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It is less than seven months until Ten Days on the Island Festival 2017 will stimulate and delight Tasmanians through great arts experiences in almost every corner of our state.

Our Programming and Production team, led by Artistic Director David Malacari, is putting the finishing touches on the Festival program and we can’t help but be excited.

I attended the launch of Tasmania’s newest arts festival, The Unconformity, last week. While I was marvelling at their outstanding program that will engage residents of and visitors to Queenstown in October, my thoughts turned to the launch of our Festival, which is rapidly approaching.

- Jane Haley, CEO

The Season
Nathan Maynard

Aboriginal Tasmanian playwright Nathan Maynard, Tasmania Performs and Ten Days on the Island are celebrating the confirmation of substantial funding for Maynard’s original play about mutton birding family life in Tasmania, The Season.

The Season recently secured funding through the Major Festivals Initiative (MFI), and will be staged in theatres across the country in 2017 including the Ten Days on the Island Festival in March.

Ten Days on the Island is immensely proud to present The Season, Nathan’s first full-length play. It will be produced by Tasmania Performs, directed by Isaac Drandic and features a cast of seven leading Aboriginal actors from around the country.

Tasmanian audiences can look forward to a wonderful night of comedy and rich story telling when Nathan’s play The Season is presented as part of the Ten Days on the Island Festival 2017.

Stay tuned for more news about the The Season in the coming months!


You and Me and Terrapin at Darwin Festival

Terrapin Puppet Theatre has a new show to share with Australia and the Darwin Festival was the first stop on an epic nation-wide tour.

Written by award-winning local playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer, You and Me and the Space Between is part picture book and part play. The tale is brought to life through narration, music and live drawings that emerge in large scale on a paper set.

You and Me and the Space Between is the funny and heroic story of a girl named Eve who lives on an island in the middle of the ocean. One day the island springs a leak and, with all the adults fussing about finding a solution, Eve speaks up and leads her people on an exciting and sometimes dangerous journey.

David Malacari was in Darwin for the opening. “I was fortunate to see the premiere of You and Me and the Space Between at the Darwin Festival."

“As well as being one of my favourite performances, it swept me away with the enchanting power of Kruckemeyer’s storytelling.”

“The deep Tasmanian roots of the story is something all audience members will understand and enjoy. This is a play for the whole family that will charm, entertain and amuse people of all ages.”

The next stop for the work is the Brisbane Festival in September, followed by the Melbourne Festival in October.

Audiences across Tasmania will watch in wonder the delightful production You and Me and the Space Between as part of the Ten Days on the Island Festival in March 2017.


Make it yours!

Junction Arts Festival is back in September 2016 with a fresh new look and festival hub in Prince's Square.

The festival kicks off this Wednesday 7 September with Lime Light, followed by four days and nights of festival mayhem around Launceston with a line-up featuring interactive art, performance, music and dance. Junction provides ample choice and reason to celebrate!

Launceston's iconic Prince's Square will be transformed into a wonderland featuring light shows, projections, live music, a horse float gallery, pop up food vans - and more! 

The festival once again explores art and performance in unexpected places, with Backyard Bands returning in iconic architectural Launceston homes, Dr Pugh's Speakeasy in the Gospel Hall, a video art exhibition in a pool hall and performance in St John’s Church.

VILLAGE is a large scale theatrical installation exploring the notion of ageing, downsizing and establishing new beginnings created in collaboration with Launceston retirement village residents and artists Brienna Mannish, Clare McCracken and Robert D Jordan.

Relax the Chimp is an interactive dance performance that puts you at the centre of the action. Come and let your inner dancer free in an environment where there is no right or wrong, nor any limits on age, ability or style. Relax the Chimp is an innovative performance created by Tasdance in partnership with the University of Tasmania.

View the full program online here.

Junction Arts Festival runs from Wednesday 7 - Sunday 11 September. 


Get moving with Salamanca Moves

Salamanca Arts Centre has released the program of events for the inaugural biennial Salamanca Moves, a new dance festival running from 20 September to 1 October 2016 in Hobart.

Celebrating dance in all its forms, the festival will support creativity and celebrate dance and dancer diversity. The vision is that every body can dance.

Aimed at all ages and all abilities, this community event offers opportunities to view, create, perform, experiment, and experience new ways of moving. Featuring more than 60 free and ticketed events, including 20 performances, seven major workshops, 16 short dance classes, movie stream, youth program and a mature dance and health stream, the program will be delivered by more than 15 national and international ‘Movers in Residence’, 12 dance companies plus local dance choreographers, teachers and performances and national and international health professionals.

The festival takes place across the Salamanca Precinct (including Peacock Theatre, Founders Room, Salamanca Lawns and a specially constructed Backyard Studio in Salamanca Square), Moonah Arts Centre and surprise pop-ups around Hobart.

To start planning your Salamanca Moves experience you can check out the full program which is now available to download here. Or you can get a printed copy from Salamanca Arts Centre or Centertainment.


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