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.

Ten Days on the Island presents

Making mapali

World Premiere

As the sun rises over the Bass Strait, the Burnie community will gather to celebrate the opening of our Festival. Those lucky enough to experience mapali – Dawn Gathering in person will witness the culmination of an extensive and fascinating creative process. This special exhibition will take you behind the scenes into the making of mapali.

Hundreds of participants, artists and collaborators have together worked for months on this project, bringing to life Dave mangenner Gough’s vision for the event. This is your chance to explore the Tasmanian Aboriginal narratives and dances that guided the creation of this dawn gathering.

You will get up close to the Goldberg Aberline Studio’s inflatable sculptures and can explore rehearsal photographs, preparatory designs and prototypes that made mapali.

Covid Info

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

Contact tracing: Contact information for patrons attending this event will be collected by way of ‘Check-In Tasmania’ QR code at the venue entrance. This information will be held for 28 days, in accordance with Government requirements, and used for contact tracing if necessary.

For more information on COVID-19 safety measures in place at Ten Days on the Island, follow this link.

Image: Kelly Slater

Dates & Times

Makers' Space Gallery

5 – 21 March
Thurs – Mon 9:30am – 4:30pm

Venue Details

Makers' Space Gallery

2 Bass Hwy, pataway/Burnie

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