Spring started off with a celebration of culture as the Junction Arts Festival kicked off its 10th-anniversary event on Wednesday evening.
Prince's Square opened at 6pm to festival-goers, with The Sunset Ceremony headlining the beginning of the 5-day festival at 6.30pm.
The ceremony, produced by Josh Langford, joined First Nations artists and community members in a performance of song, dance, and the spoken word.
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Fire and projections by pakana artists Bianca Templar and Jasmine Mansell surrounded the space and accompanied the ceremony.
"The visuals are a mixture between painting and acrylic art and electronic art as well," Templar said.
Langford said he had tried to create new memories of healing for his community through the ceremony.
"Tonight I have put together a new family to showcase the sides of our Aboriginal songlines - intergenerational, spoken word, song, dance, and art - all to be shared at the opening of the Junction Arts Festival this year," he said.
The opening night of the festival also celebrated the return of MUSTER - a cross-genre dance performance that included members of the community - and the debut of the retro Apres Ski Party which celebrated music from Alpine Express and hits from all the iconic eras.
Chairperson Liz Frankham said the festival reaching its 10-year milestone was a marvellous achievement.
"Junction [acts] as an enabler or platform for Tasmanian artists to build their repertoire," she said.
"It's a celebration of place and community ... and The Sunset Ceremony tonight will be magic."
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