Junction is a unique arts and cultural festival, in which audiences and artists come together in exciting new ways within unusual spaces throughout Launceston. Junction puts the audience at the heart of the action over 5 days and nights throughout Launceston, Tasmania.
Junction returns in 2018 year from the 5th-9th of September.
Now in its 7th year, previous festival experiences have included riding on the back of motorbikes, experiencing a performance inside a carwash, listening to live music in the back yards of amazing houses, travelling back in time to a secret late night speakeasy and even having a sauna in a public park.
The Junction Arts Festival was first presented as a one-off event annexed to the 2010 Regional Arts Australia National Conference, Junction 2010, hosted and organised by Tasmanian Regional Arts in Launceston. The five-day event filled a niche in Tasmania and its success prompted key stakeholders Events Tasmania and Launceston City Council to finance development to realise the creation of an annual multi-arts festival. The Junction Arts Festival was thus established, temporarily remaining an arms-length project under its parent organisation Tasmanian Regional Arts, with the goal of incorporating as an independent organisation. With six short months to realise, the 2011 Junction Arts Festival took place August 24-28, 2011. It was the first year operating independently of the conference, and with 60 events the Festival saw over 54,000 attendees across its five days. In December 2011 Tasmanian Regional Arts completed a transition plan that successfully separated the Junction Arts Festival as a discreet legal entity.
Junction Arts Festival Inc. was established on 1 January 2012 to run the Junction Arts Festival as an independent, not-for-profit organisation.
Image: Jacob Collings Space Calypso Party Junction Arts Festival 2017