Why would you hold the IPEd conference in Tasmania? It’s across the sea at the end of the earth. It’ll be the middle of winter. Isn’t it freezing cold? And dark? And wet? And remote? And aren’t Tasmanians just a bit weird?
Well, despite such common misconceptions, Hobart is the perfect setting for IPEd's 2021 conference with its theme Editing on the Edges—political, social, emotional.
June is the middle of winter but the sun does shine and skies are often blue; the weather is fairly settled. Tasmanians adapt to the weather with an appropriate dress code: layers. So you can bring a t-shirt along with your woollen socks and puffer jacket (also known as a Tassie Tuxedo).
Here on the edge of the Australian continent where the light is clear and the air crisp, cool and energising, you will find a thriving artistic and literary culture. Not to mention an exciting and edgy food, wine, spirits and coffee culture.
National conferences are usually held in warm and comfortable venues and IPEd 2021 will be no exception. The venue for the Tasmanian conference is right in the heart of Hobart, on Sullivan’s Cove, affording easy access to the city centre, the docks, museums and galleries, the historical precincts of Salamanca Place and Battery Point, cafés and restaurants.
You could plan to come early and enjoy the excitement of the Dark Mofo Winter Festival. (You might be brave enough to strip off and join 1,000 others in the Winter Solstice nude swim.) Or after the conference you could hear choirs and singers from all over the world in the Festival of Voices.
Hobart in winter is the perfect setting for the IPEd conference in 2021.