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From a standing start in April 2013, Hobart Baroque is already established as a significant new player on the Australian cultural scene.

Just as Hobart is unique among Australian capitals, so its exciting new music festival is unique, the only event in the country solely dedicated to performance of music of the late seventeenth and early 18th centuries,

The inaugural Hobart Baroque in April 2013 was a spectacular success with public and critics alike. Impressed by the response and the exceptional number of interstate visitors and recognizing its enormous potential, The State Government of Tasmania has increased support for Hobart Baroque, seeing it, as indeed we do, as a perfect foil for MONA FOMA and DARK MOFO, the two equally original local festivals created by MONA.

Our second Hobart Baroque offers an exceptional range of performances from a fully staged performance of Orlando, an operatic masterpiece by Handel, to a rare performance of early music from the Ottoman Empire followed by a sumptuous banquet.

Participating artists include performers on the cusp of significant international careers as well as many fine young Australian musicians.

As we are not restricted by our charter to presenting only work that emanates from other islands, Hobart Baroque 2014 will showcase artists and musicians from Finland, Spain, the UK, Israel, Greece, Russia, New Zealand and Turkey. This is truly an international festival. And in a ground-breaking innovation a special series of early evening recitals aimed at gently easily young audiences into an appreciation of classical music, has a ticket price of just five dollars.

We all look forward to welcoming you to Hobart Baroque and to the host city, the jewel on the Derwent and Australia’s other great harbour city.