After last year's postponement, the program for the long-awaited 10th anniversary Junction Arts Festival has been announced.
The much loved arts festival was replaced by Junction Hometown in November last year to meet COVID-19 regulations.
Set to return this year from September 1 to 5, the event has come a long way since its inception in 2010.
The festival was first presented as a one-off event annexed to the 2010 Regional Arts Australia conference.
As a result of Launceston's enthusiasm for the festival, Junction has continued to run annually attracting up to 13,000 visitors.
This year old favourites such as The Tweed Ride and the Junction Dog Show will be back, as well as brand new pieces from local artists.
"Tasmanian artists have created everything you will experience in this year's festival and nearly everything is brand new work," Junction's artistic director Greg Clarke said.
"You are going to discover incredible performance, art and music in amazing spaces that you will not be able to see anywhere else."
Some of the highlights of this year's program include The Sunset Ceremony on opening night and cabaret event Bond, Bassey and Barbra.
A family-friendly event, The Sunset Ceremony invites attendees to join First Nations artists and community around a sand circle for a performance of song, dance and spoken word.
For something a little later in the evening, Launceston locals Samantha Hammersley and Ben Austin will be performing in Bond, Bassey and Barbra. The cabaret show features James Bond theme songs as well as power ballads from Shirley Bassey and Barbra Streisand.
This year's festival will also once again coincide with the Regional Arts Australia's Artlands conference.
Regional Arts Australia chairman Simon Spain said Tasmania was a place where creativity in everyday life abounds.
"How fitting to be once again in Launceston and alongside Junction Arts Festival in its 10th anniversary, an initiative that grew from Artlands 2010 and has since become an annual Tasmanian festival of the arts," he said.
To see Junction Art Festival's full program, visit junctionartsfestival.com.au.
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