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 – original owners and cultural custodians - of all the lands and waters across lutruwita/Tasmania upon which our Festival takes place.

Happy International Women’s Day to all!

Here at Ten Days on the Island we celebrate the inspiration, creativity, innate strength and unique voices of women artists and makers who contribute to the cultural vibrancy of our Tasmanian community. We celebrate those ‘belligerent optimists’ (as RBG called herself) who see, and strive for, the possibility of changing our troubled world for the better. We thank those women working across regional Australia to design better futures, help ease anxieties and pain, and create pathways forward for our communities despite the exceptional difficulties of these turbulent times of fires, floods and pandemic. And this year, we send our strength and support to women and men suffering so greatly as a result of this senseless invasion of the Ukraine.

Those of us lucky enough to live in this amazing part of the planet celebrate our good fortune, and International Women’s Day, with experiences like this one on Sunday. Here we are – four Ten Days on the Island colleagues, all of us belligerent optimists, under a flawless blue sky at the end of a hard, magnificent walk to Marion’s Lookout (Cradle Mountain). Sheer joy. Let’s climb more mountains together!

Dr Lindy Hume AM

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