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Warming up for Hobart’s big winter sing

Tasmanians are encouraged to warm up their vocal cords ahead of the return of the much-loved Festival of Voices this winter.

Now in its 18th year, the festival started in 2005 and has grown to become Australia’s premiere celebration of the voice.

This year’s 10-day event (30 June – 9 July) will feature a diverse program of interactive workshops, concerts, pop-up events and cabaret.

New festival director Isobel Marmion announced the first few events recently, saying the program was designed to spread joy and celebrate the power of song and music this winter.

“The festival has something to suit all ages and budgets and you don’t have to sing to enjoy the wonderful variety of experiences on offer,” she said.

“The program is brought to life with the support of many organisations and we thank our financial partners and festival volunteers for their continued support in bringing joy through music to the Tasmanian community this winter.”

Held at venues across the state, the festival will include its renowned Corporate Choir Challenge, the ever-popular Big Sing Bonfire, the Tasmanian Songbook, the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra and Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Choir.

Other highlights will include Australian musical comedy trio Tripod at the Theatre Royal on opening night; esteemed First Nations singer-songwriter Nancy Bates performing ‘Still Talking ‘Bout A Revolution’; and local music legends The Wolfe Brothers headlining the Country Pub Chorus in the state’s far south.

“The Tasmanian Government is thrilled to support this festival, with more than 30,000 people expected to enjoy the event and inject money in the economy as they gather for this inclusive 10-day event,” Hospitality and Events Minister Nic Street said.

The full program will be released in the coming weeks.

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