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7 Cultural, Arts and Music Festivals across Australia to Plan Your Trip around

Australia has some of the best and most happening festivals and events in the world. Each with their own unique attractions, highlighting its cities and all worth flying into the country for annually. Here's our list of 2022 festival to bookmark for your trip to Australia.

1. VIVID SYDNEY, 27 May-18 June 2022 Sydney, New South Wales

Celebrating its 12th year in 2022, Vivid Sydney is an annual creative festival that showcases the soul of our city, in collaboration with the most brilliant and boundary-pushing artists, thinkers and musicians of our time. From 27 May-18 June 2022, Vivid Sydney fuses mesmerising art displays and 3D light projections with exhilarating live music performances, thought-provoking debates and deep-dive discussions from some of the world’s brightest minds.

This year, the festival boasts the longest continuous Light Walk in the history of the event, from the Sydney Opera House to Central Station. Once again, the Sydney Opera House will be aglow for the Lighting of the Sails, and at a new Light Walk addition, Central Station, the George Street façade will boast an interactive projection.

2. DARK MOFO, 8–22 June 2022

Hobart, Tasmania

Dark Mofo, Mona’s midwinter festival in Tasmania, delves into centuries-old winter solstice rituals. Since its inception in 2013, Dark Mofo has delved into centuries-old rituals to explore the links between ancient and contemporary mythology, humans and nature, religious and secular traditions, darkness and light, and birth, death and renewal. Based around the southern hemisphere's winter solstice, every year they celebrate the dark through large-scale public art, music, fire, food, light and noise.

Signature events include the delectable Winter Feast on Hobart's waterfront and the colourful community celebration of the Ogoh-Ogoh parade and burning. Make it an annual pilgrimage, for the Nude Solstice Swim, with more than 1000 people dropping their clothes and inhibitions to welcome back the light after the longest, coldest night in the nation.

3. DARWIN FESTIVAL, 4 -21 August 2022

Darwin, Northern Territory

There’s no better time to be in the tropical Top End than during Darwin Festival each August, where a fabulous festival wonderland awaits you. Balmy nights under twinkling Festival lights provide the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable dry season, the Top End’s tropical winter.

Australia’s hottest winter arts festival combines the quintessential spirit and energy of Darwin with warm outdoor festivities and a vibrant program of events for an unforgettable good time. Join in the fun of hot August nights and start planning your 2022 Northern Territory adventure now.

4. BRISBANE FESTIVAL, 2 – 24 September 2022

Brisbane, Queensland

Queensland’s premier arts event, Brisbane Festival lights up the city in a blaze of colour each September, with extraordinary art, installations and live performances from home and across the world. In 2022 the Festival will fill the city with three weeks of wonder, delight and celebration from 2 – 24 September.

5. RISING 2022, 1—12 June 2022

Melbourne, Victoria

On the first night of winter, artists, fruit bats and other creatures of the night pulse through a city reawakened. A festival three years in the making, built by and for Melbourne, RISING invites you to get lost, go deep and shake loose. A surge of art, music, performance and ceremony in the heart of Melbourne, RISING electrifies the city from 1—12 June 2022.

6. ILLUMINATE ADELAIDE, 1-31 July 2022

Adelaide, South Australia

Reignite your curiosity this winter with Australia’s newest major event, Illuminate Adelaide, returning bigger and brighter than before. This city-wide spectacle invites you to experience a program of art, light, sound and imagination. Shining a light on South Australia for the month of July, the program hosts a range of free and ticketed events by local, national and international artists and companies for you to enjoy and shake off those winter blues.

7. PERTH INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL, Feb 11, 2022 – Mar 6, 2022

Perth, Western Australia

Held annually in March, the Perth International Arts Festival is the longest running cultural event in Australia. It began in 1953, when the University of Western Australia hosted a series of performances, plays and concerts over the course of a few days. The event now runs for several weeks. While this event may have just passed, there is no harm in planning for 2023's version!

So pack your most comfortable party outfits, grab your cameras and phones and quickly book a trip to Australia with Sedunia Travel today.

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