If you’ve been waiting for an excuse to go on a holiday, consider this divine intervention. This spring, Tasmania is set to shine with a 5-day festival celebrating the island’s best artists, food and wine, architecture and music. Now in its eighth year, Launceston’s Junction Arts Festival is a shimmering, colourful, vibrant and spectacular showcase of everything that makes Tasmania unique. Drawing attendees from far and wide, it’s proving that Tasmania doesn’t play second fiddle to anyone.

The Junction Arts Festival 2018 line-up was recently announced, with an epic program of 25+ events including theatre, dance, music, performance, monumental installations, storytelling, cabaret, architecture, communal feasts, roller skating (yes!) and more.

From lush disco parties to local food & wine, an upside down nightclub to a Tweed Run bicycle party, and unique Tasmanian indigenous performances, we’re expecting the 2018 run to be bigger and better than ever. Schedule that Out Of Office email and read on to discover what we’re most looking forward to.

Kickstart the festival at the Festival Hub in Prince’s Square. The best bands and producers from across Tasmania will take over the square for a series of free gigs. If you work up an appetite from dancing, there will be plenty of local food trucks on hand to satisfy your taste buds with some of the finest produce in the state. Be a part of the artwork with Terrapin Theatre’s Infinite Corpse or bask in the beauty of projection artist Jen Brown’s nightly works.

 

For something a little saucier, Junction’s own cabaret venue, Junction’s Little Devil, will be hosting award-winning performances and cabaret.

Journey of the Free Words is a three-part theatrical music odyssey that chronicles the hand delivery of a letter, written by a palawa person and addressed to their oppressor across the sea. Performed by some of lutrawita’s best first nations artists, Journey of the Free Words and its creative process makes for a historical and musical discovery for both audience and performer.

The annual bike ride, Tweed Run, will return for another spin around the city. The annual bike ride encourages attendees to don their best tweeds and traditional riding attire and ride around Launceston’s historic centre.

Open House Hobart will be presenting Open House Launceston, a memorable tour through Launceston’s rich architectural history. As part of the tour, guests will be invited into extraordinary buildings not usually open to the public. Classic examples of Victorian, Federation and Colonial design sit alongside an internationally recognised Brutalist treasure, quintessential Art-deco detailing and an Egyptian synagogue.

If you’re a bit of a foodie, the Tamar Valley Feast is not to be missed! Celebrating the incredible wine and produce of the Tamar Valley region, the Tamar Valley Feast is a culinary tour of Northern Tasmania. Cooked on open fires by Hubert & Dan, it’s an incredible opportunity to indulge in award-winning wines, be serenaded by local musicians, witness one of the most beautiful sunsets on earth, and do it all in one of the most picturesque locations in Tasmania, the Tamar Ridge Cellar Door.

So what are you waiting for? Lodge that annual leave form and grab your carry-on bag: Tasmania is the must-do getaway this Spring!

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Images: Junction Arts Festival