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.

‘There is no I in Island’ Receives funding through Screen Australia.

Image Credit: Lucy Gouldthorpe

Our call-out for recordings lasted for a couple of weeks during May 2020 and went out via Ten Days On The Island mail burst, website, blog and social media as well as through our own contacts and the official Facebook page for There is No ‘I’ in Island. We also had various radio and newspaper interviews prior to, and after, the call-out.

There was a lot of interest in sharing and contributing to the project which has been a good way for us to begin building our community around the project. We have received some really personal and deeply profound expressions of people’s experiences, their reflections and hopes for the future of the planet and humanity.

Altogether, we received 6 hours of participant self-recorded audio material, which is being edited into 5 short episodes around our themes of fear and hope, and are satisfied that we have the diversity of contribution that we were seeking – we have voices ranging from 5 years to 95 years of age; farmers, health workers, people living with disability, migrants, artists, politicians, construction workers and tourism operators to name a few.

We have started to fine tune the animation process with our wonderfully talented and experienced colleague Vivien Mason, reaching out to various artists who we would like to be involved in bringing the films to visual life. We are filled with excitement for this next stage of development, as the project begins to take shape, it is clear that the films will resonate emotionally and give expression to the very strange, very challenging reality the community continues to experience.