One of Australia's leading journals of ideas and analysis Griffith REVIEW launched its latest Tasmanian-themed quarterly edition tonight at Hobart's Town Hall.
Tasmania: The Tipping Point? is a collaborated effort between Griffith REVIEW and the University of Tasmania (UTAS), discussing how Tasmanians see themselves and examining if the island has reached a tipping point "politically, economically and culturally".
Some of Australia's most talented storytellers and writers weigh in on Tasmania's past, present and future, including MONA's David Walsh, Director of the Inglis Clark Centre for Civil Society at UTAS Natasha Cica and acclaimed food writer and gourmet farmer Matthew Evans.
Tasmania is described as a "haven for the thinking traveller", with the island holding a place of great significance in Australia's history and its pristine wilderness being one to explore with great wonder.
The island has a pull toward its colourful past with the historical sites in Port Arthur, while also drawing crowds to its contemporary attractions such as the ever-popular Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) – allowing visitors to experience Tasmania's past, present and future.
Riding on the coattails of MONA's successful summer festival MONA FOMA is its new winter alternative, Dark MOFO.
This new festival will be the perfect winter warmer for MONA FOMA fans, with visitors in for a festival of fire, art, music, food and light held during winter’s deep embrace at MONA and in the streets of Hobart.
Highlights include a "large-scale fire and light event" at Salamanca, a music program from Brian Ritchie and a night market at Princes Wharf shed No 1.
More Tasmanian events to mark on the calendar are Ten Days on the Island, featuring music, theatre, film, visual art, dance and more from March 15 to 24, and the island's acclaimed Festival of Voices in July.