ECHO Festival is back for another year of celebrating the senses of Tasmania’s beautiful East Coast

The East Coast Harvest Odyssey – ECHO – runs over the weekend March 31 to April 2 2023, bringing together local winemakers and producers, and chefs along with artists, musicians, scientists, and thought leaders with tickets going on sale from late January.

ECHO 2023 has been artfully curated to help festival lovers switch off from their busy lives and switch ON the senses for a playful exploration of mind, body, and spirit – yes there’s gin and whisky tastings, but there’s a whole lot more than that!

“ECHO is for the curious, the slightly odd, but meaningful types who care about things – the people who are interested in living,” creative producer Ange Boxall says.

“It’s about switching on in all the fun ways, so you’ll leave feeling connected, informed and enriched.”

The 2023 program offers a diverse range of experiences across culture and arts, food, science and nature – all centred around this year’s theme – Waterbirds.

Patrons will be invited to help build a ningher – a traditional Tasmanian Aboriginal canoe and to then join in song as it floats down the Meredith River ready for the Welcome to Country and Muttonbird dance.

Or festival goers can work with Tasmanian Blacksmith Pete Mattila to forge their own feather, a keepsake of his large Black Swan sculpture commissioned specially for ECHO 2023.

Nestled in the stunning East Coast wine country on the fringe of the seaside town of Swansea, ECHO is a boutique festival that is capped at 500 people. 

“If you like a boutique festival that feels like hanging out with like-minded mates in an incredible location, this is your festival,” Boxall says.

“ECHO 2023 celebrates authentic sensory experiences and the coming together of cultural, culinary and local produce legends. It’s a celebration and representation of who we truly are as Tasmanians. It’s for people who crave a deeper, unique kind of enrichment and rejuvenation.”

Interactive sensory experience the Womb Room has been lifted this year to include ‘Letters to Mother’, be it parent, nature, creator – a multi-writers’ audio recording within the gentle pink space dedicated to sound, touch and scent.

The iconic Native Bounty Feast will be a three-course degustation of local produce prepared by acclaimed Tasmanian Chef Megan Quill, with an interactive program of entertainment. Quill and her team will be cooking up a delightful mix of local indigenous ingredients with a Mediterranean spin.

The 2023 musical line-up headlines renowned American troubadour Steve Poltz, along with an array or talented Tasmanian musicians and DJs.

The Great Eastern Ferment (grape stomping), the interactive Beaker Street Science Bar, Shed Sessions, and Blind Taste Speed Date are among some of the activations designed to help people reconnect and recentre.  

A free shuttle service will be running from central Swansea to the historic ‘Redbanks’ site throughout the whole festival.

ECHO festival is being made possible with the support of the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania and Arts Tasmania.

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