Every part of Australia is,
always was and always will be,
Aboriginal land.

As a community gathering-place, a festival of arts, cultural exchange and celebration and as a site for the sharing of ideas and stories, Ten Days on the Island pays respect to the Palawa/Tasmanian Aborigines – The original owners and cultural custodians - of all the lands and waters across Lutruwita/Tasmania upon which our Festival takes place.

With thanks to the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre for place names and other words in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines.

About Us

Ten Days on the Island – 20 years of growing stronger

In 2021 Ten Days on the Island celebrates a landmark – 20 years of bringing remarkable arts experiences to Tasmanians all over the island.

Over the past two decades, Ten Days has presented 10 Festivals encompassing more than 1200 individual events in over 140 locations around the state, engaging 1.5 million Tasmanians.

We’re very proud of our history and excited by our future. Two things distinguish Ten Days on the Island – our support for, and investment in, new work by Tasmanian artists and our record of delivering real and rich cultural content to communities around regional Tasmania.

Ten Days is honoured to have partnered with Tasmanian artists and arts organisations, encouraging and supporting them to take risks and create new work for our biennial Festival program and securing national investment in local work. We’re delighted to have played a role in sharing some of that work with the rest of the world!

Since 2001, Ten Days has celebrated Tasmania’s unique identity and island culture and offered a platform on which to profile Tasmania’s innovative, creative and resourceful character.

 Ten Days on the Island 2021

For our Artistic Director and creative team, curating the 2021 edition of Ten Days on the Island has been a festival-making journey unlike any other, but the fact that this has not been the easiest time to organise a Festival makes it all the more vital.

Tasmania is sometimes referred to as the ‘heart-shaped island’. For Tasmania’s artists and communities, the pandemic was a defining experience. Whilst those difficult months in lockdown and under social constraints took many of us to a darker place, they also stimulated a surge in creative activity born of deep reflection and made us hungrier for human connection.

The three-weekend Festival model in 2019 was very popular. This brochure and our website are your guides to the three weekends of this year’s Festival journey. As concepts of ‘local’ and ‘global’ flow into each other through the digital experience, Ten Days is are proud to present an international Festival celebrating the brilliance, innovation and ingenuity of Tasmania’s artists.

We look forward to sharing this special 20th anniversary Festival with you!