Luminous Festival

Thursday 17th June to Sunday 4th July 2021

The Luminous Festival is a mid-winter festival hosted by Hobart Baptist Church

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In the fourth century, Christians began celebrating the birth of Jesus on December 25 in a reworking of the pagan Roman winter solstice celebrations. The cold, dark, bleak reality, of winter was an ideal time to celebrate the warmth and light of Christ coming into the world as a signpost of hope and redemption. Winter in Hobart lends itself to do the same. 

Luminous means “emitting or reflecting usually steady, suffused, or glowing light” and aims bring light into the darkness of our cultural moment.

Luminous: emitting, or reflecting, a steady, suffused, or glowing light


TODAY! Conversation with Ruth Burgess, Wednesday 23rd June

Light meal served

Ruth Burgess began practising yoga at school and within a few years this took her on a path to living the life of a Swami – a Hindu ascetic – in an ashram. A personal journey through religion and faith.


Conversation Panel, Friday 25th June

Light meal served

Luminous Conversation - panel

RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY AND THE FUTURE OF TASMANIA: Grace Williams chairs a significant discussion with Jacquie Petrusma MP, Paul Dare, Cassy O’Connor MP, Stephen Baxter.


Christmas in Winter – Carols in the Tab, Friday 2nd July

Celebrating Christmas in the middle of Winter to recapture the magic. Most of the carols we sing at Christmas were written to be sung in the middle of winter. This is an opportunity to do just that.


NOW OVER – Art Installation by Michael Henderson

INSTALLATION OPEN: 11am to 6pm,
Friday 18th June to Tuesday 22nd June

“This year’s art work draws attention to our response to the crucifixion. More than 30 works to challenge, inspire, and offer a genuine space for anyone to have a conversation with Jesus on their own terms.