Six Most Remarkable Things to Expect During the Australian Open 2016
Sport has always been at the heart of Australian society. Few sporting events exemplify this fact better than the Australian Open. Being one of the four grand slam tennis tournaments, the Australian Open is arguably the one of the country’s greatest events in the sporting calendar. This Tennis tournament has taken every year as the first grand slam tournament in January since 1905. Of all the grand slams, it ranks as the second most popular tournament in terms of viewership after the US Open. 2015’s prize money of around USD 28 million has also made one of the world’s richest tennis tournaments in the world.
It may seem like a long time but tennis fans can’t wait for the approximately 130 or so days before crowds throng the Melbourne Park for the 2016 tournament. Melbourne is one of the most exciting cities to be in and tennis fans can expect lots more from their visit to this great city other than world class tennis action. Apart from the high octane action on Melbourne’s premiere tennis grounds, the grand city is replete with amazing attractions and events that will make your visit an amazing experience. Six of the most remarkable things to expect during the Australian Open 2016 include but are not limited to:
- Midsummer Festival 2016
This is a unique and captivating event in Victoria. Held annually between in mid January to early February, it showcases diverse artistic and cultural events in numerous venues throughout Melbourne and Victoria. The array of events is broad and covers music, sports, theater, spoken word, film and other categories. Tennis lovers will therefore be spoilt for choice when it comes to entertainment after having their day’s fill of Australian Open 2016 action.
- Australia Day
This is the all important day that brings all Australians from all walks of life in celebrating what this great nation has achieved in terms of economic and social progress since the 1788 landing of the first fleet. Throughout the history of this festival, sport has always taken centre stage during the festival and continues to do so to date.
- Soundwave 2016
This landmark event that also takes place in Brisbane and Sidney will be held on 26th January 2016 in Melbourne. Falling on a public holiday (Australia Day), the atmosphere will undoubtedly be electric. Any visitor to Melbourne would practically have to be out of their to miss the thrilling performances that have become synonymous with this world famous event.
- Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2016
This has always been a top draw among Jazz lovers who come from all over the world to witness famous jazz performers from all over the globe showcasing their talent before an audience from virtually all corners of the world.
- Andy Warhol Ai Weiwei International Exhibition
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the works of two of the most influential artists of the 20th and 21st century. Their highly acclaimed works will be on display at the National gallery of Victoria from the 11th of December 2015 till 24th August 2016.
- The CATS are Back
A.L Webbers famous performers are back and will mark their return to Melbourne’s artistic scene starting 18th December 2015 to 10th of January 2016. Tennis lovers attending the Australian Open 2016 will therefore have a unique chance to witness this amazing show.
With so much unreal entertainment options to enjoy during the Australian Open 2016, it is best to get online tickets as early as possible online with vendors like Queen of Tickets to ensure you get to participate in all the magical events your heart desires.
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