The tropical city of Darwin will be transformed into a buzzing hub of art, theater, comedy and film for the multi-arts Darwin Festival. Watch out for dancing flash mobs, risque circus acts and a full program of auditory delights.

Darwin Festival
August 11-28
Various venues in Darwin
Northern Territory, Australia

Darwin's annual multi-arts festival embraces the state's creative culture with an 18-day long event that encompasses outdoor concerts, music, dance, theater, comedy, cabaret, film and visual arts. The festival takes place during the "Top End’s" balmy dry season and celebrates the region’s unique indigenous and multicultural population. In 2010 the festival attracted close to 100,000 visitors. While you’re in the area, don't miss Darwin’s Mindil Beach Sunset Markets (May to October), the Henley-on-Todd dry river bed sailing and rowing regatta (August) or for a taste of Australia’s vibrant Aboriginal cultures, the Garma Festival (August) and Stone Country Festival (August).
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1st National Indigenous Music Awards
August 19
The Amphitheatre, Darwin Botanic Gardens
Darwin, Australia

This year, Darwin’s annual Indigenous Music Awards is evolving from a local festival open to only Northern Territory-based musicians into a national event that celebrates the achievements of indigenous people living Australia-wide. The first edition of the National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) is a peer-nominated award that recognizes "excellence, dedication, innovation and outstanding contribution to the Indigenous Music Industry." The NIMAs are held under the stars in the historic Darwin Amphitheater and will include performances from indigenous rock-bands Warumpi, Coloured Stone and No Fixed Address.
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Mercedes-Benz Sydney Fashion Festival

August 23-27
Sydney Town Hall
NSW, Australia

The Sydney Fashion Festival features ticketed fashion events for the public, showcasing Australia's leading designer brands and retailers as their Spring/Summer Collections collections arrive in stores throughout the city. The main fashion shows are held in the Sydney Town Hall and are accompanied by a satellite schedule of fashion and lifestyle events that span the city. The Rosemount Australian Fashion Week is Australia's most globally-followed fashion event but, like the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, the Mercedes-Benz Sydney Festival is popular with the locals as it is open to the public.
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7th Annual Gluten Free Expo

August 26-27
Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia

The two-day event is devoted to gluten-free products and sessions on the science behind gluten intolerance, cooking-without-gluten classes and tips to create a healthy gluten-free diet. The 7th annual Gluten Free Expo is free and hosted by The Coeliac Society of NSW Inc and The Clever Event Company. Exhibitors are expected to launch new gluten-free products.

Daffodil Day

August 27
Australia, Canada

A day created by the Canadian Cancer Society nearly 30 years ago to honor those who have been touched by cancer. On August 27, the profits from fresh daffodils purchased at select locations will be used to support cancer patients, research and education. To get involved or donate:

Bags & Accessories Fair, Fashion Exposed

August 28-30
Melbourne Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, Australia

These two industry events are every girl's heaven; the latest designer fashion, bags, belts, jewelry, millinery, leather, luggage, eyewear and footwear are on show straight from the catwalk. The Bags & Accessories Fair and Fashion Exposed event showcases designs from over 1500 Australian and international brands. There are also edited and highly directional "live look book" shows, salon shows and business seminars that provide tips on fashion buying and selling. The Bags & Accessories Fair and Fashion Exposed take place twice a year and are co-located with the Australian Shoe Fair and the exclusive boutique event Premiere.
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August 30- September 1
Horden Pavilion and Royal Hall of Industries, More Park
Sydney, Australia

The Integrate Expo is the biggest and only national expo in Australia for audiovisual enthusiasts. Products from across the AV industry are shown under one roof. Visitors can view the latest technologies and demonstrations from companies producing equipment for the entertainment, DJ, recording, concert production and lighting industries. Seminars and workshops are held concurrently during the event. In 2011 more than 500 brands will be on display. The trade event is held in association with InfoComm International, the organizers of leading information communications expo, InfoComm.

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week

September 5-11
Various venues in Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia

In the first week of September, Australian fashion is in the spotlight again during the seven-day-long Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW). Melbourne Spring Fashion Week includes more than 100 free and ticketed public events ranging from street parades to markets, workshops and fashion shows. Melbournites can snap up a bargain at one of the many MSFW sales or watch a fashion parade hosted by their favorite fashion retailer. The event is smaller than the Rosemount Australian Fashion Week or the Sydney Fashion Festival but well-loved by buying consumers.
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