The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra acknowledges the traditional owners and continuing custodians of lutruwita / Tasmania. We pay respect to the Aboriginal community today, and to its Elders past and present. We recognise a history of truth, which acknowledges the impacts of colonisation upon Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and stand for a future that profoundly respects their stories, culture, language and history.
As a Tasmanian cultural icon, the TSO is committed to adopting a leadership position in the process of state and national reconciliation. We believe our commitment to reconciliation must be authentic and wholehearted, and we are committed to fostering respect, trust, and learning from all First Nations peoples, particularly the palawa-pakana peoples of lutruwita / Tasmania.
Launched in August 2022, our Reconciliation Action Plan is one component of TSOs contribution to reconciliation. It is a symbol of our willingness to be of service, to acknowledge that our contribution to the music of our place is less than the blink of an eye in the 40,000+-year continuum of Tasmanian Aboriginal culture, and to provide an invitation to share the truth of our history and hope for the future in stories told through music.
Discover more about the TSO's commitment to reconciliation, led by our Board, CEO Caroline Sharpen, and our Reconciliation Working Group, by reading our Reconciliation Action Plan below.