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There is a feast of very special free art events happening around the Southern Trove this Sunday as part of this year’s Ten Days on the Island festival.

Weekend in the Valley offers a varied program of music, film and performance in venues throughout the Huon Valley on 31 March.

Acoustic Life of Sheds – three performances in three beautiful Tasmanian sheds, featuring artists Lucky Oceans, Maggie Abraham, Aaron Hopper, Heath Cullen and Sasha Gaviek.

Acoustic Life of Sheds - photo Beth Sometimes

Acoustic Life of Sheds – photo Beth Sometimes

Women of the Island – a multi-award-winning series of short films featuring ten amazing Tasmanian women, at the Geeveston Community Hall.

Music at the Palais Theatre, Franklin, including the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra performing Peter and the Wolf, a piano recital of Beethoven, Ravel, Mozart and Schumann by Alex Raineri, and A Night at the Opera featuring popular opera highlights performed by three of Australia’s finest singers.

Peter and the Wolf - photo (c) Russell Stokes

Peter and the Wolf – photo ©Russell Stokes

Look out for other roaming performances, performers and local activities.

All events are free, but online registration is recommended.

Why not make a weekend of it and explore more of the creativity of the Southern Trove?

There are plenty of accommodation options, and most towns have venues or galleries featuring the work of local artists. Some of these artists have formed Tasmanian Artists and Makers of the Huon and are working together to promote a program of open studios – check their Facebook page for more details.

Another great experience in the region is the Birches Bay Art Farm Trail. Their annual sculpture exhibition is open from Easter until July, with a growing permanent collection on show year-round.

There are performance venues around the region, but do watch for regular musical and other performances at Willie Smiths Apple Shed, Frank’s Cider and Franklin’s Palais Theatre.

In just a couple of weeks, the Huon Blues and Roots Festival will finally rock Home Hill Vineyard at Ranelagh. The event was originally scheduled for February but was postponed due to the bushfires. It’s on Saturday 13 April. Details and bookings via huonblues.com.

Tex Perkins and the Fat Rubber Band are set to perform at the Huon Blues and Roots Festival. Photo ©Martin Philbey

Tex Perkins photo ©Martin Philbey

And naturally, keep an eye on our own Event Calendar for happenings and events in this creative region.


For accommodation tips, see Where to Stay.

We love it when you share your adventures with us. Tag @southerntrovetasmania and use #SouthernTroveTasmania and we’ll share some of our favourite photos on FacebookInstagram and in our Blog.


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Words: Andrew Ross