Festival of Voices honours the age-old tradition of singing with international stars and local gems

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Festival of Voices honours the age-old tradition of singing with international stars and local gems

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There are few traditions as sacred and timeless as gathering around a fire to sing together.

Festival of Voices honours this great tradition. In the heart of winter, when the nights are frosty and long, this 10-day event brings together thousands of voices with a stunning lineup of RnB, cabaret, singer-songwriters and more from at home and abroad.

As other Tasmanian winter festivals are on hiatus this year, Festival of Voices promises to touch fans from shore to shore and give out-of-towners an excuse for a cozy getaway in the charmingly rugged state.

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“The highly participatory festival, known for its exceptional choral performances, hands-on workshops, cabaret, contemporary concerts, singalongs, and pop-up experiences, will take place from 28 June to 7 July 2024,” says Artistic Director Isobel Marmion.

“This year’s Pop-up Program promises to enchant people around Tasmania as hundreds of singers, in small and large groups, surprise and delight passersby with a free performance, with the aim to get the whole state singing.”

With events in Launceston, the East Coast, Huon, Port Arthur and New Norfolk, visitors can choose their own adventure, from big headline shows to intimate community gatherings.

This year, Grammy Award winner Macy Gray shines as one of the event’s brightest stars, bringing her soulful, sultry voice and undeniable talent to the stage. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of her triple-platinum debut album On How Life Is, she’ll be inviting revellers to join her for an enchanting evening, now sold out.

Elsewhere on the program, find art-pop artist Montaigne, the singalong band Massaoke Oz and Tasmanian guitar-slingers The Wolfe Brothers. The program ranges from classical with Luminescence Chamber Singers or Concordis Chamber Choir to a cappella with Deke Sharon, the man behind the music in Pitch Perfect.

Crowd-favourites annual events including the Big Sing, Singers’ Lounge, the Corporate Choir Challenge, the Sea Shanty Singalong and the Country Pub Chorus will also be on the calendar.

“Performances by The Song Company and Luminescence are sure to hit a high note, along with workshops from a cappella and gospel to pop and classical – a variety of experiences sure to suit all musical persuasions,” says Senior Choral Producer Joan Wright OAM.

From vocal workshops to heartwarming musical events for the whole family, the Festival of Voices is sure to create unforgettable memories.

Tickets are on sale now. Grab yours and find out more information here.