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Published May 16th 2014
Five Fabulous Festivals to keep you Feeling Fine
1. Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Melbourne International Jazz Festival: 30 May-8 June.

The Melbourne International Jazz Festival is an annual, world-class jazz festival first held in 1998. The Festival takes place in concert halls, arts venues, jazz clubs and throughout the streets of Melbourne as the city comes alive with the spirit of jazz.
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Young and old, enthusiasts and the uninitiated, the jazz festival program aims to encourage as many people as possible to experience jazz in a personal and unique way.

The Festival's vision is "to be one of the leading centres of jazz presentation in the world by providing a platform for performance, collaboration, education and engagement." Modern masters of jazz, late night art parties, free events, Australian/international collaborations, and emerging artists stage time will flavour this festival with variety and selection for everyone.

2. Light in Winter Festival
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Light in Winter Festival (free!): 1-22 June, 2014
Federation Square's annual winter program, The Light in Winter, celebrates art, music, and performance, with participation from over 20 of Melbourne's multicultural communities.

Local and international artists collaborate for the eighth year of celebrations in Melbourne, again under the direction of arts luminary Robyn Archer. Free events, exhibitions, public art, and various rich cultural traditions of the winter solstice celebration will warm up Melbourne at Federation Square from June 1 to 22, 2014.

3. The Flavour Exchange

The Flavour Exchange: 19-20 June, 4:30-8:30pm

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original photo, Lux Bites Meringue
For $25 per ticket, Melburnian foodies get 14 tasting tokens to sample and stock-up on some of Victoria's finest wines, beer, ciders and morsels of goodness, while meeting the "artisans" who make it all happen; it's like a mini progressive dinner and drinks!

4. Melbourne International Film Festival

Melbourne International Film Festival: 31 July - 17 August, 2014

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is one of the oldest film festivals in the world (established in 1952), and the most significant screen event in Australia. This iconic Melbourne event takes place annually in the heart of the city, presenting film industry and celebratory events alongside an acclaimed screening program.

MIFF doesn't just showcase the best in current cinema from around the world, there is also a well rounded offering of retrospectives, tributes, and discussion programs.

MIFF is Australia's largest showcase of new Australian cinema, and is the country's most prominent proponent of emerging and established local film-making talent.

Melbourne's Writers Festival

Melbourne's Writers Festival: 21 - 31 August 2014
Melbourne's annual celebration for writers, readers, and thinkers."
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Every year, Melbourne Writers Festival welcomes international and local writers, thinkers, artists, musicians, and performers in celebration of the written word.
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