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Tuesday 28 May 2019

Tasmania comes alive as the mercury plummets

It is an old joke that Tasmania hibernates in winter, as the mercury drops and locals huddle in front of their wood fires. 

Nowadays, Tasmania comes alive in the colder months as locals and tourists alike embrace the winter chill. 

Dark Mofo kicks off the festivities but you may have left tour run too late if you want tickets for the wacky avant garde festival of the good things in life. 

Next up: 

The Festival of Voices June 28-July 14 

The Festival of Voices is Australia’s premier celebration of the voice, attracting an audience of over 30,000 people to the two-week event in Hobart and on Tasmania’s East Coast. Performances are held on large and small scales, from recitals halls and bars to pop-ups. Enjoy performances by Dami Im, She Persisted, Holy Holy and Electric Fields, as well as emerging musical talent. The City of Hobart Big Sing Bonfire on Sunday, July 7, is loved by people of all ages – gathering at the large bonfires at Salamanca Place to sing along in unison to contemporary and well-loved tunes. Tickets are on sale now.

Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival July 12-14 

The hugely popular Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival is a celebration of centuries-old pagan traditions, storytelling and winter feasting. This year the festival is moving to their new location at the Ranelagh Recreation Grounds, 30 minutes south of Hobart. The festival commences on Friday night with an Aboriginal ceremony to cleanse the spirits. After much feasting and music, the night will culminate in the burning of the two-storey wicker man, ‘Big Willie’. There will be food and beverages on offer from a selection of local stallholders throughout the festival. A new addition to this year's Saturday program is a long table lunch by Wild Grove and Season & Fire. Saturday night features the tradition of wassailing – the crowd will shout, sing and bang pots and pans to awaken the apple trees in the hope of a good harvest. Buses from Hobart and Cygnet will operate on Friday and Saturday, as well as a free Huon Valley shuttle service throughout the festival. For full details see

Tasmanian Whisky Week, August 12-18

Tasmanian whisky is known globally for its quality. Tasmanian Whisky Week is a week-long celebration of whisky and the people who make it. Events are being held across Tasmania and include full-day bus tours visiting distilleries, the launch of a film about whisky, Scotch: The Golden Dram, tastings with distillers and a progressive dinner through four of Hobart’s best restaurants matched with products from four distilleries.

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