Every year, Launceston plays host to a festival that highlights the best that Tasmania has to offer in terms of performances, art, music, and more. Sometimes referred to as the Discover Tasmania Festival, it gives everybody a chance to celebrate Tasmanian artists of all varieties. But what can you expect from the Junction Arts Festival?
Between September 1st and September 5th, Launceston will welcome artists from all over Tasmania as they put on amazing performances for the watching audience. Performances normally only accessible in galleries, theatres, and various music venues come out into the streets that Australians walk every single day.
With this, you can expect to get blown away whether your preferred art style is music, paintings, drawings, or acting. It’s a beautiful combination of stunning art in the surroundings and architecture that make Launceston so popular around Australia.
Another reason why this festival is so popular is that it normally marks the beginning of spring. After long, cold weeks, it’s time to get back out into the sun (if the weather accommodates our wishes!) and enjoy the architecture of Launceston and the art of locals.
Many reasons suggest that 2021 will be a festival to remember, and the first is the pandemic that tore the country (and the world) apart last year. Even now, 18 months later, we still haven’t returned to normal. For this period, the population has been torn away from friends and family. What’s more, many Australian artists in Tasmania haven’t been able to make a living. With the closing of theatres and music venues, artists often can’t work from home, and this has meant financial problems and an inability to do what they love.
By attending the Junction Arts Festival in September, you can show your support for local artists. Of course, the 2020 event was also cancelled due to the pandemic, and this is another reason to attend the event and show your support in 2021.
Thankfully, the program was recently released for the festival, and it looks like it will be an amazing chance to discover Tasmania. For example, singing acts include Boil Up, Amy Pegg, Baby Lemur Eddie Tuleja, Chase City, Enola Fall, Full Collapse, Isla KA, and Just Flare. Meanwhile, the Mudlark Theatre Company will perform as well as Mr Burns (A Post-Electric Play) and never.the.less Productions’ The Motherload (a documentary performance about motherhood).
In between events on the stages, attendees are free to peruse the festival which will include various unique spaces around Launceston. This includes art installations and, of course, delicious local brews, spirits, and wine from Mudbar, one of the best places to eat in Launceston. Who doesn’t want to enjoy all the fine performances with a local glass of wine in their hand?
If you want to keep up to date with news regarding this opportunity to discover Tasmania, visit the website (you’ll see the full program listed there). The website also has merchandise, and this is especially important considering that this is the 10th anniversary of the festival. After missing last year, organisers and artists alike are ready to celebrate in style.
Click on the ‘Program’ banner and then ‘Schedule’ to see how all five days will run. While Prince’s Square is the main location, you’ll also find various events around Launceston including The Motherload, Brum Brum, Outside the Square, and Jingled.
When attending the Junction Arts Festival in Launceston, you can expect lots of amazing art from brilliant musical performances to acting and paintings. Why not book your tickets and discover Tasmania this year?