Ten Days on the Island Facing North

Monday, 06 March 2017

Burnie Arts and Function Centre is a major venue hub for the 2017 Ten Days On The Island Festival and will showcase a variety of performances from around Tasmania and around the world.

On Sunday 12 March, at 5.00 pm, Facing North, an ambitious community project takes the character, people, history and landscapes of the Cradle Coast and turns them into music. Under the tutelage of exceptional Tasmanian composer songwriter Dean Stevenson, over 100 local musicians bring their skills to the musical narrative, starting in the Burnie Regional Art Gallery, through the venue, and culminating in a performance in the Town Hall.

Dean composed the work whilst an artist-in-residence in the stirring surrounds of the Cradle Coast. Over many months he has been working with musicians and choristers of all ages and abilities from local schools, bands, orchestras and choirs, all of whom have embraced the opportunity and the process.

In 2015 and 2016, Dean was awarded a residency in the North West of Tasmania by the Cradle Coast Campus. He was the first musician/composer and performing artist to be awarded this residency which was an honour in itself, but the real treat was in the music of the region he spent a month living in.

Dean’s idea, in the beginning, was to write music to be recorded by the people of the North West that could become part of an installation within the Cradle Coast Campus that the local musicians could be proud of. A music that could tell a North West story, or at least be inspired by a north western perspective. When he began this journey, he had no idea just how big the community music participation of the North West was and to what extent they would embrace this project and feed into it.

This flagship community performance is proof that in a region where high caliber touring music is limited, the locals can make it themselves, on a grand scale.

Dean Stevenson is one of Tasmania's highest profile singer/songwriters with a performance career spanning many years. Although he has toured Australia extensively with various shows and has supported artists such as Marcia Hines, Jeff Martin, Lior and Stephen Cummings, he now chooses to live and play in Tasmania.

Dean was invited to Camp MMW in New York in 2009 and sat on the board for Arts Tasmania in 2009-2010. He has released two major albums: In Time (2006) and Arco Set (2011). Dean has taught Voice, Ensemble, Performance, and Music Business Practices at the Conservatorium since 2006.

Dean has a Master of Music from the University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music.

For ticket information, to become a subscriber or to donate to Open House please contact the Box Office on 6430 5850 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) or visit www.burniearts.net

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: jphillips@burnie.net