Celebrating a unique identity & diverse Island home

Posted 14 February 2019

Celebrating a unique identity & diverse Island home

10 Days on the Island Festival 2019

8th March – 30th March

A statewide arts festival, with something for everyone. Come together and celebrate our shared community. Welcoming creativity, a confident celebration of our unique identity and our diverse island home. 

Hundreds of hectares of Tasmania’s once pristine world heritage wilderness were recently consumed by bush fires. Sparked by summer lightning, the fires blazed through temperate rainforest and across alpine peat rendered tinder dry by hot weather linked to climate changeMany Tasmanian’s still remain on high alert.

Lindy Hume; (Artistic Director of Tasmania’s arts festival; Ten Days on the Island), is no stranger to bush fires. Fires ravaged her home town of Tathra on the south coast of NSW in 2018, destroying 70 homes, 15 in her street alone.

‘In terms of healing and in terms of moving forward, one of the most important functions of a festival is providing a gathering place – a place to bring people together, to share experiences and to celebrate a shared humanity,’ she said.

‘There is no way of unseeing what you see in a fire zone, and you feel instant compassion for anyone in a fire if you’ve been through one yourself,’ she reflected.

Some of the more confrontational events in the festival program may assist Tasmanian’s in coming to terms with trauma and loss – whether from recent events, or the bloody, violent past.

Hume’s program for Ten Days on the Island explores ideas of community, connection and togetherness.

Courtesy; 10days Website

‘The idea of neighbourhood, of community, of being together and sharing those experiences, sharing adventures,  sharing the conversation – those sorts of messages are unmistakable and they pulse through the festival,’ Hume said.

Adventures across the heartlands

The festival obtains a participatory program; with Shorewell Presents hosting a big dinner for residents to discuss what it is to live in Burnie. Acoustic Life of Sheds bringing conversation to the farming community in the north-west, and the opening event on the beach in Devenport is another big community event using local artists and singers and drummers and dancers and acrobats to celebrate the morning and the opening of the festival.

In the south of Tasmania; there will be a rich program with a lot of music and a new play by Kate Mulvany all featuring very humanistic themes.

The festival presents extraordinary opportunities for performers and artists who are up for an environment and site-based challenge, becoming more connected and engaging the community. Everything about the festival has the sense of starting a discussion about what it is to be human now, in our time and our place as Hume discusses.

Lindy Hume; (Artistic Director of Tasmania’s arts festival; Ten Days on the Island)

Sourced from ArtsHub; Article Art as a balm for the island state; Richard Watts

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