Australia 2000 Arts Festivals

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  • Issue Date: 24 February 2000
  • Designed by: Wayne Rankin
  • Printed by: SNP Ausprint
  • Print Process: Photo lithography
  • Perforations: 14 x 14½
  • Stamp Size: 26 mm x 37.5 mm
  • Format: sheets of 50 (two panes of 25 separated by gutter with printed design)
  • Withdrawal date: 28 February 2001


There are many types of arts festivals held in Australia. Some are held every year; some every two years. They range from major international multi-arts festivals – which celebrate the arts generally – to more specifically focused festivals, such as writers, film and music festivals.

Melbourne graphic designer, Wayne Rankin, created the stamp set from images of the five existing major international arts festivals held in Australia. The set reflects the complexity, richness and vibrancy of arts festivals in Australia.


45c Perth Festival Stamp

The Perth International Arts Festival is Australia’s oldest international multi-arts festival. In 2000 the annual festival introduced a new fringe festival and the writers’ and film festivals were broadened. The images featured in the stamp include Black Swan Theatre Company’s Cloudstreet, which was performed at the 1998 Perth Festival and subsequently to huge critical acclaim in London’s West End.

45c Perth Festival

45c Adelaide Festival Stamp

Since it started in 1960, the biennial Adelaide Festival has developed an enviable reputation as one of the world’s leading multi-arts festivals. The festival includes a curated visual arts and writers festival and also has a large fringe component. The stamp features Rosas, a Belgian dance company, established by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in 1983 and appearing in the Telstra Adelaide Festival 2000.

45c Adelaide Festival

45c Sydney Festival Stamp

The Sydney Festival which celebrated its 24th year in 2000 embraces all art forms. It is ultimately a celebration of summer in a great city, culminating on Australia’s national day. The sculpture featured on the stamp is Guardian Angel by Inge King, held in the collection of Deakin University (Burwood Campus). The dancer is from the Tharp! Dance Company performing in a piece titled Sweet Field in the 1998 Sydney Arts Festival photographed by Lisa Tomasetti.

45c Sydney Festival

45c Melbourne Festival Stamp

The annual Melbourne Festival, held in mid-October, has a reputation for presenting outstanding international and Australian attractions encompassing all art forms. Since its beginning, in 1986, the festival has taken advantage of a variety of non-traditional venues. The foreground image featured in the stamp is a performer from Sekarwari–Balinese Dance Society which performed in the 1998 Festival photographed by Pancho Colladetti. The background image is of a member of Spindrift who performed as part of the Streets Southgate Spectacular at the 1996 Festival photographed by William West.

45c Melbourne Festival

45c Brisbane Festival Stamp

The Brisbane Festival features some of the finest dance, drama, contemporary and fine music performing arts groups from Australia and overseas. The stamp features members of the Vusa Dance Company of South Africa performing African Moves at the 1998 Brisbane Arts Festival. The percussionist is Sidwell Dhlamini and the dancer is Mundalano David Matamela photographed by Rob Maccoll.

45c Brisbane Festival

Se-tenant Strip

Se-tenant strip of 5 x 45c

Gutter Strip

The logos of each of the arts festivals’ organisations are printed in the gutter strip.

Gutter strip of 10 x 45c plus 5 labels

First Day Cover

The first day of issue postmark was GPO Adelaide SA 5000.

First day cover

Maximum Cards

45c Perth Festival maximum card
45c Adelaide Festival maximum card
45c Sydney Festival maximum card
45c Melbourne Festival maximum card
45c Brisbane Festival maximum card

Presentation Pack

Presentation pack front cover
Presentation pack - se-tenant strip of 5 x 45c