Australia isn't just a place you see, but a place you feel too. Its culture is founded on stories of battlers, bushrangers and brave soldiers; of sporting heroes, working heroes and plucky migrants.
Today the vast country also defines itself by its Aboriginal heritage, vibrant mix of cultures, innovative ideas and a thriving arts scene. It’s great value for money just now too, so there’s never been a better time to visit, and we’re sending on of our intrepid Travel Directors down under very soon, so watch this space for even more tips on how to make the most of your journey.
Perth International Arts Festival (February–March)
The Perth International Arts Festival is the oldest annual international multi-arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere and is Western Australia's premier cultural event. The first Perth Festival was in 1953 and now offers the people of Western Australia some of the best international and contemporary drama, theatre, music, film, visual arts, street arts, literature, comedy and free community events.
Brisbane Festival (September)
Brisbane Festival is a major international arts festival that explodes onto the scene each September with a thrilling programme of music, theatre, dance, opera, circus and major public events such as Sunsuper Riverfire – a pyrotechnic extravaganza set to an almighty soundtrack of the year's biggest songs and heart-pumping classics, and one of the most technically-challenging and electrifying firework displays in Australia, fired from multiple bridges, barges and city rooftops, and accompanied by aerobatics from the Australian Defence Force.
Cape Town, South Africa
Nowhere else is there a city that has so much to offer, which is why it's definitely worth more than just a stop-over to your African adventure; and cultural journeys form a big part of the experiences found in and around the city, even within the hotels.
Don't miss the Art Tour at Relais & Chateaux's Ellerman House, just ten minutes from the V&A Waterfront, with its own in-house Contemporary Art Gallery, and South Africa's most important private art collection of almost 1000 exhibits that depict the progress of Cape Town from the 19th century to the present day.
Set to debut this year, The Royal Portfolio's newest addition to its divine hotel collection, The Silo, will be a magical space towering above the V&A Waterfront and surrounded by the natural wonder of the Mother City. Built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain silo complex and occupying six floors above what will become the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa – a modern art museum to rival the likes of the Tate Modern in London, MoMA in New York and Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid.
Get set for the creative side of Dubai to come alive: with
its brand new Opera District – a vibrant cultural community and events
destination in Downtown Dubai. At its heart will be Dubai Opera, a 2000-seat
multi-format venue styled on classic wooden dhows synonymous with the
world-famous Dubai Creek, poised to host a plethora of opera, theatre,
concerts, art exhibitions, orchestra, film, sports events and other seasonal
programmes. The district will also be home to the dedicated Museum of Modern
Art, and two art hotels.