burning big willie sculpture
Experiences

What's on: Jun/Jul 2022

Your new Tassie to-do list from June through July in 2022.

Dark Mofo

8 - 22 June

Dark Mofo is welcoming a new era exploring ideas of rebirth, reincarnation, and new life in this year’s art festival. The line-up includes American video artist Bill Viola, visual artist Doug Aitken, a winter feast and nude solstice swim, plus much more.

Inside the Winter Feast for Dark Mofo
Crowd gathers in Dark Mofo exhibit

The Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival

15 - 17 July

A key indicator winter is well and truly here? The Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival. Drawing on pagan traditions from the cider-producing regions of south-west England, this annual festival is centred around the wassail ceremony. It is said that through banging of pots and pans evil spirits are scared away and the apple trees are awakened with the wassail song. The trees are then blessed with cider from the previous year’s harvest. It is fitting this year’s festival is taking place at Willie Smith’s Apple Shed. A fiery highlight of the festival is the burning man.

The Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival in full swing

Credit: Natalie Mendham

In full costume for the festival

Credit: Natalie Mendham

Devonport Jazz Festival

28 - 31 July

Come late July, Devonport becomes a stage for local and international jazz artists as the Devonport Jazz Festival kicks off. While COVID has affected the festival in previous years, this year it’s back into the groove. It promises an impressive line-up of musicians (check the website closer to the event date for full program).

The Devonport Jazz Festival

The Australian Ballet

29 - 30 July

The Australian Ballet is heading to Hobart’s Theatre Royal Main Stage on its Regional Tour. The gala program will feature a selection of pas de deux and Swan Lake Variations. This never-before-seen piece was choreographed especially for the regional tour by former artistic director David McAllister.

Find tickets through The Theatre Royal website.

Great Eastern Wine Week

9 - 18 September

The Great Eastern Wine Week is almost here. The 10-day festival will host over 60 events across the region giving you the chance to meet the winemakers, growers, producers and, of course, taste some award-winning drops.

Gathered round a barrell

Hobart Airport Marathon Festival

25 September

It’s time to start training for the Hobart Airport Marathon Festival. With a marathon, half marathon, 10km and 5km runs, and a 5km and 2km walk, there’s something for everyone. RACT members are treated to a 15% member discount on registrations.

Find out how to save and more.

Credit: April Gillies

Cascade Female Factory

Say hello to the all-new History and Interpretation Centre at the World Heritage-listed Cascades Female Factory. After a $5 million dollar upgrade the stunning new centre offers a range of tours and interpretative experiences and remains a significant centrepiece of Tassie’s convict history, specifically, the untold story of the role of women during this convict era. You’ll want to catch The Proud and the Punished at midday, which is a stunning one-woman performance that tells the story of Sarah Mason – a petty criminal sentenced to seven years transportation for stealing a pair of boots.

Cascade Female Factory entrance.

Credit: Alastair Bett

Make a note

Read

From one of the most thoughtful writers of the 20th century, Joan Didion’s A Year of Magical Thinking is a personal portrait of marriage and life, in the good times and bad.

Watch

Directed by Didion’s nephew, Griffin Dune, Netflix’s Joan Didion: The Centre Will Not Hold reflects on her remarkable career and personal struggles.

See

If you’ve read Didion’s work and watched the Netflix doco, then see the play The Year of Magical Thinking. Written by Joan Didion, it’s an intimate account of loss through the lens of hope and acceptance. Showing at Theatre Royal, 23–25 June.

Joan Didion