Melbourne – the festival city (Issue 19, 2012)
It’s springtime and Melbourne is vibrating with the festival buzz! Spring is the time for festivals and Melbourne is home to many exciting, invigorating, enlightening and entertaining carnivals, shows and festivals of all shapes and sizes.
The Royal Melbourne Show
One of Melbourne’s favourites, the Royal Melbourne Show is conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) to promote and celebrate agriculture and is Victoria's largest annual community event.
You can see thousands of animals up close, taste the delights of award-winning food and wine, trial new products and have fun learning about agriculture and in particular Victorian produce. There's an amazing variety of carnival rides and show bags, great live entertainment, spectacular fireworks and much more to enjoy with family and friends.
Melbourne Fringe Festival
In 2012 the Melbourne Fringe Festival is celebrating 30 years of bold and adventurous independent art. Artists from Melbourne and beyond will activate the city with works across every conceivable art form. The Festival represents the culmination of efforts by thousands of artists, showcasing a spectrum of the most audacious new work being produced in the city. From the Fringe Hub in North Melbourne to multiple venues all across the city, with over 300 events, performances and exhibitions to explore, it’s a celebration 30 years in the making.
Docklands Arts and Laughs Festival
The Docklands Arts and Laughs Festival features five days of cabaret, music, family events, arts and laughs right in the heart of Docklands. Various venues on the waterfront will host world class artists and performers including Jeff Green (UK) Jane Badler (USA), Dave Callan (IRE), plus award-winning blues bands.
Melbourne Festival 2012
Melbourne Festival is one of the world’s leading arts festivals and Australia's premier celebration of art and culture from around the world. It brings an unparalleled feast of theatre, dance, music, visual arts, film and outdoor events to Melbourne each October. Melbourne Festival exclusively debuts and premieres the finest local, national and international events; often Melbourne is the only place in Australia that many of them are seen.
Melbourne Cup Carnival
This whirlwind of horse racing, fashion and fun starts in September and doesn’t end until mid-November. You don’t have to know racing to love this vibrant social tradition, which heralds the return of sunshine and spring warmth to Melbourne. The Melbourne Cup is the highlight of the carnival, it’s the race that stops the nation and attracts many big name stars to Melbourne.
There are many more festivals and events in springtime, as well throughout the rest of the year and beyond. To find out more, visit thatsmelbourne.com.au