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10 Days is coming to 38 locations

Edition 180_Nicolas Molé, Grace Williams and Jamin

Next month's 10 Days on the Island festival will feature performers from 15 countries in 80 events across 38 locations in Tasmania.

The program will premiere 23 new works and provide opportunities for 56 Tasmanian artists and arts companies.

It will feature the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Terrapin Puppet Theatre and world-class companies from Asia and Europe.

The ever-popular Spiegeltent will amuse and surprise in Hobart's PW1 forecourt from 9 March to 1 April.

New Caledonian artist Nicolas Molé, Tasmanian Aboriginal artist Grace Williams and Hobart's street artist Jamin will collaborate on an ambitious installation called Islands — a Speculation.

Colonisation, indigenous culture, isolation and community sense will be the connecting themes of the installation at Inveresk, Launceston.

Molé presented a major installation at the Asia Pacific Triennial in 2015 and is enthusiastic about bringing contemporary Kanak culture to Tasmanians.

"I always say the ancestors are on my shoulders and they gave me these ideas, so it's necessary in contemporary art to speak about the past and today," he said.

"Some symbols, codes we have, it's in our blood. We live with this inside us, but we live today, so this is very important because if you're always speaking about your tradition, you finish (up being) a folklore artist."

Williams, who uses photography, film and installation, said her main aim was to uphold tradition and to put a modern twist on it.

"People are not willing to step away from tradition and that's fair enough, but I'm trying to create a new tradition," Ms Williams said.

Stencil and aerosol artist, Jamin, who curates Faux Mo's visual arts program during Mofo festivals, said islanders can be creative because they are not impacted directly by bigger, outside forces.

"What we develop, almost, has to come from within," he said.

The festival aims to shine some light on a few of the State’s hidden secrets, lost memories, forgotten histories and neglected places via a Sights of Love and Neglect project.

Artworks and installations will be on show in nine locations, including the “Pulp” building in Burnie, the West Coast Heritage Centre in Zeehan, Tiagarra in Devonport, the Kempton Oval, Shag Bay (near Geilston Bay), Meander Valley’s Catholic Church, Kelvedon Estate, on the east coast, and the Dunalley fish cannery.

Brigita Ozolins will explore the Brighton Army Camp’s history via the arrivals and departures of those who have passed through it.

Sentiment, at Launceston’s Sawtooth ARI, will see 16 local artists explore notions of sentimentality.

Amateur craftspeople on the east coast will be in the spotlight in a Nearly 50 Useful Things exhibition in St Helens.

Janet Laurence and Tega Brain will blur the lines between art, environmental science and engineering with GASP All Night at Glenorchy.

Chinese-Tasmanian painter Chen Ping will team up with Shanghai animator and French-Polish percussionists, Axoum Duo, to create an exhibition/live performance Returning Lives at the Rosny Barn.

The festival's Artistic Director, David Malacari, said: “The work our Visual Arts Co-ordinator, Jane Deeth, has done in curating a quality visual arts program throughout the State is truly astonishing.

“We are connected to a world of exciting, intense and entertaining Arts, so finding theatre, dance, music, comedy and visual arts ... wasn’t the problem.

"However, choosing from a mouth-watering list of acts was."

The full program can be downloaded from tendays.org.au and is also available from Ten Days ticketing outlets.

Footnote: Noted New Zealand singer-songwriter Neil Finn will perform a solo show at Skyfields, near Sheffield, on 11 March. Meg Mac, William Crighton, Claire Ann Taylor, The Elliotts and Real Cool Traders will also be on the Skyfields 2017 program.

Image courtesy of 10 Days on the Island

8 February 2017, Edition 180

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Facts about Tasmania

Tasmania

Tasmania is the southernmost state of Australia, located at latitude 40° south and longitude 144° east and separated from the continent by Bass Strait. It is a group of 334 islands, with the main island being 315 km (180 miles) from west to east and 286 km (175 miles) north to south.

Tasmania

Tasmanians are resourceful and innovative people, committed to a continually expanding export sector. In 2012-13, international exports from the state totalled $3.04 billion. USA, China, Taiwan, India, Japan and other Asian countries account for the bulk of exports, with goods and services also exported to Europe and many other regions.

Geography

Tasmania is similar in size to the Republic of Ireland or Sri Lanka. The Tasmanian islands have a combined coastline of more than 3,000 km.

Geography

The main island has a land area of 62,409 sq km (24,096 sq miles) and the minor islands, taken together, total only 6 per cent of the main island's land area. The biggest islands are Flinders (1,374 sq km/539 sq miles), King, Cape Barren, Bruny and Macquarie Islands.

Geography

About 250km (150 miles) separates Tasmania’s main island from continental Australia. The Kent Group of Islands, one of the most northerly parts of the state, is only 55km (34 miles) from the coast of the Australian continent.

Climate

Twice named 'Best Temperate Island in the World' by international travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler, Tasmania has a mild, temperate maritime climate, with four distinct seasons.

Climate

In summer (December to February) the average maximum temperature is 21° Celsius (70° Fahrenheit). In winter (June to August) the average maximum is 12° C (52° F) and the average minimum is 4° C (40° F). Snow often falls in the highlands, but is rarely experienced in more settled areas.

Annual Rainfall

Tasmania’s west coast is one of the wettest places in the world, but the eastern part of the State lives in a rain-shadow. Hobart, the second-driest capital city in Australia, receives about half as much rain as Sydney.

Annual Rainfall

Annual rainfall in the west is 2,400 mm (95 inches), but hardy locals insist there is no such thing as bad weather, only inadequate clothing. If you travel 120 km east to Hobart, you experience a much drier average of 626 mm (24 inches) a year.

Population

The 512,875-strong community spreads itself across the land; less urbanised than the population of any other Australian state. Hobart, the capital city, is home to more than 212,000 people.

Capital City

Hobart nestles at the foot of Mt Wellington (1,270 m / 4,000 ft) and overlooks the Derwent Estuary, where pods of dolphins and migrating whales are sometimes seen from nearby beaches. Surrounded by thickly forested rolling hills, the city is home to the state parliament and the main campus of the University of Tasmania.

Capital City

Its historic centre features Georgian and Regency buildings from colonial times. Hobart is home port for coastal fishing boats, Antarctic expeditions and vessels that fish the Southern Ocean.

Land Formation

Mountain ranges in the south-west date back 1,000 million years. Ancient sediments were deeply buried, folded and heated under enormous pressure to form schists and glistening white quartzites.

Land Formation

In the south-west and central highlands, dolerite caps many mountains, including Precipitous Bluff and Tasmania's highest peak, Mt Ossa (1617 m / 5300 ft). More than 42 per cent of Tasmania is World Heritage Area, national park and marine or forest reserves.

Flora

Vegetation is diverse, from alpine heathlands and tall open eucalypt forests to areas of temperate rainforests and moorlands, known as buttongrass plains. Many plants are unique to Tasmania and the ancestors of some species grew on the ancient super-continent, Gondwana, before it broke up 50 million years ago.

Flora

Unique native conifers include slow-growing Huon pines, with one specimen on Mt Read estimated to be up to 10,000 years old. Lomatia tasmanica, commonly known as King's holly, is a self-cloning shrub that may well be the oldest living organism on earth. It was discovered in 1937.

Fauna

Tasmania is the last refuge of several mammals that once roamed the Australian continent. It is the only place to see a Tasmanian devil or eastern quoll (native cat) in the wild and is the best place to see the spotted-tailed quoll (tiger cat), all carnivorous marsupials.

Fauna

The eastern bettong and the Tasmanian pademelon, both now extinct on the Australian continent, may also be observed.

Fauna

The Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, was Australia's largest surviving carnivorous marsupial and is a modern day mystery. The last documented thylacine died in captivity in 1936 and although the animal is considered extinct, unsubstantiated sightings persist.

History and Heritage

Aboriginal people have lived in Tasmania for about 35,000 years, since well before the last Ice Age. They were isolated from the Australian continent about 12,000 years ago, when the seas rose to flood low coastal plains and form Bass Strait.

History and Heritage

Descendants of the original people are part of modern Tasmania's predominantly Anglo-Celtic population.

History and Heritage

Tasmania was originally named Van Dieman’s Land by the Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman in 1642. The island was settled by the British as a penal colony in 1803 and the original name was associated with the convict era. It was changed to Tasmania when convict transportation stopped in 1853.

Economy

A resourceful island culture has generated leading-edge niche industries, from production of high-speed catamaran ferries and marine equipment to lightning-protection technology.

Economy

Tasmanians produce winches and windlasses for some of the world's biggest ocean-going pleasure craft; large-scale inflatable evacuation systems and provide specialist outfit-accommodation services to the marine industry.

Economy

The Wooden Boat Centre at Shipwrights Point has re-established the skills and traditions of another age and attracts students from around the world.

Economy

Tasmania is a world leader in natural turf systems for major sporting arenas and in areas of mining technology and environmental management. Its aquaculture industry has developed ground-breaking fish-feeding technology and new packaging.

Economy

Tasmanians sell communications equipment to many navies and their world-class fine timber designers and craftsmen take orders internationally for furniture made from distinctive local timber.

Economy

The state is a natural larder with clean air, unpolluted water and rich soils inviting the production of 100 varieties of specialty cheeses, as well as other dairy products, mouth-watering rock lobsters, oysters, scallops and abalone, Atlantic salmon, beef, premium beers, leatherwood honey, mineral waters, fine chocolates, fresh berry fruits, apples and crisp vegetables.

Economy

Tasmania is a producer of award-winning cool-climate wines, beers, ciders and whiskies. Other export products include essential oils such as lavender, pharmaceutical products and premium wool sought after in Europe and Asia. Hobart is a vital gateway to the Antarctic and a centre for Southern Ocean and polar research.

Economy

The industries in Tasmania which made the greatest contribution to the state's gross product in 2010-11 in volume terms were: Manufacturing (9.4%), Health care and social assistance (8.2%), Financial and insurance services (7.2%), Ownership of dwellings and Agriculture, forestry and fishing (each 7.1%).

Getting to Tasmania

Travel is easy, whether by air from Sydney or Melbourne, or by sea, with daily sailings of the twin ferries Spirit of Tasmania 1 and 2 each way between Melbourne and Devonport throughout the year.

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