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Autumn’s artistic feast

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March is the month for lovers of the arts, with two of Tasmania’s premier events – The Glover Prize and Ten Days on The Island – heralding autumn’s arrival.

19 March 2019, Edition 203

Wolfe Brothers scoop Golden Guitars

The competition was fierce at country music’s ‘night of nights’, but it was a Tassie trio that stole the show. The Wolfe Brothers were the biggest winners at Australia’s most prestigious country music awards. They took home four gongs from the 2019 Golden Guitar Awards – which were held in Tamworth on January 26 – including the coveted Album of the Year for their critically acclaimed Country Heart. They also won Contemporary Country Album of the Year, Group of the Year and Song of the year for Ain’t Seen it Yet. It’s a huge achievement for brothers Tom and Nick Wolfe, who hail from a family farm at Neika in Southern Tasmania, and their childhood mate, Brodie Rainbird. And, for the boys from Tassie, it seems the enormity of it all is still sinking in, with Tom telling The Mercury: “The night, the way it was, was way beyond anything we’d ever expected … It was mind-blowing … I’m still blown away.”

18 February 2019, Edition 202

Hotel history inspires jewellery art

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Art and history collide in a unique exhibition of hand-crafted jewellery reflecting the rich character of one of Tasmania’s oldest hotels.

18 February 2019, Edition 202

Change of baton at TSO

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It is a pivotal year for the state’s much-loved Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) as the baton is handed to a new boss.

18 February 2019, Edition 202

Murder she wrote

A new Tasmanian writers’ festival inspired by Agatha Christie will draw some well-known literary names to the Huon Valley. Crime writer, Tara Moss, and Ned Kelly Award winner, Sulari Gentill, will headline the Terror Australis Reader and Writers Festival, at Cygnet. The festival, which has also scheduled some Hobart events, will feature masterclasses, workshops, and promises ‘incisive literary discussions’. Aspiring writers can also pick up valuable insights on ‘how to hook a publisher’. The biennial festival is a fundraiser that supports literacy programs in regional Tasmania. The inaugural Terror Australis event will run from March 3 – 5, and will kick off with a literary fundraiser afternoon tea at Hadleys Orient Hotel in Hobart.

14 February 2019

Glover lovers rejoice

The countdown is on for the Glover Prize, with 42 finalists selected for the prestigious award from 482 submitted entries. Billed as ‘Australia’s most prestigious landscape art prize’, the Glover prize is awarded for the best contemporary landscape painting of Tasmania, and will be announced on March 8 at Evandale, in Northern Tasmania. The winner will receive $50,000 and a bronze maquette of the colonial artist John Glover, whose legacy is celebrated through the award. Glover is widely regarded as the most important early 19th century landscape artist to work in Australia. He settled at a property at Mills Plains, near Evandale, where he farmed and painted many of his famous works. The Glover Prize will be held from March 8 – 17 at the Falls Park Pavilion, in the historic village of Evandale.

14 February 2019, Edition 202

Ten days on our island

Tasmania’s biennial state-wide celebration of the arts is about to unveil a bold new format. Ten Days on the Island begins on March 8, and will now be run across three weekends instead of 10 consecutive days. Festival Chairman, Saul Eslake, told The Advocate this “experimental” new format would appeal to audiences adding: “What we’re trying to do is encourage more Tasmanians to move around to go and see things in different parts of the state, because some things won’t be on in every place.” Ten Days on the Island is very much focused on bringing the arts to regional Tasmania. The first weekend will kick-off in the north-west, before moving to the north-east, and concluding in Hobart on March 30. This year will be the festival’s tenth outing and events include a mix of quirky music shows, theatre performances, story-telling and film. It is described as ‘a wild and welcoming carnival of creativity, a confident celebration of our unique identity and our diverse island home’.

14 February 2019, Edition 202

Antique royalty lands in Hobart

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Perth ‘antique royalty’ – Leslie Lauder and Mark Howard – packed up their thriving business, which was four decades in the making, and moved across the country to Tasmania

11 December 2018, Edition 201

Festive fun begins with birthday bash

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Tasmania is gearing up for a summer of festivities, spear-headed by an iconic event which is ready to celebrate a milestone birthday – with a new look.

11 December 2018, Edition 201

Cygnet ready for festival fun

Cygnet, in the beautiful Huon Valley, is getting ready to host its annual folk festival. The pubs, halls, cafes, parks and streets of this small village come alive as thousands congregate for one of the most popular events on Tasmania’s cultural calendar. The Cygnet Folk Festival is a three-day event held every year on the second weekend in January. And, since the first festival in 1982, it has developed into one of Australia’s most iconic folk music festivals. It proudly showcases a range of music genres featuring both local, national and international musicians. If you fancy some fantastic music, set in beautiful countryside, then head to Cygnet for the 2019 folk festival which will run from January 11-13.

7 December 2018, Edition 201

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