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

mapali – Dawn Gathering

50 mins

Once more, our North West community will unite to celebrate the break of day with mapali – Dawn Gathering. This stirring Welcome to Country will mark the opening of our 2021 Festival as the sun rises over the Burnie foreshore.

Created and narrated by artist and cultural leader David mangenner Gough, mapali – ‘gathering’ – will celebrate our palawa creation story: how moinee, the great creator, made lutruwita/Tasmania.

Movement director Adam Wheeler (Tasdance), music director Yyan Ng (percussionist) and the Goldberg Aberline Studio work with hundreds of local artists, community groups and schools to create a special event bringing together performers from our Tasmanian Aboriginal community and beyond – elders, singers, dancers, drummers and visual artists.

Share the dawn with us. Connect with your lutruwita/Tasmania community as together, we celebrate the spirit of our heart-shaped island.

This is a free event however bookings are required.
This is a smoke-free event.

Covid Info

Feeling unwell? 

If you or a guest feel unwell or display any COVID19 symptoms prior to this event, you must not come to the event site 

In this instance, please contact the Ten Days on the Island Box Office on 03 6406 0260 or via email on boxoffice@tendays.org.au. 

Please stay home and follow this link: https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/facts/about-coronaviruses-and-covid19 

For more information on Ten Days on the Island’s COVID-19 policy see here

Patrons who do not comply with these conditions will either not be admitted into the venue or will be asked to leave. These measures are to ensure the safety of all. 

Image: Brodie Weeding

Dates & Times

Burnie Foreshore Fri 5 March 2021 6:45 am

Venue Details

Burnie Foreshore

Burnie Foreshore, pataway/Burnie

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