A Storm is Brewing: Dark Mofo 2016 Dates Announced


“They sicken of the calm who know the storm.” Dorothy Parker, Sunset Gun: Poems.

Organisers have released the dates for the 2016 Dark Mofo Festival. The announcement coincides with the news that Dark Mofo has secured a one-year funding agreement with the State Government.

Tasmania’s winter solstice festival Dark Mofo will run from June 10-21, 2016.

Events will take place across Hobart’s waterfront from Salamanca Place to the industrial art playground ‘Dark Park’ at Macquarie Point. The popular City of Hobart Dark Mofo Winter Feast will take place at Princes Wharf 1 from June 15-19, and the annual Nude Solstice Swim will embolden hundreds of brave pilgrims to bare all to the rising sun after the longest night, on Tuesday 21 June at 7.42am (to be precise).

“The cultural and creative industries are extremely important economically, but maybe above all, they make Tasmania a great place to live and work; they enrich our lives, challenge us and ultimately define who we are. We are very honoured with how the community has embraced this festival, and we are striving for it to become a hallmark in the Australian cultural calendar.”

– Leigh Carmichael, Creative Director, Dark Mofo

Blacklist, 2015 Photo credit: MONA/Phil Kitt Image Courtesy of Dark Mofo

Dark Mofo has grown exponentially in three years, experiencing 270,000 attendances at events across 10 nights last year, including large-scale public artworks across different festival precincts in the city, a Dark Mofo Films program, a music program ranging from electronica and drone to orchestral art-pop (buzz word!), a modern-day bacchanalia (otherwise known as nightclub), plus exhibitions, installations, and concerts in and around Hobart.

Dark Mofo highlights in the past three years have included Antony and the Johnsons with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Ryoji Ikeda, The Bronx, Diamanda Galás, Sunn O))), Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Patricia Piccinini, David Lynch presents Chrysta Bell, Yin Xiuzhen, Martha Wainwright, Marco Fusinato, Anish Kapoor, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Alfredo Jaar, and many more.

Dark Mofo is a project of the Museum of Old and New Art, supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania, and the City of Hobart.

The Dark Mofo 2016 program will be announced in April.

View the 2014 wrap up here:

Dark Mofo 

June 10-21, 2016

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Pictured at top: 

City of Hobart Dark Mofo Winter Feast entrance, PW1 2014 Photo Credit: MONA/Rémi Chauvin Image Courtesy MONA Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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