Australia agenda: Splendour in the Grass, Sydney Design

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Three big events take place during the last week of July in Australia: the Sydney International Boat Show, green-friendly music festival Splendour in the Grass, and Sydney’s city-wide design festival Sydney Design.

44th Sydney International Boat Show
July 28 - August 1
Sydney, Australia

With an enviable location in Darling Harbor, the heart of downtown Sydney, the Sydney International Boat Show attracts enthusiasts of everything from sailing to watersports to fishing. With everything from glittering megayachts to tiny dinghies, it'd be easy to forget the land-based attractions such as the historic boat display or the Club Marine cooking demonstrations.
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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.
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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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Darwin Festival

August 11-28
Various venues in Darwin
Northern Territory, Australia

Darwin’s annual multi-arts festival embraces the state’s creative culture with an 18-day long event that encompasses outdoor concerts, music, dance, theater, comedy, cabaret, film and visual arts. The festival takes place during the "Top End’s" balmy dry season and celebrates the region’s unique indigenous and multicultural population. In 2010 the festival attracted close to 100,000 visitors. While you’re in the area, don't miss Darwin’s Mindil Beach Sunset Markets (May to October), the Henley-on-Todd dry river bed sailing and rowing regatta (August) or for a taste of Australia’s vibrant Aboriginal cultures, the Garma Festival (August) and Stone Country Festival (August).
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Mercedes-Benz Sydney Fashion Festival
August 23-27
Sydney Town Hall
NSW, Australia

The Sydney Fashion Festival features ticketed fashion events for the public, showcasing Australia's leading designer brands and retailers as their Spring/Summer Collections collections arrive in stores throughout the city. The main fashion shows are held in the Sydney Town Hall and are accompanied by a satellite schedule of fashion and lifestyle events that span the city. The Rosemount Australian Fashion Week is Australia's most globally-followed fashion event but, like the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, the Mercedes-Benz Sydney Festival is popular with the locals as it is open to the public.
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August 30- September 1
Horden Pavilion and Royal Hall of Industries, More Park
Sydney, Australia

The Integrate Expo is the biggest and only national expo in Australia for audiovisual enthusiasts. Products from across the AV industry are shown under one roof. Visitors can view the latest technologies and demonstrations from companies producing equipment for the entertainment, DJ, recording, concert production and lighting industries. Seminars and workshops are held concurrently during the event. In 2011 more than 500 brands will be on display. The trade event is held in association with InfoComm International, the organizers of leading information communications expo, InfoComm.