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Published on May 28th, 2009 | by john.weir

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Upcoming events in Australia

Some good dates for your diary if you are visiting Australia this year…

Chocolate Rush Festival
8 – 9 August 2009
A celebration of chocolate, the annual Chocolate Rush provides a weekend of pure indulgence and includes a variety of hands-on chocolate workshops, tasting classes and live entertainment. This year the Festival is expanding its market, bringing more international chocolatiers to demonstrate and creating an even greater variety of classes. It all sounds too much: chocolate, chocolate and chocolate for a whole weekend! Tickets go on sale in June.

www.chocolaterush.com.au

Melbourne Writers Festival
21 – 30 August 2009
One of UNESCO’s only two Cities of Literature (the other one is Edinburgh), Melbourne will host its annual Writers Festival from 21-30 August 2009. The passion for books and ideas is brought to life with 300 events including author readings, in-depth discussions with authors, panels, master classes, idea forums and debate. Ranging from social and cultural commentators, philosophers and crime writers to poets, screenwriters and historians, international, national and local writers will participate in 10 days of literary events during Australia’s premier writers’ festival.
 
www.mwf.com.au

Melbourne Fringe
23 September – 11 October 2009
Melbourne Fringe Festival is one of the largest independent arts festivals in the world. Featuring more than 4,000 artists, nearly 300 events and over 170 venues every year, it celebrates the most cutting edge art in the city. The Festival is made up of three major components: the Fringe Programme (with an astonishing range, from circus to visual arts, cabaret to dance, theatre to comedy), Made by Melbourne Fringe (creating new projects from scratch that showcase contemporary artistic ideas and practice) and Fringe Hub At the Fringe (which presents slice of all things Fringe in the one place).
 
www.melbournefringe.com.au

Persuasion: Fashion in the Age of Jane Austen
until 8 November 2009
Jane Austen seldom chronicled contemporary events in her novels -let alone the vagaries and details of fashion- yet her life coincided with some of the most sweeping transformations in European history, most notably the Industrial Revolution, the American War of Independence, the formation of the Australian colonies, the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. Launched this month, the exhibition looks at the changes in the way people dress that occurred over Austen’s lifetime, with a focus on English women’s fashion during the first two decades of the 19th century.
 
www.ngv.vic.gov.au

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