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Beaker Street Festival

6-14 August 2021, lutruwita/Tasmania

Where science, art, and curiosity collide

Beaker Street Festival is an annual celebration of science and art in lutruwita/Tasmania. We’ve packed some of the most engaging scientists, compelling ideas, and innovative artworks you’ll find in Australia into a nine-day extravaganza that covers nearly every corner of our beguiling island. 

From the Festival Hub at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery to small-group talks and dinners with scientists on the Tassie Science Road Trip to our Dark Sky Party at Spring Bay Mill, Beaker Street Festival invites you to explore Tasmania as you’ve never seen it before. 

Some offerings are free, some are ticketed, and all are informed by the best available science around keeping people safe in this Covid moment. Please take note of entry requirements, and make sure to check out the full program – there’s a lot going on, and we don’t want you to miss any of it.

Festival Hub @TMAG

Talks & Ideas Pop-Up Science Bars Art & Performance 150+ Roving Scientists Tassie Food & Drink

Start your exploration at the Festival Hub at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery after dark. We take over the joint and turn it into a pop-up science bar, a parlour of curiosities, an inn for inquiring minds. Teeming with amiable scientists and a program crammed with talks, ideas, music, art, food and drink and much, much more — this is Beaker Street Festival in its purest form.
Entry is free, subject to capacity, but all talks are ticketed and require pre-booking.

Tassie Science

Road Trip

Explore Tasmania alongside some of the state’s most interesting and accomplished scientists. Take a deep dive into four iconic locations, where you’ll learn about research into the local environment and species. At each location, you’ll be invited to a scientific talk, followed by plenty of opportunities to chat with the scientists one-on-one over drinks or a meal, or a cruise the following morning. Join us at every stop of the Trip, or choose your own adventure.

Excursions

Tours cruises walks workshops

City life getting you down? Get your fix of nature with a side of science, music, or… truffles!

Sci Art Crawl

local makers excellent Tassie producers must-see galleries

Discover Hobart through the lens of science with the Sci Art Crawl: A self-guided tour around the city visiting some of our best makers, thinkers, producers, and sellers.

BEAKER STREET

SCIENCE PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE

The 2021 Beaker Street Science Photography Prize features photographs that capture Tasmanian and Southern Ocean/Antarctic content, and enhance scientific understanding. All finalist images will be exhibited at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery during Beaker Street Festival.

Dark Sky Party

NOCTURNA

Our Grand Finale party! Join us at the iconic Spring Bay Mill for a celebration of Tassie’s pristine dark skies. Featuring Nobel laureate astrophysicist Professor Brian Schmidt, aurora chasing, live music, whisky, and East Coast food and drink. Stunner!

Schubert

Winterreise

A meditation on mortality for solo voice and piano, set in a world of ice and rain. Written by Franz Schubert after a diagnosis of syphilis, an effective death sentence, this music captures all the grace, longing and horror that only the doomed can truly appreciate. This great gift to humanity is ours to honour, to savour, and to revere. In an age of chronic loneliness and isolation, this music offers us the definitive statement on solitude and einsamkeit.