Formula 1 drivers will start revving their engines for the annual Grand Prix in Melbourne from March 15. The Crusty Demons will also be on hand to get hearts racing with dare-devil stunts and crowd-pleasing antics.
Australian Grand Prix
Albert Park, Melbourne
The Grand Prix motor racing season gets underway in Melbourne, Australia before delighting fans in Malaysia, China, Bahrain, Spain, Monaco, Canada, Europe, Britain, Germany, Hungary, Belgium, Italy Singapore, Korea, India, Abu Dhabi, the US and Brazil. In 2011 an estimated 298,000 people attended the event.
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Telstra Drug Aware Pro Margaret River
A stellar lineup of surfing professionals will battle it out at Margaret River’s world-renowned surf break for the Telstra Drug Aware Pro Margaret River. Delivering some of the biggest waves in the world, this destination attracts most of the top 44 World Championship Tour surfers and the cream of the World Qualifying Series competitors. Last year the event attracted some of the biggest names in surfing including surfing legend Kelly Slater.
26th Melbourne International Comedy Festival
March 28 - April 22
Various venues in Melbourne
Alongside the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (August 3-27) and Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival (July 12-29), the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is one of the three largest comedy festivals in the world. The event regularly attracts crowds of more than 500,000 spectators who come to see free and paid events from the festival's vivid program of stand-up comedy, cabaret, theater, street performance, film, television, radio and visual arts. The Sydney Comedy Festival will take place a few weeks later (April 24-May 12).
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91st Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prizes
March 31-June 3
Art Gallery NSW
The Archibald Prize is one of Australia's oldest and most prestigious art awards. Since its inception in 1921 the prize has been awarded to some of Australia's most important artists, including George Lambert, William Dobell and Brett Whiteley. Each year the Art Gallery of NSW holds an exhibition to showcase Archibald Prize entries. The Art Gallery of NSW also displays landscape paintings in oil or watercolor and figure sculptures submitted for the Wynne Prize plus genre paintings, subject paintings and mural projects in the running to win the Sir John Sulman Prize.
Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay
The Bluesfest Blues and Roots Music festival is one of Australia's biggest annual music events next to the Big Day out and Womadelaide. The festival attracts around 17,500 visitors each day. In 2012 the five-day festival will feature famous musicians such as Cold Chisel, John Fogerty, Crosby Stills & Nash, the John Butler Trio and Earth Wind & Fire. Bluesfest has been shortlisted as one of the top five festivals in the world alongside Glastonbury and the Montreux Jazz Festival.
21st Targa Tasmania rally
Various courses from Launceston to Hobart
Unlike the majority of rallies, the public is invited to the Targa Tasmania to watch the almost 400 sports cars, Grand Touring Cars and sporting automobiles from the 1900s to the present race around Tasmania's roads. More than 200,000 spectators turn out to watch the Targa Tasmania each year, bringing an estimated $10 million dollars into the Tasmanian economy. In 2012 the course has been elongated by 70 kilometers in a bid to “keep the event fresh to maintain its appeal to competitors."
Short for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance held to commemorate the anniversary of soldiers landing at Gallipoli in 1915 during World War I. Since World War II, Anzac Day has become a national day of remembrance for all Australians and New Zelanders who served and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. Anzac Day is a national holiday in Australia and traditionally marked with dawn services that pay tribute to the fallen soldiers and Anzac Day parades.
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Fashion Week Australia: Spring Summer 2012/2013
April 30 - May 4
Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Fashion Week Australia (previously known as Rosemount Australian Fashion Week or RAFW) is the Asia Pacific's premier stop on the international fashion week circuit. The official schedule includes on-site collection shows held within state-of-the-art collection showrooms and off-site collection shows. The event is Australia's most globally-followed fashion event, but the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival is the most popular fashion festival with the locals.
11th CeBIT Australia
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour
The Australian edition of the world's largest digital IT and telecommunications event, CeBIT takes place annually in Sydney, Australia. CeBIT Australia is hailed as the country's largest ICT exhibition (but is only around a tenth of the size of its parent event, CeBIT in Hannover). CeBIT Australia is a focal point of an additional series of events (including Cloud, AusInnovate, eHealth, eGovernment, Mobile, Online Retail and Digital Workshops) that will run concurrently to the exhibition. More than 600 exhibitors and 30,000 delegates are expected to attend CeBIT Australia in 2012.
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4th Vivid Sydney
May 25 - June 11
Various locations around Sydney
Vivid Sydney, the largest light and music festival in the Southern Hemisphere, will illuminate Sydney with immersive light installations, projections, flashing sculptures, interactive light art, and music and DJ performances from local and international artists. Highlights include lighting projections across the Sydney Opera House and colorful architectural lighting on some of Sydney’s most prominent buildings. More than 300,000 people are expected to attend the diverse array of free and ticketed events.
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