Arts and Culture
You don't have to travel far to find amazing arts and cultural experiences in Tasmania, from the smallest artist-run spaces and design shops to world class museums, cutting edge contemporary art galleries and festivals for almost every possible interest.
There is a wealth of creativity in the island state that comes from a long tradition and active community of artists, designers, makers and performers whose work is often inspired by Tasmania's natural and political landscape.
Evidence of this can be found just about everywhere: from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart and the Queen Victoria Museum in Launceston to the many smaller art galleries and local venues around the state that host a wide range of exhibitions and performances.
There's also no shortage of great local design to be found in shops, at markets and in exciting cutting edge architecture. The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart combines all of these elements in a mind-blowing showcase of international cultural treasures and contemporary art, while hosting an impressive program of festivals and events including MONA FOMA in summer and and Dark MOFO in winter.
Speaking of festivals and events, Tasmania offers cultural gatherings that celebrate all kinds of creativity, from craft and film making to singing and traditional boat building. There's also a strong local live music and theatre scene, offering everything from a world class symphony orchestra to underground acts and performance art. Wherever you travel in Tasmania, there's inspiring art works to be found - even where you might least expect it.