Embrace your dark side in Tasmania with MONA’s winter festival
When the days are short and the winter temperatures drop, there is no better way to keep warm in Tasmania than to embrace the mystery and magic of the dark, and better yet, celebrate it!
Now in its sixth year, the Museum of Old and New Art’s (MONA) annual winter festival Dark Mofo, runs until 24 June this year, with a packed program of large-scale public art, food, film, music, light and sound, showcasing local and international artists. Dark Mofo has become Tasmania’s most popular annual festival drawing around 427 000 attendees from across the state, interstate, and overseas.
For the first time, the 2018 festival is extending to a third ‘prelude’ weekend from 7-10 June, which features a masked costume ball, two major exhibition openings – Zero at Mona and A Journey to Freedom at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery – and the Dark and Dangerous Thoughts symposium.
The festival sees events and exhibitions held around Hobart, including the Dark Mofo + City of Hobart Winter Feast held at Princes Wharf 1 over seven nights (15-17, 21-24 June). The industrial public art playground Dark Park returns to Macquarie Point featuring another array of immersive and interactive installations by international artists, and the Ogoh-Ogoh parade and sculpture burning on the final night of the feast.
And for the really brave, you can lose your layers for the nude solstice swim at Long Beach on the River Derwent.
For a full schedule of what’s on offer, visit www.darkmofo.net.au