Proving there’s more to Tasmania’s art scene than Mona, the state-wide festival Ten Days on the Island returns for its 10th edition in March. And this time around, the biennial event has a whole new format: across three separate weekends, three different regions will each get a turn in the spotlight.
Each district has its own, specially tailored program that relates to its particular location and culture, explains the festival’s artistic director, Lindy Hume, who describes the event as “an epic and immersive Tasmanian adventure”.
The island’s north-west – encompassing Burnie, Devonport, Wynyard and Cradle Mountain – hosts the opening weekend, which coincides with International Women’s Day on 8 March. The festivities include a dawn gathering, a tribute to the area’s women, and documentary screenings by Women of The Island.
Launceston and the north-east are showcased from March 15 to 17, with an emphasis on family-friendly theatre.
For the third and final weekend, the festival travels south to capital city Hobart, where the Tasmanian Theatre Company will launch its latest production, The Mares (cast pictured above), penned by award-winning playwright Kate Mulvaney and directed by Leticia Cáceres.
All up, the festival comprises 89 performances and 74 days’ worth of exhibitions.
“Ten Days 2019 includes some of the best of Tasmanian, Australian and international creativity,” says Hume. “Whether you’re into contemporary circus, epic theatre, exquisite dance, world music, Baroque opera or family-friendly entertainment there truly is something for everyone.”
For more information go to Ten Days on the Island