The Tasmanian Government is a strong supporter of our cultural and creative industries, and we welcome today’s announcement that the Taste of Summer will feature a record number of Tasmanian artists.

Getting out on the waterfront over the holiday period is an iconic part of Tasmania’s social calendar, which is why we are contributing $1.4 million towards the event this year to activate Hobart’s historic waterfront.

Bringing back the Taste this year will help to support businesses, locals and our economy, as well as a range of local performers, at a time when they need it most.

Our creative sector provides employment for thousands of Tasmanians and we need events like the Taste to provide a platform for some of our amazing musicians and performers to connect with a broad audience.

This latest funding contribution will add to the broad range of measures and over $12 million in support we have implemented over the past 18 months to support the arts sector, including:

  • our $200,000 Creative Support Small Grants Fund, specifically designed to support gig economy artists get back to work;
  • $3 million in combined support through our Live Performance Support and Reactivation Programs, which are both designed to provide confidence to performers and producers to deliver productions in Tasmania, and provide opportunities for our local performers to shine; and
  • our first stimulus and support package in 2020, which included funding for Tasmanian contemporary musicians to create work for recording and filming while they were unable to perform due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The revamped Taste of Summer event will be a celebration of everything Tasmanian, and I am delighted that the organisers are putting such an emphasis on our Tasmanian performers.

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts