‘Dark MOFO’ festival lined up for winter

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It can be a long wait for Hobart's celebrated MONA FOMA event to roll around each year in January, but festival fans will have something else to look forward to in the coming winter!

Dark MOFO is a new festival coming to Tasmania in June, warming up the winter months with music, markets and other exciting cultural activities.

In January, Hobart's annual MONA FOMA takes place, drawing both local and international visitors to view a variety of performers and discuss collective music tastes – with the festival a stand-out on the Tasmanian event calendar.

A myriad of talent will be heading to next year's event including David Byrne & St. Vincent, Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman, Dirty Projectors, Pretty Lights and more.
The Dark MOFO may come to be the next major winter event, following the success of MONA FOMA, with the festival beginning on June 18.

A "large-scale" fire and light event at Salamanca will kick off Dark MOFO celebrations with a night market also to be present at Princes Wharf 1.

Dark MOFO's creative director Leigh Carmichael spoke to the Mercury about how the festival will shake up winter on the island.

"Hobart has the longest night of any capital city, we're referring to it as the Darkest Night, and it's something unique among Australia's capital cities – something we can own and we hope people might come south for it annually," Mr Carmichael said via the Mercury on November 24.

"The middle of winter, it's dark, but it is from that period that many of the traditions of worshiping the sun gods and worshiping the light have come from, so we're really interested in that moment, and we will use fire and light as a reference point for our festival."

David Walsh at the announcement of Dark MOFO - a new winter festival in Hobart - Image Credit: The Mercury

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