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.

Seeking Tasmanian writers to engage with local halls

Ten Days on the Island has partnered with Island Magazine to commission Tasmanian writers to write about the unique community halls dotted around the island that will be part of If These Halls Could Talk for Festival 2021.

Ten Days on the Island and Island Magazine will co-design and implement a literary initiative to complement If These Halls Could Talk, seeking writers to  respond creatively to the project with a text-based work of up to 3500 words.

If These Halls Could Talk is a multi-arts initiative which will celebrate ten community halls and the role they play in our society. The planning and engagement with artists and writers will culminate in a statewide celebration of the halls across the three weekends of Ten Days on the Island, 5-21 March 2021. Renowned artists and creative teams will transform the halls into immersive site-specific festival experiences in the three regional heartlands of Tasmania – West and North West, North and North East and South.

The halls include: Stanley Town Hall, Stanley; Gaiety Theatre, Zeehan; Portland Memorial Hall, St Helens; The Mechanics Institute, Scottsdale; Rowella Hall, Rowella; Ross Town Hall, Ross; Liffey Hall, Liffey; Glen Huon Hall, Glen Huon; Sorell Memorial Hall, Sorell and New Norfolk.

For more information about the project, see the Island Magazine website.

If These Halls Could Talk has been developed in association with Arts Northern Rivers and is based on their original concept.