Australia agenda: Sydney turns the lights on for Vivid Sydney light and music festival

A dazzling array of flashing sculptures, immersive light installations and interactive light art projects will illuminate Sydney’s iconic buildings and public spaces during the Vivid Sydney light and music festival from May 27 to June 13.

3rd Vivid Sydney
May 27 - June 13
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
NSW, 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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Good Food and Wine Show Australia
June 3 - 5
Melbourne, Australia

This consumer-oriented food and wine show takes place across Australia from June to November, with the first event rolling out in Melbourne. Foodies are invited to watch celebrity chef demonstrations by famous Aussies like Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris. Other events include wine tastings, beer gardens, cupcake classes and cheese discovery seminars. Tickets are AU$29.50. Additional dates around the country include Sydney (July 1-3), Perth (July 15-17), Adelaide (October 7-9), and Brisbane (November 4-6).
http://www.goodfoodshow.com.au/
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58th Sydney Film Festival
June 8-19
Various venues in Sydney
NSW, Australia
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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.
http://sff.org.au/
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35th Hair Expo Australia

June 11-13
Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour
NSW, Australia
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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.
http://www.hairexpoaustralia.com
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11th Melbourne International Animation Festival
June 19-26
ACMI Cinemas
Melbourne, Australia
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The 11th edition of the Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF11) is an eight-day festival showcasing some of the greatest animations created by artists around the world. MIAF is one of the largest animation festivals in the world. More than 400 films from over 30 countries will grace screens at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image during the festival. Entries in the MIAF are automatically considered for the UTS Sydney International Animation Festival, the London International Animation Festival, and Australia’s smaller, regional touring festival, the Australian International Animation Festival.
http://www.miaf.net/
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