Unconformity rules at this unique celebration of place

This site-specific festival on Tasmania's remote West Coast offers locals and visitors alike an array of unique cultural experiences.
An aerial view of the winding road into Queenstown TAS highlighting the moonscape-like hills around the town.

When Travis Tiddy and friends first established Tasmania’s biennial West Coast festival The Unconformity in the old copper mining town of Queenstown, they were all very new to the festival world.

‘None of us had one shred of experience in putting together an arts festival, though a few of us were creatively minded, and we started the journey from that very naïve and probably intuitive basis,’ Tiddy, The Unconformity’s Artistic Director, explains.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts