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.

Ten Days on the Island 2019… just a taste of things to come

As we ease into the languid summer days and the final weeks of 2018, it’s time to share with our audiences a taste of the Festival events to come in 2019 – the 10thTen Days on the Island.

This is an exciting time for Tasmania’s beloved state-wide festival as we release six very special projects in advance of our full launch at the end of January. We’re also signalling some exciting changes to the way you’ll experience your Festival, unveiling our new design and colours, and welcoming you to our new improved website. In many ways the 10th Festival will set a new direction for the next decades of Ten Days on the Island. We promise a 2019 program that’s life-affirming, inspiring, surprising, welcoming, of-the-moment and accessible; and these six events are just the beginning…

In 2019 we have re-imagined Ten Days on the Island as an epic adventure over three weekends across three Tasmanian heartlands. Each intense, action packed Festival weekend is designed to showcase the very best of Australian, global and Tasmanian creativity. On 8 March (which just happens to be International Women’s Day) we’ll open in the North West.

On our first weekend we invite you to visit us in Burnie, Ten Days on the Island’s new home base, to catch the World Premiere season of Out of Chaos, the latest show from Australia’s world-conquering contemporary circus radicals Gravity and Other Myths. Our second weekend in the North East will be full of earthly delights such as The Enchanted Island, a sublime baroque opera concert in a lush vineyard setting, and Peter and the Wolf narrated by the fabulous Madame Lark featuring the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Music is at the heart of the third weekend in Hobart, ranging from Breathtaking from the Renaissance courts of Europe to Compassion, an Australian masterpiece featuring Lior singing in Arabic and Hebrew, in a plea for empathy in our world. And on the final night of the 2019 Festival, we offer a truly mesmerising world artist: Bozo Vreco has a voice that is unforgettable – his enigmatic, profound and sensual performance will leave audiences reeling.

Whether you crave opera, contemporary circus, classical or contemporary music or family-friendly events, there’s something for everyone in these highlights of 2019, with so much more to come when we launch the full program in January – so watch this space for full details. Meanwhile, the whole of the Ten Days on the Island team wishes you all a happy and safe summer. We look forward to welcoming you in March 2019 for an epic adventure over three weekends across three Tasmanian heartlands!