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Top summer festivals

Top summer festivals

Didn’t get tickets to Falls Festival? Had so much fun on New Year's Eve that you slept through Field Day?

Not to worry, summer isn’t over yet and the festival season is still very much alive. Open up your calendar - here are some of the hottest festivals across Australia in the next few months for you to check out:

Sydney Festival

Every January, Sydney is transformed with an extensive program of live performances and bold, artistic, displays, making up a three-week cultural celebration called Sydney Festival.

Sydney Festival is one of Australia’s largest and longest running festivals and is a reflection of the confidence, diversity and vigour of the city that hosts it.

The festival not only nurtures local artists, but attracts some huge international talent as well.

This year talks, workshops, art installations, theatrical productions, circus performances, comedy acts and live music are available across the entire city of Sydney.

Some are free, some are paid, some are for adults and others for the whole family, but all are dynamic and entertaining.

6-28 Jan 2018 - Sydney

St Kilda Festival

A celebration of live music, art and culture, this free festival happens in the streets of Melbourne’s St Kilda and has been a catalyst for the successful careers of many of Australia’s most loved artists.

With a 2018 lineup featuring more than 60 acts, with artists such as Dan Sultan, The Jezabels and Tkay Maidza performing alongside a variety of local talent, 2018 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in the history of the festival.

Why else is St Kilda Festival worth checking out?

It’s not all about the music.

St Kilda Festival is a space to celebrate the rich culture that makes up the local community, with activities and events in art, dance and sport.

Don’t miss, Team Kraken’s Medieval Combat, hip-hop yoga, the Latin Street Carnaval, swing dancing lessons, and more!

11 Feb 2018 - St Kilda Foreshore

Sydney City Limits Festival

Sydney City Limits is a brand new festival, following in the footsteps of its sister event, the legendary Austin City Limits.

Why check out Sydney City Limits?

It’s run by the team behind Australian festival institutions, Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival, so it has an excellent pedigree.

Sydney City Limits is an all ages, one day festival in the heart of Sydney.

The festival is launching with an impressive international lineup featuring, Justice, Beck, Future, Grace Jones, and local talent like Gang of Youths, Tash Sultana and Alex Lahey.

Sydney City Limits isn’t just for music lovers, it features a children’s entertainment area (hilariously named Sydney Kiddie Limits), alongside a selection of foods from some of the city's best known chefs and restaurants plus an open-air art gallery displaying paintings, photography, performance art and street art.

24 Feb 2018 - Sydney’s Centennial Park

Laneway Festival

Laneway, or to give its full title, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, is a travelling music festival that is all about leading, new, revered, seminal music.

Why go to Laneway?

Their mission, since their earliest days as a series of weekly shows in a Melbourne bar, is to find what’s fresh and bring it to unique settings and surroundings, encouraging collaboration and fostering a sense of community, that they say is like no other music festival in Australia.

In 2018, expect to see artists like Anderson Paak, Amy Shark, Mac DeMarco, Wolf Alice and more, as well as exclusive regional guests.

2 Feb - Hart’s Mill Adelaide

3 Feb - Footscray Community Arts Centre And The River’s Edge, Melbourne

4 Feb - Sydney College Of The Arts And Callan Park, Sydney

10 Feb - Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane

11 Feb - Esplanade Reserve And West End, Fremantle

Tropfest Festival

Tropfest is an Australian film festival institution, encouraging emerging talent to share their cinematic work since 1993.

Tropfest has produced some of Australia’s most notable film and television careers, with names like Joel Edgerton and Sam Worthington being notable alumni.

Tropfest has expanded into new events like Trop Jr, TropTalks and more.

Tropfest - the largest short film festival in the world, is a free event, and is designed around the community of filmmakers it inspires, as well as the community it's held in.

This year, Tropfest will be held in Sydney’s Parramatta Park.

7 Feb 2018 - Sydney’s Parramatta Park

Supanova Festival

Supanova is Australia’s preeminent celebration of pop-culture.

It's where the worlds of sci-fi, fantasy, literature, anime, art and gaming come together, with celebrity appearances, fan clubs, exhibitions and more.

2018’s Gold Coast and Melbourne Supanova feature guests including, Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi, Torchwood’s John Barrowman, The 100’s Bob Morley and Lindsey Morgan, comic book artist Arthur Adams and author Terry Brooks.

Supanova is Australia’s answer to Comic Con, and one of the most significant parts of the festival is the opportunity it provides aspiring artists and creators, giving them a national platform to display their work to an enthusiastic audience.

20-22 April 2018 - Melbourne Showgrounds

27-29 April 2018 - Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre

Travelling for a festival? Consider domestic travel insurance to cover you for cancellations, rental car insurance excess, luggage and personal effects and more.

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