Thanks to all for a wonderful festival
Wow! It’s all over for 2015.
An international arts program that saw an outstanding array of international artists in Burnie, Launceston, Devonport and Hobart; in which jaw-droppingly beautiful dance from Aakash Odedra could be seen alongside a provocative Hamlet from Bolivian Teatro de los Andes; in which Linsey Pollak’s concerts in Tasmania’s most beautiful locations complemented the immensely creative Acoustic Life of Sheds in the North West, Alzheimer Symphony and MADE around the island and the world premiere of Big hArt’s Blue Angel in Hobart; and a truly mind-blowing visual arts program across the state – has left an indelible mark on everyone who was able to have an art’s experience.
The Tasmanian Youth Orchestra’s 50th anniversary concerts in Burnie and Launceston, Stompin’s 6000 to 1 in Launceston, and Watermark in Queenstown showed just how important it is to encourage and support creativity in our communities in order to reap its benefits in years to come.
My favorite festival story was the wonderful couple I met at Tullah to see Calls Across the Island who had come from Bendigo in a combi van and had already seen shows in Hobart, Burnie, Launceston and Tullah. Despite an accident which made their car undriveable, they had rented a replacement and were still bent on completing their Island Road Trip! It was great to see them again at the end of the week at Dementia 13 in Hobart!
A great thankyou to all of the artists and companies that participated in the Tasmanian International Arts Festival 2015 and to the audiences who had a new and stimulating experience. Next time we hope every one of our audience members will introduce a friend to the notion that seeing something different and wonderful is a fantastic thing, and tell them that we at Tasmanian International Arts Festival are absolutely going to give them something to remember.
Thanks artists, thanks supporters. Until next time.