The Hobart Baroque Festival, one of the few cultural highlights on the island of Tasmania, has been cancelled for last of state funding.
Festival founder Leo Schofield said: ‘You know, Tasmania gets left off the map on a Commonwealth Games swimsuit and there’s a furore. We were trying to put it back on the map, culturally.’ He’s planning to leave the state.
Parting message from Leo:
Torrid day in Tassie.
Have reluctantly pulled the plug on Hobart Baroque.
Rather than deliver a half-baked program Jarrod and I decided not to do one at all.
Former Premier Lara Giddings acknowledged that we’d done two ‘on the smell of an oily rag’. Despite that they were both triumphs. We felt we needed to move on from oily rags and presented a three-year plan to the State Government to build Hobart Baroque into a world event but vision is in short supply in Tasmania.
Heading home to Sydney soon.
Thanks to all for sensational support.