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You can vol­un­teer at Laura for free ad­mis­sion (trans­port not in­cluded). “This is a life-mak­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” says Jo from Syd­ney. “It’s def­i­nitely wor th clean­ing backed-up toi­lets and find­ing lost chil­dren.” THE NEXT ONE: Laura is held in June ev­ery two years; the next one is in 2019. AMENI­TIES: There are a cou­ple of gen­uinely good cof­fee stalls and a sur­pris­ingly di­verse range of food out­lets serv­ing ev­ery­thing from tra­di­tional dishes such as pig’s blood and rice to plenty of less-chal­leng­ing stan­dards like ba­con and egg rolls. THE CROWD: Over three days there were around 1000 per­form­ers, 23 com­mu­ni­ties, and 9000 spec­ta­tors from as far afield as Chicago and Ja­pan.

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