About the Australian Antarctic Festival
The city of Hobart is Australia’s Antarctic port and a thriving centre for science, logistics, shipping and crew transport servicing the Southern Ocean, Sub-Antarctic Islands and Antarctica itself. Join us for the festival as we celebrate all that is Antarctica.
Located at 42 degrees south latitude, Hobart is 2692 kilometres from the nearest Antarctic continental base – the French station at Dumont d’Urville, 3430 kilometres from the Australian Antarctic Division’s Casey Station and just 1500 kilometres from the closest Australian research station at Macquarie Island. The bases are served by an air link from Hobart International Airport.
It’s often noted that there are more Antarctic scientists located in Hobart than in any other city in the world and several important organisations are based here. These include the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), the Commission for the Conservation of Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Institute, the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE-CRC) and the University of Tasmania (UTAS). This impressive array of scientific expertise forms a large part of the Antarctic community found in Tasmania. Hundreds of staff at the AAD support the recruitment and training of Antarctic expeditioners and the operation of shipping and transport services. Dozens of companies supply food, fuel, specialised equipment and services to support Australia’s Antarctic program as well as the French and Chinese Antarctic programs.
Each season, hundreds of people in Hobart prepare for the program of explorations, research, maintenance and re-supply that will begin as soon as sea ice conditions in the Southern Ocean allow. The new Australian icebreaker Nuyina and the CSIRO research vessel Investigator are familiar sights on the Hobart docks as they begin to take on stores and supplies for the coming summer. For 2022 we will also have the HMAS Brisbane in port, showcasing the important work the Royal Australian Navy does in the Southern Ocean. We believe this is an appropriate time to celebrate the work of the International Antarctic community and the huge contribution it makes to the social fabric and working economy of Tasmania.
With a series of exhibitions from both Australia and overseas, open days, school excursions, entertainment and much much more, we bring the Antarctic to Hobart. Join us for a fascinating look at the work we do in the coldest, highest, driest and windiest place on earth. Meet the expeditioners and scientists, the tradespeople and the chefs, the communications experts and the technicians who support Australia’s leading role in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean. You will be intrigued, surprised, entertained and amused at the details of how people live and work at -40˚C, or go for a refreshing dip when the temperature climbs to zero! The festival is complemented in 2022 with some brand new exhibits including Polar Arts, an Antarctic
Best of all, thanks to the support of our many friends and sponsors, admission to almost all Antarctic comedy night, Quiz night and Gala Dinner. Most Festival events are completely free to the public. Where we do ask for a donation, it’s to support the vital work of the Mawson’s Huts Foundation, who preserve a unique part of Australia’s Antarctic heritage: Douglas Mawson’s 1912 expedition huts at Commonwealth Bay in East Antarctica.
Andrew Brassington has been involved in entertainment for over 15 years, both as a performer and a coordinator, focusing on Festivals, Events and Conferences. Andrew has produced the last two Antarctic Festivals and is at home putting all the pieces of the festival jigsaw together. Being both a performer and a coordinator of events Andrew has an insight into both what the client wants and the performer needs. This combination positions Andrew as a much in demand event organizer.
From a band to a festival to a fully orchestrated night of entertainment. This knowledge combined with the variety of unique and outstanding artistic creation on offer guarantees you a festival to be remembered.