Warm your creative spirit
As the cooler months approach, it’s the perfect time to get your art on and experience some of our fabulous art festivals and galleries that we are so lucky to have here in Australia. We’ve put together a list of our favourites for you to warm your creative spirit and stimulate your curious nature.
Melbourne Art and Culture
As a part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) has curated the Terracotta Warriors and Cai Guo-Qiang exhibitions. What a fabulous opportunity to experience Chinese art and culture both past and present. The Terracotta Warriors are described as ‘one of the greatest archaeological finds of the twentieth century’ and as the ‘eighth wonder of the world”, you can see the ancient Terracotta Warriors, priceless gold and jade artefacts as well as experiencing new works by one of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists Cai Guo-Qiang. For all that you need to know click here.
Where art, technology and commerce intersect. This annual festival of light, music and ideas includes outdoor immersive light installations and projections across Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Customs House, and beyond. It also includes performances by local and international musicians, and an ideas exchange forum featuring public talks and debates with leading creative thinkers. For more information click here.
Dream big in Adelaide
The Dream Big children’s festival is one of Australia’s greatest festivals for young people. It’s South Australia’s iconic arts festival for schools and families that places its audience at the centre of fresh, inventive, imaginative and inspiring arts experiences. More info here.
Whether you call Tassie home or you’re visiting the Apple aisle and haven’t yet been to MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), it’s a must! Located within the Moorilla winery on the Berriedale peninsula in Hobart. It is the largest privately funded museum in the Southern Hemisphere and houses ancient, modern and contemporary art from the David Walsh collection. Travel by car or ferry and make a day of it. For more information click here.
Canberra International Music Festival
No need to go to Leipzig. The music of J.S. Bach is alive in Australia’s cool little capital. The essential and the unexpected collide in glorious counterpoint, with artists from around the world amongst Canberra’s natural and cultural treasures. With a host of concerts and events from breakfast to bedtime, the 2019 Festival shows Bach – and the capital – in a new light. Head here for more info.
The 2019 Anywhere Theatre Festival will present a range of unique performances in the nooks and crannies of Noosa, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane – anywhere that's not a traditional theatre. Check here for more details.
NT Writers' Festival
Each year, this Festival alternates between Darwin and Alice Springs. With a thousand miles between locations, the festival shifts from the tropics to the desert, from wet to dry, from coastal to inland, from Larrakia to Arrernte country, creating a contrasting character between festivals which reflects the diversity – environmental, cultural and social – of the Northern Territory itself. This year storytellers and writers from across the country will gather in Alice Springs– under the theme lyapirtneme | returning, to share ideas, culture, conversation, ‘storied walks’, book launches, talks and much more. Check out more info here.
There’s so much to see and do over the cooler months make sure you rug up and get out there to enjoy it!