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Event Ten Days on the Island
Date(s) Friday 28th March 2003
Saturday 29th March 2003
Sunday 30th March 2003
Monday 31st March 2003
Tuesday 1st April 2003
Wednesday 2nd April 2003
Thursday 3rd April 2003
Friday 4th April 2003
Saturday 5th April 2003
Sunday 6th April 2003
Organiser Tasmania State Government
Ten Days on the Island is a unique cultural festival in a unique place in the world. Its inaugural edition in 2001 drew international attention to the beautiful archipelago of Tasmania, and the mix of local arts with the arts and ideas of islands throughout the world assured an immediately devoted and passionate audience.


Ten Days on the Island is an international celebration of island culture presenting dance, theatre, music, opera, film, literature, exhibitions and installations, inspiring discussions, gastronomic feasts and much more - all set against the spectacular backdrop of Tasmania.


Welcome Message from the Premier of Tasmania


Jim Bacon, MHA


Friday, 21 March 2003  re; Ten Days on the Island



One Week Today to Ten Days 2003


Premier Jim Bacon today urged people who haven’t yet bought tickets for Ten Days on the Island to do so quickly as the celebration of island culture opens one week from today on Friday 28 March.



Nearly 1000 artists and community participants from across Tasmania, interstate and overseas, are on the final countdown for a packed Ten Days on the Island program featuring 250 theatre, dance, circus, puppetry, visual arts, literature, opera, music, talks, free outdoor performances and food events staged in 38 locations around the island, said Premier Jim Bacon today.



From Monday 24 March international artists will begin arriving from islands and great island cities from all corners of the world, including the Faroe Islands, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Réunion Island, Cuba, Sicily, New Zealand, Staten Island and Venice.



Among the early arrivals will be the brilliant visual artist, Horta Van Hoye, whose acclaimed Stories of Faces travels to regional centres across Tasmania in a series of public shows and sold-out performances for school children across the island.



Her first public appearance, at Adventure Bay Hall at Bruny Island at 4pm on Friday 28 March, officially kicks of the Ten Days 2003 performing arts program.



New Yorker, Dan Hurlin also arrives in Hobart early next week in preparation for his acclaimed production, The Heart of the Andes, opening at the Peacock Theatre on Friday 28 March at 6:30pm.



Joining him will be Guy Klucevsek, the virtuosic piano accordionist who hits the road on a solo performance tour of regional Tasmania after the five-performance season of The Heart of the Andes concludes on Monday 31 March.



At Campbell Town the circus has already come to town. At the War Memorial Oval, Midlands Highway, the magnificent 1400-seat Circus Oz Big Top is up and standing by for the thousands of patrons who have already secured tickets to see the latest spectacular production by one of Australia_s most talented companies.



In Havana, Cuba, the fabulous, funky Los Tres de la Habana, are packing their bags and their instruments ready for their long journey via Panama, Beunos Aires, Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne to Tasmania, where they will take centre stage at free Ten Days on the Island Opening Night Parties at Salamanca Square, Hobart on Friday 28 March from 9:30pm and at the Inveresk Railyards Courtyard in Launceston on Saturday 29 March from 7pm.



And in rehearsal spaces across the state, after six months_ preparation, more than 400 Tasmanians are in last-minute rehearsals for the extraordinary Choral Island event on Sunday 30 March which will see dozens of community choirs and music groups perform in and around the buildings and ruins of the sublimely beautiful Port Arthur Historic Site, Mr Bacon said.


True to their origin and evolution, these 10 days are again filled with the beauty and bravery of artists from islands all over the world_, Artistic Adviser, Robyn Archer said. _I urge everyone to join in this uniquely Tasmanian celebration of the arts and experience the amazing array of talent being presented across this wonderful island throughout Ten Days on the Island 2003.


For more information or to arrange interviews or obtain images please

contact: Sue Couttie Publicist, Ten Days on the Island, phone 03 62 33 5700 or 0419 522 064 Email Sue Couttie:




  Further information: Tasmanian Government Communications Office

Phone: (03) 6233 6573 


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