This is the most comprehensive list of Australian music festivals in existence. The lists below give information about 346 festivals in Australia that program only music, or in which music is a feature. There are lists for nine genre groupings. The original list was compiled by Carolina Triana and published in Music Forum in April 2012.
Festivals come and go so Carolina will periodically update the lists. Readers are invited to inform the editor of changes in festival details, or of the arrival of new festivals or departure of old ones.
The lists form the basis for an extensive and unique statistical analysis of Australian music festivals. Please go to Australian Music Festivals. Also on the Knowledge Base are articles on individual festivals or types of festivals. Click on BROWSING then on ALL CATEGORIES and finally on MUSIC FESTIVALS.
Carolina Triana (compilation of original list) and Hans Hoegh-Guldberg (arrangement into genre groups). Entered on Knowledge Base 24 February 2014. See also author note in Australian Music Festivals.
Hans founded his own consulting firm, Economic Strategies Pty Ltd, in 1984, following 25 years with larger organisations. He specialised from the outset in applied cultural economics — one of his first major projects was The Australian Music Industry for the Music Board of the Australia Council (published in 1987), which also marks his first connection with Richard Letts who was the Director of the Music Board in the mid-1980s. Hans first assisted the Music Council of Australia in 2000 and between 2006 and 2008 proposed and developed the Knowledge Base, returning in an active capacity as its editor in 2011. In November 2013 the Knowledge Base was transferred to The Music Trust, with MCA's full cooperation.
Between 2000 and 2010 Hans also authored or co-authored several major domestic and international climate change projects, using scenario planning techniques to develop alternative long-term futures. He has for several years been exploring the similarities between the economics of cultural and ecological change, and their continued lack of political clout which is to a large extent due to conventional GDP data being unable to measure the true value of our cultural and environmental capital. This was announced as a major scenario-planning project for The Music Trust in March 2014 (articles of particular relevance to the project are marked *, below).
Carolina is an experienced project manager specialising in the arts, culture and community development sectors. She has held a number of positions in a wide range of government and not-for-profit organisations, including Musica Viva, Sydney Latin American Film Festival, Sydney Story Factory, and the Ministry of Culture of her native Colombia. Carolina is the Arts and Culture Coordinator at Settlement Services International, a state-wide organisation that provides services in the areas of humanitarian settlement and asylum seeker assistance in NSW.
Carolina holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Salamanca University (Spain) and a Graduate Diploma in Arts and Cultural Management from the University of South Australia.