Ten Days on the Island, Tasmania’s international arts festival, (Ten Days) is Australia’s only, state-wide, international arts festival and Tasmania’s premier cultural event. Since its inception in 2001, the festival has presented the work of an outstanding range of international, national and Tasmanian artists whose work celebrates global island culture. The festival has been presented to audiences in every corner of Tasmania, impacting the lives of almost one million people over the six festivals held to date.
Ten Days presents a multi-art form programme of free and ticketed events across Tasmania. A biennial event, the festival is a platform for the promotion of Tasmanian artists who are presented within an international programme featuring other island cultures and/or artists whose work explores island themes.
Ten Days 2013 programme features activities including theatre, dance, music, visual arts, literature, film and food events and will deliver a multitude of accessible, as well as specialised, arts and cultural experiences to people of all ages.
The festival has steadily grown over the last 12 years and in 2011, the 6th edition, 232 events were presented in 111 venues, in 62 locations across Tasmania. New Artistic Director, Jo Duffy continues to explore the creative theme of Ten Days within her programming for the 2013 festival, celebrating the best of island cultures often expressed through the arts, the people, the culinary culture, innovation and natural heritage. Ten Days 2013 will bring multiple events to Ten Festival Towns state-wide which gives Tasmanians and visitors ten international arts festivals to choose from in ten days – a great reason to enjoy all regions of Tasmania as well as a soakings up the festival atmosphere.
Following is a video featuring the Artistic Director, Jo Duffy, talking about some of the key performances.