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.

If These Halls Could Talk



The centrepiece of our 2021 Festival is If These Halls Could Talk – a pan-Tasmanian series of art adventures in community halls across lutruwita/Tasmania, spanning Zeehan in the West to Glen Huon in the South. We have selected ten beloved gathering places and their communities and lovingly matched them with artists, companies, projects and ideas. A year in the making, it’s now time to share these special events – many of them world premieres – with our audiences.

What better way to journey through the diverse and scenic landscapes of our heart-shaped island than through an adventure trail of charming community halls, experiencing the brilliance of some of Tasmania’s finest creative storytellers? If these halls could talk, we think they would say: ‘Welcome, come on in – we’ve made something beautiful, especially for you!’

Zeehan's Gaiety Theatre

Leonard's Beautiful Pictures

Gaiety Theatre, Zeehan

In the family of entertainers known as The Marvellous Corricks there were eight talented siblings: seven sisters and their brother, Leonard. He was just 14 years old when he started making and screening silent films.

In 2021, Leonard’s Beautiful Pictures will return in all their wonder for this Ten Days on the Island world premiere. These 100-year-old films will once again entertain and delight audiences at the historic venues in Zeehan, Scottsdale and Hobart

See the event here.

Stanley Town hall

Monique Brumby + the TSO

Stanley Town Hall

In 2020 Monique embarked on Closer to the Truth, a multi-platform collaboration with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra which saw the creation of a series of specially commissioned arrangements of selected repertoire spanning her career, including her hit single ‘The Change in Me’ as well as exciting new material. Monique worked with six acclaimed Australian composers to create new arrangements for this ground-breaking collaboration, which premieres in the Stanley Town Hall.

See the event here.

Liffey Community Hall

A Weekend Poetical

Liffey Hall

Hear stories and poems of the region, listen to readings and share a picnic in this community celebration of beautiful words.

Deep in the heart of lutruwita/Tasmania, surrounded by paddocks and spectacular scenery, sits a tiny wooden hall. Inspired by the region’s beauty and its historic connection to the environmental movement, A Weekend Poetical in Liffey Hall captures the imagination as a place to celebrate poets and poetry, local and global.

In the hall’s Liffey Loungeroom, actor and broadcaster Jane Longhurst will host readings and poetry conversations. You’ll hear poetry from the winners of the inaugural Liffey Youth Poetry Prize and connect with poets from other parts of the planet through our partnership with Scotland’s international poetry festival StAnza.

See the event here.

Rowella Hall

Where Do We Start?

Rowella Community Hall

A dancer and a musician meet for the first time – over Zoom. Together, they dream up a project that merges their creative visions. Into their microphones they ask: “Where do we start?”

Tasdance performers led by Adam Wheeler have been paired with a drummer, a saxophonist, an opera singer and a harpist to create an intimate and evocative live performance experience enhanced by the beautiful acoustics of Rowella’s historic wooden hall.

See the event here.

Portland Memorial Hall

Van Diemen's Fiddles: Whispering Walls

Portland Memorial Hall

Portland Memorial Hall will be transformed into a portal blending present and past through this live multimedia event.

Van Diemen’s Fiddles are three of lutruwita/ Tasmania’s finest musicians – Julia Fredersdorff, Emily Sheppard and Rachel Meyers. They will make music inspired by dances, stories, people and the land, alongside electronics and visuals from Mac40Media’s Caleb Miller. This world premiere has been curated in response to the communities of St Helens and its surrounds.

See the event here.

Mechanics Institute

Leonard's Beautiful Pictures

Mechanics Institute, Scottsdale

In the family of entertainers known as The Marvellous Corricks there were eight talented siblings: seven sisters and their brother, Leonard. He was just 14 years old when he started making and screening silent films.

In 2021, Leonard’s Beautiful Pictures will return in all their wonder for this Ten Days on the Island world premiere. These 100-year-old films will once again entertain and delight audiences at the historic venues in Zeehan, Scottsdale and Hobart

See the event here.

Ross Town Hall

Julie Gough: Fugitive History

Ross Town Hall

Julie Gough uses art to articulate memories hidden in time. Her two works in the installation Fugitive History help us piece together the often-unrecorded atrocities perpetrated against Tasmanian Aboriginal people by the colonists of Van Diemen’s Land.

The film work The Gathering embeds historic texts disclosing colonial violence amidst bucolic footage of rural lutruwita/Tasmania with its distinctive hills, piles of bonfire timber and renowned farm names on fences.

Fugitive History reconnects place with story. At Ross Town Hall these works bid other hidden histories to resurface and colonial Truth Telling to commence.

See the event here.

Sorell Memorial Hall

Belvedere Ballroom

Sorell Memorial Hall

These professional dancers will take you to a golden era of song.

Mature Artists Dance Experience (MADE) pairs professional dancers and choreographers with old time favourites.

In Belvedere Ballroom, you can get your feet tapping along to a choreographed show co-presented by Ten Days on the Island and MADE. This world premiere will have professional dancers waltzing and foxtrotting to a soundtrack of golden tunes from the ‘40s and ‘50s.

See the event here.

Glen Huon Community Hall

Landscapes: A Chamber Music Journey

Glen Huon Hall

Johannes Fritzsch (piano), Sue Collins (violin) and Samuel Dundas (baritone) have each toured concert halls and opera houses the world over. But it’s their fondness for the luscious Tasmanian landscape that will bring them together for two beautiful programs. See the event here.

Bach by Dark will soothe your soul, with music set to candlelight in the charming surrounds of the Tamar and Huon Valleys. If you’re in the mood for romance in our heart-shaped island, you can enjoy chamber music and song in their heart-warming second program, Love and Lieder for which Mozart arias will be paired with Schubert and Dvorak.

Bach by Dark will also play at Waterton Hall, see the event here.

New Norfolk, Willow Court

Intimate Epics

Willow Court

Intimate Epics, as its name suggests, is a series of arts experiences exploring epic themes in intimate settings. Presented as a walking precinct in the historical town of New Norfolk in the Derwent Valley, Intimate Epics offers an intriguing finale to Ten Days on the Island’s 20th year celebrations in 2021. At the heart of Intimate Epics is the former colonial asylum at Willow Court, a place of embedded narratives.

Eclectic and surprising, the program features specially commissioned works from live music to video and visual art installations, food events and site-specific performance experiments. Intimate Epics showcases locals from the Derwent Valley, as well as artists from across Australia.

See the event here, with further information to be released 15 Feb.

TEN HALLS, TEN STORIES

What is the importance of a community hall? For some, it might be a staple of the town – a place for people to come together and connect in the most remote corners of our island. For others, it might be an architectural marvel or a home for the collective memories shared by family and friends. These ideas and more will be explored through If These Halls Could Talk – a literary partnership between the Festival and Island magazine. We have commissioned ten local writers and sent them to visit the halls dotted throughout our island, meeting residents of these towns along the way. The writers share their personal responses to the spaces, encompassing the intimate connections we form with our communities. These commissioned works will be published in Island 161, released in March 2021.

WRITERS INCLUDE: Stephanie Eslake, Gabrielle Lis, Rachel Edwards, Michael Blake, Jeanette Thompson, Katherine Johnson, Bert Spinks, Danielle Wood, Magdalena Lane and Sandra Potter.

Supporting Partners

If These Halls Could Talk has been developed in association with Arts Northern Rivers and is based on their original concept

 

 

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