Australia agenda: Queensland Music Festival

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The state of Queensland will be bursting at the seams with international program of live music events during the Queensland Music Festival. Concerts will be held in the state capital of Brisbane and in more than 30 regional and remote centers.

July 10-13
Sydney, Australia

One of the longest running trade shows in Australasia, Foodpro has been bringing 8,000 attendees and 300 exhibitors together since the 1960s. The last time they held an expo, however, was in 2008. Concurrent with FoodPro, the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology Incorporated (AIFST) will hold their 44th annual AIFST convention, where delegates will be able to meet key players in food manufacturing and allied industries. The theme for this year's convention is "Tackling Tomorrow Today," which will address sustainability in food, as well as health and safety, nutrition and safety.


Queensland Music Festival
July 15-31
Queensland, Australia

The Queensland Music Festival is a state-wide music and arts festival that takes place once every two years. Over the space of 17 days, local, national and international musicians travel the state performing "every conceivable style of music." The festival is held in Brisbane and more than 20 regional and remote centers around the state. Most events are free. In 2009 the event attracted more than 148,000 spectators.
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60th Melbourne International Film Festival

July 21-August 7
Victoria, Australia

In the weeks after the Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF), the Sydney Film Festival and Cannes, Australia's biggest film festival will light up screens in Sydney with a very special 60th anniversary event. The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is the world’s largest showcase of new Australian cinema and regularly draws crowds in excess of 170,000 people. An exhibition of graphic art will showcase the festival's iconic posters, ephemera and artwork, visually retracing the MIFF’s 60-year history.
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11th Splendour in the Grass
July 29-31
Byron Bay, Australia

Australia's innovatively green Splendour in the Grass at Byron Bay unfurls its flag July 29-31, featuring Kanye West, Coldplay and 79 other acts on three stages. As in 2009 and 2010, tickets for the event sold out in just a few hours, but resale tickets are available. Tickets range from AUD$401.50 to AUD$525.60 (around €290 to €380). The Splendour festival combines a relatively small capacity (only 15,000 tickets every year, in comparison to the notorious Big Day Out with upwards of 50,000) with a collection of headline acts that come for the festival and stay for the weekend. Other acts included in the lineup are Jane's Addiction, The Hives, The Kills, Cut Copy, James Blake, Thievery Corporation, and DJ Shadow. Tickets are available through Moshtix:
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15th Sydney Design 2011
July 30-August 14
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
NSW, Australia

More than 50 venues across Sydney will highlight Australian design during the 15th edition of the two-week Sydney Design festival. The events all center around the theme of "Is old new again?" From architecture to fashion, the Sydney Design festival program includes exhibitions, seminars, installations, workshops, talks and tours. Similarly, Victoria's State of Design event is held July 20-31 and investigates how design can create sustainable development opportunities and improve living conditions.


7th The Organic Expo & Green Show
August 5-7
Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour
NSW, Australia

Oceania Pacific's leading certified organic and green lifestyle event celebrates its seventh annual Organic Expo & Green Show in Sydney. In 2010, 7000 trade visitors and keen "greenies" attended the event to discover the latest trends in organic food, wine, and sustainable living. A second Organic Expo & Green Show will be held in Melbourne from October 15-16 at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton.
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