Australia agenda: Melbourne Cup

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During the week of November 1 all eyes will be on Melbourne's Flemington Racecourse for Australia's richest and most famous horse race, the Melbourne Cup.

Melbourne Cup
November 2
Flemington Racecourse
Melbourne, Australia

The Melbourne Cup is Australia's richest and most famous horse race. The "race that stops a nation" is the headlining event during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The day is a public holiday for people living in Melbourne, while others around the nation take a break from their schedule to watch or listen to the race. In 2010 the Melbourne Cup will celebrate its 150th anniversary.

A Day On The Green 10th anniversary concert
November 13
Bimbadgen Estate, Hunter Valley

Aussie rock legend Jimmy Barnes will headline the 10th anniversary edition of A Day On The Green - an iconic outdoor concert series held at wineries across Australia and New Zealand. The concert will also feature Australian rockers Vanessa Amorosi, Tex Perkins, Mark Seymour, Diesel, Richard Clapton, Dan Sultan, Mahalia Barnes, Michael Spiby and Swanee.

Australian cricket season
November 25, 2010-January 7, 2011

Australian cricket fans will have their eye on the ball during the much-anticipated biennial Ashes Test cricket 2010/2011 series between Australia and England. The major sporting event will be hosted by Australia in 2010, with the first test held at The Gabba in Brisbane.

Asia Pacific Screen Awards
December 2
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Queensland, Australia

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards are Asia-Pacific's highest accolade in film. Thirty-one films from 15 countries and areas have been nominated for the fourth edition of the awards which seeks to honor outstanding achievements within the Asia-Pacific film industry.

Festival of the Sun

December 10-11
Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Pack, Port Macquarie
New South Wales, Australia

The Festival of the Sun is a two-day beachside music event that brings together alternativee, indie, hip hop, blues and roots musicians and their fans. The lineup includes Xavier Rudd, Regurgitator, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, British India, Calling All Cars and That 1 Guy.