Thanks to relatively steady increase in leisure time and disposable income, the Australian arts & entertainment industry continues to grow. Comprising any activity pursued during a person's free time, entertainment can range from live performances and cultural exhibits to any number of recreational activities.
Music concerts are immensely popular in Australia, with multiple venues located across the country specifically for the purposes of hosting local and international artists. Catering to every taste, bands of every genre and orchestras of every size, play everything from rock ballads, to dance tracks and concertos as part of their live shows. Live entertainment also includes drama, musical theatre, and comedy performances. Theatre takes place in local productions, such as community theatre and open mic nights, as well as national companies which tour the country and international acts which visit from overseas with their own cast, crew, and sets.
Encompassing everything from museums and art galleries to zoos and public gardens, cultural and arts exhibits can be found anywhere you might be challenged and inspired. Permanent exhibitions are located in every major city across Australia, housing works of national importance. These institutions are also capable of accepting touring exhibitions, and accommodating temporary shows for new and upcoming artists or seasonally relevant displays. Also embracing historical sites, this sector of the entertainment industry is involved in the preservation of places, pictures, and tangible items of historical note, especially for the purposes of education.
A wide variety of venues provide recreation and entertainment. Outdoor pursuits, such as sports and amusement parks, occupy a large part of the recreation industry. Operating as both hosts for organised sporting events, and as facilities for people to play sports and use fitness equipment themselves, admission can be granted after a one-time entry fee or as part of a membership. Recreational activities can also include less active energetic interests, like cinema or hands-on pastimes such as photography or arts and craft. In order to experience all these kinds of entertainment and more, many people attend festivals held over one or many days. These events tour different cities and present a timetable of performances across a number of stages. Very often these events sell out within minutes, months before they scheduled to begin.
The Yellow Pages has a complete listing of arts and entertainment businesses in your area.