The third biennial Australian Antarctic Festival is set to again grow Tasmania’s reputation as a unique events and boutique festivals destination, as well as the world’s gateway to the frozen continent.
On top of the festival, which has attracted more than 21,000 visitors to each of the two events since 2016, Tasmania will also host two major international Antarctic conferences under the international Antarctic Treaty System.
Tasmania is the only place in the world to have that great honour.
The Tasmanian majority Liberal Government is again supporting the festival with $35,000. It is fantastic to officially launch the festival at Macquarie Point, which is set to be the new Australian and international Antarctic and Science Precinct in coming years, and the centrepiece of the Hobart City Deal.
The precinct presents a significant opportunity to grow a range of scientific and research activities in the sector.
The Antarctic industry already employs about 850 Tasmanians and contributes more than $186 million to our economy, and that is set to grow as the new precinct comes to life.
The Australian Antarctic Festival offers an insight into the Antarctic sector in Tasmania and showcases our specialised goods and services manufactured in our state.
For more information of the festival and to check out the program schedule, visit: www.antarcticfestival.com.au