Tassie’s best kept secret, Junction Arts Festival today drops its first program announcement for 2018, showcasing Northern Tasmania’s renowned local wine and produce, Launceston’s outstanding architecture and exceptional artists from all over the heart-shaped island.
Now in its eighth year, the 2018 program continues Junction’s tradition as an intimate festival of extraordinary experiences in unusual spaces.
Junction's Creative Director Greg Clarke said “Through collaborations with Tasmania artists, dancers, performers and musicians and presenting that work in spaces unique to Launceston, we have been able to create special events that you will not experience anywhere else.”
Here’s just a taste of what you can expect this September....
Junction Arts Festival’s Tamar Valley Feast is the ultimate Northern Tassie food and wine experience mixed with weird and wonderful pop-up performances. Following the success of last year’s inaugural Tamar Valley Taste Trip, the Tamar Valley Feastcelebrates the wine and produce of the Tamar Valley, cooked on open fires by Tasmanian culinary wizards Hubert & Dan, renowned for their innovation and creativity. Take in the sunset as you drink award-winning wines with a soundtrack from local musicians, all presented in one of the north’s most picturesque locations, Tamar Ridge Cellar Door.
A must for retrophiles and design buffs alike, A Day in Launceston – presented by Open House Hobart in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Architects takes visitors on a journey through Launceston’s rich tapestry of architecture. Classic examples of Victorian, Federation and Colonial design sit alongside an internationally recognised Brutalist treasure, quintessential Art-deco detailing and an Egyptian style synagogue. Look up, sticky-beak inside and see this curious city from a different angle.
Make your way back to, or kick off your evening at the free Festival Hub in the stunning Prince’s Square, Junction’s illuminated heart with a packed program of music, art, performances and delicious food and wine from the region. Junction’s Festival Hub will feature the world premiere of Roundabout, a new dance, light and music performance in and around the Square’s magnificent 19th century French fountain featuring Launceston’s roller derby group, the Devil State Derby League. The Hub is also home to the infamous Fountain Bar featuring a packed music program of Tasmania’s best live bands. Also not to be missed is internationally acclaimed Terrapin theatre company’s Infinite Corpse, an interactive installation based on the surrealist drawing game “Exquisite Corpse”.
“Junction Arts Festival truly is an authentic destination festival in which visitors are guaranteed a fully immersive and intimate Tasmanian experience like no other,” added Clarke.
A limited release of Tamar Valley Feast and Launch Party tickets are
ON SALE NOW from junctionartsfestival.com.au
Spring is the perfect time to visit Tasmania’s wild north! Junction’s program has been designed to ensure that visitors can experience the majority of the festival’s key events in one amazing weekend. So come to Tassie for Junction and stay on to explore the many natural treasures of this beautiful region.
Check the website for more information about travel and accommodation options.