Arts & Culture

You’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover our City punches well above it’s weight in culture and the arts. Stunning colonial architecture, a vibrant arts, education and museum precinct and a number of independent art galleries contribute, as do our arts and music festivals and active theatre scene. 

A must-visit experience, and the jewel in our cultural crown, are the QV Museum at Inveresk and QV Art Gallery Royal Park. Discover Tasmania’s social history and natural science, gaze into the cosmos at the Planetarium and explore travelling shows at the Inveresk Railyards site. At Royal Park, you will enjoy the richness and diversity of the fine art and design collections that are a vibrant part of this city’s heritage and contemporary culture.

Contemporary art enthusiasts will find much to whet their cultural appetite, with a number of commercial galleries scattered throughout and around the City. Be sure to visit the Design Tasmania Wood Collection, a celebration of stunning and innovative contemporary Tasmanian design, just adjacent to 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.

Dance, music and theatre are an integral part of the cultural landscape in Launceston. A vibrant amateur theatre set thrives, and the Princess Theatre and Earl Arts Centre regularly present travelling shows. Renowned contemporary dance outfits TasDance and Stompin’ thrill and challenge. Outdoor musical events happen regularly through the warmer months – with venues as diverse as the Cataract Gorge First Basin and vineyards showcasing national and international acts. For electronic music fans, Sunday afternoons monthly come alive at Our House, where the hip young crew dance the afternoon away to guest DJs from here and overseas. And of course, we must not forget the festivals promoted by MONA in the South – a series of eclectic and exciting events carefully engineered to enthral and excite – and only 2 hours drive away. 

Whatever your cultural taste explore Tasmania’s vibrant arts and cultural scene with the Tasmania Arts Guide.