Blogger in Chief

Generally speaking, Tim Cox talks.

But sometimes this radio stalwart lets his fingers do the talking.

Tim is an award-winning radio veteran who’s never hidden his love for music, performing, visual arts and rugby (but that’s a story for another festival) so it makes perfect sense that he premieres this year as Ten Days on the Island’s Blogger in Chief.

Not that this is Tim’s first Ten Days outing. He has been involved in several festival events and was even in the audience for the first performance of ‘Alone It Stands’ – a play about rugby! – at the very first Ten Days on the Island in 2001.

With a handpicked itinerary of festival goodies ahead, look for Tim’s take on some of Ten Days’ hottest ticket items – and maybe that one you haven’t yet heard about.




Portraits in Motion a moving finale

Is Volker Gerling’s Portraits in Motion art or performance? Or something else again? The premise is simple: Gerling sets off on foot each European summer – without money in his pocket – and comes away with people’s stories, which he tells through a very old medium: the photographic flipbook. Simple. But so bold… I mean, […]

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Terrapin mixes it up in island delight

It hadn’t really occurred to me until taking my seat in the Peacock Theatre, that my festival choices so far have been fairly adult. And in some cases very adult. So what a pleasure it was to be able to enjoy Terrapin’s You and Me and the Space Between with children from quite tiny all the […]

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Babel boggles

To detail what happens inside Babel is to spoil the surprise. And it’s been the greatest, most intriguing surprise of the festival, so I don’t want to ruin it for you. The white lab coats in the photo are worn by a  dozen or so performers/participants and when they wear them you probably won’t understand what they’re saying. Oh, […]

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The God That Comes goes off

I cannot tell how much I have feared this moment. For this is the moment when I have to try to describe something that is, frankly – and deliciously, indescribable. So. Hawksley Workman is a Canadian performer and his show is a wild, lusty swing at the the forces of conservatism. Kind of. He is […]

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The Paris Combo quandary

I can’t be the only person to head home from one of Paris Combo’s Tasmanian shows, surprised to come away not smelling of Gauloises or Gitanes. Paris Combo brings a global reputation and an ethnically rich valise full of influences – gypsy, Middle Eastern and Latino – that is as accomplished as it is irresistible. […]

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Gardens of delight with Frida & Derek

Who’d be an impresario, hey? One week of a festival your cast is sweating it out on very warm late summer evenings, the next week it’s distinctly milder early autumn and you’re hoping your decision to stage your new show outdoors is paying off. You can stop hoping, Robert Jarman: you’ve done it (of course). […]

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Food for thought in diverse exhibition

I think a lot about food. Yes, and when you look at me you think ‘and that’s not all you’re doing, fella’ and you’re right on that front. But what do you get when academics and artists are given the same brief for a contemplation of food? You get a thoroughly absorbing and pretty freewheeling exhibition, […]

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Neopolitan delights with strings attached

There’s always a lot of talk, as the days shorten, about the season ahead; ins and outs, prospects to watch. But here’s a tip for you: get along to experience Van Diemen’s Band before too long and you’ll be able to say you had them marked down early for great things. Van Diemen’s Band (VDB) […]

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Islands a Speculation – an appreciation

There is a great deal to like about Islands – a Speculation. Cleverly utilising the excellent space of QVMAG’s main gallery at Inveresk, this immersive show that draws links between island cultures is a contemplative treat. Islands plays on the connections between Tasmania and New Caledonia which, despite being almost 3,000 kilometres apart, have both withstood […]

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