What’s On: Tasmania in July
No one knows winter like a true Tasmanian. Seriously, they swim at beaches during the winter solstice! The rest of Australia may think it’s cold where they are, but they’re kidding themselves.
So, for the true Tassie local – or the brave tourist – here are our top picks for July; from glorious performances to intriguing festivals, this is a list you cannot miss.
If you’re not a local, pack a parka.
He is well known for those live cannons in his 1812 Overture, but Tchaikovsky’s final masterpiece solidified his legacy as a music master. It’s a slow crescendo, building up like an eagle ready to take flight. Nicknamed the “Pathétique” Symphony, alluding towards movement via its Russian etymology, this particular rendition is performed by conductor Marko Letonja and pianist Simon Trpčeski along with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. (Image: Source)
Pack a parka, a pillow and plenty of winter woollies for another annual bonfire night at Art Farm Birches Bay. The event will feature live music, bonfire sing-alongs, fire twirling, art workshops for the kids and of course, a gigantic bonfire to keep you toasty. (Image: Alexey Kartsev)
The Beginning of Nature
The Australian Dance Theatre is bringing a ritualistic and contemporary dance performance to Tasmania, combining the three important stage elements of colour, light and movement. The Beginning of Nature explores “life cycles and themes of metamorphosis and transformation within nature.” (Image: Chris Herzfeld)
Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival
Tasmania is the land of eccentric, just like the Dark Mofo festival, and it seems the best time to be weird is in the middle of winter. At the Huon Valley Festival, you’ll bang pots and pans in front of trees, watch a 13-metre tall effigy burn, dance to folk and jazz, and eat and drink like kings and queens. (Image: Source)
Devonport Jazz Festival
Take a trip north or west if you’re staying in Launceston, to the town of Devonport. Indulge in the classic world of jazz and take in performances from local and international artists and bands, like Skety, Czech Republic’s “favourite acapella sextet”. There’s plenty to do in this little town, too. (Image: Source)
Christmas in July at Cradle Mountain
If you can’t wait for December, then head over to Cradle Mountain Hotel on July 7 or 14 for a scrumptious Christmas feast. Warm your loins with hand-crafted Christmas cookies and hot chocolate, tipple on Christmas cocktails and mulled wine, and listen to Christmas tunes from musician Clinton Hutton. The kidlets may even get a surprise visit from Santa! (Image: Source)
An Evening With Greta Bradman
She is the grand-daughter of cricket legend Don Bradman, and boy can she sing! She’s bringing her just-released album Home around Australia, with two stops in the land of Tassie. Hear her operatic voice serenade the tunes of past greats in renditions that only her voice can emit, all conducted by the lively maestro Guy Noble. (Image: Decca Classics Australia)