Time for another party

Written By miftah nugraha on Sabtu, 16 Februari 2013 | 19.55

HOBART sizzles this weekend with a mid-summer fiesta of singing, dancing, music, and films in the streets -- and a run across the Tasman Bridge.

Events include Festa Italia for Italian food and wine lovers, the Clarence Jazz Festival for jazz aficionados, Tropfest for film buffs, the Hobart Flamenco Festival for students of dance and music and the B&E Run The Bridge for those who want to pull on the running shoes.

Perfect weather conditions are forecast on a weekend where city dwellers can venture out to the Bushy Park Show or the Kempton Festival.

The B&E Hobart Run The Bridge

IT'S not too late to register for tomorrow's race.

Last year's run attracted more than 2100 participants including elite runners, joggers, walkers and people of all ages and fitness levels.

The course takes in some of Hobart's notable landmarks starting at Bellerive Oval, travelling through Bellerive and Clarence, then across the Tasman Bridge to Salamanca.

Anyone can compete and run 2km, 5km or 10km in the road race.

All children under the age of 18 must be entered by their guardian.

The run starts at 9am. Entry is $17.50. Enter online at www.hobartrunthebridge.com.au

The Kempton Festival

Join the fun of the fair with yummy food and wine, plenty of stalls, rides and music in the middle of Kempton Recreational Showground tomorrow.

Half of the gate proceeds and fundraising events will go to the Tasmanian Bushfire Appeal.

There is a free bus for children and their families from the Tasman Peninsula to attend as guests.

The Kempton Sheep Races will be run for the first time with finalists vying for the Kempton Cup.

Former local Gloria Martens will have copies of her book, The Families of a Colonial Coaching Inn, and $5 from every sale will go to the appeal.

Gates open at 9am. Adult entry $2, children free.

The Bushy Park Show

The show is one of the oldest continuously running shows in Australia.

Started in 1865 as a garden show, it now attracts people from all over southern Tasmania as an authentic country show in an idyllic setting next to the Styx River.

Woodchopping, equestrian events, cattle and sheep showing, handler contests, a ute competition and sheep dog trials are included, as well as arts, crafts and homemade preserves and jams.

Open at 9am. Adult entry $6, children $3.

Clarence Jazz Festival

Held in beautiful outdoor, riverside and historic locations, the week long Clarence Jazz Festival is one of Tasmania's most popular music events.

It is set in parks and gardens on the Eastern Shore and culminates in three days and nights of concerts on the Bellerive Boardwalk.

There's fresh Tasmanian food and bars serving local wines and drinks.

The intimate and unique atmosphere of the Jazz Lounge in the old Rosny Barn is a confirmed favourite.

All outdoor concerts are free but some concerts in the Jazz Lounge are ticketed.

It starts tomorrow at the Cremorne Beach reserve from 6-8pm with two swing jazz bands, bar and barbecue.

Festa Italia

WHEN the moon hits the sky like a big pizza pie you know it is Festa Italia time in North Hobart.

Large crowds are expected at Festa Italia this year to see headline act -- the famous Italian flag throwers from Faenza.

Committee secretary Carmel Brazendale said the six-strong team, backed by an eight-piece brass band, won the recent flag throwing tournament in Italy.

The flag throwers will provide a taste of the ancient tradition on the lawns at Parliament House today at 11am.

"They are unbelievable," Mrs Brazendale said.

"They throw flags on big poles really high and then catch them."

Italian pizza, pasta, seafood, cakes, biscotti, polenta, coffee, wine, beer, soft drink and gelato will be sold from stalls on Federal St and in the grounds of the Australian Italian Club.

Other highlights this year will include traditional dancing, music and last year's big hit -- frittelle (Italian doughnuts).

Frittelle are small pieces of pizza dough cooked in hot oil and dusted with icing sugar, sugar, Italian wine syrup and honey.

There will also be spaghetti and watermelon-eating competitions for children and adults.

The festival will be held from 11am-5pm.

Entry is free.

Tropfest

A BALMY evening is forecast for Tropfest film festival tomorrow night, unlike last year when 2500 film lovers sat in the rain.

The 16 finalist Tropfest films will be shown on a screen four times the size of the model used in 2012.

The finalist films will screen live across Australia to tens of thousands of people.

Hobart's 30m2 screen will be set up in the chessboard area of Salamanca Square.

Tropfest starts at 7pm with the first finalist film broadcast at 8pm.

The award ceremony starts at 10.30pm and there is an audience prize of a trip for two to Movie World on the Gold Coast, with all flights, transfers and accommodation for four nights and entry included.

TasIVF are the Tropfest screening sponsors and entry is free.

See tomorrow's Sunday Tasmanian for the full running order.

Hobart Flamenco Festival

PASSIONATE flamenco comes to town with two shows by Flamenco Australia at the Peacock Theatre at 8pm today and 6pm tomorrow.

Flamenco percussion and dancing workshops will be held today and tomorrow at the Salamanca Arts Centre and there is a limited number of free tickets for children affected by bushfires. A Spanish for Kids course will be held from 2.30-3.30pm on both days.


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