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The March Spiegeltent extravaganza was one of the first steps in Ten Days’ evolution process to engage with audiences all year round.

It’s now hard to imagine Tasmania without its vibrant festival and events calendar. 

Since the first Ten Days on the Island festival in 2001, Hobart and its surrounds now has a range of wonderful and exciting festivals, including Festival of Voices, Hobart Baroque, MONA FOMA and DARK MOFO plus many more. Launceston has the Junction Arts Festival and Queenstown has the Queenstown Heritage and Arts Festival, while Devonport enjoys the Devonport Jazz Festival. 

There are also a whole host of other niche arts and cultural events, galleries and museums around the state, not to mention MONA itself.  There are far too many reasons to count that make Tasmania an important cultural destination for visitors, providing wonderful arts and cultural experiences for all Tasmanians.

Ten Days paved the way for the current cultural renaissance that has done so much for Tasmania’s reputation and cultural brand, and Tasmania in particular has changed significantly in the past decade. 

Two years between festivals is a long time. The 2014 Spiegeltent in Hobart was one of the first steps for Ten Days to engage with its audiences every year. Over 16,000 people enjoyed a Spiegeltent performance in March and everyone wants to know if it’s coming back.  We can now confirm that the Spiegeltent will be once again in Hobart in 2015, and for an extended season this time.

Ten Days’ major activity will continue to be the presentation of the acclaimed, biennial, statewide international arts festival, which next takes place from 20-29 March 2015.  In addition, our flagship event will be complemented by the gradual introduction of new artistic and cultural experiences throughout the year.  All our aspirations of new events, are made with prudent and considered thought and planning to ensure they are successful and contribute to the community, as well as adding value to Tasmania’s cultural events calendar.

Plans are well underway for a reinvigorated statewide festival in March 2015, which will see the return of the Spiegeltent to the forecourt of Princes Wharf No.1 as well as the introduction of cabaret programming to thrill audiences in both Launceston and Burnie. 

As part of Ten Days’ evolution process, Gallery Ten has so far played host to two exhibitions, highlighting the outstanding creative and community outcomes that have been achieved through Ten Days’ work with artists and communities around the state. The current exhibition celebrates Ten Days’ partnership with the west coast community of Queenstown, through Landscape Art Research Queenstown (LARQ).

We have recently extended a call for artists to activate our Gallery Ten street front window, to engage passers-by in an intriguing, surprising and provocative series of experiences that can be appreciated from the street and draw people into the creative space itself.  This series of creative projects will lead-up to the main exhibition in the space as part of the festival in March.  The second in a series of four intimate seasonal concerts and dinners over 12 months, presented in partnership with Cultura Bar and Restaurant, is scheduled for Sunday, 31 August 2014.

We will also continue to work on projects with partner organisations statewide for the March festival including the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Theatre Company, Terrapin Puppet Theatre, Big hART, Tasmanian Youth Orchestra, Musica Viva Tasmania, Stompin, LARQ, QVMAG, TMAG and Tasdance.  We will also be co-presenting a project with the Junction Arts Festival in Launceston in September this year.

Ten Days continues to assist the artistic community and artistic events through free loans of equipment, which most recently have included Festival of Voices and DARK MOFO, ongoing office space in Hobart for the Theatre Council of Tasmania and upcoming event presentations by the Tasmanian Writers Centre. 

Ten Days continues to deliver economic benefits to many industry sectors in the state.  It’s an important employer, industry training provider and a key component of the Tasmanian brand and the cultural tourism sector.  A KPMG Economic Impact Statement revealed the 2013 festival injected an economic benefit to the community of some $27.25 million for an investment of just under $2.5 million – generating a return of $10 for every public dollar and supporting 87 Tasmanian jobs.

With a growing reputation for world-renowned artistic and cultural experiences and festivals, our state is a national arts leader. Let’s keep it that way.

Ten Days’ 2015 festival will not only inspire audiences across Tasmania by providing great arts experiences that Tasmanians deserve; it will continue to demonstrate the creativity and vibrancy of Tasmania’s artists to the world as well as supporting our artists and cultural sector in Tasmania. The statewide festival will take place from 20-29 March 2015, with the launch of the festival program scheduled for November, so watch this space!

Marcus Barker is the Executive Director and Producer of Ten Days.