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King Island Long Table Festival

This is a three- day event that showcases what King Island has to offer from paddock to plate. Including, farm tours, kitchen sessions and a four- hour long lunch. An extremely popular event for food lovers of beef, game meats, cheese, seafood and local fruit and vegetables. Everything is gathered and you get to meet with the growers and then help along with the chefs, before enjoying a long, lazy lunch. Many activities are included in a rare opportunity to see 'behind the scenes' of life on King Island. Definitely worth the trip. We hope you will join us this year and enjoy the wonderful friendship, hospitality and food King Island has to offer.

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Koonya Garlic Festival

​The Koonya Garlic Festival is a uniquely original Tasman experience that celebrates the joy of garlic, the food it flavours and the music and arts that it inspires! The Koonya Garlic Festival is one of Australia's leading harvest festivals. Visitors can improve their garlic and gardening knowledge with talks from some of Australia's leading horticultural experts, refine their culinary skills with cooking masterclasses from some of Tasmania (and Australia's) most celebrated and talented chefs. Visitors can also take part in a gin masterclass, sample and buy Tasmania's finest garlic and artisan garlic produce, enjoy a smorgasbord of delicious gourmet garlic-inspired food and beverages from local craft breweries, distilleries and cider makers. The uniquely quirky festival also offers plenty of fun for the kids and for those who wish to kick back and relax, showcasing a raft of talented local and regional musicians. And not to forget the prestigious garlic competition - that lies at the heart of the festival - open to both amateurs and professionals of all ages. The festival is held in the picturesque valley of Koonya on the ruggedly beautiful Tasman Peninsula just over an hour south east of Hobart.

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Latrobe Lilium Show

The 2017 Latrobe Lilium Show will be held at the Latrobe Memorial Hall. Doors are open from 1 to 4 pm on Saturday 26th January and from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday 27th January. Latrobe Lilium Show is the later of our two annual shows and features large and impressive Oriental Lilium Hybrids, along with a range of later Hybrid and Species Liliums. An amazing feast of colour and perfume! This will be our 3rd annual show at this excellent venue and promises to be bigger and better than ever. Floral Art is a major feature at these shows. We have some very experienced and capable floral artists as well as some highly talented, relative newcomers. This provides a dynamic mix with some amazing floral artistry on show. A well-stocked trade table with lilies and other plants, cut-flowers, and selected lilium seed. Demonstrations are always available on a range of lilium-related subjects, from growing from seed to the art of hybridizing, and floral art with lilies. Morning and Afternoon Teas, as well as Light Lunches are available at a modest cost. Entry: Adults $4. Accompanied children admitted free of charge.

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Les Misérables Tasmania

The phenomenon returns this summer. Fall under the spell of this epic tale of broken dreams, sacrifice and love once again, as ExitLeft Productions brings the legendary Les Miserables to the intimate 220 seat Playhouse Theatre in Hobart in January/February 2019. Eighteen years ago ExitLeft’s landmark arena production of Les Misérables at the Derwent Entertainment Centre broke box office records. Become part of the story with this new production, with every seat offering a fantastic view you will truly feel like you have been transported into revolutionary France! Join the revolution and sign up for the pre-sale now at Lesmistas.com. The seating is limited. The experience is extraordinary. Be swept away this January/February 2019. ExitLeft Productions presents a new production of Boubil and Schonbergs, Les Miserables. Les Misérables is licensed by Music Theatre International (MTI) by arrangement with Cameron Macintosh Limited.

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Lily Allport: In Retrospect

This exhibition celebrates the diverse and impressive works of Curzona Frances Louise (Lily) Allport (1860 – 1949). It aims to give the much overlooked artist the attention and place in the history of Australian art she deserves. Over eighty of Lily’s original watercolours, oils, lithographs, linocuts, drawings, silk fans, sketchbooks and personal objects are displayed in the largest ever exhibition of her works. Lily Allport was influenced by the Art Deco aesthetic and Japanese woodcuts in her printmaking. She also produced Tasmanian landscapes, European architectural studies, portraits of women and children, botanical illustrations and studies of animals. At the age of 27, Lily travelled to England to study under Dutch artist Hubert Vos and later Charles Furse. In 1893, she became the first Tasmanian-born artist to have her work hung in the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The exhibition was opened by the Hon. Elise Archer MP on the anniversary of the artist’s birth in 1860. At the event, local artist Penny Carey Wells launched the book Miss Lily: A Portrait of the Artist Curzona Allport, by author and former Allport librarian, Marian Jameson.

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Longford Blooms Open Gardens

A number of private gardens will be open for you to explore. Some gardens will have stalls and refreshments. Minimal entry fee applies. Follow this event on facebook to stay up to date.

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Lost in a Forest - The Limited Edition Project

Talented local artisans have been invited to contribute to a special exhibition. This year's theme is "Lost in a Forest". Artists must demonstrate a connection to it by creating a new work which embraces Tasmanian materials and collaborates with other artists.

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Lumen Festival

Lumen Festival: a measure of light; a synthesis of the ancient and the contemporary; a Tasmanian story relevant to us all. Rock paintings have survived for thousands of years to tell stories through a language of physical representation and natural metaphor. Lumen Festival will meld this ancient tradition and modern animating techniques with pioneering laser technology to bring to life imagery across the rock face of Mt Roland. Using a timeline of millions of years, we will take you on a journey, as if you were being told a dreaming yarn of the land, on how each event affects the present and the future, and how everyone’s story, from the most personal to the most public are woven together to make one shared reality. At the same time an original soundtrack, by composer Dean Stevenson, will be broadcast on FM radio. This composition will weave together orchestral and Indigenous musical traditions to create a soaring soundtrack that is at once local and universal.

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Michael McIntyre's Big World Tour

Britain’s biggest selling comedian Michael McIntyre has sold out his Australian tour in record time and due to popular demand is adding a show in Hobart. Michael McIntyre’s Big World Tour will see Michael perform to audiences across the world including Australia after a sell-out tour in 2016. In the UK, Michael has sold more than 1.5 million tickets, including a record-breaking 28 performances at London’s 16,000 capacity 02 Arena where he was awarded the keys to the venue in 2015, alongside musical talents Prince, Take That and One Direction. Around the world, Michael has previously sold out arenas in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai and he holds the record for the biggest selling comedy shows in South Africa and Norway. “The man is quite simply top-to-toe hilarious.” - The Telegraph.

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Mofo Sessions: Isaac Gee

Isaac's gathered a group of Hobart's finest to perform tunes from his debut record, 'Falselight'. Prog folk, pop and rock. This Session will also feature a sneak peek at Tasdance's major new dance work, 'Yatra' (Journey), ahead of its 2019 premiere.

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