Acknowledgement of Country

The Nova Muse Festival acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing  connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present.


Dear friends,

Celebrating new inspiration and opportunities for shared creativity, the Nova Muse Festival returns to Penguin Tasmania in 2023 with the generous support of the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts. Entering its third consecutive year, the festival welcomes music lovers and string players to share inspiration in a nurturing atmosphere special to Penguin. The vibrant string-playing community of Tasmania’s North West welcomes a broad music-loving community to share in this special event, and the remote coastal town, idyllic surrounds, and generous community is the perfect setting. The festival’s evening concerts feature internationally celebrated string players, who are passionate about sharing their expertise, and mentoring festival participants throughout the day. A daily lunchtime concert, open to the public, celebrates the extraordinary achievements of the festival scholars. An exciting new incentive is offered this year by Nova Muse Festival Patron, Jessie Vonk. Jessie will host a residency for an emerging ensemble in attendance at the festival to workshop and perform music for strings and piano at the Hans Vonk Music House in 2024. The Nova Muse Festival's mission is to bring a widespread music-loving community together, to create and celebrate great music at all stages of development. Begin at any age. Rise to any stage!

DATE: 8-13th OCT


Applications close 23rd September, 2023


Festival Pass $350. Price includes daily activities (8.30am - 5pm), lunch, and all concert tickets. Enrol to secure your Festival Pass or Day Pass.

TICKETS: Individual tickets available for each concert, and also a Concert Season ticket for those wanting to enjoy the festivities around life.


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Festival Concerts will be in three different venues this year. Each is a different program! Be sure to check out the CONCERTS page for programs and to buy tickets.

This year's Nova Muse Festival concert venues include:

Penguin Uniting Church

Mt Gnomon Farm

North West Christian School Performing Arts Complex


JESSIE VONK - NM Festival Patron

NM Festival Patron

"Nova Muse Festival provides a remarkable opportunity for aspiring musicians and a wide audience to experience such a high standard in music making. As Patron, I look forward to hosting a residency to aspiring festival participants to workshop new repertoire at Hans Vonk Music House. I feel fortunate to be able to contribute to the project, and to support and nurture this growing music community."
- Jessie Vonk


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.


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