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Tasmania's next literary stars
Junction's program for 2017 has a distinctly Tasmanian flavour. They have pulled together a line up of some of Tasmania's talented and uniquely creative artists that will be presented alongside some outstanding acts from interstate. The Junction Arts Festival has grown over the last seven years into a confident, carefree and creative arts festival that brings Launceston alive with music, performance, comedy and exhibitions in hidden and not so hidden spaces around the city.
Tasmania’s vibrant arts and cultural sector is gaining an international reputation and fast becoming a recognised drawcard for visitors to the state. Literary talent is flourishing in Tasmania and our state is a source of inspiration for writers around Australia and the world.
Devonport Jazz is a celebration of all jazz genres, with a festival program aimed to appeal to young and old, to enthusiasts and those new to the musical style. The Festival takes place in a variety of venues across the city, from the Devonport Entertainment Centre, to arts venues, cafes, restaurants, pubs, churches and community halls.
Tasmania’s community museums play an important role as the custodians and story tellers of our state’s unique cultural heritage. The 10 Objects – 10 Stories: celebrating community collections exhibition at QVMAG in Launceston is a wonderful showcase of Tasmania’s small museums and collections and a celebration what they do.
The site has a number of unused warehouses that have been transformed into temporary art installations that can be explored through the evening or head to the shed for Mona-inspired bars and food. The artists featured this year include Matt Daniels, Jonathon Oxlade, Sam Routledge, Tom O’Hern, Chris Levine, Robert Del Naja (Massive Attack), Sacred Acoustics, Marco Perry, Marco Fusinato, Striborg, Daniel Boyd and Alredo Jaar
Anna and Richard Green were both raised and educated in Tasmania before leaving to pursue work opportunities nationally and internationally. Anna is the daughter Tasmanian artist and teacher Winifred Knight and grew up visiting exhibitions, galleries and artist studios. Her interest and love of art continued with Richard as they began collecting work by contemporary Australian artists from galleries in Sydney and began to create a collection of great significance. They have donated a total of 73 significant artworks from contemporary Australian artists to the collection of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
Tasmania’s thriving arts and cultural scene attracts many thousands of visitors to our island state every year. When it comes to arts festivals, Tasmanian’s know how to throw a party, especially if you sprinkle in some fire, food, song and dance to your arts experiences. In the upcoming cooler months of 2017 are a perfect time to visit or get out of the house with festivals around the state and for every taste.