I love travelling and writing, meeting people and experiencing foodie places.
Winter is not often considered a time to venture outdoors, unless it's to go skiing or snowboarding. In June and July, though, cities and towns in Tasmania will be some of the hottest destinations to visit. From Launceston to Hobart and through the gorgeous towns of the east coast, the Festival of Voices will truly be an international event with over 130 events and more than 1,000 choristers, performers and creative artists from Australia and internationally.
In its twelfth year, the Festival of Voices will see the streets closed off in Launceston on 30 June for the opening event, Winterlight, with a singing procession culminating in a free showcase concert. In Hobart on 8 July, Bonfire and The Big Sing will be one of the biggest free events where the community unites in one voice creating a choir of thousands in Salamanca Place.
There will be workshops, concerts and ticketed events, as well as free events and family events. There will be vocal workshops run by acclaimed artists and all who attend will have the chance to participate in free community singing events.
Performance highlights include the rock choir, Group Noise, belting out iconic hits (1 July); singer, Paul Capsis (2 July); unique duo, Jamie MacDowell and Tom Thum (3 July); David Hobson and Colin Lane, opera singer and comedian on the same stage – who would have thought (5 July); Australia's premier gospel a cappella choir, Cafe of the Gate of Salvation (6 July); musical comedy trio, Tripod (6 July); one of Australia's most distinctive performers, Ngaiire (6 July); Australia's own internationally renowned "Kamikaze Queen of Cabaret", Meow Meow (8 & 9 July); plus many more.
The Central Australian Aboriginal Women's Choir have returned from their highly praised concert tour of Germany and are embarking on their first national Australian tour which will include the Festival of Voices.