Junction Arts unearths new, playful plans

Junction Arts Festival creative director Natalie de Vito gets up close to Hobart artist Amanda Parer’s giant rabbit, which will be a standout installation in September. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

Junction Arts Festival creative director Natalie de Vito gets up close to Hobart artist Amanda Parer’s giant rabbit, which will be a standout installation in September. Picture: NEIL RICHARDSON

TURNING Launceston into the ‘‘best playground in Tasmania’’ is what organisers have in mind when Junction Arts Festival 2014 opens next month.

Bringing artists from as far afield as London, Toronto and Iran to contribute to its five-day program, Junction has high hopes its fourth anniversary will re-energise people from winter hibernation.

Dance karaoke, creative walking projects, backyard band gigs, and a rogue tailor reshaping ’80s fashions appear in the program.

‘‘We’ve worked hard to create a five-day program that offers everyone — families, youth, all ages — unexpected art adventures that weave through some of the most unexpected places in this city,’’ festival executive director Natalie de Vito said yesterday.

‘‘From a one-minute birthday party to bicycle-powered karaoke machines, Junction is all about providing a completely unique event in Tasmania.

‘‘We are all about celebrating and redefining the way people see the city of Launceston, creating site-specific creative projects for seldom-used spaces and interactive works in which anyone can get involved.

‘‘We encourage artists to bring alive laneways, rooftops, forgotten attics, even biker clubs.’’

Yesterday de Vito ‘‘planted’’ Hobart artist Amanda Parer’s giant inflatable rabbit, part of her installation entitled Intrude that featured at Vivid 2014 in Sydney, in Launceston’s City Park to mark the official launch of Junction. Last night the old Launceston Salvage Centre space in Cimitiere Street came alive for a community party, attended by an estimated 150 guests keen to get an early-bird peek at the full program.

Junction Arts Festival has secured its place on Launceston’s winter calendar to 2016, receiving $450,000 in extra funding late last year from the then-Labor government to supplement an existing $300,000 funding agreement.

Junction Arts Festival 2014 will run from September 10 to September 14. Inquiries: www.junctionartsfestival.com.au

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