Top 5 Junction Arts Festival Experiences
1.The Festival Hub in Prince’s Square
Launceston’s stunning 19th century Princes Square, is the Festival Hub and the central meeting place to start your festivities. In Prince’s Square you’ll discover outdoor bars, delicious food prepared by top local chefs, fires to keep you warm, live music in the Fountain Bar and our cabaret venue The Little Devil. New in Prince’s Square this year is the Crossfire Kitchen – a collaboration between Junction and Timbre’s Matt Adams, with guest chefs on each night creating their favourite campfire dishes.
Nightlight is an after-dark art walk that the whole family will enjoy, featuring immersive art installations and intimate performances in and around Princes Square. Experience awesome light projections, discover dancers emerging from the dark edges of Prince’s Square, step inside the complimentary caravan, jump on a sewing machine or join the campfire sessions.
3. Fountain Bar Music Line-up
Over four big nights, the Fountain Bar will host some of Tassie’s best bands and singer-songwriters. To kick the festival off, Launceston’s Bad Dad Orchestra will have everyone up and dancing at the opening night party. Thurs. night features AMOKO, Medhanit, Halfway to Forth and Bad Beef. Friday night features reggae, psychedelic surf rock and 90’s inspired grooves with Je Bahl, SUNDAZE, Sumner and Hayley Couper. And on Sat. night, headline act Christopher Coleman and the Great Escape will perform their new album The Great Tasmanian Escape. They’ll be joined by the The Stayns, Susannah Coleman-Brown and Kat Edwards.
The magnificent Saint Johns Church plays host to the second of our very popular Breathtaking series, this year featuring three incredible singers Claire Anne Taylor, Jay Jerome and Samantha Hammersley accompanied by piano virtuoso Ben Austin.
5. Theatre, Cabaret & Dance
Hear courageous and funny stories from our community at Rachel Berger’s Nitty Gritty. In Tasdance’s First Floor you’ll experience five amazing new solo dance works performed in upstairs spaces of various Launceston’s buildings. In the intimate Little Devil we have three fabulous cabaret shows – GUTS, GRIT & LIPSTICK – The Queens of Country with Tasmania’s country music legend Ange Boxall, Sydney cabaret legend Paul Capsis and Melbourne comedian cabaret star Jude Perl. And for some great theatre we have two fantastic productions, Ghosts of the Olympic Theatre at the Launceston Post Office and Mudlark’s It Happened One Day in the Workers Club.