Australia agenda: the best new animation flickers across screens at MIAF11
Sunday 12 June 2011
A diverse selection of animated films hailing from around the globe will be screened during the Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF) from June 19. MIAF is one of the largest animation film festivals in the world and in 2011 will focus on the technique theme of "cut-outs."
11th Melbourne International Animation Festival
ACMI Cinemas, Melbourne
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.
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.
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