Tasmanian International Arts Festival

The whole state has embraced the Tasmanian International Arts Festival with openings and celebrations from Burnie to Hobart and everywhere in between.

Hundreds filled the Burnie Arts & Function Centre to see Beyond by Circa and then enjoyed an after party with cast and crew in the Burnie Regional Art Gallery. Surrounded by the impressive Burnie Print Prize exhibition, it was a fantastic night that celebrated the partnership between Ten Days, the Burnie Arts & Function Centre and the North West community.

The following night, Launceston art lovers turned out for a full evening of visual and performing art that began with David Keeling’s major survey exhibition, Inside Out at the Academy Gallery, then Habits and Habitat by The Ronalds at Queen Victoria Museum, Design Tasmania opened Indeco in the making: Two decades of Design and finally Plato’s Cave amazed at the Earl Arts Centre. St John’s Anglican Church welcomed patrons for the opening night of The Cardinals in an energetic production by Stan’s Cafe Theatre Company and afterwards the cast joined the Launceston crowd to celebrate a wonderful start to the festival.

Hobart audiences were treated to a taste of Bolivian theatre with the opening of Hamlet, de los Andes at the iconic Theatre Royal that reinvented Shakespeare with their own authentic twist.

To download a copy of the Tasmanian International Arts Festival program or to purchase tickets head to the Ten Days website.


In Dementia 13, Francis Ford Coppola’s spooky but funny first feature film, an eccentric Irish family bickers over a vast inheritance in a lonely mansion while a mysterious axe murderer picks them off one by one. In this exhilarating adaptation by Live Live Cinema, the score and dialogue are performed onstage, with every creeping footstep and murderous axe blow bought to life by a sound effects wizard, as the film screens in the background. A cinematic happening unlike anything you will have experienced before - this is better than the movies, this is cinema in 4-D!



Lovers and seafarers come alive at the opening of Blue Angel last night

Audiences were amazed by the immersive experience of Blue Angel last night as Big hART transformed the historic Astor Private Hotel. Come and experience the world premiere of this unique production that tells tales of the sea through installations, video, art and music with some of Australia's best actors and musicians. Why not settle-in to one of The Astor’s twenty-three rooms for an unforgettable overnight stay? Only 5 shows left before Blue Angel leaves our shores!



Holy and hilarious theatre with The Cardinals opens tonight

It’s evangelical mayhem on stage as three cardinals on tour with a puppet show find themselves strangely without puppets. They flounder their way through well-known Bible stories, as wild off-stage antics reveal a tale that is as funny as it is touching. The Cardinals is a thought-provoking, witty and entertaining work of biblical proportions from one of the world’s most innovative theatre companies. Come and delight in this performance that opens tonight at majestic St David’s Cathedral.



Don’t miss the mesmerising Aakash Odedra

Award-winning dancer Aakash Odedra is getting standing ovations across the globe with his stunning and beautiful solo performance, Rising. A masterclass in choreographic brilliance, Rising features the work of three of the world’s finest choreographers – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant and Odedra’s mentor Akram Khan. Be witness to the breadth of Odedra’s remarkable capabilities, from his razor-sharp precision and enviable poise to his mesmerising agility.



El Son Entero set Tassie alight with Cuban music

The energetic Cuban band El Son Entero has been warmly welcomed by the Burnie community with a South American themed lunch hosted by the Burnie City Council. Strong coffee, Cuban sandwiches and passionate music made for a wonderful start to the tour that proceeded last night’s sell-out cabaret style performance that saw hundreds dancing in a celebration of South America. Tonight the troupe will perform at the Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre in Pasaje before they travel to Launceston and onto the Wrest Point Show Room in Hobart. El Son Entero will be performing their seductive syncopated beats in Triabunna and Moonah, followed by their final performance in the Spiegeltent on Hobart's waterfront.   


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