What’s New: The Lounge, An Antidote to the Winter Blues

Community connection is at the heart of a new project transforming an unoccupied city shopfront into a hub of activity where all are welcome this winter.

Presented by Launceston Central, The Lounge is an antidote to wintertime loneliness, offering a cosy ‘third place’ in the city centre where people can gather to enjoy music, art, games, and companionship in a warm and welcoming environment.

Launceston Central’s Executive Officer, Amanda McEvoy, said the space, set to open on Monday 3 June, would host a variety of entertainment and experiences during its eight-week tenure, activating the city centre during the winter months.

“We’ve got some great local music talent coming in to perform, and jam sessions where members of the public are invited to join in. You can bring your own instruments, or we have some here for you to borrow,” Ms McEvoy said.

“If you’re not into music, there’ll be art displays, interactive workshops, and plenty more to engage with. We’re really hoping to offer something for everyone, so if you’re interested in hosting an activity in The Lounge, please get in touch – we’re here to facilitate, but we need you, the people in our community with the skills and knowledge to share, to make it happen,” she said.

The Lounge also offers an inner-city sanctuary for those seeking a more passive retreat, a warm space to rest, and the company of other people.

“Come and enjoy the warm heaters, cosy couches, beanbags, and rugs, and un-hibernate in the city with us this winter. We encourage people to pop into a local café and grab a warm drink and a bite to eat, and come and enjoy them in The Lounge,” Ms McEvoy said.

For those in need of a sensory-friendly retreat, regular ‘quiet times’ will be offered, when lights are dimmed, background music is turned off, and hushed conversation volumes are encouraged, helping to ensure the space is accessible for all.

The vision for the project has come to life thanks to a host of local sponsors, with donations to the space’s décor and the generosity of local talent a testament to the spirit of Launceston’s community, something The Lounge aims to inspire and celebrate this winter.

The Lounge will be operational from 3 June through to 19 July, with opening times available on the Launceston Central website. So, if you’re a delegate visiting Launceston during this time be sure to check it out!

You can also find out more about the work Launceston Central and Executive Officer, Amanda McEvoy are doing for the city of Launceston by checking out the current edition of the BET Magazine.