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.

Seeking Dancers

Image of acrobats at mapali 2019

Ten Days on the Island is seeking dancers for mapali – Dawn Gathering

If you are a dancer over 12 years of age, we would love to hear from you! The movement will be contemporary but dancers from all styles are welcome to participate in our opening event takes place outdoors on the beach.

We would love to hear from you if you would like to participate in this special event. For this event we are looking for dancers over 12 years of age. The movement will be contemporary but dancers from all styles are welcome to participate. Please note that this event take place outdoors on the beach.

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.

Further information

Key Dates

Participants need to be available at the following times:

Sun 7 FEB 2pm
Reflexions Dance Studio, Burnie

Sun 14 FEB 2pm
Reflexions Dance Studio, Burnie

Sun 21 FEB 1pm – 4pm
Venue TBC, Northern Tasmania Group Rehearsal

Sun 28 FEB 1pm – 4pm
Venue TBC, Northern Tasmania Group Rehearsal

Thurs 4 MAR 3pm – 8pm
Burnie Foreshore, Dress Rehearsal

Fri 5 MAR 6am – 8am
Burnie Foreshow, Performance (show time 6.45am)

To register your interest and availability please fill in the form below, and any inquiries please email maddie.korn@tendays.org.au

If you are a school group, dance school, or community group that wished to participate, please contact us to discuss special rehearsal arrangements. For groups of 10 or more dancers, we can come to you and hold rehearsals at your school, community centre or local hall. Participants must be between 12 – 80 years of age.

To register to be involved in mapali – Dawn Gathering

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