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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.

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