Category Archives: Tasmania


EVENT DATE: Sunday 13 November 2016

Variety show featuring local musicians, artists and performers.

Date: Sunday 13 November 2016
Venue: Koonya Hall
Address: 564 Nubeena Road Koonya
Time: Doors open 4.00pm
Entry: $10

The Koonya Hall sits on the foundations of the home of the superintendent of the Cascades Probation Station in sunny Koonya. It has a rich history of community use and is the hub of the Annual Koonya Garlic Festival.

Visit the Koonya Hall page.


EVENT DATE: Friday 11 – Friday 18 November 2016

Anyone with a strong connection to the George Town Council area is invited to enter Lighthouse Regional Arts’ annual local art exhibition – any medium. There is a gala opening (by invitation) on Friday evening 11 November and the exhibition is open to the public the following Saturday and Monday to Friday. This is Lighthouse Regional Arts’ major contribution to the George Town community’s 2016 FOUNDERS FESTIVAL throughout November – December. Find out more about entering here.

Date: Friday 11 – Friday 18 November 2016
Venue: Jim Mooney Gallery, George Town Memorial Hall
Address: Regent Square, Macquarie St, George Town
Time: Opening Fri 6pm; Sat 9am – 1pm; Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm
Entry: Free entry to exhibition
Bookings required for Opening: By invitation, by Tuesday 8 November

George Town’s War Memorial Hall was built in 1959 to replace the earlier wooden hall built in 1900 on the centre of the Macquarie St frontage of our heritage listed Regent Square – the oldest public park in Tasmania – planned in Dec 1811 by Govr Lachlan Macquarie when he planned and named our town after King George 111, as the future Chief Settlement of northern Van Diemen’s Land. The town was built to his plan by 1819, but the administration was moved back to Launceston in 1825. The hall included the Council Chambers until 1970s and the library until recently. It has been the centre of most of the town’s celebrations, cultural events and community gatherings. It received a major up-grade in 2008 with a large stadium addition added to the western side. The local Tamar FM radio station now has a home in the vacated library and the RSL is using the Macquarie Meeting Room. The popular Tamar Valley Folk Festival is also centred in and around the Hall in mid January each year.

Visit the George Town Hall page.

Celebrating 5 years of Home is Where the Hall is


In 2015, Regional Arts Victoria celebrated its fifth year of the annual Home is Where the Hall is project. Funded by the Regional Arts Fund, Home is Where the Hall is occurs each November and is designed to shine a light on the wonderful activities run in regional community halls across Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.

To celebrate we gathered together at Bellbrae Hall to throw a Home is Where the Hall is Birthday party. We ate lollies, played party games, sipped on some delicious wines from Bellbrae Estate and listened to the beautiful sounds of home grown artists Miles and Simone and CC Thornley.

Here is a short video of some of the fun we had as part of the celebrations. Thank you again to all the hall committees, volunteers, community groups, performers, artists and audience members who made our 5th Anniversary so special.

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And that’s a wrap! Thank you for Participating in the 2015 program

151028_ Kaarimba Hall submitted by Gail Grinter

Regional Arts Victoria has celebrated its fifth year of the annual Home is Where the Hall is project, designed to shine a light on our regional community halls.

Participants from Victoria and Tasmania were joined by South Australian halls for the first time, with South Australia registering 6 events in the state’s south east.

It was also our biggest year yet, with over 73 events registered and 38 towns participating  in Home is Where the Hall is for the first time.

Home is Where the Hall is reached even further into less travelled places, including towns from remote areas such as Murrayville, Tubbut and Goongerah.

Regional Arts Victoria ran nine events in community halls across the state including 5,000 poppies in Briagolong and across Gippsland, Frame by Frame in Swan Hill and the Regional Cultural Forum on Arts Health and Succession Planning at the Dunkeld Community Centre.

Through our Connecting Places program, Regional Arts Victoria also took Mikelangelo’s ‘Cave Waits Cohen’ on the road to community venues in Cheshunt, Charlton, Stratford and Narbethong.

We discovered some wonderful hall histories and helped shine a light on community events including art exhibitions, dances, markets, film screenings, festivals, yoga classes, bake offs,  performances and fundraisers.

Regional Arts Victoria would like to sincerely thank everyone who participated and supported Home is Where the Hall is in 2015.

Photo: Kaarimba Hall by Gail Grinter




Tasmania, Cygnet, Pre-Loved Art Exhibition & Sale

EVENT DATE: Saturday 7 November – Sunday 8 November 2015

Quality art works that are no longer needed will be displayed for sale with commissions going to local community gallery – Lovett Gallery.

For more information visit the Huon Art Exhibitions Group website.

Date: Saturday 7 November – Sunday 8 November 2015
Venue: Cygnet Town Hall
Address: Mary St, Cygnet
Time: 10am – 4pm
Entry: Free


For over 150 years Cygnet Town Hall has been serving the local community for cultural events, sports events, magistrates court, municipal offices, community newspaper offices, online centre and more.

Tasmania, Cooee, Memorial Concert

EVENT DATE:  Sunday 15 November 2015

A concert to commemorate the Great War and celebrate the construction of the Cooee Memorial Hall.

Date:  Sunday 15 November 2015
Venue:  Cooee Memorial Hall
Address:  Saundridge Road, Cooee
Time:  2pm
Entry:  Free entry


The hall was opened in July, 1957. Apart from the bricklaying, the hall was with voluntary labour and was paid for with money raised by a local committee.


Tasmania, Koonya, Sunday Afternoon Live at the Koonya Hall

EVENT DATE:  Sunday 8 November 2015151020_ Live at the Koonya Hall submitted by Rob Rolfe

Sunday afternoon LIVE at the Koonya Hall is a monthly variety show featuring performances by local and visiting artists, musicians and actors. Licenced with food available.

Date:  Sunday 8 November 2015
Venue:  Koonya Hall
Address:  Nubeena Road Koonya
Time:  4pm – 6.30pm
Entry:  $10

Bookings: contact


A mercury report stated in Oct. 1894 that a Public Hall at Koonya will shortly be erected. [It was built on the foundations of the Superintendents quarters of the Cascades Station]. The stone foundations are from that building. Another report dated July 1895, stated the new Public hall “was put to use since being finished a short time before. Considering the depression of the times only 20 pounds was required to pay off the debt.” [so it was possible opened early 1895].

The original hall had a shingle roof, which was later replaced with custom orb roofing iron.  Baltic pine came down by steamer to the jetty to line out the interior, but some disappeared from the jetty after it was unloaded, so only the bottom half of the hall was lined. [The missing timber turned up later as lining in a local home!.]

The western side of the hall had a tennis court built in the 1920s and rebuilt in 1956. The fine metal which was mixed with tar to form the surface was gathered from the blow hole at Eagle Hawk neck in bags and carted back. All done with working bees.

The hall was originally lit by gas, which was generated by dripping water on acetylene. This was at the the back of the anti-room (built in the early 1900s), and was distributed to lamps in the hall by copper pipes. Some can still be seen in the hall, as well as part of one of the lamps.

The hall was used for football, cricket and tennis club rooms, and badminton was also played in the hall, but because the hall was undersize, the back line for the court  was up the wall.

Pictures shows were also shown in the hall, with the projector driven by electricity generated by the operator jacking up the back wheel of his car and fitting a belt to drive the generator.

In 1951, A switching on ceremony was held  when the hydro power came to Koonya.

It was an important centre for social gatherings, and a meeting place for the local residents. Some of the events held at the hall were birthday and wedding celebrations, farewells and welcome home, especially for locals leaving for the First World War and 2nd World War, for those that returned, as well as plays and concerts, fund raising for charities, Wood chopping events. [possibly in conjunction with the Koonya Shows], and meetings, including at one time council, hospital, school and sports, and Koonya show meetings. For many years it was also the home for the CWA. Today, the hall is used for community events, live theatre and of course… Sunday afternoon live!