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No matter where you are in the world there are amazing art events waiting for you.

Art events include visual arts, dance, drama, cinema, literature, design and other creative activities. As they become increasingly popular, you may need to plan in advance if you want to attend one of them.

January

Worldcare Australia - Sydney Art Festivals

January is high summer in the southern hemisphere and deepest winter in the north of the planet.

The Sydney Festival is filled with summer art events that explore culture, quality art and bold ideas, spread across the city of Sydney.

The world famous Sundance Film Festival of independent films is held in Utah, USA, every January.

February

Worldcare Australia - Adelaide Fringe Festival

The Northwest Comedy Festival takes place every February in Vancouver, Canada. Comedians from all over the world descend into the cold of winter for this comedy festival.

The Adelaide Fringe Festival occurs in the capital city of South Australia each February. It provides an eclectic program of cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, film, theatre, music, visual arts and design.

March

Worldcare Australia - Hong Kong Arts Festival
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The Hong Kong Arts Festival, held in February to March every year has been running for over 20 years. It showcases local and international artists with the goal to enrich the cultural landscape of Hong Kong.

One of the biggest and most varied art festivals is held in Texas each March – South by Southwest (SXSW), or, as it’s commonly known as ‘South by’. Music, film, technology and design fills this 10-day program.

April

In April, the Budapest Spring Festival is a destination arts festival that brings together classical music, opera, jazz and folk music. It’s the largest event of its kind in Hungary and attracts local and international acts.

Worldcare Australia - Coachella Music Festival

In the middle of the desert in California each April, Coachella is known for its music and art that features rock, indie, hip hop and electronic dance music. It is also renowned for its art installations and sculptures in the desert.

May

Worldcare Australia - Cannes Film Festival

The northern hemisphere starts to gear up for summer at this time with many festivals and events heralding high spring.

In England, the Brighton Festival, an innovative, mixed event runs for most of the month. Travel a little to the west and you’ll also find the Salisbury International Arts Festival happening in May.

The Vienna Festival or Weiner Festwochen also occurs in May, and is one of the high points in the cultural calendar in Europe.

The Cannes Film Festival, one of the most celebrated events in the world, is held each May in the French beachside town of Cannes.

Dance, drama, opera and music fill the calendar of the Israel Festival.

June

Want to see events live in a 2,000-year-old theatre? Then the Athens & Epidaurus Festival in Greece is the place to go!

Music, drama and art events fill Swiss capital for the Zurich Festival each June. Two other European art festivals held in June are the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in France, and the Granada International Festival of Dance and Music in Spain.

It’s also when most of the design thinking occurs for VIVID Sydney.

July

The Grec Festival is the Summer Festival of Barcelona - a city made for arty summers. Another stunning French city hosts the Festival d’Avignon, which is filled with diverse performances and exhibitions.

Ireland’s biggest arts festival, the Galway Arts Festival, happens in the heart of the northern summer, and caters for everyone.

August

The Wagner Festival or Bayeruther Festspiele held in Bayreuth, Germany is filled with performances that celebrate the 19th century composer Richard Wagner.

Edinburgh, Scotland hosts two festivals in August – the famous Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

September

Starting in August and running into September is another American, desert-based arts festival – Burning Man. Held in Black Rock Desert in Nevada, it’s a week of artistic madness, ending with the burning of many structures and art works.

September is also the time for the Toronto International Film Festival and the World of Wearable Art Awards Show (WOW) in Wellington, New Zealand.

October

Northern autumn is the time for a festival series in Hungary with the Café Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival.

It’s also when the Melbourne Festival is held, with a series of cultural performances and exhibitions throughout Spring in the southern Australian capital city.

November

The Canberra Country Blues and Roots Festival is held in Australia’s capital city each November.

December

Worldcare Australia - Fete des Lumieres - France

Travel to the foodie hotspot of Lyon, France in December to celebrate a festival of light and culture at the Fete des Lumieres.

In the northern hemisphere, as winter rolls in, many Christmas themed events are held across the UK and Europe.

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