As winter draws to a close, there is a creative buzz around town which will descend on the Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market this Saturday. The Junction Arts crew have just launched this year’s five-day festival program and will be at the market to invite locals to be among the first to reserve their seats.
Junction Arts will again occupy Princes Square with an incredible lineup of local and interstate talent to enthrall and entertain Launcestonians. The festival runs from 6-10th September.
Junction is a unique arts and cultural festival that in the past seven years has become integral to the Launceston arts scene. Junction brings 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 five days and nights. The festival headquarters are at Princes Square, with entertainment for the whole family, from ballooning to a lit up fountain, cabaret and music to knitting, there will be something for everyone.
Every year, Launceston celebrates the arrival of Spring with the Junction Arts Festival and Harvest welcomes locals and visitors to the market on the Saturday where artists can fortify themselves with coffee and supplies to see them through the busy performance schedule. We offer a space for the artists of tomorrow to create freestyle street art in chalk as their parents and friends take a break from the food shop to arrange which children’s events they will go to and arrange babysitters and meeting places for a trip to a live gig or drinks in the festival bar.
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.
Within six short months, the 2011 Junction Arts Festival took place August 24-28, 2011. It was the first year Junction operated independently of the conference, and with 60 events the Festival saw over 54,000 attendees across the 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 marketing manager Brigitte Trobbianni describes the 2017 program as “the perfect guide to amazing Tasmanian creative talent; from visual artists, performers and designers to the FREE music lineup at the Fountain Bar, Tassie talent is really on showcase.”
There is also a fabulous lineup of award-winning Fringe performances, direct from the International and national Fringe Festivals and heaps for families to see and do.
Brigitte moved here from Melbourne and has fallen in love with the Tasmanian events and arts industry and is interested in all things Tassie from the produce, landscape, artists, architecture and creative community. She is at Harvest Launceston every weekend before checking out the latest show at local gallery Sawtooth.
This week, together with a team of local volunteers from Junction Arts Festival, Brigitte will be handing out copies of the 2017 program and welcomes any questions about the lineup for the festival.
Junction returns from the 6-10th of September 2017.