Radical optimism on the island

The final festival from Lindy Hume saw artists making a range of important statements about their life experiences.

This was Lindy Hume’s third and final curation of the Ten Days on the Island festival in lutrawita/Tasmania. And so it was a good time for her to reflect on her 20-year experience in such a role by declaring that creating a festival is an exercise in ‘radical optimism’. In her words: ‘Implicit in the creation of a program of experiences that bring people together in celebration of our shared humanity is an idealism, a belief in the role of artists to help us make sense of a world in all kinds of chaos.’

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Lesley Graham has been active in dance and dance education for over 30 years. She is a regular reviewer for ArtsHub and Dance Australia, a curriculum consultant, and represents Ausdance National on the National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE).