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.

UTAS, The Theatre Royal and Ten Days on the Island presents





10 – 12 MAR SUN


THE HEDBERGNipaluna/Hobart



Venue Accessibility

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Wheelchair Accessibility

All public levels of this venue are accessible by use of a lift, located at the main entry (Collins Street), to the left of the stairs.
The main entry into the building features automatic sliding doors. Accessible bathrooms are available on level 1, down the hall from the elevator and also on levels 2, 3 and 4, located behind the bar in each foyer space.
Seating for people who use wheelchairs is available in all Hedberg venues are able to be booked by contacting the Theatre Royal directly.

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Level Access

Level access seating is available in all Hedberg Talk venues. Please contact The Theatre Royal Box Office for more information on level access options.

Assistive Listening

A hearing loop is available in Ian Potter Recital Hall only to connect to Hearing Aids. Please contact Theatre Royal Box Office – 03 6146 3300 to discuss your needs further.


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.

Located in the heart of Nipaluna/Hobart, The Hedberg brings together The Theatre Royal and the University of Tasmania into a world class cultural precinct. During Ten Days on the Island 2023 UTAS launches a new annual program, The Hedberg Talks.

Free to all, this new series is a celebration of ideas, thinking and innovation in thought and practice, spotlighting some of our most challenging, inspiring and thought-provoking minds. The Hedberg Talks recognises that ideas and words, as foundations of our community, are the seeds of change and growth.

The Hedberg Talks invites Festival audiences to explore more deeply, joining artists, creative teams, thought leaders and UTAS academics for fascinating conversations and keynotes, giving insights into the themes, ideas and inspirations underpinning the Festival program. Spanning subjects from cross-dressing farmers in Qwerin to fomenting feminine dissent in Women of Troy, The Hedberg Talks participants include writer Behrouz Boochani, choreographers Osian Meilir and Kyle Page, Emmy Award winning artist Lynette Wallworth, Festival director Dr Lindy Hume AM, and many more.

“We need paradigm-shifting ideas to energise us: new thinking, a refreshed sense of purpose, alternative systems, structures, ways of problem solving, new ways of gathering. Since the universe pressed the pause button, we have no excuse for springing back into the post-pandemic world with pre-pandemic shapes, structures and mindsets.” – Dr Lindy Hume AM, Artistic Director, Ten Days on the Island 2019-2023

FRI 12PM | New perspectives in art, death and technology

Ian Potter Recital Hall

Multi-Emmy Award-winning artist Lynette Wallworth is joined by Ten Days on the Island Artistic Director, Lindy Hume and UTAS Media Lecturer Dr Kathleen Williams in conversation about the creation of Lynette’s new work, HOW TO LIVE (After You Die), different cultural perspectives around death, virtual reality filmmaking and immersive storytelling.

Speakers include:

Lynette Wallworth Multi-Emmy Award-winning artist, HOW TO LIVE (After You Die)

Dr Kathleen Williams Senior Lecturer, Associate Head of Research, Director of Creative Curriculum, University of Tasmania

Dr Lindy Hume AM, Artistic Director, Ten Days on the Island 2019-2023

FRI 2:30PM | Queering the Landscape - Qwerin and cross-dressing farmers

10 MAR FRI 2.30PM
Ian Potter Recital Hall

Welsh Performance artist Osian Meilir’s Qwerin is touring Lutruwita Tasmania throughout the festival. Join Osian in a conversation with Davina Wright (UTAS Lecturer in Theatre) that gives context to the work’s celebration of culture, identity and community through the linking of Welsh folk dancing, 18th Century cross-dressing farmers and the pulsating energy of Queer nightlife.

Speakers include:

Osian Meilir Director and Choreographer, Qwerin

Davina Wright Theatre Lecturer, University of Tasmania

SAT 11AM | Heroines of Composition

Ian Potter Recital Hall

Featuring a panel of leading female musicians and composers, this conversation explores the intersectional challenges that women face in the music industry, and those pushing the boundaries to build more inclusive communities. In celebration of Heroines and International Women’s Day 2023, Van Diemen’s Band Artistic Director Julia Fredersdorff is joined by virtuosic percussionist and director of the Offspring ensemble Claire Edwardes, and UTAS Conservatorium of Music Lecturer and Composer Associate Professor Maria Grenfell to discuss the importance of amplifying women’s voices, the necessity of representation, and the value of mentorship.

Speakers include:

Julia Fredersdorff Artistic Director, Van Diemen’s Band

Claire Edwardes Virtuosic Percussionist and Director, Offspring Ensemble

Maria Grenfell Conservatorium of Music Lecturer and Composer Associate Professor, University of Tasmania

SAT 12PM | Thylacine Dreaming - Our guilty fascination with an avoidable tragedy

Ian Potter Recital Hall

Thylacine Dreaming – Our fascination with avoidable tragedy.

The Dream of the Thylacine premiered at TMAG as part of Ten Days on the Island in March 2013. Ten years on, the festival is now presenting the Tasmanian Premiere of Hide the Dog – a story of two best friends who stumble upon an incredible find: the world’s last thylacine. Few animals capture the collective imagination like the Tasmanian tiger, but behind this fascination is Australia’s dubious position as the world leader in extinction. Join artist and puppet-maker Bryony Anderson, UTAS Senior Researcher Associate Professor Katrina Schlunke and Honorary Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at TMAG, Kathryn Medlock, for a special panel talk that explores the thylacine’s place in literature, art and our cultural imagination.

Speakers include:

Bryony Anderson Artist/puppet-maker

Katrina Schlunke Senior Researcher and Associate Professor, University of Tasmania

Kathryn Medlock Honorary Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

SAT 2PM | The art of thinking big and working small

Ian Potter Recital Hall

Dancenorth Artistic Director Kyle Page is joined by Terrapin Puppet Theatre’s Artistic Director Sam Routledge and UTAS Theatre Lecturer Davina Wright in conversation about the urgent concern driving the creation of RED, and more broadly, creating small theatre works about big issues.

Speakers include:

Kyle Page Artistic Director, Dancenorth

Sam Routledge Artistic Director, Terrapin Puppet Theatre

Davina Wright Theatre Lecturer, University of Tasmania

SAT 3PM | Out of the Everywhen - Capturing the state of our nation

Ian Potter Recital Hall

If you could look into the future of Australia in 2058, what would you see? What did we get right and what are we still learning, and in what ways have our hubris continued to ignore our future ancestors? In 1988, a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous printmakers and art organisations from across Australia produced a series of 32 screen-print posters titled Right Here Right Now in response to the nation’s bicentennial festivities.

35 years later, another group of artists project themselves into the future and consider how will we have managed to change the course of our trajectory (or not)? Join UTAS Director, Curatorial and Cultural Collections, Caine Chennatt, in conversation with exhibiting artists from Out of the Everywhen to dive deep into art, the history of future possibilities raised in the exhibition, and hope as a muscle.

Speakers include:

Caine Chennatt Associate Director, Cultural Collections, University of Tasmania

SAT 4PM | ‘Fermenting’ dissent

Ian Potter Recital Hall

The role of women in leading civil uprisings and revolts has been well documented. From Boudicca to the 17th and 18th century food riots, to the suffragette movement to Iran, Ukraine and #meToo, women have been at the heart of community uprising and social change. Archipelago’s Women of Troy celebrates and extends the Euripides play to recognise the contemporary realties of fighting oppression and grass roots change, ultimately reflecting Marx’s observation the “great social revolutions are impossible without the feminine ferment”.

Speakers include:

Marta Dusseldorp Producer/Artist, Women of Troy, Archipelago Productions

Behrouz Boochani Journalist, human rights defender, writer, Women of Troy

Prof Kate Darian Smith Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Arts, Law and Education, University of Tasmania

SUN 12.30PM | The Bigger Picture: A landscape-oriented creative practice *CANCELLED*

We apologise that this talk is now not going ahead. Lindy is unwell and can’t do the talk. Thanks for your understanding.

12 MAR SUN 12.30PM
Ian Potter Recital Hall

Having tentatively lifted our finger from the Covid-enforced ‘pause’ button, Artistic Director Lindy Hume argues that we have no excuse for springing back into the post-pandemic world with pre-pandemic shapes, structures and mindsets. “We need paradigm-shifting ideas to energise us: new thinking, a refreshed sense of purpose, alternative systems, structures, ways of problem solving, new ways of gathering.” In this keynote address, Hume offers for our consideration the genesis of her own post-pandemic manifesto for creative and community leadership: “Landscape Oriented” creative practices, in which the familiar shift from portrait to landscape orientation is a metaphor for a rearrangement of aesthetic and cultural values, and where socially engaged and regional artists step forward in the bigger cultural picture. In this context, she offers insights from her 20 years’ experience directing major Australian arts festivals, how festival curation has radically evolved over that period, and where the future of Tasmania’s festivals may lie.

Speakers include:

Introduction by
Prof Kate Darian Smith
– Pro Vice-Chancellor; College of Arts, Law and Education

Dr Lindy Hume AM, Artistic Director, Ten Days on the Island 2019-2023

Image Credit: Sonja Ambrose