Chamber music festival to play on

Sarah Courtney,Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events

The Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival will be held tomorrow featuring performances and art, while showcasing Evandale and providing a welcome boost to the local economy.

The traditional three-day festival was established in 2017 with the mission of using the landscape and heritage buildings of Tasmania’s North to showcase classical music with local food and wine.

Due to COVID-19 and border closures this year’s event will be a one-day duration, coinciding with the opening of Handmark Gallery Spring Art Exhibition at the Clarendon Arms, featuring works by Heidi Woodhead, Jonathan Partridge, Peter Gouldthorpe and Tom Samek – who made an extraordinary contribution to the Tasmanian art scene and has sadly recently passed away. It will also feature a performance of the Van Diemen’s Band on Sunday in Scottsdale.

I’m pleased to announce a new funding agreement of $200,000 to support the delivery of the Tasmania Chamber Music Festival in 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 has been formalised, securing the event which is quickly growing into one that not only showcases, but also epitomises, what is so special about the north of our beautiful State.

This funding will secure the future of the event, which at full scale features some of the best chamber music in Australia.

Tasmania is renowned for its unique home grown events, which showcase all our beautiful state has to offer, while providing a vital boost to the tourism and hospitality sector.

I would like to thank Allanah Dopson, her team and the volunteers who have worked incredibly hard to deliver a festival this year under difficult circumstances, and I look forward to seeing the return of the three day festival in 2022.

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