Under-promoted festivals are the secret to having a good time when exploring Australian culture – but tourists (especially when speaking english as a second language: ESL) have difficulty joining the dots on disparate information. Tourists need content to follow their noses to great Australian cultural events.
Examples of content tourists need include free and printable maps; instant availability information on transport from every direction, not just the promoter’s airport; accommodation information, weather information, photos and much more. Any piece of content could pull a German tourist onto a plane with 3 friends.
– When: November 10-16
– Where: Cairns, Queensland
Cairns, and Eclipse 2012, will be the perfect place to experience the solar eclipse on November 14.
The festival location, three hours north of Cairns, was chosen not only for its position along the eclipse’s centre line of totality but also for the local area’s consistent good weather and likelihood of clear skies at this time of year.
The site, which is normally a large cattle station, has some beautiful views, plenty of camping areas, heaps of trees for shelter and a large natural swimming hole.
The line-up of entertainers includes some of the world’s leading musicians and DJs, artists and decor crews, as well as workshops and intentional healing space and food and market stalls.
– When: December 20-23
– Where: Byron Bay, NSW
No doubt Byron Bay (pictured) is a must-see destination before you die. And those who choose to look on the bright side of life can take an “uplifting” attitude and see the December solstice of 2012 not as the end of the world, as some believe, but a time for change and a new model of consciousness.
While giving you an opportunity to explore Byron’s beautiful beaches and hinterland, the Uplift festival gathers some of the world’s most inspirational artists and innovative thinkers to explore and share the meaning of this new paradigm and give participants the power to enact change.
Uplift promotes various perspectives including science, wellness, art, ecology, new economics, indigenous culture and youth and will feature guest speakers including Barbara Marx Hubbard, Jonathan Goldman, Paul Stamets and Bruce Lipton, and performing artists such as Deva Premal and Miten, Shye Ben Tzur, Luka Lesson, Patrick Thaiday and Kerrianne Cox.
The Dreaming International Indigenous Festival
– When: December 27, 2012 to January 1, 2013
– Where: Woodfordia, Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Qld
Expect the unexpected. That’s the message from organisers of this year’s event, which has been designed to work alongside the Woodford Folk Festival. Indigenous dance, music, visual arts, theatre and literature will be spread across stages and venues.
During the day, there will be speakers, arts and craft workshops, theatre and dance performances and musical acts.
At night the village atmosphere transforms into a “cultural pleasure dome”. And there’s the well-established Woodford Folk Festival. Now in its 27th year, the annual event features more than 2000 performers and 580 events.
Rainbow Serpent Festival
– When: January 25-28, 2013
– Where: Lexton, Victoria
There’s none so colourful as the Rainbow Serpent Festival when it comes to joining people of varying demographics and encouraging them to celebrate life through learning and experiencing new ways of being creative.
More than 10,000 people from all over the world converge on Lexton in Victoria to enjoy the blend of music, workshops, activities, performance art, market and stalls.
This year, 100 artists from music genres including progressive trance, electro, house, breaks, dub and ambient will take the stage.
The Rainbow Village area combines creative activities, dance, theatre discussion and conscious sound.