August 5, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier

With state-wide science and art festival Beaker Street Festival kicking off today, the Tasmanian state government has flagged its $150,000 contribution to the event.

“As minister for science and technology, I cannot emphasise enough the importance of science in Tasmania and events such as the Beaker Street Festival which showcases the incredible, science-led work happening in the state,” said the state minister for science and technology, Madeleine Ogilvie, in a statement.

“This is why we’re backing the Beaker Street Festival with $150,000 towards this year’s event. It is an annual celebration of science and art, and a premier National Science Week event.”

The 10-day event which includes talks, a science road trip, a dark sky dinner and a self-guided “crawl” of some of Hobart’s best makers, thinkers, producers and sellers, leads into National Science Week and has secured funding from various other partners.

“We are delivering investment into initiatives that foster exciting new projects that have international significance and continue to put Tasmania on the world stage when it comes to science and technology,” said Ogilvie.

The event originally started out a two-night pop-up science bar and is aspiring to become a nationally significant event and a driver of winter tourism to Tasmania.