Tasmania is best known for the renowned Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and the Salamanca Markets, but have you heard of Dark Mofo?
Each year, MONA runs a winter festival like no other across Hobart. When we say like no other, we mean it… This festival explores spirituality and mythology, darkness and light, and death and renewal – definitely not for the faint-hearted. This year, Dark Mofo will be running from the 15th – 24th of June. If you’ve never headed down south, this could be the perfect opportunity for you to book a flight and head to Tassie! With so many brilliant activities in the program (think night-time art installations, dark and light themed musical acts and spur-of-the-moment theatre), we’ve put together a list to our top to-do’s to help you out!
Nude Solstice Swim
At sunrise, following the longest night of the year, dive into the River Derwent to welcome back the light during the Nude Solstice Swim. The swim may seem like an outrageous activity, way outside of anyone’s comfort zone, but in fact, hundreds join in every year with its popularity even leading to a towel shortage last year. I mean, it does sound like an incredibly freeing experience, doesn’t it? Standing amongst a huge group of people, running out into the cold water, all equally as brave and free of any inhibitions …
The Nude Solstice Swim will take place at 7:42am on Friday, 22 June 2018 at Long Beach, Sandy Bay. Register here: https://darkmofo.net.au/nude-solstice-swim-registration/.
Dark Mofo + City of Hobart Winter Feast
Tassie is known for its local gourmet produce, and The Dark Mofo Winter Feast is the perfect display of the region’s most famous delicacies! With an astounding array of food stalls, dining halls are packed with rows of tables to bring herds of people together in the most communal way possible – with food! And lots of it! Central to the Feast is the Palawa Fire Pit, a glowing, charcoal-filled fire pit where, this year, Huon Valley chefs, Asher Flding and Franza Zingler will be hosting an intimate fireside gathering, sharing stores and showcasing the best of the local seafood produce.
The Dark Mofo + City of Hobart Winter Feast will take place between Friday 15 – Sunday 17 June and Thursday 21 - Sunday 24 June at Princes Wharf 1, Hobart 7000. Tickets available here: https://darkmofo.net.au/program/dark-mofo-plus-city-of-hobart-winter-feast/.
There’s no such thing as an amazing festival without some great tunes, and the line up at Dark Mofo this year is on point! Some of favourite acts that will be performing during the week include St Vincent, Jagwar Ma and Laura Jean. Make sure to listen of some of their tracks before the festival!
Full program available here: https://darkmofo.net.au/program/.
Being organised by MONA, this festival would not be complete without some breathtakingly extravagant art installations. At Macquarie Point on Hobart’s docks, Dark Park is a public art playground that will be a creative wonderland for all you art nerds! We’re not talking about any ordinary art installation though, there’s sure to be an ocean of theatrics, including lasers and fire! Highlights include Infinite Corpse by Terrapin Puppet Theatre where based on the surrealist drawing game “Exquisite Corpse”, the public will be invited to collective create an ever-changing monster displayed on a huge tower of LCD screens and Hello Darkness by Daniel Boyd, a body of multimedia work that smashes the racist lens of Australian history.
Dark Park will be on display 5 – 10pm, Friday 9 June – Sunday 11 June and Thursday 15 June – Sunday 18 June at Macquarie Point (8a Evans St, Hobart 7000)