In June, the Lismore Lantern Parade in NSW will be inspiring people "to get in touch with their inner Tim Burton" as imaginative lanterns and light sculpture displays are paraded through regional NSW.
18th Lismore Lantern Parade
The Lismore Lantern Parade is a multicultural festival of light and art held in regional NSW. Each year thousands of people line the streets of Lismore to watch the colorful parade of artistically decorated lanterns light up the city. In 2011 selected buildings in the city center will be illuminated with animations and light projections in a large-scale public art project called "Light Gardens." Businesses around the town will also decorate their shops with "Enchanted Windows" in the days leading up to the parade.
2nd Bondi Bergstation
June 30 to July 17
Bondi Beach, Sydney
Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach will be transformed into a winter wonderland during the 2011 Bondi Winter Festival. The usually warm and sunny summer tourist hotspot will be be home to one of Australia’s largest outdoor ice skating rinks (measuring 800m2), gourmet winter food hailing from more than 20 winter-loving countries and winter-themed performances and activities for the duration of the festival. Bondi Bergstation is one of four events included under the banner of Australia’s Alpine Winter Festivals. The three other festivals are held in Brisbane (June 9-26), Sydney (July 28-August 14) and Melbourne (August 18 - September 4).
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Queensland Music Festival
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.
60th Melbourne International Film Festival
July 21-August 7
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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