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.

tunapri Table Cape Lightshow Experience

The tunapri Table Cape Lightshow Experience will become a projected artwork with an accompanying soundscape that reimagines the spirit of the tommeginer people through the vision, creativity, and voices of the contemporary Tasmanian Aboriginal community.

Projected visuals in the form of original paintings, drawings, digital illustration, and photography will tell the story of country, people, and place whilst a curated soundscape narrates the work, sharing insights and stories from Auntie Erica Maynard’s life. The deep time connections of a culture and community who are connected to place, people, and time will come together to honour those who have gone before and look forward to the future.

This project is being led by Caleb Nichols-Mansell with cultural oversight by Auntie Erica Maynard. Artwork has been contributed by collaborating artists Karen Smart and Tamera Summers. Projection mapping by Darryl Rogers and sound design and scoring by Matthew Fargher.

This work has been commissioned by Business Northwest from a project funded from the Australian Government under the Recovery for Regional Tourism Program, an initiative of the $1 Billion COVID Relief and Recovery Fund and produced by Ten Days on the Island.