Junction returns in 2018 year from the 5th-9th of September.
Now in its eighth year, Launceston’s Junction Arts Festival is an intimate festival of ‘extraordinary experiences in unusual spaces’, which under Creative Director Greg Clarke and the Junction team, has a new focus on presenting and celebrating the incredible talent of Tasmania’s amazing artists.
Junction’s festival hub in and around the stunning 19thcentury Prince’s Square, features the Fountain Bar showcasing Tasmania’s finest musicians and bands, delicious Tasmanian food and award winning wines and the Prince’s Palace featuring children’s shows and award winning cabaret.
Nightlight is a highlight of the Junction evening program in which visitors self-guide themselves around Prince’s Square in their own time and discover fascinating site-specific art installations and performances in the surrounding churches, halls, car-parks and shops that ring the Square.
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