Junction Presents 6 - 8 May 2022
Visiting Launnie to soak up the autumn vibes? We’ve done the legwork for you and prepared your ultimate taster weekend. Need somewhere to stay? Our accommodation partner Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston is centrally located, and the best place in the city to base your Junction Presents experience.
Your ultimate taste of the region weekend looks like this:
FRIDAY 6 MAY
Check into Hotel Grand Chancellor from 2PM and cheers to your weekend away at the Lobby Bar, before heading out for an early dinner at one of Launceston’s many exceptional restaurants. Bookings recommended.
After dinner, wander down to The National Theatre (Foot & Playsted - 99 Charles Street) to catch Andrew Morrish’s show from 8:30-9:20PM. Make sure to rug up warm, as next you’ll want to head to Chalmers Church (corner Frederick + St John Streets) to see the striking visual art of Soliloquy. You can drop in anytime between 7-10PM (free).
SATURDAY 7 MAY
Start your day like a local with a visit to Harvest Launceston (right across the road from Grand Chancellor).
Take the day to experience Launceston in autumn, with a stroll through City Park and if you’re feeling energetic, all the way up to the stunning Cataract Gorge. Jump on the chairlift across and walk back down to check out the Seaport. Feel like a slower day? Experience Launceston’s cafe culture and then head to Northern Tasmania’s home of art, history and natural science at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery. With 2 locations to visit you’ll find plenty to explore.
Worked up an appetite? Good, ‘cause it's time for a Feast. Get glammed and ready, the bus will collect you from Prince’s Square at 4:30PM. Follow the river north and you’ll arrive at the Tamar Ridge Cellar Door for food, wine, gin + performances by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra String Quintet, Benjamin Hancock, ROOKE + more - all MC’d by Andrew Morrish. Bus back to town by 10PM.
Then find your way to the Jackson Ford Showroom (Corner Lower Charles + William Street) to enjoy a clash of motors, music + heritage architecture at 1:30PM. Enjoy this special performance by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra + Yyan and Emily with a tipple of Adams Distillery Signature Series Whisky (this one’s on us). At 3:20PM, catch the bus from Prince’s Square to Backyard Bands to see the likes of Kat Edwards, Quivers + Fflora play an intimate backyard gig as the sun sets. Bring a picnic rug, grab dinner from a food truck + settle in for an afternoon of live music and mates with dramatic views over the city.
The bus will drop you back at Prince’s Square at 7:30PM, where you can take in Soliloquy one last time or head back to your hotel + put your feet up!
A quick catch-up with the Junction team…
1. Has Junction changed dates?
Junction Arts Festival will still mark the start of spring for Launnie. The recently announced Junction Presents is a teaser series taking place in May. For those who haven't been to a Junction Arts Festival, this series is a great way to dip your toe into some much-loved Junction events before taking the plunge into the full festival this September.
2. What's this event all about?
Junction Presents is all about showcasing the best of Launceston. Our architecture, food and wine, and arts scene is pretty special - so we've partnered with some incredible organisations to celebrate our region. It's a great way to show off what makes our hometown so iconic.
3. Is anything free?
Yes! Soliloquy is a free event and great for the whole family to enjoy. Stop by Chalmers Church, opposite Prince's Square, between 7-10pm across the weekend to see the stories of young Tasmanian artists told through sound + light projections. It's pretty spectacular!
4. Why does Junction love Launnie so much and what do your visiting artists say about this place?
Launnie is the essence of Junction! Our hometown has been the inspiration for more than a few Junction projects. Last year we had Sisters Akousmatica create Brum Brum: a celebration of Launnie's iconic blockie route and rev head culture. We also had Hobart artist Tom O'Hern paint a huge mural of some of his favourite buildings and places from around Launceston.
It's home to an incredible foodie culture, and the buildings and spaces that we get to host performances in are something else - there are a lot of hidden treasures to be uncovered.
5. Insiders tip?
Like all good tasters, once you've sampled the selection it's time to dive into your favourites! Get along to see the artist you loved most - they're all creating and performing fantastic works outside of this event. Or grab yourself a bottle of wine or gin to take home from the Tamar Valley Feast as a token of the night. The festivities don't have to end!