Australia agenda: looking ahead to the Targa Tasmania rally

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Sports cars, Grand Touring Cars and vintage automobiles will be racing around a new, elongated course at this year’s Targa Tasmania as drivers make their way from Launceston to Hobart.

21st Targa Tasmania rally
April 17-22
Various courses from Launceston to Hobart
Tasmania, Australia

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. For 2012 the course has been elongated by 70 kilometers in a bid to “keep the event fresh to maintain its appeal to competitors."
http://targatasmania.com.au/
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Anzac Day
April 25
Australia-wide

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.
http://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/anzac/
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Tasting Australia
April 26 - May 3
South Australia

The eight-day long Tasting Australia food and wine festival attracts some 50,000 patrons,  foodies and chefs and spans more than 80 different events. The biennial event showcases Australia’s best food and drinks. Celebrity guests at the 2012 edition include George Calombaris, Mark Best, Miguel Maestre and Guy Grossi. Other major wine and food events in the country include the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival (May 17-20), Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month (June), the Crave Sydney International Food Festival (October 1-31), Taste events across Australia, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (March 2013) and the Barossa Vintage Festival (March 30 - April 7 2013).
http://www.tasting-australia.com.au/


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.
http://rafw.com.au/
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6th Fashion Weekend Sydney
May 10-13
Royal Hall of Industries, Sydney
NSW, Australia

More than 100 designer brands will be heavily discounting clothes and accessories for Fashion Weekend Sydney, Australia’s largest designer sale. The heavily trafficked shopping event sees around 15,000 women scrambling to purchase designer clothes at prices discounted by up to 70 percent. Makeovers, hairstyling, beauty tips and fashion shows highlighting the season’s latest fashion trends are also on offer during the event.
http://sydney.fashionweekend.com.au/
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11th CeBIT Australia
May 22-24
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour
Sydney, Australia

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.
http://www.cebit.com.au/
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4th Vivid Sydney
May 25 - June 11
Various locations around Sydney
NSW, Australia

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.
http://vividsydney.com
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Good Food and Wine Show Australia
June 1-3
Melbourne, Australia

This consumer-oriented food and wine show takes place across Australia from June to November, with the first event rolling out in Melbourne. More than 140,000 foodies will turn up at the Australia-wide events to watch celebrity chef demonstrations and to enjoy food, wine, beer and cheese tastings. Additional dates around the country include Sydney (June 22-24), Perth (July 13-15), Adelaide (October 12-14), and Brisbane (November 9-11).
http://www.goodfoodshow.com.au/
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Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters exhibition
June 16 - December 3, 2012
Art Gallery of WA
Perth, Australia

A touring exhibition of famous artworks from New York’s world-renowned Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) -- including pieces by Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso -- will be shown at the Art Gallery of Western Australia as part of the gallery’s Great Collections of the World series. The Art Gallery of Western Australia will be the only Australian venue to host this exhibition. The partnership with New York’s MoMA will give visitors the chance to see exclusive highlights from this outstanding collection, many of which have never been seen outside the United States. The large-scale exhibition will feature more than 100 modern art masterpieces by 14 iconic artists of the 20th Century. Five subsequent exhibitions at the gallery will feature works from MoMA’s extensive collection.
http://www.artgallery.wa.gov.au/exhibitions/Picasso_to_Warhol.asp
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