The world’s finest poets, novelists and authors of literary nonfiction will be sharing their works with an eager audience at this year’s Sydney Writers' Festival.
14th Sydney Writers’ Festival
Various locations around Sydney
Sydney Writers' Festival is Australia's largest annual celebration of literature and ideas. The week-long event is made up of a combination of free and ticketed events in locations stretching from the inner city Sydney to the spectacular Blue Mountains. The event features around 400 Australian and international poets, novelists and authors of literary nonfiction and attracts audiences of around 80,000 every year. Victoria's Melbourne Writers' Festival (August 25 - September 4) has been running as a solo event for longer than the Sydney Writers’ Festival but attracts a smaller audience of around 50,000 visitors.
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3rd Vivid Sydney
May 27 - June 13
Various locations around Sydney
Vivid Sydney, the largest light and music festival in the Southern Hemisphere, will illuminate Sydney with immersive light installations, projections, flashing sculptures, interactive light art, and music and DJ performances from local and international artists. Highlights include 3D lighting projections across the Sydney Opera House, the largest and most ambitious live fire show ever produced in Australia, and colourful architectural lighting on some of Sydney’s most prominent buildings. Up to 400,000 people are expected to attend the diverse array of free and ticketed events.
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10th CeBIT Australia
May 31 - June 2
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour
The Australian edition of the world's largest digital IT and telecommunications event, CeBIT takes place annually in Sydney, Australia. CeBIT Australia is hailed as the country's largest ICT exhibition (but is only around a 10th of the size of its parent event, CeBIT in Hannover). CeBIT Australia is a focal point of an additional series of events (including AusInnovate NBN, eHealth, eGovernment, Cloud Computing and WebForward) that will run concurrently to the exhibition. More than 600 exhibitors and 30,000 delegates are expected to attend CeBIT Australia in 2011.
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58th Sydney Film Festival
Various venues in Sydney
On the heels of Cannes, Australia’s second biggest film festival marks its 58th year with more than 160 films from 42 countries. The Sydney Film Festival (SFF for short) showcases a hand-picked selection of short films, Australian films, documentaries and archive titles - many of which are world premieres. While the Melbourne International Film Festival is regarded as the most significant film event in Australia, the Sydney Film Festival is one of the longest-running film festivals in the world. In 2011 SFF will again host the Travelling Film Festival, taking mini-film festivals to 15 venues across regional NSW, the Northern Territory and rural Queensland.
35th Hair Expo Australia
Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour
The largest hairdressing event to be held in the southern hemisphere, the Hair Expo showcases all the latest developments in cutting, coloring and extensions, as well as on tanning and nail products. The best coiffeurs of Australia and New Zealand will be honored at the close of the three-day industry event at the Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards.