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A Dark Sky Apéro Series with Luke Burgess

In collaboration with Beaker Street and Dark Sky Tasmania

As the full moon rises, gather high above the Hobart CBD to share stimulating conversation, local beverages, and seasonal small plates, with legendary Tasmanian chef Luke Burgess. There will be food for thought as well, with one or two guest speakers in attendance to provide new perspectives on the nocturnal world.

Each month around the full moon, fourteen strangers will come together by candlelight for an evening of nocturnal delights. Perched above Hobart, we’ll eat, drink, and discuss under the glow of the moon. We’ll delve into the night with two guest speakers to enlighten us on Dark Sky topics, and get the conversations going. We’ll consider the rapidly growing problem of light pollution — the excessive use of artificial light at night, which reduces our ability to see the stars and disrupts the rhythms of humans and other species. As the light of the moon slowly replaces the sun, and we witness a spectacular moonrise over the Derwent, we will celebrate what we are so lucky to still have in Tasmania, even in our most densely populated city: a view of the cosmos at night. 

Apéro: Inspired by the Italian Apéritivo, a continuous flow of small, delectable dishes served communally throughout the evening. Make your way around the room, as your glass is topped up (with alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages, or both), meet some new people, and share ideas. We’ll pause to hear from one or two guest speakers about Dark Sky topics. Your ticket includes a contribution to our “A Seat At The Table” initiative, enabling members of our community to access this event regardless of financial means.

Cost: $185/person

Don’t have a date? Come alone! We aim to get people talking, thinking, and hatching ideas. Even if you don’t know a soul at the start of the night, you’ll know a roomful by the end.

Location: Seven and a Half

Avalon City Retreat, 152 Macquarie Street


No tickets available at this time.

The evening will be conducted in a low-light environment — as the sun sets, we will have candles to light the table, but no overhead lighting. If you have compromised or poor vision, this event may not be suitable to attend.
Regrettably, the venue is not wheelchair accessible. Visitors will need to walk up one flight of stairs after taking the lift.

Need a Free Seat?

If you’d like to join us for supper but don’t have the financial means at this time, you can request a free seat through Beaker Street’s “A Seat at the Table” initiative, which aims to increase access to scientific and cultural events for our community. If you are a Tasmanian resident, you can request a seat by emailing [email protected] with your name and the date or dates you’re interested in.
If we can offer you a seat, we will — no questions asked.

Photo by Luke Burgess

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