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Monday 3 May 2021

Tasmania comes alive in winter

Winter used to be a season when Tasmanians hibernated. Now they embrace the coldest months with a series of events and festivals.

BOFA – Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival

Hobart: May 38-30 and online (free) May 3-30. 

Tasmania's annual film festival, Breath of Fresh Air, makes a welcome return back to the big screens and also continues its online presence in 2021. More than just a film festival, BOFA features panel discussions, a short film competition aptly named Stories of Tasmania and a red carpet opening night with a Roaring 20s-themed party.

Dark Mofo

Hobart June 16-22 

Celebrate the dark through large-scale public art, food, music, fire, light and noise. The festival will explore the links between ancient and contemporary mythology, humans and nature, darkness and light, birth and death during a week of public art, live music, performances, and nocturnal revelry.  Signature events include a Winter Feast on the waterfront, Ogoh-Ogoh parade and burning (above), and the Nude Solstice Swim. 

Festival of Voices

Hobart: June 30-July 11 

Festival of Voices celebrates song in its many forms. Guests can attend one of the many masterclasses on offer or don the puffer jacket and huddle in a Covid-safe fashion around the bonfire for the big sing that magically transforms a crowd into a choir.

Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival

Huonville July 16-17 

Willie Smith's Apple Shed hosts a festival of fire, dance and feast to celebrate the Hon Valley's rich apple-growing history. Dress up make a noise to scare away the evil spirits from the orchard so that the next season brings abundance.

Tassie Scallop Fiesta

Bridport: August 1

Celebrate the opening of the scallop season with a gastronomic festival. Learn more about the maritime history of the area, find out what to fish and what not to fish and watch live cooking demonstrations using the hero ingredient of the day, the humble scallop!

Tasmanian Whisky Week

August 9-15 

There's a reason that Tasmanian is home to internationally acclaimed and gold medal whiskies so come and find out why.

Beaker Street Festival

Hobart and Launceston: August 14-22 

Beaker Street is a not-for-profit organisation in Tasmania that exists to promote the intersection of art and science. Their flagship event, Beaker Street Festival, is a celebration of this intersection and takes place around Tasmania with their hub at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.


Junction Arts Festival  

Launceston: September 1-5 

Junction Arts Festival is celebrating 10 years with the program highlighting the very best of the previous years. Connect with contemporary pakana and palawa stories through the Opening Ceremony and Journey of the Free Words, warm up by the fire as top chefs prepare a campfire feast, experience theatre and dance productions from Tasdance, Stompin and Mudlark in a car park, abandoned buildings and old churches.

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