Tasmania Arts Hub
Tasmania is starting to cement itself as a hub for arts, culture and tourism, with festivals now a regular must-attend part of the annual calendar for tourists and locals. Nelson MLC Jim Wilkinson said it was great to see events held over the winter months such as Dark MoFo and the Festival of Voices be so successful. “Who would have thought just a few years ago, that Salamanca Place could be packed with thousands of people to have a sing-a-long around a fire in the depths of winter,” Mr Wilkinson said. “Now, it is hard to imagine life in Hobart without looking forward to the festival offered next.” Mr Wilkinson paid tribute to the vision of former Premier Jim Bacon in establishing Ten Days on the Island, which along with a significant push by MONA owner David Walsh, had really put Tasmania on the map in terms of the festival calendar. “Sometimes it is hard to imagine Tasmania without our festivals but if it was not for the drive and imagination of passionate Tasmanians as well as the support of the local community all this could have come to nothing,” he said.