Australia agenda: Rip Curl Pro, Bluesfest

Two big events dominate the Australian calendar this week, the Rip Curl Pro surfing competition and blues and roots festival, Bluesfest.

50th Rip Curl Pro
April 19-30
Bells Beach, Torquay
Victoria, Australia
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In 2011 the Rip Curl Pro is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The Australian event is the world's longest running and most prestigious professional surfing contest, rivaling surf-company-sponsored events like the Quiksilver Pro, Billabong Pro and the Roxy Pro. The major surfing event features the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) World Tour's best 34 male and best 17 female surfers.
http://live.ripcurl.com/bellsbighits/
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22nd Bluesfest
April 21-26
Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay
NSW, Australia
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The Bluesfest Blues and Roots Music festival is one of Australia's biggest annual music events next to the Big Day out and Womadelaide. In 2010 Bluesfest won the Australian event of the year. In 2011 the five-day festival will feature famous musicians such as Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Grace Jones, Paul Kelly, Ben Harper, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Xavier Rudd. Bluesfest has been shortlisted as one of the top five festivals in the world alongside Glastonbury and the Montreux Jazz Festival.  
http://www.bluesfest.com.au/
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Anzac Day
April 25
Australia-wide

Short for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance held to commemorate the anniversary of soldiers landing at Gallipoli in 1915 during World War I. Since World War II, Anzac Day has become a national day of remembrance for all Australians and New Zelanders who served and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. Anzac Day is a national holiday in Australia and traditionally marked with dawn services that pay tribute to the fallen soldiers and Anzac Day parades. For some, Anzac Day celebrations include a traditional "gunfire breakfast" of coffee and rum. Others take the opportunity to play a gambling game called "two-up" on the only day in which it is legal to play outside of licenced venues.
http://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/anzac/
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Rosemount Australian Fashion Week

May 2-6
Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay Sydney
NSW, Australia
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Rosemount Australian Fashion Week (RAFW) is the Asia Pacific's premier stop on the international fashion week circuit joining Paris, Milan, New York and London. The five-day official schedule includes on-site collection shows held within state-of-the-art collection showrooms, off-site collection shows, The Gallery and The Presentation Suites at The Westin Sydney. The Rosemount Australian Fashion Week is Australia's most globally-followed fashion event, but the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival is the most popular fashion festival with the locals.
http://rafw.com.au/
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Splendour in the Grass tickets on sale
May 5 online
Byron Bay, Australia
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Australia’s innovatively green Splendour in the Grass at Byron Bay just announced Kanye West and Coldplay as its headliners for the 11th annual event (July 29-31), along with 79 other acts performing on three stages. In both 2009 and 2010, the event sold out in a few hours, and this year the same is expected, with tickets going on sale May 9 at 9 am EST. 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: http://www.moshtix.com.au. To learn more about the lineup and event details: http://splendourinthegrass.com


3rd Vivid Sydney
27 May - 13 June
Various locations around Sydney
NSW, Australia
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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.
http://vividsydney.com
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10th CeBIT Australia
May 31 - June 2
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour
Sydney, Australia
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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.
http://www.cebit.com.au/
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