Attn Tasmania: 8 Things Worth Doing This April
Tasmania, you mysterious, far-away land. Whilst we are seriously envious of your picturesque landscapes, pristine national parks, impeccable wine, and of course unlimited access to the MONA, we totally don’t envy your lack of What’s On Guides. We’ve heard your cries, and being the lovely people we are, have decided to do something about it. So, without further ado we give you the top 8 events happening in your beautiful state this April.
International Mural Festival
Known as the Town of Murals, Sheffield will be again hosting this truly unique art competition. Nine artists will kick off a public ‘paint off’ on Easter Sunday that will last until the following Saturday. Testing their artistic skill, endurance and tenacity, artists must battle time constraints, public scrutiny and the unpredictable Tasmanian weather. This uniquely Tasmanian event is not one to be missed this April!
Cradle Mountain Film Fest
Head up to Cradle Mountain for a weekend of films dedicated to showcasing the breadth and quality of adventure that can be had on the cracking little island that is Tassie. Don’t miss the exclusive screening of Mountainfilm On Tour, adventurer Q&As in a Forest Yurt Cinema, filmmaker’s workshops, yoga, and much more!
King Island Long Table Festival
A three-day event showcasing King Island’s finesse in farm to table lunch-ing. Take part in farm tours and kitchen sessions, as you help the growers and chefs prepare King Island’s exceptional beef, game meats, cheese, seafood and local fruit and vegetables, for a four-hour long, lazy lunch. Run by a small team of local volunteers, this is an event for friendship, hospitality and delicious produce. TBH, you had us at long lunch.
Flinders Island Food & Crayfish Festival
It seems the fine folk of Tasmania sure know how to lunch! Enjoy a taste of Flinders at the inaugural Flinders Island Food & Crayfish Festival. With a barefoot cocktail dress code, the festival will centre around a long lunch, showcasing some of Australia’s finest chefs. Said chefs will spend five days in the lead up exploring, diving and foraging to bring only the best in local and seasonal produce to the festival. The exact location isn’t announced until 48 hours prior to the event to account for varying wind directions and weather conditions on the island, oh how fancy!
The world’s largest, longest and hardest tarmac rally event, AKA the Ultimate Tarmac Rally, will take place in April. Be witness to some of the world’s most exotic fast cars over six days as they travel more than 2000 kilometres across some of Tasmania’s toughest roads.
The Existence of Ghosts Exhibition
Embrace your inner art critic this April at Chi-Ling Tabart’s moving exhibition. Working with timber to create detailed and hand crafted art sculptures, her piece combines imagination and sentiment to hauntingly convey the impact of climate change, rising sea-levels and animal extinctions on the islands of Taiwan and Tasmania.
Tattoo Tim Talks
Tim, otherwise known as the human canvas, famously gave his back to a Belgian artist for tattooing in 2006 and sold the artwork to a German art dealer in 2008. This April he’s heading back to Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art, and he’s got stories to tell. Hear him talk on the weekend or see him sitting on on a plinth daily. Is this art imitating life, or life imitating art? Head down to MONA and make your mind up for yourself.
International Jazz Day
Enjoy a night of jazz, celebrating its diplomatic role in uniting people around the globe, in Burnie this April. With renowned musicians Brad Child, Sophie Leslie, Kelly Ottaway, Viktor Zappner, Hamish Houston, Bruce Innocent and Beau Thomas, get your scat on and get ready for a night to remember.