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Get out into the cold

There is a range of great events to keep you busy during the colder months. We look at what’s on for winter.


Jeans for Genes

Jeans for Genes Day is a national day when people wear their jeans to raise much-needed funds for research into birth defects and diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, and a range of genetic disorders. Every dollar raised on the day will help scientists at Children’s Medical Research Institute discover treatments and cures, to give every child the opportunity to live a long and healthy life.

They are looking for volunteers on Friday, August 2. Shifts vary from two to four hours, depending on location.

If you are interested, visit here.


Darwin Festival

Whether you’re looking for theatre, dance performances by Bangarra Dance Theatre or displays of Aboriginal art, there is something uniquely Northern Territory about this winter festival.

The festival offers a broad mix of entertainment from comedy to young musicians, but there is a focus on the first people with the National Indigenous Music Awards and an Aboriginal Art Fair. Head north to escape the cold and get involved.

August 8-25


WinterWild 2019

Taking place on the wild Victorian coastline of Apollo Bay, the WinterWild festival channels pagan spirits with a focus on bonfires and evening performances across two weekends. The program features music, food trucks and plenty of live performances to go with the giant fires that form the heart of the festival.

August 16-18 and August 30 – September 1


SALA Festival

This South Australian Living Artists Festival takes over the South Australian capital for the month of August. The festival was established in 1998 to celebrate the many artists living and working in the state and a huge number of galleries open their doors to art walks and special exhibitions. For a full line-up of the month’s festivities, visit the SALA website.



White Night Ballarat

This regional edition of the all-night arts festival will return to Ballarat so rug up and hit the streets to see buildings covered with colourful projections, live music performances and art installations in the most unlikely places. White Night Melbourne also takes place across the three nights in August before moving north.

August – September