Australian International Music Festival
In its 26th year, the 2015 Australian International Music Festival is set to be a truly memorable experience for participants and spectators alike. This educational event attracts school and community music groups and sees an average of 900 to 1,300 participants from around the world each year. Hosted at the magnificent Sydney Opera House, the music festival offers the chance to experience world-class music, tour unforgettable attractions, and lodge in affordable local rentals.
What to Expect
The 2015 Australian International Music Festival spans seven days, with the opening ceremonies set for 27 June, the final events occurring on 4 July and plenty of music to enjoy in between. Participants travel from New Zealand, China, Singapore and many other international locations to feel the awe of performing in the Sydney Opera House. All types of musical groups are invited to perform at the festival but wind bands, choirs, orchestras and jazz bands are, by far, the most popular.
Apart from the main Opera House performances, groups also perform at other local venues including the City Recital Hall and Darling Harbour. Workshops taught by world-class clinicians are offered in between musical performances, giving participants unrivaled opportunities to learn from the best musicians.
While the musical and cultural experiences surrounding the music festival are certainly the main reasons for attending, Sydney also boasts a wealth of attractions to enjoy during your holiday. As one of the most popular holiday destinations in New South Wales, Sydney offers world-class dining, family-friendly attractions and plenty of sightseeing opportunities.
Want to enjoy Sydney’s outdoor scenery for a day? Take a walk along the Manly Scenic Walkway or hop on the Manly Ferry for a picturesque tour of Sydney Harbour. Situated on the shores of Sydney Harbour, the Royal Botanic Gardens are a must-see when visiting the city. Take a break from sightseeing and experience world-class dining in one of the city’s top restaurants. Wildfire Restaurant and Yukis at the Quay are just a few of the area’s best dining choices.
Musical and Cultural Side Excursions
Want to get the full musical and cultural experience while visiting the 2015 music festival? Several museums and cultural hotspots are waiting to fill your educational desires. Check the calendar for live performances at The Basement, The Enmore Theatre and other top local music venues.
Plan a few side trips to the city’s best museums. Delight the senses by viewing the summer’s exhibits at the Museum of Contemporary Art or the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Learn a little about the area’s history by visiting the Australian National Maritime Museum or the Powerhouse Museum. From art to history, get your cultural fill at one of the city’s cultural institutions.
Whether you’re planning a trip to this year’s Australian International Music Festival as a participant or as a spectator, it’s sure to be a memorable experience. Enjoy the festival without worrying about cost by selecting a holiday rental as your accommodation option. With ample amenities and increased privacy, rentals are the natural choice when visiting Sydney.
Note: All dates & information in the above article were correct as of August 8th 2014
(Photo courtesy of Steve Collis)