Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival

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The Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival is a highlight Tasmanian event that captures the arts and culture of the area with fun activities, informative and interesting landmark tours and talented local entertainment.

This year marks the centenary of the North Lyell Mine Disaster, where 42 local men lost their lives when a fire trapped many workers underground on October 12, 1912.

The Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival is paying tribute to the disaster by "encompassing the anniversary within the festival program" offering activities that recognises the rich cultural heritage of the area, but also pays acknowledges the present and future of the community.

The three-day festival, taking place from October 12-14, aims to "generate awareness of the value of the arts and culture" in regional communities.

There is a myriad of activities to check out and take part in over the three-day weekend, ranging from mine site tours to music performances – there's bound to be something to suit the whole family! Accommodation is filling fast, so plan now.

Head to the West Coast Community Services HUB on your arrival to the event, to register as a festival attendee and get informed on the weekend's events. Participants get a free entry in the spectacular Festival Prize!

Here are some highlight events for you to visit at the Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival.

North Lyell Mine Disaster Commemorative Service – Friday October 12

The community of Queenstown invites guests to join them as they commemorate the 100th anniversary of the North Lyell disaster. The service will be a time to pay tribute to the lost miners and acknowledge the legacy that remains.

Mt Lyell Underground Mine Tours – Friday 12, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October

Visit the heart of Mt Lyell mine and experience Australia's "only tour of a working underground mine". This is bound to be one of the highlights of the festival, giving you a deep insight into the mining world many of us have never seen or experienced.

You can view more activities from the weekend program on the website.

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Newspapers being read in the main street of Queenstown -  Image Credit:  Tasmanian Philatelic Society / Ross Ewington article research

Site of the disaster with people gathered waiting for news Image Credit: Tasmanian Philatelic Society / Ross Ewington article research

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