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A discarded sofsits parking lot former St. SavSerbian Orthodox Church 49th Avenue Hobart. The building which has been vandalized past

A discarded sofa sits in the parking lot of the former St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church on 49th Avenue in Hobart. The building, which has been vandalized in the past, recently was boarded up by its new owner, The GEO Group. | Karen Caffarini~for Sun-Times Media



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HOBART — Mayor Brian Snedecor has written a letter to the GEO Group suggesting it find another location outside of Hobart for its possible immigrant detention center, according to a member of the city council.


The mayor is supposed to read the letter, written Tuesday, to members of Concerned Citizens of Hobart group at its 3 p.m. Sunday meeting at the First Unitarian Church in Hobart.


Neither the mayor nor a GEO spokesman could be reached for comment Saturday, but Councilman P. Lino Maggio, D-3rd, said the mayor read the letter to him over the phone and Snedecor advised GEO it should look for another location.


The Boca Raton, Fla., builder of for-profit prisons and immigrant detention centers owns the former St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church property on 49th Avenue. It has not formally requested the rezoning needed to build such a center, but a report issued by the company stated it intended to build a detention center there.


Concerned Citizens of Hobart, which formed in opposition to the possible development, did not say what the mayor’s letter contained but called it a significant moment for Hobart.


“We appreciate it when our leaders are front and center, paying attention,” said Barbara Sullivan, a Hobart resident and member of Concerned Citizens.


Tom Dubois, a 30-year resident who met with Snedecor earlier this month with five other members of the group, said he is sure residents will be pleased with what the mayor has to say Sunday.


“Having met with the mayor to discuss the matter, I’m convinced of his sincerity,” Dubois said.


This is the second time Snedecor will be addressing the group. At a previous meeting, he indicated he needed to keep an impartial stance until GEO put in a request to rezone the property, according to a news release from Concerned Citizens.


Snedecor and city council members repeatedly have said there was nothing for them to comment on because there was no proposal before them.


The city did ask GEO to secure the former St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church building after Dubois said at a council meeting that it was a safety hazard. GEO quickly boarded up the building.


Concerned Citizens recently began a petition drive opposing a prison or detention center in the city, and members said they’ve collected about 1,000 signatures so far.


Maggio said he believes the location on 49th Avenue, which is adjacent to a city park and in close proximity to a nursing home and a residential area, is not a good place for that development.


However, he said residents told him that some of the people seeking signatures on the petition were claiming there were secret Board of Zoning Appeals and plan commission meetings. Maggio said no such meetings took place.


“I also feel apologies are in order for the lies being spread about the mayor and council, and they should come from the leader of the group,” Maggio said.


Sandy O’Brien, a member of the group, said Concerned Citizens never have said there were secret meetings.


Councilman Pete Mendez, D-2nd, said Saturday he’d just heard about the letter from someone other than the mayor. He said GEO still could petition the city for a rezone.


“If anyone from GEO comes to the city I will hear them and I will do what is best for my constituents,” Mendez said.






Hobart mayor to GEO: Go elsewhere - Post-Tribune





A discarded sofsits parking lot former St. SavSerbian Orthodox Church 49th Avenue Hobart. The building which has been vandalized past

A discarded sofa sits in the parking lot of the former St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church on 49th Avenue in Hobart. The building, which has been vandalized in the past, recently was boarded up by its new owner, The GEO Group. | Karen Caffarini~for Sun-Times Media



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Updated: April 13, 2014 2:04AM


HOBART — Mayor Brian Snedecor has written a letter to the GEO Group suggesting it find another location outside of Hobart for its possible immigrant detention center, according to a member of the city council.


The mayor is supposed to read the letter, written Tuesday, to members of Concerned Citizens of Hobart group at its 3 p.m. Sunday meeting at the First Unitarian Church in Hobart.


Neither the mayor nor a GEO spokesman could be reached for comment Saturday, but Councilman P. Lino Maggio, D-3rd, said the mayor read the letter to him over the phone and Snedecor advised GEO it should look for another location.


The Boca Raton, Fla., builder of for-profit prisons and immigrant detention centers owns the former St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church property on 49th Avenue. It has not formally requested the rezoning needed to build such a center, but a report issued by the company stated it intended to build a detention center there.


Concerned Citizens of Hobart, which formed in opposition to the possible development, did not say what the mayor’s letter contained but called it a significant moment for Hobart.


“We appreciate it when our leaders are front and center, paying attention,” said Barbara Sullivan, a Hobart resident and member of Concerned Citizens.


Tom Dubois, a 30-year resident who met with Snedecor earlier this month with five other members of the group, said he is sure residents will be pleased with what the mayor has to say Sunday.


“Having met with the mayor to discuss the matter, I’m convinced of his sincerity,” Dubois said.


This is the second time Snedecor will be addressing the group. At a previous meeting, he indicated he needed to keep an impartial stance until GEO put in a request to rezone the property, according to a news release from Concerned Citizens.


Snedecor and city council members repeatedly have said there was nothing for them to comment on because there was no proposal before them.


The city did ask GEO to secure the former St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church building after Dubois said at a council meeting that it was a safety hazard. GEO quickly boarded up the building.


Concerned Citizens recently began a petition drive opposing a prison or detention center in the city, and members said they’ve collected about 1,000 signatures so far.


Maggio said he believes the location on 49th Avenue, which is adjacent to a city park and in close proximity to a nursing home and a residential area, is not a good place for that development.


However, he said residents told him that some of the people seeking signatures on the petition were claiming there were secret Board of Zoning Appeals and plan commission meetings. Maggio said no such meetings took place.


“I also feel apologies are in order for the lies being spread about the mayor and council, and they should come from the leader of the group,” Maggio said.


Sandy O’Brien, a member of the group, said Concerned Citizens never have said there were secret meetings.


Councilman Pete Mendez, D-2nd, said Saturday he’d just heard about the letter from someone other than the mayor. He said GEO still could petition the city for a rezone.


“If anyone from GEO comes to the city I will hear them and I will do what is best for my constituents,” Mendez said.






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The view from Mount Wellington overlooking HobartABC The view from Mount Wellington overlooking Hobart

Proponents of a cable car for Hobart's Mt Wellington are unveiling details of their plan at a function in Hobart this morning.


State government Ministers, Tourism industry representatives and big business representative are attending the preliminary proposal launch, which is being held at Hobart's Wrest Point.


They are being told details of the plan for a cable car that would start at the Cascade Brewery, travel past the Organ Pipes, to the summit of Mt Wellington.


A mid-station would be constructed on land owned by the brewing company that could offer activities for tourists, including barbecues and a playground.


The Tourism Industry Council's Simon Currant has told state politicians and business leaders that he believes this proposal was sensitive and logical.


The Mount Wellington Cable Car group is confident the development would attract hundreds of thousands of tourists a year, and believes it could be running by late 2016.


The group still needs to win the support of council, and submit a development application.


Overseas backing


Promoters said yesterday that the proposal had 100 per cent backing from overseas investors.


The Mount Wellington Cable Car says it would be the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.


More than 200 tickets were sold to this morning's launch, attended by local and state government representatives and business groups.


The group's Adrian Bold says attracting investors for the project has not been an issue.


"There's no shortage of investors from the markets ready to fund this," he said.


"We have commitments from various investors wanting to fund 100 per cent of this project.


"But it's entirely dependent on the Hobart City Council providing us with the landowner consent to pursue this project."


Community resistance


Previous pushes for a cable car on the mountain have met strong community resistance.


Mr Bold is hoping to win over opponents.



Mt Wellington cable car from Cascade Brewery to summit unveiled at Hobart ... - Yahoo!7 News

The view from Mount Wellington overlooking HobartABC The view from Mount Wellington overlooking Hobart

Proponents of a cable car for Hobart's Mt Wellington are unveiling details of their plan at a function in Hobart this morning.


State government Ministers, Tourism industry representatives and big business representative are attending the preliminary proposal launch, which is being held at Hobart's Wrest Point.


They are being told details of the plan for a cable car that would start at the Cascade Brewery, travel past the Organ Pipes, to the summit of Mt Wellington.


A mid-station would be constructed on land owned by the brewing company that could offer activities for tourists, including barbecues and a playground.


The Tourism Industry Council's Simon Currant has told state politicians and business leaders that he believes this proposal was sensitive and logical.


The Mount Wellington Cable Car group is confident the development would attract hundreds of thousands of tourists a year, and believes it could be running by late 2016.


The group still needs to win the support of council, and submit a development application.


Overseas backing


Promoters said yesterday that the proposal had 100 per cent backing from overseas investors.


The Mount Wellington Cable Car says it would be the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.


More than 200 tickets were sold to this morning's launch, attended by local and state government representatives and business groups.


The group's Adrian Bold says attracting investors for the project has not been an issue.


"There's no shortage of investors from the markets ready to fund this," he said.


"We have commitments from various investors wanting to fund 100 per cent of this project.


"But it's entirely dependent on the Hobart City Council providing us with the landowner consent to pursue this project."


Community resistance


Previous pushes for a cable car on the mountain have met strong community resistance.


Mr Bold is hoping to win over opponents.



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2014-04-14T19:30:00Z 2014-04-15T07:44:04Z Hobart breaks ground for trailChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com



HOBART | The weather might have been dreary Monday morning, but that didn't dampen the mood of some Hobart officials as they kicked off a project to construct the last section of the Oak Savannah Trail.


During a groundbreaking ceremony, supporters of the project said the final phase of the trail, which travels around the Hobart Historic Downtown District, could attract more visitors to city. The trail also provides another amenity for Hobart's residents.


"It's a big day for the city of Hobart," Mayor Brian Snedecor said.


People using the trail will have multiple opportunities to experience the recreational, shopping and dining options in the city because of the trail's proximity to many attractions in Hobart.


Bob Fulton, assistant to Snedecor, said the city has been planning for the Oak Savannah Trail for several years.


Work to advance plans for the project has included acquiring land, establishing an agreement with Norfolk Southern Railroad and obtaining federal funding.


"This has been a long time coming," Fulton said.


Snedecor recognized the Hobart Park Board for its vision to pursue the trail project. He also commended Denarie Kane, Hobart's director of development, for securing federal funding that will pay for 80 percent of the project.


The opening of the final stretch of the Oak Savannah Trail hasn't yet been set, according to the Park Department.



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HOBART | The weather might have been dreary Monday morning, but that didn't dampen the mood of some Hobart officials as they kicked off a project to construct the last section of the Oak Savannah Trail.


During a groundbreaking ceremony, supporters of the project said the final phase of the trail, which travels around the Hobart Historic Downtown District, could attract more visitors to city. The trail also provides another amenity for Hobart's residents.


"It's a big day for the city of Hobart," Mayor Brian Snedecor said.


People using the trail will have multiple opportunities to experience the recreational, shopping and dining options in the city because of the trail's proximity to many attractions in Hobart.


Bob Fulton, assistant to Snedecor, said the city has been planning for the Oak Savannah Trail for several years.


Work to advance plans for the project has included acquiring land, establishing an agreement with Norfolk Southern Railroad and obtaining federal funding.


"This has been a long time coming," Fulton said.


Snedecor recognized the Hobart Park Board for its vision to pursue the trail project. He also commended Denarie Kane, Hobart's director of development, for securing federal funding that will pay for 80 percent of the project.


The opening of the final stretch of the Oak Savannah Trail hasn't yet been set, according to the Park Department.



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Organiser’s have reported that the second annual Baroque Festival held in Hobart, Tasmania has been an exceptional success, with visitor numbers, ticket sales and attendances all doubling from the inaugural event hosted last year.


Over 8,500 tickets were sold during the festival for the opera Orlando, and concerts featuring the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Antipodes, as well as the five evening recitals on offer. Similarly, all five of the 5x5x5@5 afternoon concerts sold out, while the free Masterclass, hosted by the Hobart Baroque Music Director Dr Erin Helyard, packed out Government House.



The festival has helped provide a significant boost for Tasmanian tourism, the organiser’s claim, with 41% of attendee’s coming from outside of the state. Most visitors came from Melbourne and Sydney, but some came from as far as New Zealand and Los Angeles. Of those out of state travelers, most opted to stay for more than three nights, and some extended their stay to explore other parts of the state.


Kathryn Lewek and Daniel Bubeck in Orlando


The exceptional results will strengthen Tasmania’s growing reputation as a cultural destination and will come as a pat on the back for Festival Director Leo Schofield.


All in all, Hobart Baroque received considerable attention in the media, with strong support from ABC Classic FM and print media around the country. Limelight Magazine’s Clive Paget called Orlando “a terrific ensemble effort all round” in his review of the festival’s staging of the opera last month.


Read Clive Paget's review of Orlando at the Hobart Baroque Festival here



Hobart Baroque doubles takings - Limelight Magazine



Organiser’s have reported that the second annual Baroque Festival held in Hobart, Tasmania has been an exceptional success, with visitor numbers, ticket sales and attendances all doubling from the inaugural event hosted last year.


Over 8,500 tickets were sold during the festival for the opera Orlando, and concerts featuring the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Antipodes, as well as the five evening recitals on offer. Similarly, all five of the 5x5x5@5 afternoon concerts sold out, while the free Masterclass, hosted by the Hobart Baroque Music Director Dr Erin Helyard, packed out Government House.



The festival has helped provide a significant boost for Tasmanian tourism, the organiser’s claim, with 41% of attendee’s coming from outside of the state. Most visitors came from Melbourne and Sydney, but some came from as far as New Zealand and Los Angeles. Of those out of state travelers, most opted to stay for more than three nights, and some extended their stay to explore other parts of the state.


Kathryn Lewek and Daniel Bubeck in Orlando


The exceptional results will strengthen Tasmania’s growing reputation as a cultural destination and will come as a pat on the back for Festival Director Leo Schofield.


All in all, Hobart Baroque received considerable attention in the media, with strong support from ABC Classic FM and print media around the country. Limelight Magazine’s Clive Paget called Orlando “a terrific ensemble effort all round” in his review of the festival’s staging of the opera last month.


Read Clive Paget's review of Orlando at the Hobart Baroque Festival here



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A discarded sofsits parking lot former St. SavSerbian Orthodox Church 49th Avenue Hobart. The building which has been vandalized past

A discarded sofa sits in the parking lot of the former St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church on 49th Avenue in Hobart. The building, which has been vandalized in the past, recently was boarded up by its new owner, The GEO Group. | Karen Caffarini~for Sun-Times Media



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HOBART — Mayor Brian Snedecor has written a letter to the GEO Group suggesting it find another location outside of Hobart for its possible immigrant detention center, according to a member of the city council.


The mayor is supposed to read the letter, written Tuesday, to members of Concerned Citizens of Hobart group at its 3 p.m. Sunday meeting at the First Unitarian Church in Hobart.


Neither the mayor nor a GEO spokesman could be reached for comment Saturday, but Councilman P. Lino Maggio, D-3rd, said the mayor read the letter to him over the phone and Snedecor advised GEO it should look for another location.


The Boca Raton, Fla., builder of for-profit prisons and immigrant detention centers owns the former St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church property on 49th Avenue. It has not formally requested the rezoning needed to build such a center, but a report issued by the company stated it intended to build a detention center there.


Concerned Citizens of Hobart, which formed in opposition to the possible development, did not say what the mayor’s letter contained but called it a significant moment for Hobart.


“We appreciate it when our leaders are front and center, paying attention,” said Barbara Sullivan, a Hobart resident and member of Concerned Citizens.


Tom Dubois, a 30-year resident who met with Snedecor earlier this month with five other members of the group, said he is sure residents will be pleased with what the mayor has to say Sunday.


“Having met with the mayor to discuss the matter, I’m convinced of his sincerity,” Dubois said.


This is the second time Snedecor will be addressing the group. At a previous meeting, he indicated he needed to keep an impartial stance until GEO put in a request to rezone the property, according to a news release from Concerned Citizens.


Snedecor and city council members repeatedly have said there was nothing for them to comment on because there was no proposal before them.


The city did ask GEO to secure the former St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church building after Dubois said at a council meeting that it was a safety hazard. GEO quickly boarded up the building.


Concerned Citizens recently began a petition drive opposing a prison or detention center in the city, and members said they’ve collected about 1,000 signatures so far.


Maggio said he believes the location on 49th Avenue, which is adjacent to a city park and in close proximity to a nursing home and a residential area, is not a good place for that development.


However, he said residents told him that some of the people seeking signatures on the petition were claiming there were secret Board of Zoning Appeals and plan commission meetings. Maggio said no such meetings took place.


“I also feel apologies are in order for the lies being spread about the mayor and council, and they should come from the leader of the group,” Maggio said.


Sandy O’Brien, a member of the group, said Concerned Citizens never have said there were secret meetings.


Councilman Pete Mendez, D-2nd, said Saturday he’d just heard about the letter from someone other than the mayor. He said GEO still could petition the city for a rezone.


“If anyone from GEO comes to the city I will hear them and I will do what is best for my constituents,” Mendez said.






Hobart mayor to GEO: Go elsewhere - Post-Tribune





A discarded sofsits parking lot former St. SavSerbian Orthodox Church 49th Avenue Hobart. The building which has been vandalized past

A discarded sofa sits in the parking lot of the former St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church on 49th Avenue in Hobart. The building, which has been vandalized in the past, recently was boarded up by its new owner, The GEO Group. | Karen Caffarini~for Sun-Times Media



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Updated: April 13, 2014 2:04AM


HOBART — Mayor Brian Snedecor has written a letter to the GEO Group suggesting it find another location outside of Hobart for its possible immigrant detention center, according to a member of the city council.


The mayor is supposed to read the letter, written Tuesday, to members of Concerned Citizens of Hobart group at its 3 p.m. Sunday meeting at the First Unitarian Church in Hobart.


Neither the mayor nor a GEO spokesman could be reached for comment Saturday, but Councilman P. Lino Maggio, D-3rd, said the mayor read the letter to him over the phone and Snedecor advised GEO it should look for another location.


The Boca Raton, Fla., builder of for-profit prisons and immigrant detention centers owns the former St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church property on 49th Avenue. It has not formally requested the rezoning needed to build such a center, but a report issued by the company stated it intended to build a detention center there.


Concerned Citizens of Hobart, which formed in opposition to the possible development, did not say what the mayor’s letter contained but called it a significant moment for Hobart.


“We appreciate it when our leaders are front and center, paying attention,” said Barbara Sullivan, a Hobart resident and member of Concerned Citizens.


Tom Dubois, a 30-year resident who met with Snedecor earlier this month with five other members of the group, said he is sure residents will be pleased with what the mayor has to say Sunday.


“Having met with the mayor to discuss the matter, I’m convinced of his sincerity,” Dubois said.


This is the second time Snedecor will be addressing the group. At a previous meeting, he indicated he needed to keep an impartial stance until GEO put in a request to rezone the property, according to a news release from Concerned Citizens.


Snedecor and city council members repeatedly have said there was nothing for them to comment on because there was no proposal before them.


The city did ask GEO to secure the former St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church building after Dubois said at a council meeting that it was a safety hazard. GEO quickly boarded up the building.


Concerned Citizens recently began a petition drive opposing a prison or detention center in the city, and members said they’ve collected about 1,000 signatures so far.


Maggio said he believes the location on 49th Avenue, which is adjacent to a city park and in close proximity to a nursing home and a residential area, is not a good place for that development.


However, he said residents told him that some of the people seeking signatures on the petition were claiming there were secret Board of Zoning Appeals and plan commission meetings. Maggio said no such meetings took place.


“I also feel apologies are in order for the lies being spread about the mayor and council, and they should come from the leader of the group,” Maggio said.


Sandy O’Brien, a member of the group, said Concerned Citizens never have said there were secret meetings.


Councilman Pete Mendez, D-2nd, said Saturday he’d just heard about the letter from someone other than the mayor. He said GEO still could petition the city for a rezone.


“If anyone from GEO comes to the city I will hear them and I will do what is best for my constituents,” Mendez said.






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2014-04-14T19:30:00Z 2014-04-15T07:44:04Z Hobart breaks ground for trailChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com



HOBART | The weather might have been dreary Monday morning, but that didn't dampen the mood of some Hobart officials as they kicked off a project to construct the last section of the Oak Savannah Trail.


During a groundbreaking ceremony, supporters of the project said the final phase of the trail, which travels around the Hobart Historic Downtown District, could attract more visitors to city. The trail also provides another amenity for Hobart's residents.


"It's a big day for the city of Hobart," Mayor Brian Snedecor said.


People using the trail will have multiple opportunities to experience the recreational, shopping and dining options in the city because of the trail's proximity to many attractions in Hobart.


Bob Fulton, assistant to Snedecor, said the city has been planning for the Oak Savannah Trail for several years.


Work to advance plans for the project has included acquiring land, establishing an agreement with Norfolk Southern Railroad and obtaining federal funding.


"This has been a long time coming," Fulton said.


Snedecor recognized the Hobart Park Board for its vision to pursue the trail project. He also commended Denarie Kane, Hobart's director of development, for securing federal funding that will pay for 80 percent of the project.


The opening of the final stretch of the Oak Savannah Trail hasn't yet been set, according to the Park Department.



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2014-04-14T19:30:00Z 2014-04-15T07:44:04Z Hobart breaks ground for trailChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com



HOBART | The weather might have been dreary Monday morning, but that didn't dampen the mood of some Hobart officials as they kicked off a project to construct the last section of the Oak Savannah Trail.


During a groundbreaking ceremony, supporters of the project said the final phase of the trail, which travels around the Hobart Historic Downtown District, could attract more visitors to city. The trail also provides another amenity for Hobart's residents.


"It's a big day for the city of Hobart," Mayor Brian Snedecor said.


People using the trail will have multiple opportunities to experience the recreational, shopping and dining options in the city because of the trail's proximity to many attractions in Hobart.


Bob Fulton, assistant to Snedecor, said the city has been planning for the Oak Savannah Trail for several years.


Work to advance plans for the project has included acquiring land, establishing an agreement with Norfolk Southern Railroad and obtaining federal funding.


"This has been a long time coming," Fulton said.


Snedecor recognized the Hobart Park Board for its vision to pursue the trail project. He also commended Denarie Kane, Hobart's director of development, for securing federal funding that will pay for 80 percent of the project.


The opening of the final stretch of the Oak Savannah Trail hasn't yet been set, according to the Park Department.



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Organiser’s have reported that the second annual Baroque Festival held in Hobart, Tasmania has been an exceptional success, with visitor numbers, ticket sales and attendances all doubling from the inaugural event hosted last year.


Over 8,500 tickets were sold during the festival for the opera Orlando, and concerts featuring the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Antipodes, as well as the five evening recitals on offer. Similarly, all five of the 5x5x5@5 afternoon concerts sold out, while the free Masterclass, hosted by the Hobart Baroque Music Director Dr Erin Helyard, packed out Government House.



The festival has helped provide a significant boost for Tasmanian tourism, the organiser’s claim, with 41% of attendee’s coming from outside of the state. Most visitors came from Melbourne and Sydney, but some came from as far as New Zealand and Los Angeles. Of those out of state travelers, most opted to stay for more than three nights, and some extended their stay to explore other parts of the state.


Kathryn Lewek and Daniel Bubeck in Orlando


The exceptional results will strengthen Tasmania’s growing reputation as a cultural destination and will come as a pat on the back for Festival Director Leo Schofield.


All in all, Hobart Baroque received considerable attention in the media, with strong support from ABC Classic FM and print media around the country. Limelight Magazine’s Clive Paget called Orlando “a terrific ensemble effort all round” in his review of the festival’s staging of the opera last month.


Read Clive Paget's review of Orlando at the Hobart Baroque Festival here



Hobart Baroque doubles takings - Limelight Magazine



Organiser’s have reported that the second annual Baroque Festival held in Hobart, Tasmania has been an exceptional success, with visitor numbers, ticket sales and attendances all doubling from the inaugural event hosted last year.


Over 8,500 tickets were sold during the festival for the opera Orlando, and concerts featuring the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Antipodes, as well as the five evening recitals on offer. Similarly, all five of the 5x5x5@5 afternoon concerts sold out, while the free Masterclass, hosted by the Hobart Baroque Music Director Dr Erin Helyard, packed out Government House.



The festival has helped provide a significant boost for Tasmanian tourism, the organiser’s claim, with 41% of attendee’s coming from outside of the state. Most visitors came from Melbourne and Sydney, but some came from as far as New Zealand and Los Angeles. Of those out of state travelers, most opted to stay for more than three nights, and some extended their stay to explore other parts of the state.


Kathryn Lewek and Daniel Bubeck in Orlando


The exceptional results will strengthen Tasmania’s growing reputation as a cultural destination and will come as a pat on the back for Festival Director Leo Schofield.


All in all, Hobart Baroque received considerable attention in the media, with strong support from ABC Classic FM and print media around the country. Limelight Magazine’s Clive Paget called Orlando “a terrific ensemble effort all round” in his review of the festival’s staging of the opera last month.


Read Clive Paget's review of Orlando at the Hobart Baroque Festival here



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