Get ready for Ten Days on the Island

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Last year Lonely Planet named Hobart one of the top 10 cities to visit for 2013 on the back of the overwhelming success of MONA and Tasmania’s growing arts culture. March 2013 will further enhance Tasmania’s arts reputation with the seventh biennial Ten Days on the Island. The festival showcases local, national and international talent across various artistic forms and engages audiences throughout the State. It is Tasmania’s premier cultural event and over the previous six festivals has impacted the lives of almost one million people.

In 2011 Font was pleased to sponsor Ten Days and undertook much of the marketing activities of Power Plant, one of the most popular and exciting exhibitions experienced in Hobart. This sell-out UK sensation travelled to Hobart after Sydney and Hong Kong, lighting up Hobart’s Royal Botanical Gardens. A captivating sound and light piece, it transformed the gardens into a nocturnal art gallery.

Following the festival’s success in 2011, KPMG carried out an economic impact study and reported an almost ten-fold return on the initial investment of $2.5 million with almost $24.37 million in added value contributed to the Tasmanian economy, with the creation of 76 full-time equivalent jobs.

Font is proud to join the Ten Days’ partnerships family again in 2013, with the festival set to showcase over 200 events in over 40 venues around Tasmania.

Three major attractions this year this year are The Select (The Sun Also Rises),  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Shadow Dreams.  The Select (The Sun Also Rises) brings to life the novel by Ernest Hemingway by one of New York’s most electrifying contemporary theatre companies, Elevator Repair Service, which is sure to entrance audiences. Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is set to showcase why she is regarded as one of the world’s outstanding operatic singers. Accompanied by her pianist, Terrence Dennis, she will perform a variety of classic and contemporary pieces from her famed repertoire. Lastly, Shadow Dreams blends traditional storytelling with digital NBN communications to simultaneously stream live orchestral music and vision between two venues, at opposite ends of the State.

It is also important to note that for the first time, Ten Days on the Island will be supported by ongoing activities through the Beyond Ten Days program, which will further enrich the State’s art culture. Tasmanian artists, arts workers, educators and communities will seek to create mentor relationships, hold masterclasses and workshops, as well as a whole range of other activities. Most of the activities are free.

This year’s festival is set to be bigger than ever, hosting artists from the across the globe including the United Kingdom, New York, Republic of Seychelles, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Ireland, Malaysia, Thailand, Iceland, mainland Australia and of course Tasmania. The mixture of free and ticketed events makes it a family-friendly festival that can be enjoyed by all and is sure to attract enthusiastic audiences.

Ten Days on the Island runs from 15 – 24 March 2013, and all programming, venue and ticketing information is now available at

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