The best events this winter
28 June – 14 July 2019
Festival of Voices is back for its 15th year, with a line-up of local, national and international artists, and more than 100 events to choose from across Tassie, it’s the perfect time of year to warm up your vocal cords and hit the road.
The festival kicks off on the east coast between 28 and 30 June. Twamley Farm, Devil’s Corner Cellar Door and Spring Bay Mill (just to name a few) will host acts such as ARIA award-winning Bustamento and electro-tribal-pop duo The Merindas.
Venture down to the Tasman Peninsula for an evening with jazz singer and cabaret artist, Mama Alto on 12 July at The Asylum, Port Arthur Historic Site. Her sublime vocals and storytelling, and of course the delicious food, are not to be missed.
No matter where you live, the Hobart program is worth the trip. It’s packed with workshops, pop-up events and contemporary, cabaret, jazz and classical performances, including global singing sensation Dami Im and indie rock stars Holy Holy.
The major choral event at Federation Concert Hall will showcase one of Australia’s finest vocal ensembles The Australian Voices, who will perform one of the greatest pieces of choral music ever written, Cherubini’s Requiem. Head to the Theatre Royal for the award-winning Boston Children’s Chorus Australian premiere of She Persisted, as well as The Idea of North’s Harmonic Histrionic.
For the first time, North Hobart will host a range of events, including singalong screenings at the State Cinema, as well as Queenie van de Zandt who will bring the songs of Joni Mitchell to life at the North Hobart Uniting Church. Get your mates together for the biggest pub choir in Tasmania’s history at Hobart City Hall, or escape the cold at festival favourite, the City of Hobart Big Sing Bonfire. With these events and so many more, Festival of Voices is the perfect opportunity to sing your heart out and celebrate music.
6-8 September 2019
The annual Great Eastern Wine Weekend returns for its fifth year from 6-8 September 2019, showcasing the best food and wines of Tasmania’s east coast.
The event offers an opportunity to explore Tasmania’s east coast wine region through a variety of special events, cellar door specials, lazy brunches hopping between vineyards, communal yoga, cheese and sparkling events and a cruise to Wineglass Bay.
This year’s calendar has an additional seven events already confirmed for 2019, with more still to be added. New events include a Wine Maker’s Degustation Dinner with Furneaux Restaurant and Priory Ridge; new faces at the Meet the Maker event at Freycinet Lodge, including Overtime Vineyard; and paddling, paintball and ATV tour specials to work off all that indulgence.
Long-time favourites return such as oyster tasting at Freycinet Marine Farm; wine and dine cruises aboard Schouten Passage II; open cellar doors and wine tastings; and the Great Eastern Wine Dinner at Freycinet Lodge.
Accommodation packages at Freycinet Lodge are available, with discounts for our members.
12-18 August 2019
Tasmania’s burgeoning whisky and spirits industry will be celebrated with events across seven days in distilleries, bars, barns, stables, restaurants, boats, cinemas and hotels throughout the state. In its fourth year, the event has grown to a week of festivities, with more than 20 events and more than 25 distilleries to discover while exploring Tasmania’s main cities and regional hotspots.
Throughout the week, distilleries will be opening their doors to host guided behind-the-scenes tours to meet the distillers in person, provide access to rare and exclusive whiskies, and offer guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in Tasmanian whisky culture.
Event highlights include the RACV Resorts Spirits Showcase, the largest event of Whisky Week, to be held at the RACV/RACT Hobart Apartment Hotel. Guests will have the opportunity to meet with distillers and discuss and demystify their craft.
A selection of some of the rarest whiskies from Tasmania, Australia and around the world will be available to buy through a live auction held at the Hadley’s Orient Hotel in Hobart. Drinks on the Derwent takes guests aboard the Peppermint Bay II to enjoy the scenic surrounds of the Derwent River and learn the stories and tales of a selection of Tasmania’s single malt whisky distilleries.
Five specially designed bus tours will run throughout the state during the week. Distilleries in the north and south will open their doors and guide guests through their production facilities, some of which have never before been open to the public.
Our members can book a package to stay at the Hobart Apartment Hotel during Whisky Week, including tickets to the Spirits Showcase.
25-28 July 2019
If you love jazz, then Devonport is the place to be this July.
Highlights of this year’s Devonport Jazz Festival include trumpet extraordinaire James Morrison; Melbourne group The Syncopators; Pure Jazz Sessions with the Ben Charnley Trio and the Gianni Marinucci Trio; a brunch performance and INXS jazz tribute with Brisbane-born vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Cam Giles; Squeezebox Cabaret with Matthew Ives and his Big Band; and the Royal Australian Navy Jazz Group, Melbourne.
If you’re looking for something a little different, put on your dancing shoes for a SwingMania dance class, or sit back and relax at the Providore Place SpeakEasy. Tassie is full of exceptional jazz musicians, many of whom will be at the festival ready to wow you with their diverse talent. You’ll also have the chance to feast on delicious Tasmanian produce at venues across Devonport while taking in all that jazz
Pick up a paranaple Festival Pass for $199 for access to the biggest events, additional discounts and deals.
18-21 October 2019
Indulge in a four-day relaxation retreat at Cradle Mountain Hotel with experienced Tasmanian qigong teacher, Jay McGough. Qigong is an ancient Chinese self-healing practice, suitable for all ages and abilities, that focuses on movement and breath to develop a state of deep relaxation. The retreat features activities that release stress and enhance feelings of inner peace and stillness. It will also include meditation sessions; a guided tour in the national park; an optional creative writing workshop; and free time to book in for a massage (subject to availability), explore the Wilderness Gallery or unwind in front of a wood fire.
Prices are $935 p/p twin share or $1185 p/p single and includes accommodation, meals and all activities. You can save $100 if you pay by 12 July 2019. Bookings close 12 August 2019.
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