When it comes to arts festivals, Tasmanians know how to throw a party. We are also used to being cold (it happens every year), but instead of hibernating in winter, we like to embrace it by sprinkling some fire, food, song and dance onto our arts experiences and coming together to revel in creativity.
There is something for everyone with the sometimes baffling but always cool Dark Mofo program, the superpower of song – Festival of Voices, cool jazz on the north west coast at Devonport Jazz, Bay of Fires Winter Arts Festival on the east coast, wassail yourself at the Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest, big-time brain food at the Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival and the newly minted Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival in the genteel surrounds of the northern midlands.
So if you are local get out your diaries and save the dates, if you live further north – then make plans to fly south for the winter and join us to celebrate art, artists, culture, creativity, eating, drinking, singing, thinking, dancing, getting together and having fun.*
The Bay of Fires Winter Arts Festival lights up the north east coast over the June long weekend with events, workshops, films, dance, fine art, gardens, exhibitions and more, designed to take you across the Bay of Fires and Break O’Day region.
Celebrating both ancient and contemporary mythologies, Mona’s midwinter festival Dark Mofo entices an annual pilgrimage south to Tasmania to embrace the dark through large-scale public art, food, film, music, light and noise.
The Festival of Voices is Australia’s biggest and best festival celebrating the vocalist and the power of song. Held every year this unique festival welcomes thousands of choristers and vocalists for ten days of singing and song and offers a program of concerts, workshops and events and creates a unique opportunity for learning and performing.
If you haven’t sung to an apple tree whilst banging pots and pans by firelight lately, head to the Huon Valley to celebrate the regions apple picking history and join in the ages-old tradition of wassailing. Also, feasting, drinking and music by the fireside.
Devonport Jazz is an annual music festival that celebrates all jazz genres – both old and new. Devonport Jazz features artists from Tasmania and interstate and incorporates music, food, visual art, dance and film.
The Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival is a celebration of all the things related to the written word. There are author readings, writing workshops, panel discussions, food and wine events and much, much more.
The inaugural Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival will celebrate classical music and showcase the built heritage in Northern Tasmania. This event promises a feast of fine classical music and gourmet cuisine, and is set among some of Tasmania’s most exquisite historic homes and gardens.
*BYO puffer jacket.