This year promises a festival that flirts with death – in a life affirming kind of way. New offerings in this year’s festival include – Night Mass. Held over five nights, delivering music and performance, across a dozen bars, a dozen more venues and secret spaces within Hobart’s CBD.
Dark Mofo 2018 will welcome the return of Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda’s light installation, Spectra, which entranced all who came to the festival in 2013. (Rumour has it that the intense shaft of light was so powerful it could be seen from as far-away as Tasmania’s northern shoreline greeting aircraft pilots like a beacon).
Festival favourites will be back too. Dark Park will energize Hobart’s unused industrial wharf area Macquarie Point with light and sound installations that will challenge your senses. Dark Park’s fire-pits will entice you to grab a drink from one of the bars, huddle around with friends (new and old) to reflect on the surrounding artwork. Dark Mofo + City of Hobart Winter Feast on Hobart’s waterfront most appropriately will explore the theme of ‘cooking with fire’. Offering a curated menu designed and served up by local and guest chefs, matched with local tipples, the Feast will keep you fed and watered over seven nights of Dark Mofo. Brave souls, should they dare, can take the plunge into the icy River Derwent at sunrise as part of the Nude Solstice Swim to welcome the return of the light after the year’s longest night. On the last night of the festival thousands will join a night-time street procession to Dark Park to witness the burning of the Ogoh – ogoh. Burning of the mythical Ogoh – ogoh is an Indonesian tradition that ceremonially turns all our fears turn to ash.
Tasmania’s state museum the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Dark Mofo will co-present, Journey to Freedom. This thought provoking visual art exhibition, curated by Swiss Barbara Polla, breaks open what it means to the human condition to be imprisoned and to ‘do time’.
This year’s Dark Mofo program is epic so head to the festival website for information about the events just mentioned and many, many more.
DARK + DANGEROUS THOUGHTS 8–10 June
DARK MOFO continues 15–24 June
For more detail visit the event website.