the Naked Body,
Australian Abstract Art;
Tracey Emin: Praying to a Different God; and
Erased: contemporary Australian drawing.

2nd Art Month Sydney
March 1-31
Various venues across Sydney
New South Wales, Australia
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Sydney celebrates contemporary art with a month-long festival of exhibitions, late night openings, free public talks, behind-the-scenes tours and special events. More than 80 galleries across the city will take part in the event. Like LA Arts Month, Arts Month San Diego, and New York Gallery Week, the event aims to promote local galleries and artists. It also aspires to encourage people to make gallery-going a regular activity in their schedules.
http://artmonthsydney.com/
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56th Moomba Festival
March 11-14
Various venues across Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
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During Australia's Labour Day long weekend, people in Melbourne take part in the varied sporting, arts and music activities that form part of the annual Moomba Festival. Now in its 56th year, the festival is one of Melbourne's longest-running events and attracts more than 700,000 visitors. The Moomba Festival includes the Birdman Rally where participants dress up and use homemade flying machines in an attempt to fly or flap the furthest and the Moomba Parade which travels through the heart of the city.
http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/AboutMelbourne/ArtsandEvents/Pages/Moomba.aspx
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15th L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival
March 14-20
Various Venues around Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
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The L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, LMFF for short, is unique in that it is public friendly - the majority of the festival's fashion shows and events are open to the public and many of them are free to attend. The event features fashion from noted Australian brands Speedo, Jag, Bonds, Collette Dinnigan and Morrissey plus collections from up-and-coming Australian designers. The LMFF might be the most popular fashion festival with the local public, but the Rosemount Australian Fashion Week (May 2-6?) is Australia's most globally-followed fashion event.
http://www.lmff.com.au/
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20th Margaret River Wine Region Festival
March 17-21
Various venues around Margaret River
Western Australia, Australia
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The Margaret River Wine Region Festival is an annual festival that aims to showcase some of Western Australia's best wines, food and natural attractions. The festival comprises multiple events including the Dunsborough Street Fiesta, The Margaret River Street Fiesta, the President's Trophy Twenty20 Cricket Match, and the Vintage Festival. South Australia's biennial Tasting Australia (April 26 - May 3, 2012) is the largest of Australia's regional wine tasting events. Other major wine events include the Tasmania Festivale (February 11-13), Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (March 4-14), Barossa Vintage Festival (April 23 - May 1) and the Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month (June).
http://www.margaretriverfestival.com/
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25th Melbourne International Comedy Festival
March 30 - April 24
Various venues in Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
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Alongside the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (August 5-29) and Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival (July), the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is one of the three largest comedy festivals in the world. The event regularly attracts crowds of more than 500,000 spectators who come to see free and paid events from the festival's vivid program of stand-up comedy, cabaret, theater, street performance, film, television, radio and visual arts.
http://www.comedyfestival.com.au/
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