Jun
10
2013

The historic city of Hobart will be bursting with colour when the famous Swisse Colour Run sweeps through the town in 2014!

The five-kilometre colour run is billed as the "happiest 5k on the planet", with the event taking off in the U.S. last year and set to sweep across Asia, Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand from 2013.

This unique paint race requires all participants to gather at the starting line in white t-shirts, where they will then set off on a fun journey getting pelted with various coloured powders.

The untimed colour run celebrates "healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back to the community" – so don't miss out on this anticipated event when it rolls into Tasmania!

An official race date for the Colour Run 5K Hobart hasn't been confirmed yet, but you can keep updated with the latest news and developments by providing your details on the Colour Run website.

At least 7,500 entries are expected in Hobart, said Colour Run spokeswoman Ashlee Munting (via The Mercury), with plans for up to 10,000, awaiting the council's approval.

The Gold Coast hosted their first colour run over the weekend (June 2), with the sold-out event attracting more than 11,000 keen runners.

"The atmosphere on the track was really relaxed and we hopped, skipped and jumped our way to the end," Brisbane resident Seb Robbins said via Gold Coast News.

Colour Run Australia's national event manager Luke Hannan added that the colour is a "tool" for people to lose their inhibitions, enjoying a "completely new element" of themselves.

Participants have the option of racing solo or forming a 'Colour Team' of four or more members.

The Colour Run is for everyone, regardless of fitness ability, age, shape and size – make sure to get in quick when registrations become available so that you don't miss out on the race of the year!

Colour Run screenshot from the Australian Colour Run site

Photographers should note that dyes common to this event (when thrown) may cause a hazard to equipment.

Warm Up at the Sydney Event - Colour Run screenshot from the Australian Colour Run site

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Jun
09
2013

'One man's trash is another man's treasure', so they saying goes, but you can see this expression come to life at Tasmania's Art From Trash exhibition this June!

You'll witness creative displays and artwork created using discarded materials and objects at the annual community art exhibition, which will be held at Long Gallery in the Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, from June 21 to July 1, 2013.

Make sure to come on down to the exhibition opening on the evening of the Winter Solstice (June 21) from 18:00 to 21:00.

2013 award categories include People's Choice, Wearable Art, Trash Rat Youth (for entrants aged 15 to 25), Transforming Trash Together (for school and community groups) and Early Years Foundation (group entries for children up to six years).

Don't forget to also check out Rektango during your visit to the Salamanca Arts Centre, held at The Courtyard on Fridays, with free live music from 17:30 to 19:30.

Rektango has become a "Hobart Institution" with the regular event providing soul, blues, reggae funk and rock for 13 years.

Wind down for the weekend by enjoying some truly creative art and good music and vibes at the Salamanca Arts Centre on Friday June 21.

The interior of the Long Gallery Salamanca Place Hobart

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Jun
08
2013

If you're looking for a picturesque tropical escape in Tasmania, look no further than the stunning Wineglass Bay, located on the Freycinet Peninsula.

A piece of pristine coastline on Tasmania's east coast, Wineglass Bay's dazzling white sand and deep, sapphire ocean are enough to make even the most stubborn of worries disappear.

It's the perfect location for surfing, sailing, snorkelling, fishing, taking a nice cool dip, or simply soaking up some rays of the bright Australian sunshine.

The Bay is just a short walk from the camping ground at Coles Bay and involves an uphill climb to a rocky outlook, followed by a gentle descent down to the coast.

If you're interested in seeing the entire peninsula, the award winning Freycinet Experience Walk is a four-day guided tour that includes stops at a number of the bays throughout.

The area was home to the Oyster Bay tribe of Aboriginals for at least 20,000 years and some of the tracks on the walk are original trails made by the inhabitants all that time ago.

The trails cover about 30 kilometres and are the perfect way to experience the full richness of the Freycinet Peninsula and Wineglass Bay!

A Tasmanian National Parks pass is needed to explore the Freycinet National Park, its walks and its scenery.

One of Tasmania's most recognisable sights Wineglass Bay from the lookout on Freycinet Peninsula

The remarkable Hazards and Wineglass Bay

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Jun
07
2013

Experience all that is wonderful about Tasmania's outstanding wine and produce at Tasmania Unbottled in July and August!

This is one event not to be missed, with Australia's largest showcase of Tassie wine and food coming to the country's cultural hubs of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Tasmania Unbottled gives wine connoisseurs, passionate foodies, trade and media the opportunity to try over 150 of the island's distinct cool-climate wines, with this year's event also featuring complementary offerings such as cheese, seafood, and for the first time, cider from boutique producers!

The event will kick off in Darling Harbour, Sydney on July 30, then head north to Fortitude Valley in Brisbane on August 1, and finally, make its last appearance at Federation Square in Melbourne on August 5.

Enjoy reds, whites and sparklings from Tasmanian producers such as Bay of Fires, Dalrymple, Domaine A, Ghost Rock, Josef Chromy, Moorilla, Native Point, SOUTH and Tamar Ridge.

Tasmanian food producers Yondover Farm House Cheese and Petuna Seafoods will also be on hand at the events, offering lip-smacking delights, with fruity cider goodness from Pagan Cider, Willie Smiths Organic Cider, Frank's Cider and Spreyton Cider Company.

The spotlight will also sweep over the island's breathtaking tourist attractions, such as the enchanting Maria Island Walk and Spirit of Tasmania.

If you're interested in heading along to the event in your nearest participating city, consider registering for the public masterclass, hosted by wine writer Winsor Dobbin and featuring the Tasmanian Petuna Ocean Trout and Atlantic Salmon by Peter and Una Rockliff.

Sydney and Melbourne also have a 'special package' offering, allowing you the chance to attend both the public tasting and the wine and seafood masterclass.

Visit the Tasmania Unbottled website to register and secure your spot at the wine and food showcase!

Tasmania Unbottled Hit Main centres on the mainland

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Jun
06
2013

There's a wealth of culture waiting for those artistically-inclined travellers who are considering heading to Tasmania for their next holiday.

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery has a variety of shows coming up in the next few months to ignite the slumbering artists in you.

'Drawn with Distinction: Australian Artists' begins on August 2 and runs until December 1, featuring a range of drawings from artists working in Tasmania and throughout the country from early 1900 till the 1960s.

The exhibition is aiming to reflect the diverse range of works created during the period and features pieces from artists such as William Dobell, Joy Hester, Florence Rodway and Albert Tucker. 

The works of William Charles Piguenit, Australia’s first native-born professional landscape painter, will be presented in an exhibition entitled 'A Passion For Nature'.

Running until June 30, it is comprised of a wide selection of paintings, drawings, watercolours and prints which fully capture the essence of this pioneering artist and his historical place in the development of Australian art.

Finally, 'Colonial Women' explores the works of ten artists active during the 1830s-1850s, where cultural and scientific innovation occurred under the patronage of Jane Franklin, an early Tasmanian pioneer. The works help to paint a portrait of life during the initial colonial times in Australia's history.

Painting by William Charles Piguenit from the University of Tasmania's collection.

Patron and benefactor during the Colonial Era - Jane Franklin

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Jun
05
2013

Grammy award winning musician, rapper, television and film actor, and cooking show host Coolio has announced his return to Australia this June – giving Tasmanians a chance to check out a hip hop pioneer in the flesh.

After his 1995 track 'Gangsta's Paradise' hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100, it went on to top the charts globally – sweeping over the United States, Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Australia, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand.

The album was certified platinum twice and the rapper went on to release four more albums across the next decade. Throughout this period, Coolio made various forays into television and film.

He featured in small cameo roles in television shows like Charmed and The Nanny, as well as recording the theme song for the Nickelodeon hit series Kenan and Kel.

Coolio went on to host his own internet cooking show in 2008, aptly named Cookin' With Coolio. He also released a cook book in 2009, which was widely received with critical acclaim.

Don't miss your chance to see a rap legend when he comes down under. He's playing the Republic Bar in Hobart on Wednesday June 26, 2013.

Coolio touring with Tasmanian Gig - Image Credit: EventFinder AU

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Jun
04
2013

From all over Tasmania, the category award winners for this year’s Tasmanian Hospitality Association 2013 Awards for Excellence are a good pointer to enjoyable experiences, value and reputation when planning your journey through Tasmania.

Winners and the categories were:

• Restaurant of the Year – Stillwater (Launceston)
• Metro Hotel of the Year – Dr Syntax (Hobart)
• Regional Hotel of the Year – Tall Timbers (Smithton)

Other winners include:

• Fine Dining and Best Deluxe Accommodation – Saffire
• Best Contemporary Australian Restaurant – Pier One (Wrest Point)
• Best Marketed Establishment, and Outstanding Community Service and Achievement – The Old Woolstore
• Best Redeveloped Venue – Ikon Hotel
• Best Bistro Meal – Cooleys Hotel
• New Restaurant – Castray Esplanade Food and Wine
• Best Breakfast – The Ugly Duck Out (And other Awards)
• Tourism Initiative of the Year – Hotel Bruny
• Best RSL Club – Lenah Valley RSL
• Outstanding Achievement in Training, and Best Retail Liquor Outlet, and Best Sporting Entertainment Venue – Shoreline Hotel
• Best Entertainment Venue – Country Club, Launceston.

This is an abridged list which does not include special awards for individuals in the industry

Celebrating the Awards for Excellence at the function 3 June 2013

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Jun
03
2013

Iconic 80’s singer Cyndi Lauper will be belting out all the hits from her 1983 debut solo album, She's So Unusual, when she heads down to Hobart in September!

Celebrating the 30-year anniversary of her album, fans will be able to sing along to all the songs, with Lauper performing the ten-track album in its entirety.

She's So Unusual included number one hits such as Girls Just Want to Have Fun and Time After Time, as well as the singles She Bop, All Through The Night and Money Changes Everything.

Lauper said that it has been such an amazing year for her.

"When I realized it's also the anniversary of the album that started my solo career, I knew it was the perfect time to thank my fans for sticking with me through it all.

"'I'm so excited to perform She’s So Unusual from beginning to end, song by song and I can't wait to see everyone!"

You can catch Cyndi Lauper in town on Monday September 2 at the Wrest Point Entertainment Centre in Hobart.

Tickets are available now from TixTas – visit the website today to secure your seats!

Cyndi Lauper from her Facebook Page

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Jun
02
2013

Tasmania's newest winter festival is really starting to make its presence felt on the island, with the number of launch events planned in the lead up to its opening. It was made even more notable as the nation heard of last minute difficulties with this event.

The Annual Solstice Swim is fast-approaching, with brave Tasmanians and visitors to the state braving the chilly temperatures to take a dip at a Hobart location.

If you want to take part in the Solstice Swim, but not quite willing to shed your swimmers, then you can join in the 'prude' swim!

The R18 event will kick off on Saturday June 22, with the nude swim taking place bright and early at 07:42 am and the prude swim starting at 08:42 am.

While the event is free, there are limits on numbers, so register your interest now before you miss out!

If lord mayor Damon Thomas and radio DJ Dave Noonan raise $10,000 for charity, they could be joining the hundreds of participants taking part in the Dark MOFO nude swim.

The Mercury reported that the two made a promise on Noonan's Heart FM show to take the plunge if they raise the money, with Noonan's co-host to join also if they manage to raise $15,000.

There had been an 'overwhelming response' to the nude swim, said Dark MOFO creative director Leigh Carmichael.

"Because there is so much interest in the event we thought we would expand it," he said via The Mercury.

Not surprisingly DARK Mofo's publicity says that the swim will take place at the crack of dawn -  first in best undressed!

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Jun
01
2013

Four-piece indie pop group San Cisco are making their mark on the world, with an appearance at SXSW 2013 in Austin, Texas earlier this year and finding success with their music in the UK and Europe.

With three EPs and an album to their name, big things are expected from Fremantle's San Cisco!

The band were nominated for a 2011 Unearthed J Award and came to prominence with their lead single Awkward, from their 2012 EP.

Tasmanian fans of San Cisco can catch the group in their Launceston show on Thursday June 6 at Hotel New York or their Hobart show on Friday June 7, which was later moved from Wrest Point to The Republic Bar at North Hobart.

Make sure to get in quick, with the Western Australian band selling out shows in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

San Cisco will be joined by fellow Aussie band Millions and Brooklyn-based duo Chaos Chaos in their Tasmanian shows.

If you're interested in going to the Launceston show you can purchase your tickets from the Oz Tix website.

Hobart fans can head to the Mosh Tix website, with both shows R18, so don't forget your photo ID!

Indie Group San Cisco - Image Credit: The Australian 2012 ARIA article

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