Tasmania’s statewide International Arts Festival, Ten Days on the Island, today launched its full Festival 2019 program, showcasing the best of Tasmanian, Australian and international creativity.
The Festival program, which includes 89 performances and 74 days of exhibitions covering multiple venues across Tasmania was launched by the Hon Will Hodgman, Premier of Tasmania.
The 2019 program will be delivered for the first time as an epic 10-day adventure across three weekends in Tasmania’s three regional heartlands centered around the Burnie, Launceston and Hobart. It’s a ground-breaking model that will set new standards for access to and participation in the arts in Tasmania.
With programs largely exclusive to each region, Tasmanians and visitors will be encouraged to travel and enjoy creative and arts experiences that react and respond to local places and cultures.
“Ten Days on the Island will be an epic and immersive Tasmanian adventure across three of Tasmanian heartlands, over three weekends in March. We encourage visitors to take the journey with us,” said the Festival’s Award-winning Artistic Director, Lindy Hume.
“Each weekend program is unique to that heartland so, if you see something you like, book a plane ticket, hit the road and make a weekend of it.”
“Ten Days 2019 includes some of the best of Tasmanian, Australian and international creativity so book early to be part of this incredible festival of imagination and inspiration. Whether you’re into contemporary circus, epic theatre, exquisite dance, world music, Baroque opera or family-friendly entertainment there truly is something for everyone,” said Ms Hume
Opening Weekend, 8-11 March 2019, North West
(Burnie, Devonport, Wynyard, Stanley, Zeehan and Cradle Mountain)
The Festival opens in the North West over the long weekend of 8-11 March. It celebrates the best of what is uniquely Tasmanian, Australian and international in art, film and music.
As dawn breaks over Devonport shoreline on 8 March (International Women’s Day) the Festival will commence with mapali - DAWN GATHERING, in which hundreds of local artists and community groups will come together in a grand celebration of music, dance, performance and poetry inspired by the local landscape.
The Festival will pay tribute to the amazing women of North West Tasmania with a multidimensional artwork, Here She Is created by local artists and the screening of a series of short, multi-award winning documentaries by Women Of The Island, to celebrate the inspiring and untold stories of women who inhabit the island of Tasmania.
The Festival’s highlight includes a masterpiece of contemporary art - in Pursuit of Venus [infected]- a 17-metre digital panoramic artwork by Maori artist Lisa Reihana which was New Zealand’s entry in the 2017 Venice Biennale and will be presented from 8 -24 March at the former APPM Services Building in Burnie.
Australia’s awe-inspiring physical theatre company Gravity & Other Myths brings their spectacular gravity defying World Premiere season of Out of Chaos...to the Burnie Theatre.
A great Festival favourite, Acoustic Life of Sheds, returns with a free musical journey through the beautiful landscapes and working sheds of the Arcadian North West coast.
Other highlights include a spell-binding movie and exhibition double bill for the award-winning short film The Nightingale and The Rose,a mystical and seductive audio journey about the human body returning to the Earth after death called Bushlands, and a hypnotic exhibition of Tasmanian Aboriginal necklaces by internationally acclaimed shell worker Lola Greeno.