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Festivals and cultural activities

Aboriginal and Oceanic Art Fair
PO Box 640
Vaucluse NSW 2030

Date: November

Phone: 02 9371 5178
Fax: 02 9371 4925
Email: md@saoaf.com.au
Web: www.saoaf.com.au

This is a trade exhibition of Aboriginal and Oceanic authentic fine art. Professional
names in the industry are on hand to present their art, culture, knowledge and

Adelaide Bank Festival of the Arts
PO Box 8221 Station Arcade
Adelaide SA 5000

Date: February/March

Phone: 08 8216 4444
Fax: 08 8216 4455
Email: afa@adelaidefestival.com.au
Web: www.adelaidefestival.com.au

Held in the South Australian autumn, in every even year, this is a large-scale
multi-arts event presenting diverse art from across Australia and around the world.
The Adelaide Festival has been running since 1960.

Adelaide Fringe Festival
PO Box 3242 Rundle Mall
Adelaide SA 5000

Date: February

Phone: 08 8100 2000
Fax: 08 8100 2020
Email: buzz@adelaidefringe.com.au
Web: www.adelaidefringe.com.au

Held alongside the Adelaide Festival of Arts, the Fringe is open to all artists. Fringe
events are easily accessible and allow artists to present their work in ways that
promote audience interaction.

Alice Springs Beanie Festival
7 Gall Street
Alice Springs NT 0870

Date: June
Phone: 08 8952 2615
Fax: 08 8955 5664
Email: dnm@octa4.net.au
Web: www.beaniefest.org

Held annually each June, the Beanie Festival provides a large and colourful display of
beanies from all over Australia. The festival also showcases central Australian
Indigenous fibre art, baskets and pottery. The festival promotes the development and
participation of Australian artists, particularly those of central Australia and remote

Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art
Queensland Art Gallery
PO Box 3686
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Date: September

Phone: 07 3840 7303
Fax: 07 3844 8865
Email: gallery@qag.qld.gov.au
Web: www.qag.qld.gov.au

This Queensland Art Gallery event is usually held every three years in September and
brings together internationally recognised collections of contemporary art from the

Australian Craft Show – Canberra
PO Box 126
Wilberforce NSW 2756

Date: June

Phone: 02 4572 6099
Fax: 02 4572 6288
Email: craft@australiancraftshow.com.au
Web: australiancraftshow.com.au

Craftspeople converge in Canberra from across Australia for this show which includes
all types of craft including jewellery, woodwork, ceramics, etching, paintings, fine
wood furniture, glass and textiles.

Australian Craft Show – Sydney
PO Box 126
Wilberforce NSW 2756

Date: November

Phone: 02 4572 6099
Fax: 02 4572 6288
Email: craft@australiancraftshow.com.au
Web: australiancraftshow.com.au
Craftspeople converge in Sydney from across Australia for this show which includes
all types of craft including jewellery, woodwork, ceramics, etching, paintings, fine
wood furniture, glass and textiles.

Barunga Sports and Cultural Festival
Barunga Community
via Katherine NT 0852

Date: June

Phone: 08 8975 4504

This annual festival held each June long weekend is a three-day celebration of
Indigenous art, music, sport and culture.

Biennale of Sydney
43–51 Cowper Wharf Road
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011

Date: July

Phone: 02 9368 1411
Fax: 02 9368 1617
Email: art@biennaleofsydney.com.au

The Biennale of Sydney is a high profile international festival of contemporary art
and multimedia.

Brisbane Festival
Old Performing Arts Centre
Cnr Grey and Melbourne Streets
South Brisbane QLD 4000

Date: September

Phone: 07 3842 9476
Fax: 07 3840 7576
Email: email@brisbanefestival.com.au
Web: www.brisbanefestival.com.au

This biennial event combines dance, music, theatre and visual arts. The festival
presents a distinctive selection of Australian and international artists.

Corkwood Festival
Alice Springs NT 0870

Date: November

Phone: 08 8952 4417
Fax: 08 8953 5465
Email: terrcraftasp@octa4.net.au

This annual event is held on the last Saturday of November. It is a celebration of
locally produced arts and craft, music, entertainment and food.
Croc Festival
Top Floor
4 McCabe Place
Willoughby NSW 2068

Date: July to September

Phone: Local call 1300 725 287 or 02. 9417 4122
Fax: 02 9417 8610
Email: crocfestival@rockchallenge.com.au
Web: www.crocfestival.org.au

The Croc Festival is a series of youth events that run from July to September and that
are supported by the non-profit Indigenous Festivals Australia Board. It involves eight
three-day festivals a year, in regional and remote areas that have large numbers of
Indigenous children. The festivals focus on reconciliation, community, education,
careers, sports, health and the arts.

Darwin Festival
GPO Box 570
Darwin NT 0801

Date: August

Phone: 08 8981 0083
Fax: 08 8941 5457
Email: contact@darwinfestival.org.au
Web: www.darwinfestival.org.au

This is a unique festival celebrating Darwin and its multicultural flavour and Asian
and Indigenous connections. The festival is a vibrant arts and cultural event held
every year in the dry season.

Desert Mob Art Show
PO Box 3521
Alice Springs NT 0871

Date: July

Phone: 08 8951 1122
Fax: 08 8953 0259
Email: culturalprecinct.dam@nt.gov.au
Web: www.araluencentre.com.au

Desert Mob is a celebration of Aboriginal art from community centres around the
Territory and from further afield. It gives artists and art centres an opportunity to
showcase and sell their work to Australian and international buyers, collectors and

Garma Festival
Yirrkala NT 0880

Date: August
Email: garmafest@bigpond.com
Web: www.garma.telstra.com

The Garma Festival is a celebration of the cultural inheritance of the Yolngu People,
the Aboriginal Australians of north-east Arnhem Land. The purpose of Garma is to
share knowledge and culture, and to open peoples’ hearts to the message of the land.

Gunbalanya Open Day
PMB Gunbalanya (Oenpelli)
Western Arnhem Land NT 0822

Date: July

Phone: 08 8979 0170
Fax: 08 8979 0177

This open day is held annually in August or September and offers a range of activities
throughout the community, as well as special events at the art centre and surrounds.

Heritage Festival
Alice Springs NT 0870

Date: April

Phone: 08 8952 5950
Fax: 08 8952 5540

Heritage Week gives local residents and visitors an opportunity to enjoy and
appreciate the richness of the past. Activities include re-enactments of historical
events, displays, demonstrations of old-time skills and guided tours.

Kimberley Indigenous Performing Arts Showcase
Goolari Media
PO Box 2708
Broome WA 6725

Date: September

Phone: 08 9192 1325
Fax: 08 9193 6407
Email: reception@gme.com.au
Web: www.gme.com.au

The Kimberley Indigenous Performing Arts Showcase is a full day and evening event
that includes traditional and contemporary Indigenous music and dance in an inspiring
outdoor concert.

Laura Dance Festival
Quinkan and Regional Cultural Centre
Peninsula Development Road
Laura QLD 4871

Date: June
Phone: 07 4060 3457
Web: www.laurafestival.tv

Held biennially, the Laura Dance and Cultural Festival is a gathering of 25
communities from the Cape York region, Cairns, Torres Strait, Palm Island,
Townsville, Mornington Island, the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Northern Territory. It
is held at a traditional dance ground north of Cairns.

The festival, organised by the Ang-Gnarra Aboriginal Corporation, aims to increase
knowledge about the region’s cultural heritage. Almost 1000 performers are featured
in the festival, which showcases traditional song, music and dance, displays of arts
and crafts, cultural workshops conducted by elders and traditional sports games and

Melbourne Affordable Art Show
Single Market Events Pty Ltd
20/94 Oxford Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010 Australia

Date: April

Phone: 02 9331 7507
Fax: 02 9357 2841
Email: info@singlemarketevents.com.au
Web: www.affordableartshow.com.au

The Melbourne Affordable Art Show is a major annual event in the arts industry. It
provides collectors with a convenient, educational and enjoyable art buying
experience, and provides galleries with a positive commercial opportunity of
international standing.

Melbourne Art Fair
PO Box 2528
Fitzroy VIC 3065

Date: August

Phone: 03 9416 2050
Fax: 03 9416 2020
Email: mail@melbourneartfair.com
Web: www.melbourneartfair.com

The Melbourne Art Fair is a trade fair and exhibition of contemporary visual art from
the Asia-Pacific region. The fair is held biennially at the historic Royal Exhibition
Building in Melbourne. It aims to represent visual artists and to promote Australian
visual arts practice.

Melbourne International Arts Festival
PO Box 10 Flinders Lane
Melbourne VIC 8009

Date: October
Phone: 03 9662 4242
Email: contact.us@melbournefestival.com.au
Web: www.melbournefestival.com.au

This art and culture festival is held annually in October/November. The Melbourne
International Arts Festival presents international and Australian events, dance, theatre,
music, visual arts and multimedia. It includes free and outdoor events.

Merrepen Arts Festival
PMB 28
Daly River NT 0822

Date: June

Phone: 08 8978 2533
Fax: 08 8978 2766
Email: merrepen@bigpond.com

The Nauiya/Daly River community hosts this cultural event annually on the first
weekend in June. The festival showcases arts and craft from local communities.
Music, dancing and the preparation of bush tucker and sports are some of the
activities included. Permits are not required.

Mungabareena Ngan-Girra Festival
Mungabareena Reserve
Riverina Highway
Albury NSW 2640

Date: November

Phone: 02 6025 9432

Traditionally each year the Indigenous people of southern New South Wales and
northern Victoria meet at Mungabareena to perform ceremonies, exchange goods and
discuss tribal lore. In the past they would then travel to the high country to feast on
Bogong Moths.

Today the festival is a living cultural show that explores the richness of traditional and
contemporary Indigenous cultures. It includes cultural performances from singers and
dancers, as well as boomerang and spear throwing, the preparation of bush tucker and
various Indigenous stalls and displays.


Initiated in 1957, NAIDOC––National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance
Committee––has grown into a week of events and awards celebrating Indigenous
culture and identity. Each year a different state or territory organises and hosts events
at a national level through an Indigenous NAIDOC Committee.

National Capital Corroboree
432 Willow Glen
Tarago NSW 2580

Date: February
Phone: 0401 912 193
Email: corroboree05@hotmail.com

This event presents displays of Indigenous arts, craft and culture in a friendly warm

National Multicultural Festival
PO Box 158
Canberra ACT 2601

Date: February

Phone: 02 6207 0162
Fax: 02 6207 5862
Email: domenic.mico@act.gov.au

The National Multicultural Festival is a celebration of Australia’s cultural diversity
that includes a number of events across the full spectrum of the arts including films,
exhibitions, theatre, concerts, community events and a Multicultural Fringe Festival.

Perth International Arts Festival
3 Crawley Avenue
Crawley WA 6009

Date: February

Phone: 08 6488 2000
Fax: 08 6488 8555
Email: festival@perthfestival.com.au
Web: www.perthfestival.com.au

The Perth International Arts Festival celebrates the dynamic artistry, music and
images emanating from, and inspired by, this culturally abundant region. It is held
annually in February and has a large Indigenous component.

Shinju Matsuri Festival of the Pearl
Chinatown, Broome WA 6725

Date: August

Phone: 08 9192 1809
Fax: 08 9193 7506
Email: shinju@brome.wa.gov.au
Web: www.shinjumatsuri.com

This annual cultural festival features performing arts and visual arts and craft. It
celebrates Broome’s cultural diversity.

Sydney Affordable Art Show
Single Market Events Pty Ltd
20/94 Oxford Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010 Australia
Date: August

Phone: 02 9331 7507
Fax: 02 9357 2841
Email: info@singlemarketevents.com.au
Web: www.affordableartshow.com.au/sydney

The Sydney Affordable Art Show provides collectors with a convenient, educational
and enjoyable art buying experience and provides galleries with a commercially
successful event of international standing.

Sydney Art on Paper Fair
9 The Rampart
Castlecrag NSW 2068

Date: July

Phone: 02 9958 4118
Fax: 02 9958 8669
Email: info@sydneyartonpaperfair.com.au
Web: www.sydneyartonpaperfair.com.au

Sydney Art on Paper is an international art trade fair of quality works on paper.

Sydney Festival
Level 2/18 Hickson Road
The Rocks NSW 2000

Date: January

Phone: 02 8248 6500
Fax: 02 8248 6599
Email: mail@sydneyfestival.org.au
Web: www.sydneyfestival.org.au

The Sydney Festival is a cultural celebration of Sydney in summer and is held
annually in January.

The Dreaming – Australia’s International Indigenous Festival
Woodford QLD 4514

Date: June

Phone: 07 5496 1066
Fax: 07 5496 3196
Email: qff@woodfordfolkfestival.com.
Web: www.woodfordfolkfestival.com

Held annually, The Dreaming is a vibrant festival where local, national and
international audiences can enjoy a comprehensive showcase of Indigenous art from
across the country and around the world.
Presented by the Queensland Folk Federation this festival’s program features film and
literature, performing arts, new media and digital technologies, food and wine tasting,
comedy, ceremonies and exhibitions, performance artists, physical theatre, visual arts
and craft workshops, music programs, street performers, musicals and a youth

Tiwi Island Grand Final and Art Sale
Nguiu, Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands
PMB 59
via Winnellie NT 0822

Date: March

Phone: 08 8978 3982 (Art Centre)
Phone: 08 8978 3966 (Nguiu Community)

This sale is held each March on Bathurst Island, a short flight north of Darwin. The
three Tiwi Island Art Centres display and sell artworks at the event. The sale is
scheduled to coincide with the Tiwi Football Grand Final.

Two Fires Festival of Arts and Activism
9 Hooper Crescent
West Brunswick VIC

Date: March

Phone: 03 9380 1257
Web: www.twofiresfestival.com

The Two Fires Festival is a new arts event in Braidwood in New South Wales that
brings together artists, writers, filmmakers, poets, activists and environmental thinkers
from all over Australia. The festival is inspired by the Australian poet, conservationist
and reconciliation activist Judith Wright.

12 King William Road
Unley SA 5061

Date: March

Phone: 08 8271 1488
Fax: 06 1 8 8271 9905
Email: apadmin@artsprojects.com.au
Web: www.womadelaide.com.au

WOMADelaide is a major world music festival held in Adelaide each March. Held in
Botanic Park under one hundred-year-old trees, the festival hosts music, roving
performances, workshops, visual arts, a KidZone and food. The festival aims to
deliver a message of cultural diversity.

Woodford Folk Festival
Queensland Folk Federation Festival Office
PO Box 1134
Woodford QLD 4514
Date: December

Phone: 07 5496 1066
Fax: 07 5496 3196
Web: www.woodfordfolkfestival.com

This is a major folk festival, held annually in December/January at Woodford, north
of Brisbane. The festival presents concerts, dances, workshops, forums, street theatre,
writers’ panels, film, comedy, acoustic jams, social dialogue, an entire children’s
festival, arts and craft workshops, late night cabarets and special events from
Australian and international performers.

Yaamma Festival
Bourke NSW 2840

Date: October

Phone: 02 6872 1331 or 0431 660 285
Email: yaammafestival@hotmail.com

Contacts: Lara Bennett
          Nancy Konstaninou

This festival was inaugurated in October 2005. It brings together Indigenous dance,
visual arts and craft, and traditional song and cultural activities in the western New
South Wales town of Bourke. The festival involves a Longest Painting in Australia
school project, an environmental forum, healing circles and a Bush Tucker Day.

Yabun Concert
PO Box 966
Strawberry Hills NSW 2012

Date: January

Phone: 02 9564 5090
Fax: 02 9564 5450
Email: yabun@gadigal.org.au
Web: www.gadigal.org.au

Gadigal Information Service Aboriginal Corporation hosts the Yabun concert, a
statement of survival that highlights and promotes Indigenous talent from around the
country. The concert is held annually in Sydney on Australia Day on 26 January.

Yuendumu Sports and Cultural Festival
C/- Yuendumu Post Office
via Alice Springs NT 0872

Date: August

Phone: 08 8956 4000
Fax: 08 8956 4070
Email: councilceo@bigpond.com
This large sport and culture weekend is held annually at the end of August. It is a
major gathering of desert communities and celebrates sport and culture.
Awards and prizes

Art for Action Competition
GPO Box 3307
Sydney NSW 2001

Date: September

Phone: Free call 1800 815 151
Email: artforaction@au.greenpeace.org
Web: www.greenpeace.org.au

This is a public competition presented by Greenpeace Australia, which includes all
forms of two dimensional art, with a focus on art promoting a green and peaceful
planet. It involves a prize of $1000 worth of art equipment.

Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize
Bendigo Art Gallery
PO Box 733
Bendigo VIC 3552

Date: January

Phone: 03 5434 6000
Fax: 03 5434 6200
Email: info@bendigo.vic.gov.au
Web: www.bendigo.vic.gov.au

The Bendigo Gallery runs the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, which is an open
painting prize that generates more than 300 entries from artists around Australia each
year. The most outstanding work, as judged by the selection panel, is awarded a cash
prize of $50 000 and the winning work will be acquired for the gallery’s collection.

Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) Awards
Awards Nominations
Australia Business Arts Foundation
Level 2
405 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Date: April

Phone: 03 9616 0300
Fax: 03 9614 2550
Email: information@abaf.org.au
Web: www.abaf.org.au/welcome.html

Twelve awards are presented in categories covering partnerships, volunteering,
philanthropy and leadership.

Country Energy Art Prize for Landscape Painting
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
PO Box 20
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
Date: August

Phone: 132356 or 02 8255 6779
Web: www.countryenergy.com.au/artprize

Initiated in 2003, this art prize is designed to encourage and support artists in country
and coastal areas. Artists can submit as many as three paintings. It offers a prize of
$35 000.

Josephine Ulrick Arts Photography Award
Gold Coast City Art Gallery
135 Bundall Road
Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

Date: May

Phone: 07 5581 6567
Email: walsh@gcac.com.au
Web: www.gcac.com.au

This award gives a great insight into the current concerns among artists using
photography. The overwhelming majority of photographs demonstrate a wide range
of interests—portraiture, street photography, conceptual photography and
architectural photography.

Josephine Ulrick Ceramic Art Award
The Secretary
GCI Ceramic Art Award
PO Box 6615
Gold Coast Mail Centre QLD 9726

Date: September

Phone: 07 5593 4499
Fax: 07 5593 4716
Web: www.ceramicartaward.com

An award for excellence in Australian ceramics.

Kate Challis RAKA Award
The Australian Centre
University of Melbourne
137 Barry Street
Carlton VIC 3053

Date: August

Phone: 03 8344 3849
Fax: 03 9347 7731
Web: www.australian.unimelb.edu.au/events/awards

The Kate Challis RAKA Award is one of Australia’s most valuable and prestigious
national awards for Indigenous creative artists and has been instrumental in fostering
writers, filmmakers and visual artists for over a decade. The scope of the award is
unique in its recognition of the importance of creative work across a range of different
media—creative prose, drama, the visual arts, script-writing and poetry. It awards an
annual prize of $10 000 to Indigenous artists in these designated art forms on a five
year cycle.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award
Conicher Street
Bullocky Point
Darwin NT 0820

Date: August

Phone: 08 8999 8228
Fax: 08 8999 8289
Email: margie.west@nt.gov.au

The Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, hosted by the
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, is an annual award open to all
adult Indigenous artists. The award aims to promote appreciation of contemporary
Indigenous visual art in its cultural, stylistic and technical diversity. Works are for
sale via the artists or their agents. No entry fee applies, though artists are responsible
for the freight of their work. The award distributes $56 000 worth of prize money
including the acquisitive $40 000 Telstra First Prize.

National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition
National Gallery of Australia
GPO Box 1150
Canberra 2600 ACT

Date: July

Phone: 02 6240 6583
Fax: 02 6270 6416
Email: information@nga.gov.au
Web: www.nga.gov.au

The National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition is a partnership between the National
Gallery of Australia and the Macquarie Bank to support and promote Australian
sculpture and recognise outstanding works. It is one of the most generous prizes for
contemporary art in Australia, with a non-acquisitive prize of $50 000 awarded to the
winning artist.

Parliament of New South Wales Indigenous Art Award
PO Box 57
Campbelltown NSW 2560.

Date: September

Phone: 02 4645 4333
Email: art.gallery@campbelltown.nsw.gov.au
The Parliament of New South Wales (NSW) and Campbelltown Arts Centre have
joined forces to support the Indigenous artists of NSW, by creating an annual $20 000
Indigenous art prize.

The prize is awarded to an outstanding Indigenous artist who lives or was born in the
state. It is designed to help promote the unique Indigenous cultures of NSW. Winning
works are acquired into the Parliament of NSW Art Collection, ensuring that works
by the state’s Indigenous artists remain a feature of that collection.

Red Ochre Award
Australia Council for the Arts
PO Box 788
Strawberry Hills NSW 2012

Date: December

Phone: 02 9215 9065 or toll free 1800 226 912
Fax: 02 9215 9061
Email: atsia@ozco.gov.au
Web: www.ozco.gov.au/atsia

Each year, the Australia Councils Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board’s
Red Ochre Award, pays tribute to an Indigenous artist. The winner has throughout his
or her lifetime, made outstanding contributions to the recognition of Aboriginal and
Torres Islander arts, at both the national and international level.

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi Beach
PO Box 560
Potts Point NSW 1335

Date: November

Phone: 02 9357 1457
Email: info@sculpturebythesea
Web: www.sculpturebythesea.com

Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi Beach in New South Wales is a free public art event
that attracts hundreds of thousands of viewers. The sculptures are exhibited outside by
the ocean and the event involves the granting of significant prizes including people’s
and children’s choice prizes.

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe Beach
PO Box 560
Potts Point NSW 1335

Date: March

Phone: 02 8399 0233
Email: info@sculpturebythesea
Web: www.sculpturebythesea.com

Sculpture by the Sea at Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia is a sister exhibition to
the Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi exhibition. The sculptures are exhibited outside by
the ocean and the event involves wide public audiences, the granting of a scholarship
and publicly voted winners.

The Alice Prize
PO Box 1854
Alice Springs NT 0871

Date: November

Fax: 08 8955 1326
Email: asafinc@octa4.net.au
Web: www.aliceprize.com

The Alice Prize is a national biennial contemporary art award, first held in 1970. It is
administered by the Alice Springs Art Foundation, a community-based voluntary
organisation. The Alice Prize is an invitational exhibition. Pre-selection is open to any
artist working in Australia. The award is $15 000 (acquisitive) plus a four-week
residency in Alice Springs with airfares and accommodation. In addition, a $1000
Tammy Kingsley Award is decided by popular vote.

The Deadlys
National Indigenous Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards
PO Box 910
Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Date: September

Phone: 02 9361 0140
Email: info@vibe.com.au
Web: www.deadlys.vibe.com.au

The Deadly Sounds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards showcase and
reward excellence, by Indigenous people, across all genres of music, sport,
entertainment and community life. The event is hosted by Vibe Australia.

Xstrata Coal Emerging Indigenous Art Award
Queensland Art Gallery
PO Box 3686
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Date: April

Phone: 07 3840 7303
Fax: 07 3844 8865
Email: gallery@qag.qld.gov.au
Web: www.qag.qld.gov.au

2006 is the inaugural year for this annual, acquisitive art award of $30 000 which is to
run for three years. The award is accompanied by an exhibition of short-listed artists’
works at the Queensland Art Gallery, and a $50 000 annual grant to acquire works of
art for the Xstrata Coal Emerging Indigenous Art Collection. This award is designed
to identify and promote highly talented Indigenous artists whose work is yet to
achieve a national profile.

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