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.

Julia Fredersdorff

A note from Julia

The Ten Artists, Ten Days initiative is an incredible gift for me and my fellow artists. It provides us with the opportunity to develop a concept or artwork with the luxury of a generous timeframe, in a safe and supportive community of ideas and artistic experimentation. I am humbled to be amongst such a talented group, and I am going to relish this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a work that has been percolating for many years waiting for the right moment.

With my passion for fostering a deep and tangible exchange between the music I play and the audiences who support me, I will try to form a closer relationship with audiences, reducing the distance and exposing the humans on both sides of an artwork. For this project, I will be doing this through a multi-sensory performance experience using two of the strongest memory-triggering senses; sound and smell.

 I love exploring the things that bind the human race – our instincts, our emotional vulnerability, our stories, and our individuality. The senses have the power to spark memories, and to trigger strong and almost primal emotional responses that can be different for every person. Throughout time, particularly since the invention of the screen, we have become an increasingly visually focused society. I want to turn the audience’s focus to the two of the three ‘invisible’ senses, exploring the inexplicable common feeling ‘in the room’, and celebrating and enabling our inherent differences.


More about Julia Fredersdorff

Melbourne-born violinist Julia Fredersdorff studied baroque violin in the Netherlands with Enrico Gatti at The Royal Conservatorium in The Hague. Based in Paris for close to a decade, Julia freelanced with some of the finest European ensembles, such as Les Talens Lyriques, Le Concert d’Astrée, Le Parlement de Musique, Ensemble Matheus and Il Complesso Barocco.

Julia is the founder and Artistic Director of Lutruwita/Tasmania’s baroque chamber orchestra, Van Diemen’s Band and has appeared in major arts festivals around Australia and New Zealand and extensively across Europe.

Julia has participated in nearly forty international recordings for the labels BIS, Virgin Classics, Deutsche Grammophon, Accent, Accord, Naïve, Erato, Passacaille, Ambronay, ABC Classic, Vexations840 and Tall Poppies.

Julia’ Links

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Photo by: Albert Comper

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