Art festivals celebrate the creative side of Victoria. They include events which showcase artwork, literature, film, photography, music, dance and acting.
March. Studio doors will be open and visitors will be able to meet and interact with the many artists that the Castlemaine district is renowned for. There will also be a series of group exhibitions from painters, jewellers, sculptors and craftspeople.
August / September. Held over one month, this festival of contemporary local and international photography is staged within many of the city's finest heritage buildings and public spaces. View a wide range of exciting photography, get involved in professional workshops or attend presentations by acclaimed photographers.
March. Clunes is turned into a European-style booktown with booksellers from around Australia setting up shop in the town's historic buildings, featuring thousands of rare, out-of-print and second hand books. There is also food, live music, entertainment and writers talks.
February. Over 400 artists from all over Australia compete in this long running art show which features paintings, photographs, 3D and mixed media. Visitors can view the works and also enjoy the Daffodil Festival which is held at the same time and includes entertainment and a street market.
September / October. The Melbourne Fringe Festival encompasses performances by independent artists, both emerging and established. Work presented is often original, provocative and imaginative, and ranges from theatre, to comedy, dance, music, cabaret, circus and visual arts. The festival is held across various venues around the city.www.melbournefringe.com.au
March / April. This is one of the biggest comedy festivals in the world and takes over Australia's comedy capital of Melbourne. It features a plethora of stand up comedians, theatre and cabaret shows, family-friendly acts, street performances, film and the visual arts. The Melbourne Town Hall is converted into a huge comedy hub and there are also performances held at other city centre and suburban venues.www.comedyfestival.com.au
July / August. An 18 day festival held at several city venues that showcases some of the best new films from Australia and around the world. There are also movie talks, tributes, discussion programs and acting masterclasses.
Location: Melbourne CBDwww.miff.com.au
February. Held outdoors at Village Green, this free outdoor film festival showcases a number of short films and aims to foster the Australian film industry. There is live entertainment and celebrity judges will be present to award prizes at the end of the festival.
May / June. A festival of art, music, ceremony, culture and food in Melbourne's city centre and inner suburbs.www.rising.melbourne
June. Proudly supporting the Australian film industry, exceptional films by emerging artists and short works by accomplished industry professionals are shown on the big screen at theatres in St Kilda. There are also workshops and forums that provide an overview of a variety of filmmaking topics.
Location: St Kildawww.stkildafilmfestival.com.au