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Swing Man

Damian Callinan, renowned character and stand-up comedian, confirms what many had already suspected: he suffers from OTTDS (Over The Top Dance Syndrome). After years of eschewing partner dancing and cutting up dance floors on his own, he discovers that the only cure is to learn how to Swing Dance. ‘Lindy Hop’ on down to watch the three-time Barry nominee ‘Shag’ his way through his ‘Boogie Woogie’ midlife crisis. ‘Fleet of foot Damian Callinan has found that self-improvement and comedy can make strangely effective bedfellows. You'll leave with a spring in your step.’ Herald Sun *Performed at the Theatre Royal Backspace

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Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase

The Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase tour will be tearing up the freeways of Australia for the sixth year in a row to bring the crème de la crème of the 2018 Festival to Hobart. Expertly curated and lovingly presented, the Showcase will feature some of the Festival’s hottest acts live on stage for an incredible two hours of hard-hitting laughter. Boasting a line-up of veteran favourites, international stars, and some of the freshest emerging talents, this jam-packed night of pure entertainment will leave you sore from belly laughs! So call your pals and grab your tickets to the funniest night of entertainment you will see all year – don’t miss out on a huge night of laughs!

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Tamar Valley Writers' Festival

Set in one of Tasmania’s most beautiful landscapes from which it takes its name, the biennial Tamar Valley Writers’ Festival is an exciting and thought-provoking literary and cultural event. Since the inaugural festival in 2014, (previously known as the Festival of Golden Words), it has quickly gained a reputation for attracting high profile writers and presenters from across Australia. This year is no exception; from September 14 - 16, 2018, the Festival program will be packed with some of our nation's most inspiring and entertaining authors and commentators, including Julian Burnside AO QC, barrister, human rights and refugee advocate; Christine Milne, former leader of the Australian Greens and internationally acclaimed parent educator and author, Steve Biddulph AM. More exciting additions will be revealed soon! Join us for live interviews, workshops, panel discussions, our special schools’ program and fabulous social events, including a gala dinner at one of the Tamar Valley’s acclaimed wineries. Spring is a wonderful time to visit northern Tasmania and the Tamar Valley and there are many good reasons to extend your stay in September, including the quirky and fabulous Junction Arts Festival; the Artentwine Sculpture Biennial 2018 and the Blooming Tasmania Flower and Garden Festival.

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Targa North West

Targa North West promises plenty of excitement for competitors. The opening round of the new CAMS Australian Targa Championship, Targa North West is doubled in days and length to ensure the event is worthy of Championship status. The new revised event will see 170 kilometres of competitive distance, over 11 stages with many of these, being more than 20 kilometres long. This event is designed to give competitors a taste of Targa Tasmania. It’s a stepping-stone to bigger things. It has a great local feel where all competitors are based in the one location and is a great weekend for the whole family.

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Targa Tasmania

It's the thrill of exotic fast cars competing under the toughest conditions. Over six days of Targa Tasmania, the world's best touring, sports and GT cars compete in competitive stages on the Island's toughest roads. They travel more than 2000 kilometres (1200 miles) to challenge the best in their category. Each year up to 300 of the world's finest cars and drivers compete on Tasmania's scenic routes and mountain passes. It's your chance to get close to the best from Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Lotus, Ford, Holden, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Audi, Nissan and Toyota. You name it and you can see it at Targa Tasmania.

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Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival

BOFA 2018 was a huge success with sellouts of all our red carpet screenings and support functions such as the Wendy Whiteley Cocktail Party. The Day on the Kingsway, which included activities related to our Tale of Ruby Rose anniversary screening attracted thousands of visitors with organisers saying it was: “A game changing addition to BOFA”. Our film trailer has just been judged as one of the five best film festival trailers in the world! And the action sessions at TasTAFE led to agreement to take action on fire-stick burning methods in the highlands and food waste in households. YES, WE’LL BE BACK AT VILLAGE CINEMAS IN MAY NEXT YEAR FOR BOFA 2019!

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Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival 2018

After the resounding success of the inaugural festival in 2017, the Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival is set to return for a second year, bringing some of the world’s finest musicians to the state’s north for a romantic spring weekend of fine food, wine and captivating musical performances. Set among the exquisite halls, churches and barns of historic Evandale, before moving through glorious countryside to the World Heritage listed Woolmers and Brickendon Estates in nearby Longford, the boutique festival will kick off on Friday, 26 October 2018 continuing through to Sunday, 28 October, with limited tickets still available. The extraordinary talent making the journey to perform at the festival includes Helpmann Award winning harpsichord virtuoso Erin Helyard and the Tinalley String Quartet, regarded by many as the finest of their generation. Among a selection of festival highlights, festival attendees will be treated to Bach in the Barns, a musical tour featuring the works of Bach, performed in three atmospheric barns by three leading performers – Emma McGrath on violin, Umberto Clerici on cello and Erin Helyard on harpsichord. To view the talented line up and purchase tickets for the 2018 Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival visit their website.

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Tasmanian Craft Fair 2018

The Tasmanian Craft Fair is the largest working display of arts and crafts in Australia with more than 200 artists and artisans and 20,000 annual visitors. Every year since 1981, TCF visitors have been treated to fine art displays, craft stalls, gourmet food, entertainment and children's fun activities as well as working craft displays. Travel between the various TCF venues in free buses and enoy the picturesque northern Tasmanian town of Deloraine. Enjoy delicious food and great Tasmanian wine whilst being entertained by local artists.

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Tasmanian Micro Brew Fest

ExBEERience Tasmania's finest boutique beers and ciders! The annual Tasmanian Micro Brew Fest is almost here. This event will promote products from Tasmania's microbrewery industry by raising awareness, education and appreciation of our beer and cider to the wider community. The event will showcase Tasmanian boutique beer and cider from the following breweries: Moo Brew, Captain Bligh's, Pagan Cider, Taverners Boutique Brewery, Kick Snare Brewing, Devils Brewery, Coal Valley Cider and Little Rivers Brewing Co. More breweries to be confirmed. The Tasmanian Micro Brew Fest is organised by Drysdale (Tas Tafe) Advanced Diploma students. Come along to show your support for Tasmania's microbrewery industry and have a chance to taste and purchase some of Tasmanians finest micro brewed boutique beers and ciders.

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Tasmanian Whisky Week

The 2018 Tasmanian Whisky Week takes place from Monday 13th – Sunday 19th August, with industry events held across seven days in Tasmanian distilleries, bars, barns, stables, restaurants and hotels. Throughout the week distilleries will be opening their doors to host behind-the-scenes tours to meet the distillers in person, provide access to unreleased whiskies, and offer dining opportunities where distilleries (both old and new) will recount the successes, challenges and events that have shaped who they are today. Be sure to book early as there are limited tickets to each event. Tas Whisky Week promises to be a feast of memorable Tasmanian whisky events that will stay with you long after the final dram.

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