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The best of Aussie Culture: 5 Top Cultural Events 

Many people associate Australia with kangaroos, ‘shrimps on the barbie’ and the film Mad Max. However, these things are only a small part of Australia’s rich culture and we know that there is so much more worth exploring. You can step back in time to Australia’s aboriginal past, dance to your heart’s content at one of Australia’s biggest street parties, or catch a laser-light show.

Top 5 Australian events 2015

To get you started, we have compiled a list of the top cultural events happening all over the continent, so read on to discover the best reasons to visit Australia in 2015: 

1. Sydney Film Festival / Vivid Sydney

You’ve probably guessed that Sydney isn’t a quiet spot – there’s always plenty going on. If you’re planning a culture filled trip, you can’t miss the Sydney Film Festival taking place in June. 
The event is in its 62nd year, and offers a diverse programme of over 250 screenings, so there’ll definitely be something for all tastes. The screenings are designed to showcase the best of Australian cinema and movies from around the world. 
If you do happen to be in Sydney in June, you probably won’t be able to resist a look at the Sydney Opera House. Arriving at the start of the month is recommended, because that’s when a second must-see event is happening called Vivid Sydney. This is a unique annual event that lights up the Opera House sails in an incredibly artistic way and is a spectacle you definitely won’t want to miss. 

2. Alice Desert Festival

Sometimes the Irish visiting Australia get swept away by the sun, sea and sand, and it can be easy to forget that Australians have a rich aboriginal culture waiting to be discovered. The Alice Desert Festival celebrates that culture by bringing together dancers and musicians from some of the most far-flung Aboriginal communities in Australia. It also brings some of the best contemporary acts from around the continent.
The aim of the event is to celebrate the spiritual past of the Aboriginals and to bring this together with Australia’s modern culture of dance and performance.  The event is celebrated in Alice Springs, the second largest town in the Northern Territory (after Darwin), meaning you will be just a day trip away from Ayers Rock, the MacDonnell Ranges and Kings Canyon.

3. Valley Fiesta

Street parties are the next up-and-coming trend with Dublin jumping on the bandwagon only recently. However there is probably a thing or two about throwing a street party the Irish can learn from one of the places doing it right such as Valley Fiesta, in Brisbane, Queensland
The event is one of the biggest street parties around, which takes over Brisbane’s streets in late August. With three stages and plenty of events across 40 local venues, it’s one of the more fun and colourful music festivals you’ll find, and one which caters to all sorts of music tastes! So don’t forget your dancing shoes.

4.  Barossa Be Consumed Gourmet Weekend

Foodies have endless events to choose from throughout the year in Australia, but a particular favourite of ours is the Barossa Be Consumed Gourmet Weekend down the south of Australia.
The event describes itself as “one of the world’s great gastronomic playgrounds” and is famous for its wine, fresh produce and of course, the beautiful views. With over 35 attractions, the festival will have something in store for both the serious foodie and the casual grazer. 
There are also wine-master classes hosted over the weekend for all the wine connoisseurs and avid wine-lovers out there.

5. Floriade

While Canberra sometimes gets left behind the tourist cities of Sydney, Melbourne & Perth. It’s definitely worth a visit. The stunning floral festival Floriade is a great example. 
Floriade will be particularly appealing for any photographers heading down under, but there are so many beautiful and unique attractions that it holds universal appeal too. One such visual treat is the masses of tulips which are planted to express a different theme every year, and may be one of the most impressive things you’ll ever see.
That is, until, you head to NightFest, which is held at the end of the event.  Prepare yourself to be blown away by a cutting-edge light display which brings a massive sense of fun to the evenings. And as an added bonus, it’s free! The festival is a celebration of spring, which isn’t until September in Australia.
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