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.



West + North West


17 – 19 MAR
Open late Friday night





Venue Accessibility

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Wheelchair Accessibility

All public levels of this venue are accessible to people who use wheelchairs by using the elevator provided.
Accessible bathrooms are provided on all public levels.
Main entry and exit points into the building feature automatic sliding doors.

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Level Access

This entire venue is level access with an elevator located at the far end of the HIVE entry foyer.

Chill Out Space
Chill Out Space

A Chill Out Space is provided on Level 2 of Hive, outside the entrance to the Planetarium. This space has been provided for patrons to use before, after or during any particularly sensory-stimulating experiences at HIVE. The space will have a privacy tent, comfortable seating, yoga mats and other calming elements. We recommend bringing along your own ear defenders if you prefer a quiet environment.

More information on HIVE here.


Ten Days on the Island is closely following and implementing all restrictions and recommendations advised by National and State Governments regarding public gatherings and event venues, you can find the relevant government information here.

We, as well as the venue will be managing the risk of COVID-19 at our event venues in the following ways:

  1. Public availability of hand sanitiser at Festival venues.
  2. Patrons, staff, volunteers and artists are encouraged not to attend events if they are unwell.

This 2023 Festival collaboration with Ulverstone’s HIVE is an exciting future-focused development in our region’s cultural identity and environment HIVE+ is a collection of activities that invites audiences to Ulverstone as a focal point for exhibitions, installations and discussions over the final weekend of the 2023 Festival.

HIVE+ encourages visitors to experience interactive works designed to build local cultural capacity for young people and families, and to explore our creativity through environmental themes.

Highly accessible, impactful works like Lynette Wallworth’s magnificent planetarium creation Coral: Rekindling Venus and Patch Theatre’s Sea of Light contribute to a conversation on global sustainability, inviting us to reimagine how we engage with, view and experience our world. Local, Tasmanian and international artists are amongst the diverse voices joining the HIVE+ conversation. Look out for Festival artists Qwerin, Terrapin Puppet Theatre and Slipstream Circus with FREE events, talks and activities for all the family.

Sea of Light

Ten Days on the Island presents

Sea of Light

PATCH Theatre

9 – 19 MAR

Sea of Light entwines light and sound to conjure an enchanted sea adventure for the whole family.

With a UV torch in hand, set sail across a sea to paint your very own voyage in light. Steer ships that leave glowing paths in their wake.

As you explore Sea of Light, artworks by contemporary Aboriginal visual artist, Elizabeth Close, are painted in light across the sea floor. These paintings speak to the connection between land and sea, the earth and waterways and reflect the deep relationship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have with Country.

This spellbinding interactive installation carries adventurers on a journey across a fun-filled room at HIVE Tasmania – a major new cultural precinct packed with science and culture in a stunning building in the heart of Ulverstone.

For more information on Sea of Light see here.

Mirror Mirror

Ten Days on the Island presents

Mirror Mirror

PATCH Theatre

9 – 19 MAR

Mirror Mirror was an absolute with my little five and six-year-olds. I literally could not drag them out of there!”
– Play & Go

Step inside an intimate dome where every surface is a gleaming mirror. Created by Patch Theatre, Mirror Mirror takes you into the heart of the disco ball and lets you flip the light switch, literally.

An engaging experience for the whole family, come on the journey through a kaleidoscope of infinite possibilities.

For more information on Mirror Mirror see here.

Coral: Rekindling Venus

Ten Days on the Island presents

Coral: Rekindling Venus

by Lynette Wallworth

9 – 19 MAR

Dive into the ocean’s depths on a mesmerising journey – before it’s too late

Filmmaker Lynette Wallworth’s immersive video work for full dome plunges us into the ocean’s abyss to reveal an exquisite and fragile world of fluorescent coral reefs, bioluminescent sea creatures and shimmering marine life – a world fatally threatened by climate change.

Inspired by the international cooperation of 18th Century astronomers to witness the Transit of Venus, Coral: Rekindling Venus weaves together science, imagery and music from global artists including Gurrumul, Anohni and Max Richter to underscore the biodiversity and the fragility of the oceans.

Wallworth’s creation engulfs us with a sense of wonder, a deep longing to protect the coral community, and a vast realisation that the coral’s survival is tied to our own.

For more information on Coral: Rekindling Venus see here.


Terrapin in association with Ten Days on the Island presents


Schedule to be confirmed


Everyone loves a compost heap. Especially a great big one that comes alive! And that’s just what happens with Heap – the latest show from the world-renowned Terrapin.

Inspired by Tasmanians’ love of gardening, this roving performance features an ambitious amateur horticulturalist and a giant, wobbly compost creature, Heap takes composting to new heights – literally!

Designed by master puppet maker Bryony Anderson and constructed entirely out of salvaged materials, with the help of Moonah Primary School kids, Heap is the biggest, friendliest pile of organic matter you’ve ever seen.

For more information on Heap see here.


Ten Days on the Island presents


By Osian Meilir

Schedule to be confirmed

Part traditional Welsh folk dance and part 80s dancefloor, Qwerin’s pop-up performances in forests, wineries, city streets and waterfronts, from Salamanca to Munatrik/Stanley are mesmerising and euphoric. In their big black hats and colourful dresses, these three figures create an unforgettable signature of this year’s Festival.

Qwerin’s trio of performers bring to each encounter with local audiences their whimsical, liberating and inclusive celebration of culture, identity, landscape, and community. Featuring an original soundtrack by BAFTA award-winning Welsh musicians and Welsh traditional dress with a Vivienne Westwood-like twist, Qwerin is a feast for the senses.

Look out for a pop-up show near you or learn the Qwerin moves. Cast inhibitions to the wind and join one of our community performances.

For more information on Qwerin see here.

Image Credit: futago