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What’s On: Hobart events in August 2021

by James Marten
What’s On: Hobart events in August 2021

4 Hannah Gadsby brings Body of Work to the Theatre Royal tonight until 7th. 

5 Lasca Dry plays originals and some covers at The Republic Bar, 7pm.

6 Beaker Street Festival begins! It explores the intersection of art and science, and facilitates connections and collaborations amongst artists, scientists, and the public. Until 14th August. 

6 Artist Tilley Wood’s new exhibition Bright Light opens at Penny Contemporary today. 

7 The new opera-film collaboration between Opera di Roma and Rai Cultura: La Traviata opens at the state theatre tonight. Directed by Sofia Coppola. 

7 Shannon Noll also plays the Granada Tavern in Berriedale. 

8 Multi-instrumentalist Shaun Kirk brings his vocals, guitar, drums and harmonica to Cygnet’s Cannery today from 2:30pm. Dying to Know Day is also on today and tomorrow. 

9 It’s Tasmanian Whisky Week! A celebration of the numerous Tasmanian distilleries, their spirits and whisky – so grab a wee dram.

10 Un Momenta, an art installation by Jacqui Ward, is on display 24/7 at Lightbox, Salamanca Arts Centre, until August 31. And it’s CENSUS Night – don’t forget to fill out your forms.

11 Rattle, the Queer Tasmania Cabaret, begins tonight at the Moonah Arts Centre, 7:30pm. 

12 TSO presents Obscura – Nachtmusik, a journey to an interior world, at the Odeon Theatre from 6pm.

12/13/14 The Bell Shakespeare Company presents the classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Theatre Royal.

13 There’s no aphrodisiac like The Whitlams playing The Odeon tonight, and again tomorrow.

14 Calling all bookworms to the Monster Book Fair at Princes Wharf 1, all weekend. It’s a fundraiser for Tassie kids in need.

15 See Bluey for real life at Bluey’s Big Play, Wrest Point, 6:30pm. Also The Badloves and King Canyon feat Jimmy Cupples at the Longley International Hotel.

16 UTAS’ Island of Ideas lecture series presents From Antarctica to Outer Space: Exploring gender equity at the extremes. Stanley Burbury Theatre, Sandy Bay campus 

17 Love running? And Films? Combine your loves at RunNation Film Festival tonight from 7pm, Village Cinemas Hobart. 

18 Part of National Science Week, ExBEERimental Science is a live-streamed beer tasting event sampling the science behind brewing and beer – find the event on Facebook!

18 Viva La Music at Musica Viva’s concert at the Hobart Town Hall, featuring Kristian Chong on piano and Brigid Coleridge on violin.

19 Poor Man’s Pot perform at The Barn at Rosny Farm as part of the Rosny Farm Winter series. 

19/20/21 Bilingual Theatre production ‘Art-‘ (A Disappearing Play) ENE World starts at 7pm at Moonah Arts Centre.) 

20 OMG it’s Human Nature! Live in Hobart! Step back in time to the 90s at Wrest Point, 8pm

21 The Festival of Bright Ideas begins today at Princes Wharf 1. Also The Stranded Wailers are performing at The Cannery – includes a singalong and 3 course dinner.

22 The Lenah Valley Hop rogaining event takes teams of runners over the hills of lower kunanyi/Mt Wellington today from 10am. Register by August 15. 

23 Learn all about coffee at the Coffee Tasting & Extraction workshops at Born in Brunswick in North Hobart, 4pm.  

24 In The Life of Curzon Allport: A family and Collection divided Kate Vermey details the controversies of an old Tasmanian family. Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, 2pm.

25 Run away to the circus at Peepshow by Circa Contemporary Circus at the Theatre Royal until the 28th. 15+. 

26 Learn how to research the history of land and buildings and trace their ownership at an introductory workshop at Glenorchy Library, 2pm. 

27 Agatha Christie’s The Stranger opens at The Playhouse Theatre tonight, presented by the Hobart Repertory Theatre Society. 

28 Melbourne’s indie folk rockers The Paper Kites play The Odeon tonight, 8pm. 

29 The irrepressible Mama Rosa provides dinner and a show tonight, The Italian Club, from 5pm. 

30 The premiere screening of Conquering Cancer is tonight at Village Cinema, 7pm. Includes a Q&A.

31 Live stream the 2022 Tasmanian Leaders Program information webinar from 5pm,


1 The Hive Collective presents a panel on Women Empowering Women at the Movenpick Hotel, 5pm.

2 Take the kids to see family friendly musical The Old Man and The Old Moon at The Theatre Royal, 7:30pm.

3 This year’s Artfully Queer exhibition and arts program begins today at the Long Gallery, Salamanca.

4 Custard, the band, play The Republic Bar from 8pm tonight. (Fun fact: Custard’s lead singer, Dave McCormack, is the voice of Dad in Bluey)

5 It’s Fathers day! Make it colourful at the Make-A-Wish Father’s Day Colour Splash, Tolosa Park, Glenorchy, 11:30am. 


1-7 August

Get the good feels at the Tamar Valley Peace Festival. This year’s theme is ‘Peace in Recovery’. The festival aims to foster goodwill and support a harmonious, safe and welcoming community. It includes a variety of events and exhibitions across Launceston. For more info head to

5-8 August

agriCULTURED is a new industry event aiming to connect agri-food industry professionals so they can learn together, inspire each other and plan a vibrant and resilient future. It includes a northern book launch of Soil by Matthew Evans (check out our article with Matthew in our July edition), musical performances, dinners, a meet the producers event, and a range of panels and talks across Launceston and surrounds. See for all the info. 

7 August 

Let the outdoorsy girl in your life see others just like her on screen at the Gutsy Girls Adventure Film Tour. Featuring stunning natural landscapes, incredible feats of physicality and communities of adrenaline-fuelled women, the films focus on bringing the female adventure experience into the spotlight. At the Tramsheds Function Centre, Launceston, from 7pm. More info: 

7 and 21 August

The newest Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra group is the Overland Ensemble, made up of three trombonists and a tuba player (Mitchell Nissen, Iain Faragher, David Robins and Tim Jones). They’re on tour this month, performing a varied program ranging from Bach to Debussy to Gershwin. The concert also includes Devil’s Waltz, and The Mountain, by tuba virtuoso Tim Jones, which was inspired by kunanyi/Mt Wellington. 7:30pm, August 7 at the Palais Theatre, Franklin and 6pm, August 21 at the Cooee Memorial Hall in Burnie.

13 August

The Flinders Flicks Film Festival is a free event, now in its eighth year. It’s a great way to see snippets of life on the island – all films must be under three minutes long! The showcase and judging will be held at the Furneaux Arts & Entertainment Centre.

13 August

Set your eyes to the sky for a night at the Dark Sky Dinner –  a candle-lit, three course dinner at Spring Bay Mill at Triabunna. Enjoy local food and drink in a gorgeous setting whilst listening to Landon Bannister, president of Dark Sky Tasmania speak about the power of light and its relationship to human experience. In collaboration with Beaker Street Festival.  Discounted accommodation available if you’d like to stay. $79, Spring Bay Mill, Triabunna, 6:30pm-9:30pm. 

27-30 August

Slow down and reconnect at Maddy Goodwolf’s three night yoga retreat at Run River Lodge near Dover. To book or enquire contact

1 September

Join in the ten year celebrations at this year’s Junction Arts Festival in Launceston. Junction is an annual festival of extraordinary arts experiences in unusual spaces throughout Launceston. There is something for everyone, from kids music to installations and exhibitions, food and late night gigs. For more info head to

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