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Simple street gig sees local artists take centre stage

Local musicians experiencing or recovering from severe housing stress or homelessness have showcased their talents at a fundraising gig in Hobart.

Held at Simple Cider in Elizabeth Street on Saturday 5 August, the Street to Stage concert provided an outlet for talented musicians to perform while also raising funds for an extremely worthy cause.

Performers also had the opportunity to make industry contracts and were in the running to win prizes including a $1000 recording voucher.

All funds raised on the day will go to Health With Dignity, a program that enables Hobartians in extreme need to access general practitioner appointments for free.

Hobart Housing and Homelessness Portfolio chair Mike Dutta said Street to Stage was a great fun way to raise funds for a much-needed sector of the community.

“We know how severe housing stress is on people from all walks of life so to be able to give them a stage for their creative talents while also raising funds to assist those in need is a terrific outcome,” Cr Dutta said.

“This concert will go a long way to raising funds so more people experiencing housing stress can improve their physical and mental wellbeing.”

Housing with Dignity Reference Group spokesperson Lisa Rime said there was a great deal of excitement around the event.

“Street to Stage is such a lovely opportunity to celebrate and build upon the diversity of our community, to share some different voices and have opportunities to listen, learn, and support one another,” Ms Rime said.

“I hope the experiences from the event will enable empowerment and connection for all involved.”

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