· If you're into country music, head to Tamworth, the Nashville of Australia. In the middle of January, the small country town comes alive with the sounds of guitars, melodies of bluegrass and poignant lyrics of folk rock. You may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Aussie man Keith Urban as this is the festival that launched his career.
· The title of "largest annual arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere" goes to the Fringe Festival in Adelaide. The 24 day event straddles February and March and brings world-renowned artists to the city. Everything then opens with a large street parade to get visitors in the spirit. The festival boasts over 900 events city-wide and kicks off the festival season leading up to WOMADelaide and Adelaide Festival.
· The island state of Tasmania hosts a biennial multi art-form festival that is celebrated throughout the island. 10 Days on The Island kicks off on March 15 and lasts, well, 10 days. Art, literature, dance, food and wine are all on tap in 50 location all around the small state. This is a fantastic way to get an accurate feel of the best 'Tassie' has to offer.
· Appropriately kicking off on Aprils Fools Day, Melbourne hosts the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The barrel of laughs often features a large amount of well known comics as well as future comedians. Typically filled with stand-ups, there are sketch shows, improv performances and art shows. The city sure does show why it's the cultural capital of Oz.
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