Boost for BeakerStreet@TMAG

BEAKERSTREET@TMAG is set to become bigger and better after receiving funding from the Tasmanian Government.

The BeakerStreet@TMAG festival was launched in 2016 to bring everyday science to every Tasmanian.

The primary concept underpinning the festival is to encourage community members to attend local events to meet scientists and discuss scientific concepts, theories and ideas in a casual, relaxed environment.

Last year’s pop-up science bar at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery was one of the highlights of the successful BeakerStreet@TMAG festival, with more than 5000 people attending the two-night event.

Minister for the Arts and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer announced in January that BeakerStreet@TMAG was one of 14 events across the state that had received funding as part of the Events Tasmania Marketing Tasmania Grant Program.

“The Hodgman Government recognises the importance of supporting events and activities such as BeakerStreet@TMAG, which engages people from all parts of our community,” she said.

“That is why we are providing a $5000 grant to assist with the promotion of this unique and popular event.

“We want Tasmania to become the boutique events capital and one of the world’s paramount event destinations.”

BeakerStreet@TMAG founder Margo Alder said she planned to utilise the grant to encourage more people from around the state to attend this year’s event.

“We had a significant turn-out last year with more than 5000 people attending,” she said.

“This year we are aiming to attract even more people, especially from the north and north-west of the state.

“This grant is really going to help us expand our marketing range and hopefully get people engaged at a statewide level.

“We are thrilled the grant will allow us to take BeakerStreet@TMAG to a new level by enabling the event to embrace the whole of the state, which is something we are really excited about.”

Caption: BeakerStreet@TMAG founder Margo Alder, TMAG programs and community engagement manager Michael McLaughlin and Minister for the Arts Elise Archer.