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.

Six Questions with Lindy Hume – No I in Island’s Cat Pettman

Curator at the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA)

Artistic Director, Lindy Hume poses six questions to Cat Pettman

  • Describe in a few sentences the work you’re bringing to Ten Days on the Island from your own perspective – what interests and excites you about it? What do you hope audiences will experience?

There’s nothing quite like listening to the self-recorded experiences of people living through the lockdown last May. Everyone’s had their own personal challenges, but there is also an expression of hopefulness through a collective voice which I love. The messages inspire us to create a better future and I really hope people will see them as a beautiful, powerful reminder of what is so utterly precious about our Island community.

  • Has the experience of this crazy last year shifted your creative practice and thinking about the world? How?

This past year has reinforced a desire to create work that supports positive change in some way. We are really looking forward to seeing the impact these films have beyond the Island. They are a mere drop in the ocean but if these stories help even one person facing massive upheaval in their life from the pandemic, it’ll feel amazing to have made that connection.

  • As an artist and audience member, what’s special about festivals?

The past year has been a reminder to cherish the abundance of community goodwill. Festivals such as Ten Days on the Island help us celebrate the delights and surprises of life that support our human need for connection through art.

  • Personally and professionally, what are you looking forward to in 2021?

2021 feels like a much needed exhalation before the next deep breath! I’m looking forward to more creative development with my fabulous group of devisors & a long-overdue change the date for Australia Day.

  • Beside your own project, which other artists projects are you looking forward to, why and where?

There are so many brilliant shows this year but I absolutely cannot wait to see Sinsa Mansell’s solo dance theatre creation ‘Back’ at the Theatre Royal Studio Theatre.

  • If you have one, what’s your favourite place in Tasmania, and why? And if not, where are you most excited to journey with Ten Days on the Island to?

Eaglehawk Neck is my favourite place to take time off to be with family & friends and just relax watching the seagulls hovering motionless.

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