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Thursday, 23 December 2021

Tasmania stays open for summer - fingers crossed

The Cygnet Folk Festival, and our backyard Christmas Eve drinks, are the latest events in Tasmania to be cancelled after Premier Peter Gutwein decided to throw state borders open to visitors from Covid cavalier New South Wales. 

Fingers and toes are crossed for other summer events on the Apple Isle. 

Among those still going ahead at this stage: 

Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race: December 26-January 1 

The Sydney to Hobart is one of the world's toughest yacht races and fierce conditions are expected. Sailors race a gruelling 628 nautical miles from Sydney Harbour, down the south-east coast of mainland Australia, across Bass Strait, then down the east coast of Tasmania to the finish on Hobart's waterfront. Celebrations continue with New Year's Eve festivities and the waterfront is the perfect place to take a stroll and check out the Hobart Race Village, the eateries and bars and the Taste of Summer festival. www.rolexsydneyhobart.com 

Taste of Summer: December 28-Janury 3 

Taste of Summer is the replacement event for the hugely popular Taste of Tasmania, which was canned by Hobart City Council (an organisation best known for its absurd parking rules and regulations). The food festival has long been a key event on Tasmania's social calendar but now people will have to pay to enter, which may completely alter the dynamic. Princes Wharf Shed No.1 on the Hobart waterfront is the venue for over 80 food and drink producers from regions right across the state, along with a range of live entertainment. The New Year's Eve party is a ticketed event with delicious food and drinks, fireworks and live music across both a waterfront and lawn stage. www.tasteofsummer.com.au

Mona Foma: January 21-23 Launceston; January 28-30 Hobart 

Mona Foma will feature two weekends of music, art and live performances to opposite ends of the state. From a dance work exploring the journey of the pakana people, a cross-section of live music, to cement-mixer-monster-trucks, aerialists on a dripping iceberg and high-powered lasers illuminating the landscape. The festival includes over 300 artists across 40 venues with Midnight Oil performing two near sold-out shows in each city. www.monafoma.net.au


The Ashes: January 14-18 Hobart 

For the first time ever Tasmania is hosting an Ashes series cricket match with the fifth and final test to be held at Blundstone Arena (above) on Hobart's eastern shore. The Ashes series is contested by Australia and England and is cricket's oldest rivalry. Fingers crossed it doesn't rain. 

For full details about what is on in Tasmania see www.discovertasmania.com.au/ 

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