Visit Launceston at any time of year, and there will be any number of exhibitions and shows at which to spend an afternoon. Your challenge will be in the choice!
The jewel in our cultural crown is the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG). Both permanent exhibits and travelling shows can be explored at the Inveresk Railyards site, and at Royal Park fine art and design exhibitions reflect both our heritage and contemporary culture. Autumn brings us the multi-award winning Agfest field days at Quercus Park.
On an artistic note, contemporary art enthusiasts will find much to discover here, with a number of commercial galleries scattered throughout and around the City. A must visit is the Design Tasmania Wood Collection, a celebration of innovative design in timber, located on the corner of City Park.
In early Spring Junction Arts Festival turns the hidden spaces of Launceston into an artistic playground – 5 days of participatory performance and installation designed to engage and provoke. Statewide festivals such as the Tasmanian International Arts Festival (formerly Ten Days on the Island) promote a number of events in the City, while MOFO, run by the infamous MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), has exhibited here as part of a wider program. BOFA (Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival) presents an array of intimate, thought-provoking and fun cinematic pieces, with a focus on conversation and engagement.
In October, enjoy the bustle of sideshow alley and get up close and personal with animal friends of all shapes and sizes at the Royal Launceston Show. Cottage industry exhibits, industry displays and sporting competitions also feature. And for the full agricultural show experience, you must taste the culinary anomaly that is the Dagwood Dog (even if only once)!