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Events not to miss in Tasmania

Events not to miss in Tasmania

From dazzling laser shows to grape stomping in paddocks and spectacular maritime trails, Tasmanians know how to celebrate art, passion and life. So pop these dates in the diary and get ready to have some fun.

What’s on now

A painting with two people on a row boat heading to a small island
‘To the Island’ by David Keeling | Credit: David Keeling

David Keeling: Stranger

Where: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG), Hobart
When: November 20 – February 14, 2021

This exhibition features more than 70 artworks by Launceston-born artist, David Keeling. David has spent nearly 40 years exploring Tasmania and its narratives, past and present, and interpreted this with influences by international art movements – particularly surrealism and symbolism – to create unique pieces.

The combination of elements which are both local and global, contemporary and historic, makes for a compelling body of artworks which match brilliantly with the aspirations of TMAG to tell Tasmanian stories.”

– Jane Stewart, TMAG Principal Curator of Art

Sci Art Walks

Where: Anywhere
When: Now

This is where art meets science. Take a journey into the mind with a series of audio escapes created for Beaker Street Festival. Sci Art Walks episodes feature talks by some of Tasmania’s most innovative and accomplished scientists and cultural icons with original music compositions performed by Tasmanian musicians. Each episode is paired with a suggested walking location in Tassie, however listeners can access the project from anywhere, free of charge.  

A large statue of a bird carved from Huon pine standing on bits of rusted car
‘Megahaliaeetus Dead Car’ by Alastair Mooney

Summer Season Exhibitions

Where: The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG), Launceston
When: Now

QVMAG celebrates the art, culture and stories of our island with thought-provoking exhibitions across four galleries. See Garry Greenwood’s enchanting leather craft creations in the anticipated exhibition, Skin. The all-female, Herself, explores Tasmanian artists of the QVMAG collection from the 1830s to now inciting an ongoing conversation on diversity in art. Witness the craftsmanship of emerging Tasmanian talent Alastair Mooney through a collection of life-like Huon pine carvings of Tasmanian bird species. Anne Zahalka reimagines previously decommissioned gallery dioramas from the popular 1980’s zoology display at QVMAG, alongside a series of digitally remastered light box representations providing environmental commentary in Lost Landscapes.

What’s on soon

A person dressed up in fur and a mixture of colourful clothes parading down a stage
Dressing up for the catwalk at Mona Foma | Credit: Jarrad Seng

Mona Foma

Where: Launceston and Hobart
When: Launceston, January 15-17, 2021
Hobart, January 22-24, 2021

Celebrate summer with a good dose of music, art, performance and hedonism at this high-summer festival. Stare in awe as 12-metre-high water jets erupt at Cataract Gorge in time with subharmonic frequencies being streamed to your phone, while lasers trace patterns in the sky enveloping you in a canopy of light and sound. Or stroll through an exhibition of video installations, sculpture and more in an old warehouse in the heart of Hobart.

What’s coming up

A row of coloured wooden boats on the water
Wooden Boat Centre Tasmania | Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Adrian Cook

Maritime Trail hosted by the Australian Wooden Boat Festival

Where: Statewide
When: April 10 & 11, 2021

Take part in a rare opportunity to find out about the origin of wooden boats. Go on a guided boatyard tour and meet the people who design and build the boats and even try your hand at varnishing. Spread across various venues around the state, join in the marina adventures and watch the Tall Ships sail. Full program will be released in March.   

People watching a performance on a beach with drummers in the foreground
Ten Days on the Island | Credit: Sonja Ambrose

Ten Days on the Island

Where: Various regional areas
When: March 5-21, 2021

The biennial Ten Days on the Island arts festival is celebrating its 20th year in 2021. Expect an epic 10-day adventure over three weekends in three regional area of Tasmania.

Leaping boldly into this home-grown program, we have curated a series of unique experiences in local landscapes through which Tasmanian artists will imagine, create and respond from the perspective of this extraordinary place in these extraordinary times.”

– Lindy Hume, Artistic Director

People standing around talking near a fire pit with colourful fairy lights in the background
East Coast Harvest Odyssey (ECHO) | Credit: Sarah Rhodes

East Coast Harvest Odyssey (ECHO)

Where: Cranbrook
When: March 26-28, 2021

Feast, stomp grapes, go for a dip and listen to live music and storytelling at the East Coast Harvest Odyssey. Set in the old riverside Gala Mill in Cranbrook, this is a bespoke weekend of food and fun. A highlight is the Native Bounty Feast. 

BOFA – Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival

Where & When: Launceston, April 30 – May 2, 2021
Online, May 3-30, 2021
Hobart, May 28-30, 2021

It was BOFA on the sofa in 2020, as the Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival marked its 10th anniversary with an exclusively online festival. But get ready to mingle in 2021 with three festivals planned – in Launceston, Hobart and online. Major films will be shown on the Village Cinema big screen with festival extras planned including fringe screenings in non-cinema venues, cinema-themed art exhibitions, red carpet openings and parties.     

For the calendar

The Unconformity

Where: Queenstown
When: October 15-17, 2021

Don’t miss The Unconformity, a cultural festival that has drawn international attention to the remote west-coast town of Queenstown.

“We commission and create a whole set of new works, which means that every festival is distinct and unique. Queenstown requires you to get out of your normal environment and drop any veneer – conventional ways of seeing things and doing things don’t apply here.”

– Travis Tiddy, Festival Director

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