The 2021 events worth saving your annual leave for

Here are the world's biggest events that skipped 2020 but are making a comeback in 2021.

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2020 is shaping up to be a year of limited events. In an effort to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, major sporting events as well as music, arts and cultural festivals around the world have been forced to cancel or postpone.

However, in light of the situation, many events have stated they're returning next year – and no doubt, with a bang.

You might be holding onto your annual leave now, but in 2021, these are must-attend events to put those precious holidays toward.

1. Rising, Melbourne

Melbourne was set to welcome this new winter festival in 2020, but has had to postpone its inaugural event until 2021. While it's sad news, it only gives us that much more time to plan our trip.

The festival is intended to replace the current Melbourne International Arts Festival and White Night and is a winter inspired festival of lights, video, art and music.

It'll feature local, national and international artists. As an extra special treat, its inaugral night will be marked by a total lunar eclipse.

  • Original dates: May 2020
  • Next date: 26 May - 6 June 2021
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2. Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne

Drawing in local and international crowds of 700,000+, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is the largest comedy festival in the Southern Hemisphere. 2020 was going to be its 32nd anniversary but alas it was cancelled due to COVID-19.

2021 though is still very much green lighted and we're expecting it to be bigger, better and funnier than ever before.

  • Original dates: 25 March - 19 April 2020
  • Next date: 30 March - 24 April 2022
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3. Vivid Sydney, Sydney

Brightening Sydney over the winter months, Vivid is a light, music, arts and ideas festival like no other. Over two million attendees flock to marvel at the artistic works that are projected onto some of Sydney's most iconic buildings, including the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

But with such a large number of attendees anticipated, its lights were forced to be turned off in 2020.

However, keep late May and early June free in 2021 as the site states "Vivid Sydney will shine brighter than ever in 2021!"

  • Original dates: 22 May - 13 June 2020
  • Next date: 17 September to 9 October 2021
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4. Dark Mofo, Hobart

Quirky, strange and filled with sinister undertones, Tasmania's mid-winter arts festival Dark Mofo has been growing in popularity over the years. But in 2020, its founder David Walsh announced that "we're killing Dark Mofo for the year. I know that wil murder and already massacred tourism environment, but I feel I have no choice (hint: that means I have a choice)".

Keen to experience this quirky display of local art, music, food, film and noise? We'll see you mid-winter in Hobart, Tasmania in 2021 at Dark Mofo then. Or, check out its brighter side MONO FOMA over summer in January 2021.

  • Original dates: 10-22 June 2020
  • Next date: 16-22 June 2021
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