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Huon Valley Mid-winter Fest

Willie Smith's Apple Shed is the hottest hut in the Huon Valley: craft ciders, artisan cheeses, and plenty of space to sit, chat, roll in the hay, etc. They've partnered up with other like-minded locals to throw a mini midwinter festival to celebrate the region's apple-pickin' history. At its core is a focus on wassailing: the ages-old tradition of scaring nasties out of cider apple trees, from orchard to orchard, in order to bring on a stellar autumn yield. Now, things may seem a little strange at first: kings, queens, processions, giving gifts to the trees, shouting, banging, fire, candlelight, and so forth, but what else would you expect? And if none of that bobs your Geeveston fanny, that's okay too - there'll be cider, entertainment and feast-worthy food in abundance.

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Jazz Concert

Come to a Jazz filled evening! The Longford Jazz Club performs. Music presented by a 6 piece band, plus guest vocalists. Come along on on the third Wednesday each month until September, when on the 14-16 September is our wonderful Jazz Festival.

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Jokers Comedy Club

Jokers Comedy Club is Hobart's only weekly comedy club. Every Wednesday night Jokers presents a brilliant line-up of stand-up comedians to keep you laughing through the week. Regularly featuring famous-name headline comedians and hilarious support acts from Tasmania, interstate and overseas - you are guaranteed a great night out! The venue is at the Polish Corner. The room is comfortable, the drinks are cheap and the laughs will be huge. Why not try one of the extensive range of excellent Polish beers? Be welcomed by our friendly staff then sit back, relax and prepare to be entertained. The venue is wheelchair accessible and parking near the door is available.

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Junction Arts Festival

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.

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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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Lawrence Mooney An Evening with Malcolm

Fresh Comedy Presents LAWRENCE MOONEY (as seen on Dirty Laundry Live, Have You Been Paying Attention, Spicks and Specks, The Agony of Life, MICF Gala, Problems) in AN EVENING WITH MALCOLM Malcolm Bligh Turnbull is often ridiculed for being out of touch, aloof and ultimately humourless. Now it’s time to discover the real Malcolm Turnbull – witty, charming, erudite and sexually explosive. Come and spend an evening with Malcolm. "Lawrence Mooney is a fierce and fearless hunter of the funny who deserves his reputation as a master of the form" -The Age Show starts 8pm (doors 7.15pm).

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Longford Jazz Festival

The Longford Jazz festival brings together talented musicians, all kinds of instruments, various types of Jazz. Join hundreds of other Jazz lovers for a weekend of music. Save the date! Venue and further details to be advised.

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Madame Butterfly

An Opera Australia Production A man enchanted by the beauty of the East. A woman in love with the promise of the West. Separated by a vast ocean and many years, what will become of their love? Madame Butterfly is a love story that reaches across cultures, across oceans, across time. U.S. Naval officer B.F. Pinkerton is ashore in Japan, and enchanted with its beauty and freedoms. He decides to take a wife, and when the gorgeous geisha Butterfly arrives, he is transfixed by her charms. She falls hopelessly in love, and a passionate marriage begins. Years later, Pinkerton has returned home. Abandoned by her family, Butterfly waits faithfully for her husband to return. Dawn breaks on a ship in the harbour. What will become of her great hope? Puccini’s popular opera inspired the musical Miss Saigon. It is filled with gorgeous music, from the lovers’ first rapturous embrace to the intense finale. It features the famous aria One Fine Day and the Humming Chorus. One of Australia’s greatest theatrical minds, John Bell, directs this English-language production, complete with beautiful costumes and sets. Hear Opera Australia’s singers perform with a chamber orchestra, alongside a local children’s chorus.

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Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

Join the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow as it journeys around the country, home-delivering hot and tasty comic treats to audiences near and far. This roving tour-de-comedy features funnymakers from Australia and beyond, showcasing everything from stand-up and sketch to satire and song in one side-splitting show! There’s nowhere our exceptional entertainers fear to tread, so we’re heading your way. Come on Australia - pack your laughing gear and get on board! ‘Some of the country's best comics... had audiences in tears’ The Queensland Times.

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Mind How You Go

PRESENTED BY BLUE COW THEATRE Tasmanian living theatre treasure Robert Jarman is turning 60! Whilst others might celebrate with a holiday in Bali, Robert is making a new show. (Kinda like a busman’s holiday.) Robert goes back to where it all began. Sydney, 1958, when a night at the theatre was a glamorous occasion and a chap took his best girl to the latest hit musical. In 1958, that just happened to be West Side Story. Passions are high, prejudice runs deep, love struggles with hate … but the mostly conservative audience is blissfully unaware that backstage the chorus boys are having a decidedly gay old time. If you catch my drift. A little musical comedy with a cast of hundreds – or one man who moves very fast (for his age). ‘Jarman brings his audience into something more akin to conversation in this intimate space.’ Sydney Morning Herald. Starring: Robert Jarman and special guests Director: Annette Downs Designer: William Dowd *Performed at the Theatre Royal Backspace

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