Australia agenda: Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival

More than 30 events will be held around Mildura and Wentworth, two towns that span the border of Victoria's north west and New South Wales's south west, for the 17th edition of the Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival.

17th Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival
February 25 - March 13
Various venues in Mildura and Wentworth
Victoria / New South Wales, Australia
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The Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival is a regional festival held in Victoria's rural northwest and the far south west of New South Wales. The event offers a vibrant program of visual and performing arts, workshops, theater, cinema, music and performances and in 2010 attracted around 30,000 attendees. Festival highlights include the Mardi Gras & River Festival and the Madec Harvest Grape Crush on February 26, Music Under the Stars featuring Marcia Hines on March 12 and the Admedia Back Lane Festival on March 13.
http://www.artsmildura.com.au/mwaf/
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2nd Art Month Sydney

March 1- 31
Various venues across Sydney
Sydney, 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 70 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
Melbourne, 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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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
Melbourne, 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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