The brains behind the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras have ensured the 2018 Junction Arts Festival has begun with a bang.
Creative director Greg Clarke has used his third year with the festival to bring in fellow Mardi Gras collaborator Virginia Ferris.
The seasoned choreographer helped put together roller dance extravaganza Roundabout.
The performance preceded Wednesday night’s Shiny Disco Ball launch party and will be performed at the Prince’s Square fountain each night of the festival.
Ms Ferris said she had enjoyed every moment of piecing together the spectacle.
“I came to Launceston about a month ago and started to work with Greg’s idea,” she said.
“We worked with the dancers first, before bringing in the cheerleaders and conducting a separate rehearsal with the roller derby girls.
“There were organic parts of the process, but Greg gave me a pretty clear indication of what he wanted.
“I began thinking along the lines of repetition, robotics, and plastic people coming out of the fountain.”
Roundabout features an original score composed by Launceston DJ and producer Je Bahl, who accompanies the performance with his band.
The opening show was given a warm welcoming by a full crowd at Wednesday night’s launch party, with many guests wearing their best 70s theme attire.
Mr Clarke said the contribution of Tasmanian artists gave Junction a unique identity within the festival circuit.
“This year we have been commissioning new work from local artists that is very site-specific to Launceston,” he said.
“There is going to be work in the festival which won’t be seen anywhere else in the world, and it will all be from Tasmanian artists.
“Roundabout has 33 people from the community dancing in it and is free every night.”
The 2018 Junction Arts Festival will run until Sunday, September 9.
Full program and tickets at www.junctionartsfestival.com or through the free Junction Arts Festival app.