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


Director  Dave mangenner Gough, a proud trawlwoolway Tasmanian Aboriginal man who descends from bunganna (chief) manalargenna’s oldest daughter, woretemoeteyemer, of north east Tasmania.

Movement Director Adam Wheeler (Tasdance)

Associate Movement Director Caitlin Comerford (Stompin)

Design Maurice Goldberg and Matthew Aberline (Goldberg Aberline Studio)

Music Director Yyan Ng


Special thanks to our Elders and the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.


Performance Groups and Contributors

Burnie Surf Life Saving Club

Hikari Taiko

Marist Regional College

Parklands High School

Reflexions Dance Studio

Rosny College

Slipstream Circus

South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation


Taiko Drum

Taiko Oni Jima


Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre

University of Tasmania

Wynyard High School

Event Warnings

Event contains live flames.

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 at the point of online, phone or box office ticket purchase. 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: Brodie Weeding

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.

Dates & Times

Burnie Foreshore Fri 5 March 2021 6:45 am

Venue Details

Burnie Foreshore

Burnie Foreshore, pataway/Burnie

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