Ten Days on the Island – March 15-24

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Celebrate "island culture" at Tasmania's International Arts Festival, Ten Days on the Island, with music, art, theatre, film, dance, literature and more from March 15 to 24, 2013.

Ten Days on the Island cements its place as Australia's only statewide international arts festival, exhibiting work from international, national and local artists.

The festival has grown since its inception in 2001, to hold 232 events in 62 locations across Tasmania in its sixth outing.

Soak up the rich cultural atmosphere, with a number of free events on offer including the International Film Festival for Kids, Little Big Shots, Circa's show 21 Circus Acts in 20 minutes, dance film Sue Healey's Virtuosi and the art exhibition of Raymond Arnold's Unique States.

For the first time in the festival's history, the "entire package" of the international arts festival is spreading right across the state, making appearances in the capital Hobart, then stopping off at Burnie, Swansea, St Helens, Queenstown, Launceston, Huonville, Campbell Town, Deloraine, and Devonport and Latrobe.

Music aficionados can check out performances from artists such as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, A Filetta, Sprag Session, Grace Barbee, Dougie MacLean, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and more!

Put on your best dancing shoes to move and groove along to the "urban carnival" 360 Allstars, featuring beatboxing, breakdancing, basketball freestyling, BMX flatlining and exhibition drumming – this sounds like a perfect event for the teens!

A festival must-see is Shadow Dreams, an ingenious collaboration between digital puppet specialists Terrapin Puppet Theatre and the TSO, which sees traditional storytelling blended with digital communication.

The family show is staged simultaneously in two theatres which are hundreds of kilometres apart and connected through broadband technology to stream vision and live orchestral music between the venues in real time.

Shadow Dreams is about Dale, a Tasmanian Aboriginal boy living in the bush, and Pete who stays in urban Hobart, with both waking up having had each other's dreams, "shadow dreams of a place not their own".

TenDays event collage

TenDays event  Mary Contrary Helen Gadsby

TenDays event Ockhams Razor

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