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.

Your Ten Days’ North West Itinerary.


7AM – Set the alarm early because at 7am you’ll be watching a glorious sunrise over The Bluff in Devonport as mapali – Dawn Gathering unfolds. A unique community performance with hundreds of local singers, dancers and performers breathing as one in a shared moment of reflection and ritual.

9AM – Head over to the Stewart Street Gallery at 45 Stewart St for the launch of Here She Is, a collaboration and celebration by and about the women of the North West.

Make your way to Burnie for an afternoon of extraordinary visual arts. At the historic APPM Services Building, along the Bass Hwy, you’ll find the centrepiece of the 2019 Festival, the monumental masterpiece, in Pursuit of Venus [infected]. At 12-1PM there is a talk about the work by Dr Greg Lehman, artist, curator and essayist with Artistic Director of Ten Days, Lindy Hume.

Grab something delicious for lunch at The Chapel before heading to the Makers’ Workshop Gallery to explore the work of Aboriginal internationally renowned shell necklace maker Lola Greeno and papermaker Joanna Gair.

Dinner at Bayviews Restaurant & Lounge Bar and good night’s sleep at Burnie Central Townhouse Hotel and you’ll be ready for Day 2.


Infuse Coffee Burnie Tasmania is the place to kick start your day before you head west for the iconic Acoustic Life of Sheds, an epic journey of four and half hours over 60kms, exploring five sheds filled with musicians, composers and artists, responding to these quintessential North West spaces.

After a day of landscapes and music take a leisurely drive back towards Burnie and stop and enjoy a glass of wine and platter at Providence Farm Stall near Wynyard.

On Saturday night the Pulp Festival Lounge is the place to be for a glass of wine and to meet with artists. Open from 7PM till late every night over the long weekend.


A morning talk at the Pulp Festival Lounge, from 9-11am The Place of Art in the Art of Place. Join us for a strong coffee and lively conversation with players including Burnie Arts Council, the Ten Days on the Island team and local arts leaders about shaping some new directions for the arts and theatre in the North West.

Have leisurely lunch at Fish on the Edge at Wivenhoe before heading over to the Burnie Regional Art Gallery to see the cutting edge exhibition, Prosthetic Reality

2PM Not to be missed, the awe-inspiring Gravity and Other Myths world premiere season of Out of Chaos… Fresh from sell-out shows, standing ovations and rave reviews at the Adelaide Festival, exclusively in Burnie for one weekend only.

Dinner by the sea at Fish Frenzy, followed by drinks at the Pulp Festival Lounge.


Take a drive up to Cradle Mountain and experience Bushland, an absorbing audio experience from British duo French & Mottershead. It’s a seductive and curiously reassuring vision of how every death nourishes new life.

Head on home and get ready for a weekend in the North East heartland.