Five festivals to visit
1. Woodford Folk Festival. Over six days and nights, including New Year’s Eve, some 2000 performers in 440 events in 35 venues makes this Australia’s best music festival for all ages. It has been going for 31 years and isn’t just about music but also dance, spectacular fire events, arts and craft, circus, street theatre, writers’ panels, late-night cabaret, comedy, acoustic jams, environmental talks and folk medicine. There is an entire children’s festival too, plus 76 food, cafes and bars. Pack your tent. (December 27-January 1.)
2. WOMADelaide. World music is the theme of this 25-year-old legendary festival held in early March in Adelaide’s beautiful inner-city botanical gardens. But there are plenty of outstanding Australian artists too among the 500 performers. (March 9-12, 2018)
3. Blue Mountains Music Festival. Catch a train and book into a 1920s Blue Mountains guest house for this three-night, two-day intimate music festival with 100 performers. It is held over eight venues including Katoomba’s red-velveted gem, the theatre at the Clarendon Guesthouse. (March 16-18, 2018.)
4. MOFO. Summer in Hobart is the perfect time to attend MONA’s three-day eclectic music festival. While much is held at David Walsh’s MONA – on the lawn, in the James Turrell outdoor pavilion or in the intimate galleries – there are also some great venues in downtown Hobart. (January 2018.)
5. National Folk Festival. Having notched up 51 years, this Easter music festival in Canberra attracts around 50,000 attendees to around 500 individual concerts of all things folk. Camp or stay in a hotel over Easter. Bring your musical instruments and dancing shoes to attend workshops. (March 29-April 2, 2018).
Love is in the air ... the festival season brings out the music, dance and other attractions, from Hobart in the south to Woodford in the north.