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A few words from our CEO

As the year ends a new era begins for Ten Days on the Island.

There are several new members for our leadership team, headed by renowned economist, Saul Eslake, as Chairman of the Board.

He is joined by four new Directors - Roz MacAllan, Gillian Miles, David Palmer and Travis Tiddy - who bring a wealth of expertise and experience in the arts, tourism, marketing, festivals, governance and finance.

As Tasmania’s only statewide multi-arts company, we’re delighted that we now have great representation from all parts of Tasmania in the group that governs and directs Ten Days.

Ten Days’ wonderful legacy is represented and extended through the continuing Board membership of Jacqui Allen, Scott Dawkins, Noel Frankham, and Jenny-Ellen Kennedy.

I am pleased to join Artistic Director, David Malacari, as the senior executive team for Ten Days in the role of CEO. Having grown up in Tassie, I am thrilled to be back home after an extensive career in arts management in Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne, most recently as the national CEO of the Australia Business Arts Foundation, where I spent 10 years promoting business and donor support for the arts across Australia.

I look forward to the opportunity to meet with you as we plan our exciting program for March 2017 or maybe at The Spiegeltent Hobart in March 2016 for a performance of LIMBO!

- Jane Haley

The Spiegeltent Returns!

We’re excited to announce that Spiegeltent Hobart is set to return to Hobart’s PW1 forecourt next year with a jam-packed program of music, comedy, cabaret and circus, headlined by internationally acclaimed act, LIMBO.

The award-winning circus spectacle LIMBO will make its Tasmanian debut for the duration of the Spiegeltent season, which spans 11 March to 3 April 2016.

Directed by Scott Maidment and set to Sxip Shirey’s thrilling live score, the dirty and dangerous cabaret, LIMBO has whisked audiences worldwide into a sinister netherworld of jaw-dropping contortion, gut-churning aerial acrobatics and staggering illusions.

Don’t miss your chance to see the show that is so hot, Madonna came twice!

Spiegeltent Hobart will open on 10 March with an evening of free entertainment to kick off the 3-week program.

Stay tuned for the full Spiegeltent program which will be announced in January 2016.



Want to help make an extraordinary work of art by putting your empty potato chip packets towards a creative cause!

We are going to need hundreds of your empty foil chip packets for an exciting idea for Ten Days on the Island in 2017. We can’t say much about it yet, but we think it’s going to be fantastic and we will tell you more once we can.

In the meantime, eat more chips – but only if it’s healthy to do so. To contribute, please open your chips without tearing the packet and then flatten and send to Ten Days on the Island:
GPO Box 1403
Hobart, TAS 7001

Or save them up at home until after New Year's. It will be the perfect excuse to eat lots of chips while you’re watching your Christmas present box-set of Seinfeld or The Wire, whatever your guilty pleasure, and when you have a pile, drop them into our office at 71 Murray Street, Hobart, on weekdays between the hours of 9am and 3pm after January 3.

This is going to be good. More soon.


WIN tickets to Beckett Triptych!

Our friends at Mofo are giving four lucky TDOTI e-news readers the chance to win a double pass each to experience the extraordinary theatre piece, Beckett Triptych (learn more below!), on Wednesday 13 January at 7.30pm at the Theatre Royal!

Simply email us at info@tendays.org.au with the subject 'BECKETT COMP' and tell us in 20 words or fewer what (or who!) you would write a Beckett-esque play about. 

Entries close Wednesday 6 January; winners will be contacted by Friday 8 January. 

Beckett Triptych

Eh Joe, Footfalls and Krapp’s Last Tape
By Samuel Beckett

A State Theatre Company SA production

A disturbing, darkly funny trio of Samuel Beckett plays, one after the other, that plumb the shadowlands of guilt, regret and despair. 

'Unforgettable for anyone brave enough to partake…'
The Advertiser

A Samuel Beckett trio, brought to life by some of Australia’s finest actors: Paul Blackwell, Peter Carroll, and Pamela Rabe.

‘You know that penny farthing hell you call your mind... That's where you think this is coming from, don't you?’
Eh Joe

Wednesday 13 - Sunday 17 January, 7.30pm and Sunday 17 January, 2pm at the Theatre Royal.

Full details and buy tickets here. Full Mofo line up here.



Not just content with one great weekend, organisers of the Cygnet Folk Festival are partnering with the Woodford and llawarra Folk Festivals to deliver the best of the festivals into seven community halls and theatres in regional Tasmania in January.

This is the sixth Australian circuit for Festival of Small Halls – a grass-roots tour that pairs a visiting international artist and a notable Australian folk artist for shows in small towns and community halls. 

Tickets are on sale now at www.festivalofsmallhalls.com and at select community outlets.

Check out the Cygnet Folk Festival website for information about other events. The festival runs from 8 to 10 January.


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