Introducing the Tasmanian International Arts Festival

23 September 2014 News

Ten Days is proud to announce the new name for our biennial state-wide arts festival as the Tasmanian International Arts Festival. 

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Artistic Director David Malacari says the festival’s new title recognises the evolution of Ten Days within Tasmania’s cultural landscape and is about firmly placing Tasmania at the centre of the arts world.

David spoke in detail with Louise Saunders of 936 ABC Hobart yesterday and discussed the new festival name and how Ten Days is continuing. You can listen here.Speaking to Arts Hub, David said ‘The thing about the old name, and it was a lovely name, and it was a lovely concept, but it doesn’t say what we do and it doesn’t say where we are …Tasmanian International Arts Festivalsays what we do very clearly, and it says where we are.’One impetus for the change of festival name was to reflect the broader scope in programming that Ten Days now applies, as we step away from the ‘island cultures’ focus of past festival programs. Artists no longer need to come from an island to have their work included in the festival, which means we are free to program the most innovative and exciting art works from across the world to share with audiences around Tasmania.This doesn’t mean that we will discard our island heritage – Tasmania is a fiercely proud island state with a diverse population and we strive to bring artists to the island whose works resonate with our culture and lifestyle. We want Tasmanians to share in and experience artworks of quality and innovation, wherever they may hail from.

The image we have chosen to represent the Tasmanian International Arts festival 2015 draws on this ethos and on Tasmania’s growing reputation as a global cultural destination. The vivid image, designed by Clemenger Tasmania, places Tasmania firmly at the artistic hub of the world.The image depicts Tasmania’s connection to other nations via seafaring trade routes and an imaginative geographical placement inspired by the connections they make. And hey, why shouldn’t Tasmania be at the centre of the world?Since the first festival in 2001, Ten Days has led Tasmania’s creative sector with inventive programming across the state. The 2015 Tasmanian International Arts Festival will be no exception.The Tasmanian International Arts Festival will be presented state-wide 20-29 March 2015 by Ten Days, and continue to offer Tasmanian audiences wonderful arts experiences which will now be drawn from the homelands of all of its communities.

We are putting the final touches on the dynamic and exciting artistic program for the Tasmanian International Arts Festival and look forward to sharing it with you when it is released on 12 November 2014.

Tasmanian International Arts Festival, 20-29 March 2015. Full program announced 12 November 2014.

Spiegeltent Hobart, 6-29 March 2015. Full program announced 10 December 2014.

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