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It’s hard to believe it’s already the end of October. Here at Ten Days on the Island HQ things are hotting up in anticipation of our next Festival. Putting together the festival program for 2017 involves lots of talking to our artists about their ideas and projects, listening to music and watching clips of many, many projects of which we can do so few! Our Artistic Director, David Malacari, has been in theatres everywhere looking at shows from Perth to Melbourne to Taipei, Seoul, Toronto and New York to find work that will give our audiences memorable creative experiences. You can keep up to date with his thoughts through his blog on our website and some hints at the thinking behind next Festival’s program.

In the meantime, as the year is coming to a close, there are exciting announcements on the horizon and tantalising glimpses of what 2016 will have on offer.

Our Partner Venues, the Theatre Royal, Theatre North at the Princess and the Burnie Arts & Function Centre are gearing up for their imminent 2016 Season launches (keep reading for more details). Also look out in December for the Devonport Entertainment & Convention Centre's season launch! Can’t wait for next year to hit the theatre for a show? As you’ll read, there’s still plenty of wonderful things to see, so be sure to check out what’s happening!


The Theatre Royal’s 2016 Season will be announced and on sale from Tuesday 24 November, and to find out about the fantastic year ahead go to www.theatreroyal.com.au or contact the Box Office on 6233 2299.

While you're eagerly waiting the 2016 Season, you can check out what's coming up in the next few months, including the following two exciting performances!


The Dream Dance Company presents their first live production, Genesis.

Saturday 31 October 2015 @ 7:30pm
Tickets: $60


Hobart’s Sing For Your Life! Choir turns ten years old this year – and they’re celebrating in style with a 10th Birthday Concert.

Wednesday 11 November 2015 @ 8:00pm
Tickets: from $20

Book at the Box Office on 6233 2299 or online.


Burnie Arts & Function Centre Performing Arts 2016 Subscription Season Launch - Music, Colour and Light!

The Burnie Arts & Function Centre’s Subscription Season continues to surprise and delight audiences by bringing a mix of fun, interesting and exceptional performances to Burnie. The 2016 Season will be announced at the Launch on Thursday 19 November.

2016 will be a year full of big, colourful shows and outstanding performances.

Burnie Arts & Function Centre continues to deliver the best program of performing arts in the region because of the generous support received from MMG Rosebery (which continue to generously support BAFC’s arts UNEARTHED Arts for the Community Program), The Burnie City Council, and the State Government with assistance provided through Arts Tasmania.


Thursday 19 November, 2015 @ 6.00 pm
Burnie Arts & Function Centre, Theatre - 77-79 Wilmot Street, Burnie

Please RSVP to the Box Office on 6430 5850 or boxoffice@burnie.net

There's also plenty still happening for the rest of the year, so take a look at other events on at the BAFC!



Andrew Colrain and Colin Dean from the cast of CROON are backed by the sensational Matthew Ives and his Big Band. 

Sunday 1 November, 2015 @ 2.00 pm
Burnie Arts & Function Centre, Town Hall

Tickets: Full $35.00 | Concession $29.00 | All Subscribers $29.00
Book at the Box Office on 6430 5850 or online.


Burnie Regional Art Gallery exhibitions:

- Earth Lines by Nathalie Hartog-Gautier: 24 October – 6 December

- Works in the permanent collection: Burnie Print Prize: 24 October – 6 December

- Reflections: 24 October –15 November
EXHIBITION OPENING Friday 23 October @ 6.00pm. Please RSVP by Wednesday 21 October to the Gallery 6430 5875


Burnie Regional Museum exhibition

I Am Beautiful

Let’s explore the journey of what it is to be ‘beautiful’ and what you have to do to get there! From corsets to cosmetics, ‘man-scaping’ to mullets, bustles to breast implants…

Celebrate 21 Subscription Seasons with Theatre North at the Princess!

Theatre North at the Princess will launch its 21st annual Subscription Season by throwing the doors open to all on Wednesday 18 November from 5:30pm.

Enjoy a complimentary drink on arrival then take your seat (perhaps for the last time!) to find out what's coming to the theatre in 2016.

Enjoy entertainment from special guest performers and farewell the old auditorium seats before their removal during the summer refurbishment.

Learn how you can give a lasting legacy by donating to our Name a Seat program.

Supper will be provided by Friends of Theatre North at the Princess. Cash bar open after the presentation.

Entry is by free ticket, available from the Princess Theatre box office from Tuesday 3 November.




The Last LARQ
Landscape as a Conversation

LARQ (Landscape Art Research Queenstown) project has come to an end. The Last LARQ held in Queenstown at the end of September was the final event in the 10-year art exhibition, international residency and print workshop program that Raymond Arnold operated with his partner Helen Demczuk. Over the decade LARQ has contributed to four Ten Days on the Island festivals - Bill Ritchie's New [Found] Land in 2007; Sue Jane Taylor's Mineworks in 2009, Raymond and Prawat Laucharoen's Temporary Residency 4 in 2013 and Richard Kenton Webb's Landscape as a Conversation this year. Raymond and Helena plan to travel and work on their own art practices, while continuing to support the development of the arts in Queenstown in other capacities. We congratulate them for their wonderful achievements, thank them for working with the festival so positively over the years, and wish them all the very best with the next phase.


What is The Unconformity?

After three iterations the award-winning Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival has been reimagined as The Unconformity: a contemporary expression of the remarkable cultural paradoxes of Queenstown, in western Tasmania.

This unusual term references the region's most significant geological asset – The Haulage Unconformity which represents a discontinuity in the local geological record – and the proud, non-conforming spirit of our west coast communities. Under the leadership of a new Artistic Directorate (Raymond Arnold, Jude Abell, Martyn Coutts and Dylan Sheridan) The Unconformity is a strategic attempt to build upon the success of previous festivals, establish a new mythology for the region and engage new culturally-aware audiences.

The Unconformity will be held in Queenstown on 14–16 October 2016 – keep an eye on www.theunconformity.com.au for more information.



The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival kicks off next week!

From Wednesday 4 to Sunday 8 November, Launceston will be THE place to catch an incredible selection of the best films from around Tasmania, Australia and the world!

You’ll see the world’s best FEATURES and DOCOS to inspire you to see the world differently. And there’s a BOFA to suit every taste.

So be sure to check out the program and ask yourself, What's YOUR BOFA?


Annie leaves her mark on Ten Days on the Island

In August, after more than 20 years in association with the company, including 18 in the role of Artistic Director, Annie Greig left Tasdance.

Under the artisic direction of Annie, Tasdance has been a staple in the Ten Days on the Island festival program since the very beginning.Treasured Island appered in the 2001 Festival and since then Tasdance has presented a work in every festival:

2001 - Treasured Island, 2003 - Fair Game, 2005 - In the Frame, 2007 - Mercy, 2009 - Island Inspired, 2011 - Artery, 2013 - Luminous Flux, ​2015 - The Body as a Riddle

Thankyou, Annie, for your contribution to dance, to Tasmania and to Ten Days on the Island. 

This month, Felicity Bott, commenced as the new Artistic Director for Tasdance.   


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