The 10th Ten Days on the Island

An epic Tasmanian adventure gets underway this week as Ten Days on the Island sees magic happen in far flung places. The whole of the Island is the stage as local and international artists occupy barns, sheds, galleries, pubs, vineyards, lawns and gardens to enthral, inspire and entertain.

Spread across three weekends, the biennial festival gets underway on the 8th March in various venues across the Cradle Coast region on the North West; then makes a stop in Launceston and the North East before heading south to Hobart. Since its inception in 2001 the festival has become a catalyst for community engagement throughout the island.

Come and visit us at the Harvest stall this Saturday, pick up a program and one of two family passes to join the Ten Days on the Island adventure.

The original focus for Ten Days was on island themes that celebrated Tasmania as an island connected to a world of islands. More recently the international arts program has included artistic and creative works from all over the globe, celebrating Tasmania’s deep and wide connections to the world.

For 2019, Ten Days has been re-imagined. For the first time, the Festival will be spread across three weekends, giving audiences even more chance to explore the extraordinary and embrace the very best Tasmanian creativity.

In its 10th year, the Ten Days on the Island celebrates the State’s diversity as an epic adventure across exterior and interior landscapes in multiple art forms. As Jane Haley CEO says, “see the magic that happens in far flung places”. The ground-breaking spirit that pioneered a new festival model, exposed Tasmanian artists to a wider audience, brought quality international act to the state and built an arts infrastructure is still what drives Ten Days in 2019. “Get ready for a magnificent program of art packed with heart and imagination – right across Tasmania”


A few northern highlights include an adventure through the acoustic life of sheds. Join a “promenade concert spanning 60 km over four and a half hours along the Arcadian North West coast”. Over the last two festivals, sheds have become a signature event and shed veterans Lucky Oceans and Nick Haywood are joined by an expanding array of artists. For information on how to join in the five-shed tour:

Women Of The Island is a multi-award winning series of short documentaries (5-8 minutes each) celebrating the inspiring and untold stories of women who inhabit the island of Tasmania – stories as diverse, complex and interesting as the women themselves.

Now, in partnership with Ten Days on the Island, the collective has produced 10 new films exploring the experiences of extraordinary women from diverse regions of Tasmania. These uplifting films will be shared for the first time at community screenings across Tasmania during the Festival, celebrating the women themselves and their local communities.


Head to the Launceston Town Hall for The Children’s Party that eschews face painting and icy pops and instead is a rabble-rousing town hall meeting that’s all about giving children a voice. This party will “knock your socks off” promises the program.


Be enchanted with fine music and wine as Ten Days on the Island has assembled a stellar trio of singers to thrill audiences with the emotional power of baroque opera. To complement our island landscape, mezzosoprano Anna Dowsley, soprano Sara Macliver and bass-baritone Christopher Richardson will sing sublime arias and excerpts from Handel’s magical and pastoral opera in this special concert featuring Tasmania’s own chamber orchestra Van Diemen’s Band, conducted by Benjamin Bayl.

Share the Launceston night with the Gob Squad, a team of performer activists shooting an action adventure movie.

Seven extraordinary contemporary female artists from Australia, Canada and New Zealand infuse their artworks with folklore, fairy tale, ritual and magic in Dark Rituals, Magic Relics exhibition at the Academy Gallery at the University of Tasmania.

In Intimate Epics uncover truly epic human stories told in unexpected ways that encompass the big themes in history from the Trojan Wars to the exploration of Tasmania’s colonial past, bloodshed, betrayal and the spiritual mysteries of life and death.

Catch the bus with the Launceston youth dance company Stompin to Nowhere. In a unique collaboration between local writer Adam Thompson, choreographer Yolande Brown the dancers ask how well we know and care for our ancient lands and waterways.

Don’t forget to come and visit us at the Harvest stall this Saturday, pick up a program and one of two family passes to join the Ten Days on the Island adventure.