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Tasmania winter 2022: what's on

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Burning for you: A Balinese ogoh-ogoh demon awaits the torch at Dark Mofo. Photo: Adam Gibson

Burning for you: A Balinese ogoh-ogoh demon awaits the torch at Dark Mofo. Photo: Adam Gibson

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It's Tasmania's off season but that's not to say there isn't plenty on this winter.

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It's Tasmania's off season but that's not to say there isn't plenty on this winter.

From June 8-22, Hobart's annual winter festival, Dark Mofo, will be at its unconventional best. Look forward to large-scale installations and obscure (and not-so-obscure) performances. Then there's the burning of Balinese ogoh ogoh demons, witches and ghosts, feasts of fine food, local craft beer, cider, wine, whisky and gin, plus a cacophony of music and sound topped off by a bracing nude solstice swim in the River Derwent

The sounds of choirs fill Hobart's winter skies during the two-week Festival of Voices ( July 1-10). Further south, the Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest (July 15-17) is an offbeat celebration of pagan rituals and nature's bounty. Look forward to hot cider, towering bonfires, wassailing to banish evil spirits from the apple orchards and raucous sing-alongs.

In Launceston, agriCULTURED (August 4-7) takes foodies on a journey through of the state's agricultural landscapes, with plenty of good things to eat and drink.

Warm up with some single-malt at Tasmanian Whisky Week (August 8-14), sharing Tasmania's passion for whisky and spirits. The flagship event, the Tasmanian Spirit Showcase, happens on the Hobart waterfront.

As winter draws to a close, the Winter Light Festival ( August 11-21) at Hobart's Salamanca Arts Centre shifts the focus back towards the returning sun. Music, theatre, dance, film, cabaret... it's the off season in motion.

For more celebrations and events, click here.

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