Singing in the winter dark: Festival of Voices returns for 2024

Hobart’s original winter festival returns with a program featuring everything from US R&B star Macy Gray and choral workshops to community sing-alongs.
An aerial view taken at dusk of a large crowd gathered outdoors preparing to sing together as part of The Big Sing at Festival of Voices.

Described by its Artistic Director Isobel Marmion as a ‘highly participatory festival, known for its exceptional choral performances, hands-on workshops, cabaret, contemporary concerts, singalongs and pop-up experiences,’ the annual Festival of Voices launched its 2024 program last Friday (5 April).

Festival of Voices has seen the Tasmanian cultural landscape grow considerably more competitive since it was first held in 2005, with the rise of Dark Mofo and more recently, Dark Fringe.

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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