Previous FestivalsTen Days was the brainchild of former State Premier Jim Bacon, whose determination and enthusiasm for Tasmania, its cultural identity and its potential to host a dynamic new event with the creative exploration of island cultures at its heart, saw the inaugural event in 2001.
With Artistic Director Robyn Archer at the helm, the first Ten Days established itself as the State’s premier cultural event, presenting a programme of events which were both a critical and a commercial success.
Elizabeth Walsh took over the reins as Artistic Director in 2007 and has nurtured the growth and creative development of an event with 100,000 participants in its first year, to double that number in 2009. Over the last five festivals, Ten Days has presented both world and Australian premieres and some of the most fondly-remembered events include Ballads (CoisCeim Dance Theatre, Ireland,2001), French Masters From The Musee Leon Direx (2005), Choral Island (2003), Dublin By Lamplight (The Corn Exchange, Ireland 2007), No2 featuring Madeleine Sami (2001), Andrew Lawrence-King’s Ancient Songs From a Small Island (2005) and Metamorphosis (Theatre Vesturport and Lyric Hammersmith 2009).
You can explore each Ten Days on the Island from 2001 through to 2009 by downloading the brochures below.
(Please note, each pdf is large and may take some time to download - If you would prefer to be sent a brochure via post, please contact us)
Ten Days 2001 Brochure (55185 KB)
Ten Days 2003 Brochure (60917 KB)
Ten Days 2005 Brochure (74639 KB)
Ten Days 2007 Brochure (56398 KB)
Ten Days 2009 Brochure (34102 KB)