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Launched in 2015, The Festival of Bright Ideas (FOBI) is a festival with a difference, where you can experience a range of activities and exhibits that whiz, bang, fly, crawl, swim, and maybe even explode! FOBI is supported by 30+ local science, tech, engineering, and maths (STEM) affiliated organisations and caters to thousands of curious Tasmanians each year.

Our mission

  • To celebrate the important role that STEM disciplines play in our everyday lives
  • To acknowledge the value and strengths of the Tasmanian STEM sector
  • To inspire Tasmanian youth, igniting the aspirations of students to pursue an interest in STEM
  • To cultivate the curiosity of life-long learners of all ages
  • To encourage and partner with STEM organisations to share this vision of an engaged and informed community

STEM disciplines will be the bridge that carries us towards a bright, solutions focussed and innovative future. Through collaboration with leading Tasmanian STEM professionals, academics, education providers, and community leaders, we seek to make that future accessible to everyone.

FOBI facts

  • Friday 16 August - There is a day just for schools!
  • Saturday 17 August – Open to the public, tickets essential!
  • Princes Wharf 1 (PW1) in Hobart, Tasmania – right next to Salamanca Markets.
  • Audience = EVERYONE! Whether you are a family, couple, individual, or group.
  • We entertain over 5,000 visitors over the 2 days!
  • The Saturday open day will run in three ticketed sessions of 2.5 hours’ duration.
  • You can book for more than one session to extend your time at the festival.
  • The venue is disability friendly.

You’ll have a great time at FOBI.


Festival of Bright Ideas acknowledges the palawa people as the original and traditional custodians of lutruwita/ Tasmania. We commit to working respectfully to honor the achievements of the palawa people as Tasmania's first scientists and engineers, living and working sustainably on this land.

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