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.

Ten Days on the Island presents




West + North West


19 Mar Sun 6:30 pm





Show Accessibility

Auslan Session

This event will be interpreted in its entirety.

Venue Accessibility

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Wheelchair Accessibility


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Level Access


Suitable for all ages


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.

Celebrate with our community at sunset on the banks of the Mersey River – together we’ll wrap up out Ten Days on the Island with fire, music and story.

Join the North-West community as we gather by the river at the end of the final day of the Festival for mapali – Sunset Gathering. A celebration of the stories of this place, this mapali – ‘gathering’ – brings the whole community together, inviting us to consider our community’s identity and our region’s shared future.

Returning to Devonport where it began, this now-iconic event is the third created and narrated by artist and cultural leader Dave mangenner Gough. Its story, mulaka makalina (hunting stingray), is inspired by the waters of the river that literally runs throughout this stirring event.

Once more, local artists, community groups and schools come together with performers from the Tasmanian Aboriginal community and beyond to create this iconic event in Devonport’s new community precinct.

Connect with your Tasmanian community as, together, we celebrate the spirit of our heart-shaped island and mark the closing of our 2023 Festival.

We invite you to join us at the new Waterfront park, bring a picnic and enjoy some pre-show fun activities by festival artists as we await the coming of sunset and mapali.

The call for mapali will commence at approx. 7.45 pm as we invite you to head down river to the boat ramp area where the festival finale will be staged.

Further information will be released closer to the event.


Performed by Dave mangenner Gough and community


Creative Direction and written by David mangenner Gough

Designer Darryl Rogers

Composer & Sound Designer Ian Chia


mapali FAQ's

mapali 2023

Where is mapali taking place?
The Devonport boat ramp is the location for mapali 2023. Audiences are invited to gather on the west side of the river on Victoria Parade at the Devonport Boat Ramp. Victoria Parade will be closed to enable patrons to watch mapali.

What time is the event?
mapali will start with the iconic mapali call at 8pm on Sunday 19 March. However, you are welcome to bring a picnic, enjoy the weather and some favorite festival artists from 6:30pm at the Waterfront Precinct in Devonport.

Where can I get tickets to mapali 2023?
mapali is a free event. You do not need to register. We look forward to seeing you there!

How do I get to the mapali site?
Please see our fantastic front-of-house team at the corner of Parker Street and Victoria Parade to direct you further.

Where do I sit?
There is no seating. You are welcome to stand in the areas assigned for audiences, please follow directions from our volunteers and our front-of-house teams.

Can I bring chairs?
mapali is a standing event and so we ask that you do not bring chairs with the exception of chairs for those with access requirement. Sunshades and umbrellas are prohibited.

How accessible is the event?

This event site is level access throughout. Please note that some drop kerbs may need to be navigated. An accessible viewing area will be available beside a large sand circle with a selection of seating provided. An Auslan interpreter is provided in this space. Please be directed by our staff and volunteers regarding the location of this space. There is no requirement to pre-book spaces in this area.

A portable accessible toilet will also be provided at this event.

Can I bring my dog?
This is a pet-free event, with the exception of service animals.

Can I bring alcohol?
The event is not a licensed event so alcohol will not be sold at the event.

Will there be security onsite?
Yes, there will be security onsite for the duration of the event.

Can I buy something to eat?
Food vendors will not be onsite for mapali or beforehand. However Devonport is full of fantastic options.

Thank you for respecting your fellow event patrons, our fantastic team, and our brilliant artists.

We look forward to seeing you on SUN 19 MAR for mapali 2023.

Image Credit: Sonja Ambrose