This autumn we're celebrating the arts, with a wide range of cultural festivals and events taking place all over the world, from film to theatre and from opera to jazz. See a selection of our favourite world events below then let us know what you'll be up to in October.

Oktoberfest, Munich (17th September - 3rd October)

Oktoberfest, MunichNeeding little introduction, Oktoberfest is the most famous beer festival in the world. It starts in September, but the name alone makes it a Beginning in Munich on the third Friday in September, more than 5 million locals and tourists turn up each year to swing their steins and soak up all that beer with bratwurst and pretzels. A large funfair is also set up, while popular musicians play to crowds in colourful tents.

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Melbourne Arts FestivalMelbourne Arts Festival (6th - 22nd October)

The Melbourne Arts Festival is one of the top arts events in Australia, and encapsulates the city's lively and creative atmosphere. Many of the finest dance, theatre and music acts from Melbourne, Australia and around the world have made their Australian debut on the festival's stages.

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BFI London Film Festival (12th - 27th October)

 BFI London Film FestivalDeveloped in 1956 with the aim of giving the general public in Britain the chance to see films they might not ordinarily have access to, the London Film Festival is a celebration of independent and award-winning cinema. Mingle with a-listers and see future blockbusters as you choose from a programme of over 300 films from more than 60 countries.

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49th Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's (14th - 29th October)

 Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's Started in the 1960s by a young Queens graduate at the university campus, the Belfast Festival has grown up to become the UK's second largest arts festival, and has hosted celebrated acts including Jimi Hendrix, Laurence Olivier, the Moscow State Ballet and Billy Connolly. The line up regularly includes a huge variety of theatre, dance, opera, film and music, with something to entertain all members of the family. This autumn sees Elvis Costello and KT Tunstall coming to Belfast.

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Guinness Cork Jazz Festival (28th - 31st October)

 Guinness Cork Jazz Festival Meanwhile, residents of Cork will be moving to a syncopated beat as the 32nd Guinness Cork Jazz Festival takes over the city. Big name acts will be appearing in venues all over Cork, where jazz legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Oscar Peterson once performed.

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Other festivals taking place in Ireland this October include the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival and the Wexford Opera Festival.

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By: Eleanor Brown

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