Well, Dark MOFO came and went, and along came another ten day festival – the Festival of Voices.
Musical acts from across Australia converged on Hobart in all its winter splendour, to again get people out of their houses.
Opening night was amazing – rain and freezing temperatures didn’t stop the enjoyment of hearing Christine Anu and a children’s choir singing ‘My Island Home’ (how appropriate for Tasmania), followed by a number of quality acts (Paul McDermott, Tom Thumb – a beat boxer, Darren Percival from X Factor).
The lighting of the bonfires followed, unfortunately the rain had dampened a couple of them, so a bit of fuel had to be added to ignite them – crowds soon gathered around them to thaw out and warm their butts.
I happily joined my choir (Sing For Your Life Choir) for two performances at our magnificent TMAG – Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. The acoustics inside at the Central Gallery are beautiful – our performances were rousingly received by the onlookers. I always find so much pleasure in our public performances, over 100 people singing in four part harmony is bound to sound fabulous!
Pop up concerts were happening all over the city, and permanent venues had a string of musical performances from all genres – there really was something for everyone. It was great fun.
Wow Hobart, you certainly know how to put on a festival – or two!