Hobiennale returns with a massive program full of free music and arts

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Hobiennale returns with a massive program full of free music and arts

Photo: Kasmira Krefft

See Hobart transformed into a creative playground with this visual and aural feast.

Showcasing the work of more than 100 artists and musicians across 15 venues and 21 exhibits, Hobiennale is a cultural explosion designed to delight the senses and celebrate the Tasmanian capital.

The free festival will return this November with an eclectic program making use of unusual spaces. With works located in the retro-style Cinema One, colonial era holding cells beneath Hobart Town Hall, a 1800s church and a vacant CBD office floor, Hobiennale is as much about the spaces it occupies as the works within them.

Exhibits to check out include Pakeha-Indian artist Elizabeth Pointon’s For the last time would you look at that, a series of aeroplane banners alluding to the language of the predominantly masculine and white voices within workplaces and the art world. What’s more, a group exhibition curated by Amy Parker and Brighid Fitzgerald will be held within the gutted Tasmanian Forestry Department Building and inspired by the building’s architecture.

On opening night, Mandy Quadrio’s Here lies lies will transform the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery into a conceptual history lesson, looking towards the artist’s own land of Tebrakunna (north-east Tasmania) and the impact of colonisation within that area.

In addition to a bold and immersive lineup of visual art, Hobiennale will also feature five nights of free live music — including a CBD laneway party — with bands like s>c>r>a>p>s, Slag Queens and WOMB all set to hit the stage.

Hobiennale takes over Hobart from Friday November 15 until Saturday November 23. For the full lineup and more information, head to the festival website

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