FESTIVAL OF VOICES
The Tasmania Festival of Voices (FoV) is an annual celebration of the power of song. The FoV attracts an audience of around 30,000 over a two-week period. The festivities, including live performances, workshops, and singalongs, light up the island as thousands revel in a cosy atmosphere that’s the perfect antidote to mid-winter.
The festival starts on June 29 with the Opening Night Gala at Tasmanian Bushland Garden in Buckland, and runs until the Finale Concert on Sunday July 15 at Federation Concert Hall in Hobart.
Between the opening and closing extravaganzas, there’s plenty to get excited about.
There’s something for everyone. Whether you’re passionate about live music and want to enjoy cabaret or big bands, or you fancy experiencing up-and-coming hip hop stars, take a look at the performance program and take your pick.
Don’t forget The City of Hobart Big Sing Bonfire at Salamanca Place. It’s the festival’s signature event, attracting up to 5,000 people — don’t miss it!
All age groups are catered for. Younger ones will enjoy singalongs and the like, while those aged 12 to 18 have the opportunity to take part in the School Holiday Program, hosted by three highly respected choral musicians.
Want to be more involved? There are a host of workshops and short courses where you can hone your vocal skills and musical prowess. Intrigued by acapella and want to test your vocal chords? The Festival’s various workshops tend to be the hottest tickets in town.
Seeking mindfulness? Yoga and Music combines spirituality with soothing sounds, and is part of the ‘FoV Coastal’ range of events for those looking to take their mind off things.
Enjoy food and drink
Festival partners Hobart Brewing Co. and The Splendid Gin are on hand for refreshments throughout the event, whilst plenty of local vendors will provide a range of tasty food options. Some years, this includes a chance to sample fresh produce and ‘cook your own brunch’ at the Farmers’ Market with Bootleg Gin Sluggers at Twamley Farm.
Buying tickets and getting there
View the FoV program to buy tickets for up to 100 events or sign up to one of the many free performances, gatherings and workshops. Bundled discount packages are also available, whether you want to attend 3-4 shows (10% discount) or more than 7 (20% discount).
Locals will know all about Tasmania, with its stunning landscapes perfect for adventurous souls.
Visitors can find out more about the rugged island and discover some special offers to make their trip more comfortable. FoV partners include Travelodge, who are offering accommodation discounts, and Hertz, who are providing special offers on car rentals.
Getting to Tasmania couldn’t be easier, with regular flights to Hobart International Airport — a 15-minute drive from the centre of Hobart. Alternatively, the ferry from Melbourne on the mainland to Devonport in the North West takes nine hours 30 minutes, before a three-hour drive to Hobart along the Heritage Highway.
The Festival of Voices awaits
It’s the hottest ticket in the Southern Hemisphere each winter — see you there!