The Ten Days on the Island festival will hit our shores in March, taking the arts and artists to far-flung areas of the state. Here is our selection of five of the best events:
16-19 March, Theatre Royal, Hobart
This frank look at life in Tasmania was written by local Aboriginal playwright Nathan Maynard, who has been endorsed by elders to share the stories of his community. Maynard's first playwright work, it was commissioned under the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc. with the support of Ten Days. It is being performed in the state for the first time at the festival, and is described by Ten Days artistic director David Malacari as a 'kitchen sink comedy/drama'.
17 March, Port Arthur; 18 March, Bay of Fires; 19 March, Bakers Beach; 21 March, Stanley; 22 March, Sheffield; 24 March, Strahan; 25 March, Lake St Clair; 26 March, Birchs Bay
Amazing feats of balance, skill and focus form the basis for Dutch artist Nick Steur's work, in which he balances odd-shaped rocks on top of one another to create an opportunity for the audience to stop still in their everyday lives and marvel at the wonders of nature. Set in picturesque locations around the state, each show is made unique dependent on the environment, the audience and the weather.
21 March, Princess Theatre, Launceston 24 and 25 March, Theatre Royal, Hobart
Brought to the state specifically for the Ten Days festival, this will be its biggest international show yet. The Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre brings to life the famous Chinese myth of a young man who fell in love with a beautiful woman until her true identity was revealed – she was a magical white snake. This traditional Chinese performance has been transformed to also speak to western audiences and is an ideal family show.
Acoustic Life of Sheds
18-19 March and 25-26 March at Wynyard, Flowerdale, Sisters Beach, Boat Harbour and Table Cape
A popular event at the last Ten Days festival two years ago (pictured), this musical project by big hART has been expanded, taking in sheds along the North-West Coast of the state. These structures dot the landscape, often left unused and gathering dust – a mere echo of their past. Choose one location or all five to fully immerse yourself in the state's rural life.
Sites of Love and Neglect
Various events 16-26 March at Burnie, Zeehan, Brighton, Devonport, Kempton, Geilston Bay, Westbury, Kelvedon Estate and Dunalley
Curated by Jane Deeth, this project takes a look at the state's history through many varied locations – from Kelvedon Estate in the East to the old pulp mill site in Burnie, to Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Westbury and the West Coast Heritage Centre. Through telling the stories of these sites, the aim is to invoke a deeper understanding and appreciation of our natural and built heritage.
9 March – 31 May, The Wilderness Gallery, Cradle Mountain
10-12 March, floor talk by Kylie Eastley
Curated by Kylie Eastley, the Extreme exhibition speaks quietly and elegantly of lands pushed to their limits by fire, flood, neglect, isolation or proximity. The exhibition includes work from the Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery's extensive photographic collection which has been gathered from around the globe in celebration of the natural world.
Alongside them are new works by Tasmanian photographers who are constantly finding ways to collaborate with the environment and to bring distant struggles into sharp focus.
For floor talks with curator Kylie Eastley, register by email email@example.com
9 March – 1 April, PW1, Hobart
Returning for its fourth year, Spiegeltent is a true highlight of the festival, bringing something different to the Hobart waterfront. This year, the headline show Velvet brings a little bit of boogie to
the tent, taking audiences on a journey into a world of glamour and fun in what's sure to be an entertaining night. Other highlights of the line-up include laughs with Wil Anderson, Tom Ballard, Tom Gleeson, Charlie Pickering, Tommy Little and home-grown talents Hannah Gadsby and Luke McGregor.
A variety of musical delights are also on offer including performances by David Hobson and Colin Lane; Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp; Lior and Paul Grabowsky; Beccy Cole and Libby O'Donovan; and The Kransky Sisters.
For more details, ticketing and prices, visit tendays.org.au
This story originally appeared in Journeys magazine. To read more, visit www.ract.com.au/journeys-magazine