Saturday 6 March
Burnie Arts and Function Centre and Reflexions Dance Studio
Every place has a story to tell. Creative Coast, a new Ten Days on the Island initiative for the storytellers in our community, is a free symposium bringing together artists and artists-at-heart from lutruwita/Tasmania’s North West.
Some of the island’s finest talent in film, literature and the performing arts will be in pataway/Burnie for our Festival and many will generously share the vision, ideas and skills behind their art. We invite you to hear first-hand from these inspirational artists about their creative processes. You might even pick up new skills and insights to tell your own story in a compelling and unique way.
Creative Coast events, keynotes, screenings, panels and workshops will take over Burnie Arts and Function Centre and Burnie Regional Art Gallery on Saturday 6 March.
Big Dreams: How small communities can inspire the world
Lynette Wallworth keynote
A two-time Emmy Award winner and recipient of the 2020 Crystal Award for global cultural achievement, visionary Australian artist Lynette Wallworth talks about the profound impact of her three magnificent films Tender, Awavena and Collisions, each made in collaboration with a small community. Noting that the stories of these small regional communities have inspired the world while expanding the horizons of local people, Wallworth invites us to ‘dream of change’.
Expect an electrifying and poetic keynote from Wallworth. Within hours of her magnificent acceptance speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, her challenge to world leaders and climate-emergency-denying governments was a viral internet sensation.
The Social Imagination
Join Ten Days on the Island’s Artistic Director Lindy Hume for a conversation with Tasmanian arts leaders and guest thinkers about how art can inspire and empower regional communities and what big cities can learn from regional artists and cultures. You’ll hear from TSO’s CEO Caroline Sharpen, Festival artists Monique Brumby, Dave Gough and Vic McEwan, Professor Sandra Gattenhof and from Tasmania’s newest production company, Archipelago Productions, Marta Dusseldorp and Ben Winspear.
Vic McEwan: Artist Floor Talk
Vic McEwan discusses his work Haunting at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery. When Vic McEwan visited the Murrumbidgee River, he projected photographs and videos onto the air itself. Campfire smoke and mist provided a continually changing frame, merging art with environment. Prints of this site-specific installation will be displayed at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery, encouraging us to contemplate human history and the consequences of our past.
McEwan produced large-scale work as part of his 2015 residency at the National Museum of Australia, collaborating with curator George Main. In capturing images of historic museum objects and painting them onto the moving landscape, McEwan responded to dynamic environmental conditions and contested histories.
Reaching Global Audiences With Local Storytelling
Rebecca Thomson and Catherine Pettman
Rebecca Thomson and Catherine Pettman have both enjoyed international success with their short films focusing on Tasmanian stories across a range of genres and styles.
Within this Q&A style presentation, the filmmakers will screen clips of their work, share their strategies for success and discuss the impacts each film has made both locally and internationally.
Creative life in the City of Makers
Festival artist Vic McEwan is based in regional NSW but his work, guided by authentic exchange, ethical principles, people and place is globally recognised. Vic discusses creative life in the City of Makers with some of pataway/Burnie’s local artists, sharing the perspective of the local/global practitioner. In conversation with Vic are artists Scott Campbell and Ariel Pascoe and arts facilitator and Burnie Citizen of the Year, Lyndal Thorne.
On The Road With The Corricks
Presentation and Q&A delivered by NFSA curator, Jillian Mackenzie
The Corrick family of musicians, orators, singers and picture show presenters toured Australia from 1901 – 1914. NFSA curator and Corrick film specialist Jill Mackenzie, will introduce you to the family, their talents and their travels through the NFSA collection. You’ll hear clips from oral history and recital recordings and see some of the fantastic special effects films, now digitally restored and included in the Ten Days on the Island program. The films are a sample of the broader collection donated to the NFSA by John Corrick, Leonard’s son, and now supervised by Leonard’s grandson, Stewart Corrick.
String Workshop: TSO & Burnie Stringalong Orchestra
Sit in as an observer and soak up the music as members of the Burnie Stringalong Orchestra play alongside five string musicians from the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in this workshop.
Aspiring string students will rehearse arrangements of works by Grieg and Tchaikovsky, created for the workshop by Nara Dennis. Repertoire being studied in the weekly BSO program may also be rehearsed. TSO’s Principal Percussionist Gary Wain will join his TSO string colleagues as conductor for the workshop.
String Workshop: TSO & Cradle Coast Orchestra
Sit in as an observer and soak up the music as five string musicians from the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra join members of the Cradle Coast Orchestra for an afternoon string sectional of two works that will feature in Cradle Coast Orchestra’s upcoming concert.
TSO Principal Percussionist Gary Wain will conduct works by Bizet and Richard Rodgers and he and his TSO colleagues will share their experience and skills with their West + North West friends.
There Is No 'I' In Island
There Is No ‘I’ In Island is an eclectic collection of short films cracking open the experience of the COVID-19 lockdown.
The series reveals the island’s resilience when lutruwita/Tasmania suddenly found itself cut off from the world. Multi-award-winning Tasmanian filmmakers Rebecca Thomson (Women Of The Island) and Catherine Pettman (RUMMIN Productions) called out to locals to record their fears, hopes and dreams in real time during the local peak of the pandemic and were overwhelmed by the response. Hours of candid voice recordings have been lovingly woven into glorious, allegorical stories visualised by extraordinary Tasmanian artists and animators.
Past the Shallows
A family of brothers navigates a family tragedy and a perilous journey in this film based on Favel Parrett’s award-winning novel.
Set in lutruwita/Tasmania’s rugged South, Past the Shallows centres on the plight of a family of brothers as they try to negotiate the loss of their mother, a father turned to alcohol and life as young workers on a dangerously derelict abalone fishing boat. This experimental film adaptation from director Ben Winspear and cinematographer Matt Scott casts us into a cold, dark lutruwita/Tasmania where beauty and hardship reign and where an apple from an outcast can be the kindness that saves a child, if only for a day. Follow Parrett’s characters as they attempt to land a life-changing catch – and as they finally discover the truth about their tragic upbringing.
Tender is the story of one community teaching itself how to be as present in death as we have learnt to become in birth.
They are not trained or equipped but they are willing to learn and what they learn they share throughout this film; during which one of their most loved members is diagnosed with lung cancer. As they struggle to take on the responsibility of end of life with dignity, humour and cost effectiveness, they do so with the imminent understanding that their friend Nigel is probably about to die. These two realities converge in Tender and they are a revelation in the power of community spirit.
Walking the City of Makers
If you think you know Burnie backwards, take another look.
A festival is an opportunity to see things with fresh eyes. In this re-mapping of pataway/Burnie, familiar sites take on a new perspective through the work of local artists and creative thinkers. Walking the City of Makers is a walking tour of pataway/Burnie, from the Makers’ Workshop through the heart of the city to Shorewell Park. Pick up a map and start at any one of six key locations. On the way, discover exhibitions of contemporary art, hidden stories and historic buildings.
Vic McEwan: Haunting
Once projected onto campfire smoke and mist, these photographs reveal the nature of our history.
When Vic McEwan visited the Murrumbidgee River, he projected photographs and videos onto the air itself. Campfire smoke and mist provided a continually changing frame, merging art with environment. Prints of this site-specific installation will be displayed at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery, encouraging us to contemplate human history and the consequences of our past.
Slipstream Circus for kids
Join in this fun and inclusive intro to circus workshop for children aged 8 – 12 years of all physical ability.
Reflexions Dance Workshops
Get out your leg warmers and that hot pink leotard and get on down to Reflexions Dance Studio for some sweet Saturday afternoon movin’ and groovin’. Free and open to participants of all physical ability.
Atrium Festival Lounge
Join us at the Atrium Festival Lounge.
The Atrium is a relaxed, welcoming local place to meet friends before or after a show, share a coffee, sit and read, enjoy a snack or a late night glass of wine. The central courtyard at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre is getting a major makeover, transforming this hidden secret into the central social hub for the long weekend.
Supported by McLean McKenzie & Topfer – Barristers & Solicitors