Festivals beyond city limits

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Thousands of Australians now flock to remote destinations as rural and regional towns compete for the biggest, best or simply weirdest out-of-town arts festivals.
Everyone knows arts festivals are major drawcards for our capital cities. But would you travel to central NSW or the SA coast or Woodfordia in rural Queensland for an arts festival?

Thousands of Australians now flock to remote destinations as rural and regional towns compete for the biggest, best or simply weirdest out-of-town arts festivals. They go to Matong State Forest for the Burning Seed festival, where this year festival-goers built a temporary city over a week of intense creativity and sharing, before disappearing without a trace. Or they join in the Maslin Beach Nude Olympics in South Australia or regional Victoria’s Sand Sculpturing Exhibition or The Dreaming Festival held in Woodfordia, rural Queensland.

Shannon Powell

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