The season to be jolly is finally here! Whether you are travelling or staying closer to home this summer, a range of activities including food and wine festivals, theatre and music performances and art exhibitions are happening all over the country. Here are our some of our favourites for the holiday months:
Arts & Culture
Theatre-goers would be well served with a visit to Victoria this December, with Melbourne’s Regent Theatre welcoming the internationally celebrated Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS. Audiences might also like to check out the annual Midsumma Festival, which begins in mid January. Another highly anticipated event on the calendar in Melbourne is the National Gallery of Victoria major exhibition featuring works by critically acclaimed artists Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei, which opens in December.
Sydney also beckons theatre and film buffs this summer, with the Short + Sweet festival, which presents more than 160 original performances from artists across Australia for eight weeks of shows. Running alongside it is the Flickerfest Short Film Festival, screening critically acclaimed work by both international and local filmmakers. And for any Elvis fans out there, the annual Parkes Elvis Festival starts on January 6th near Sydney, offering music, performances, food and games for adults and children alike.
For art-lovers interested in something a little different, Queensland will host the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art lighting up the city through the summer months with a series of works in performance, live action, video, kinetic, visual and sculptural art presented by 80 artists from across the Asia Pacific.
Tasmania’s MONA – the Museum of Old and New Art - also turns it up a notch, presenting the MONA Festival of Music and art, also known as MOFO on the 18th of January. Curated by Brian Ritchie of the rock band Violent Femmes, a line-up of local and international musicians and artists will present new, classical and experimental works of music, art and everything in between. Events are scheduled for the whole family including day time fairs, spa and beauty treatments and interactive art displays.
But if you’re more inclined to kick back with a glass of red or white though, the Adelaide Hills will be hosting Crush 2016, showcasing regional wine alongside local music, dance, arts and culture over the weekend of January 22nd.
Tennis fans will have their pick of Melbourne, Perth or Queensland in January: the Brisbane International kicks off on January 3rd for a week-long tournament featuring the likes of Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Kei Nishikori to name a few, whilst The Hopman Cup tournament begins in Perth on the same weekend, with Serena Williams, Andy Murray, Gael Monfils and Lleyton Hewitt all included in the 2016 line-up. To round it all out is the ever exciting 2016 Australian Open at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena starting January 18th. Melbourne also offers sports fans its annual season of cricket, hosting international teams from both the West Indies and India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground over December and January.
For those who are after competition of the more equine variety, the Sunshine state holds the punters favourite Jeep Magic Million Race Day at the Gold Coast Turf Club on January 9th.
Meanwhile the city of churches clears its roads for the world-class cycling tournament, the Santos Tour Down Under, on January 16th, celebrating with a week of parties, entertainment and of course cycling.
And if you want to escape the city but are still after some fun with the family, both the Pittwater and Coffs Harbour Regatta on January 2ndin New South Wales and the Geelong Festival of the Sails from January 22nd to 26th in Victoria draw a friendly family crowd, offering not only world-class yacht racing, but music, food, games and rides to keep the whole family entertained.