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VIP NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2013

VIP DESTINATION: AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND FESTIVALS 2013

www.visitedplanet.com2013 is shaping up to be a fabulous year for festivals and events around Australia and New Zealand. In this newsletter we feature the best music, folk, movie and crazy festivities planned over the next 12 months so you can start making your travel plans. Check these details out!

January | February | MarchApril | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December 

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JANUARY

Australian Flag - www.visitedplanet.comAustralia Day Live, 26 January, Canberra - Held on the Lawns of Parliament House every Australia Day with top music acts.

Tamworth Country Music Festival - Pack your boots and cowboy hat for this feast of country music over 10 days.

Sydney Festival - Two weeks of music, theatre, dance and family events at locations around Sydney.

Auckland Buskers Festival - For three days every January Auckland comes alive with buskers and live acts.

Australian Open - The first of the year's Grand Slams heats up the tennis action in Melbourne every January for two weeks.

MONA FOMA - An annual festival held in January over about four days that is billed as Tassie's largest music festival.

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FEBRUARY

St Kilda Festival - Head to one of the hippest parts of Melbourne for this week long free street festival featuring Australian artists and talents.

Drag queen, Sydney Mardi Gras - www.visitedplanet.comSydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras - Plenty of razz and dazzle hits Sydney for this event celebrating all kinds of sexuality. It in the parade on the first Saturday in March with floats, parties and performances. 

Adelaide Fringe Festival - Running for a month from mid February to mid March the Fringe takes over Adelaide with 900 events running in parks, warehouses, lane-ways and buildings.

Waitangi Day - Held on February 6 to commemorate the signing of New Zealand's founding document. There are celebrations everywhere, the biggest in Auckland.

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MARCH

Canberra Comedy Festival - Split your sides at these local, Australian and international acts. Held over seven days.

Sydney Royal Easter Show - The annual Easter show in Sydney is one of the biggest in the country. With showbags, carnival rides, livestock and plenty of entertainment its family friendly and fun for everyone. Held over the Easter week.

Xavier Rudd, Byron Bay Blues and Roots - www.visitedplanet.comEast Coast Blues and Roots Music Festival, Byron Bay - Held the Easter weekend every year this is a real feast of music for those who love rhythm, soul, funk and blues.

Fremantle Street Arts Festival - This street arts festival in Perth over the Easter weekend showcases the best of busking, street theatre, cabaret, comedy, circus and more in the colourful streets of Fremantle.

WOMADelaide - The World of Music, Arts and Dance is one of the best known and loved festivals in Australia. The four day program features workshops, stage performances, street theatre and even cooking.

Pasifika - An annual Pacific Island themed event in Auckland that attracts thousands keen to sample the music, food and culture of the islands.

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APRIL

Melbourne International Comedy Festival - Starting late March and running most of April this month long event features the best of local and international comedy acts at venues around the city.

Arrowtown Autumn Festival - Quaint Arrowtown comes to life every Autumn with entertainment, vintage cars, food and more in picturesque settings.

Anzac Day commemorative wreath - www.visitedplanet.comAnzac Day - A national holiday commemorated in Australia and New Zealand on April 25 to acknowledge the sacrifice of the original ANZAC troops (Australia New Zealand Army Corps) during WWI. It has now been extended to acknowledge all who have fought for the nations during war time.

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MAY

Canberra International Music Festival - For all things classical listen to some of the world's best orchestral and percussion at iconic places in the national capital. Held over nine days.

www.visitedplanet.comUrban Country Music Festival, Caboolture - If you missed the Tamworth event go to Caboolture instead for three days of Country Music over the May long weekend.

Reef and Rainforest Carnivale, Port Douglas - 10 days of gourmet food and wine, art, sport, fun and more.

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JUNE

Snow mountains New Zealand - www.visitedplanet.comQueenstown Winterfestival - There's always good reason to be in Queenstown in June. This 10 day festival is very cool with parades, music, fireworks, comedy, food and other activities.

NZ Tango Festival - It might not be the home of tango but Wellington celebrates it in style every June over three days and four nights.

Off Road Winter Multisport Festival - Held on the Queen's birthday weekend in June, Rotorua is the perfect setting for plenty of off road sports action with 10 events and 99 different ways to join in.

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JULY

Beer Can Regatta, Darwin - www.visitedplanet.comBeer Can Regatta, Darwin - Another classic Territory event with boats made from beer cans that are raced on Mindil Beach. Other activities include thong throwing and tug-of-war.

Camel Cup, Alice Springs - Camels supply the race day action with plenty of spills, thrills and laughs.

Cadbury Chocolate Carnival - All things chocolate are celebrated in Dunedin during this festival. The most iconic event is the jaffa race when thousands of jaffas are rolled down the steepest street in the world.

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AUGUST

Henley-on-Todd Regatta, Alice Springs - Held in mid August on the dry bones of the Todd River, this is a classic Territory event with boats raced on foot along the river.

Darwin Festival - The rest of the country might be hunkering down over winter but in Darwin things heat up for two weeks with music, arts, film and more at locations around the city.Jazz saxophone player - www.visitedplanet.com

Bay of Islands Jazz & Blues Festival - Three days of NZ's best jazz and blues artists in this wonderful location north of Auckland.

Christchurch Arts Festival - Breathing life back into the city is this excellent arts festival with quality performances held over five weekends.

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SEPTEMBER

Floriade - Canberra's spring festival runs for a whole month from mid September into mid October. Celebrating all things horticultural this is a free event all about gardens and blooms.

Brisbane Festival - This annual event features music, street art, fireworks displays of the most spectacular kind, lasers, and more. A must for your calendar year if you're in Brisbane.

Birdsville races - www.visitedplanet.comBirdsville Races - Held on the first weekend in September these are possibly the world's remotest, and dustiest, horse race. Located about 2000km from Brisbane on the NT, SA and QLD border, part of the fun is just getting here.

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OCTOBER

www.visitedplanet.comSydney International Food Festival - Running all through October this event should satisfy the tastebuds. There are plenty of food filled events from fine dining to noodle markets to breakfasts.

Jazz Fest (Queenstown) - Held over the Labour Day weekend this event brings three days of glorious jazz to the lake side city.

Nelson Arts Festival - Two and a half weeks of local and international performances.

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NOVEMBER

Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival / Melbourne Cup - Held in October and November the annual racing calendar culminates on the first Tuesday each November at the Melbourne Cup known as the race that stops the nation.

www.visitedplanet.comAdidas Auckland Marathon - Festival of Feet! - Hit the pavements around Auckland for the marathon taking in iconic sights of the city.

NZ Tattoo & Art Festival (New Plymouth) - A two day event for those with an interest in the fleshly pursuit of tattooing.

Taste of Auckland - Give your taste buds a workout with cider, whisky, cheese, wine, and other culinary events.

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DECEMBER

Woodford folk festival - www.visitedplanet.comWoodford Folk Festival - One of the country's best loved and well known folk festivals held in the beautiful region around Woodford. Featuring dance, workshops, film, poetry, music and more it's the ultimate way to bring in the new year.

Sunburnt Christmas, Bondi Beach - A Christmas Day music festival on the famed Sydney beach of Bondi.

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race - One of the world's premiere sailing events starts on Boxing Day, December 26, in Sydney and ends in Hobart, Tasmania.

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