Beaker Street Festival (Fri 4th, Sat 5th & Wed 9th) [Hobart]
Beaker Street Festival (Fri 4th, Sat 5th & Wed 9th) [Hobart]

Event Information


Friday August 4, 2023 - Wednesday August 9, 2023
12:00 AM


Festival Hub at the TMAG
Macquarie St
Hobart, Tasmania 7000

Auslan Interpreter/s

Priscilla Young, Danielle Vicary & Ali Dowl

Language/ Cultural Consultant


See info below for special ticket offer

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Beaker Street Festival — an annual celebration of science and art in Tasmania — is sharing a free ticket offer with you. There are 8 fantastic events in Hobart that will be interpreted by Auslan Stage Left, and the Festival is making free tickets available to the Deaf community.
To book, use the discount code TASDEAF at checkout.
You’ll find all the events on the Featured Speakers page in the text below. Note that only the events in Hobart will have Auslan.
Use code TASDEAF at checkout. Note only Hobart events have Auslan.
If you have any trouble booking, email

FRIDAY 4th August:
5.30 pm = Unseen by Design
In this discussion with blind artists, thinkers, and makers, we’ll challenge assumptions about what it means to navigate the world as a blind person, and reveal how accessible design is often better design — for everyone.
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7pm = Tim Flannery & Robyn Williams
How do you connect with the unconvinced? Two legendary science communicators in conversation about how to change minds in a world of denialism, disinformation, and deep fakes.
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8.30pm = Science Vs Live at Beaker Street!
Join us! For a live recording of the award-winning, chart-topping Science Vs podcast. Host Wendy Zukerman and Supervising Producer Joel Werner will present an evening of murder, monsters, and mind-bending tales. You can’t trust everything you see…
Booking Link: 5th August:
4.30pm = Time Travel in Space
Join Dr Martin George to learn how NASA’s James Webb Telescope lets us peer 13.5 billion years into the past. Following the talk, we’ll take in a presentation of some of Webb’s most stunning and impressive images.
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5.30pm = What Fresh Hell is This? Menopause in Four Acts.
Watch as award-winning actor Jane Longhurst tackles the many-thorned beast that is menopause, and discover the science behind the symptoms and the numerous options for treatment with Dr Natasha Vavrek.
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7pm = Psychedelics: The future of therapy?
Hear from leading clinical psychedelic researcher, Dr Paul Liknaitzky, in conversation with acclaimed author Heather Rose, as they discuss the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs.
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8.30pm = Great Debate!
Two teams of heavy-hitters go head-to-head in the annual Beaker Street Festival debate, taking sides on the fate of humanity in a world of Artificial Intelligence.
Be entertained, persuaded, and enthralled by a battle of brains and bravado!
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WEDNESDAY 9th August:
9pm= Dr Karl Live at City Hall
The unstoppable, unstumpable Dr Karl Kruszelnicki celebrates a third year at Beaker Street Festival with a fresh dose of mind-bending facts and an update on the state of the planet.
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Please also note that the Festival Hub at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is free, and there will be lots of interesting things to see and do!

Who Is Beaker Street: Beaker Street is a not-for-profit cultural organisation in lutruwita/Tasmania, with a core goal of making science accessible to all, and exploring the intersection of science and art. As well as our annual flagship Beaker Street Festival, we host engaging and interactive events, workshops, talks, discussions, and installations — facilitating collaborations and connections among scientists, artists, and the public. Our programming seeks to bring in diverse adult audiences, inviting those who don’t typically engage with the sciences — and those who do — to come together for shared cultural experiences, meaningful discussions, and opportunities to discover and create.

What We Value: We value community, collaboration, creativity, and curiosity.

Check out this You Tube video reel highlighting past years:

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