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Dark Mofo

Celebrating the dark through large-scale public art, food, film, music, light and noise.

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The hour is at hand.

This winter, Dark Mofo returns to Hobart, Mona and beyond with rituals old and new.

The festival, on the wild island state of Tasmania, runs across three weeks in 2018 and kicks off with the Prelude weekend (7-10 June) before the festival proper is unleashed 13-24 June.

Delving into centuries-old winter solstice rituals, Dark Mofo explores the links between ancient and contemporary mythology, humans and nature, religious and secular traditions,darkness and light, and birth, death and renewal.

Visitors and locals alike can embrace and explore major exhibitions at the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG), a public art playground at Dark Park and international musicians and artists performing around the city.

It is a heady whirlwind of festivities, and highlights for travellers often include the annual City of Hobart Dark Mofo Winter Feast on Hobart’s waterside docks, the ogoh-ogoh parade and burning on the solstice night, and the annual Nude Solstice Swim, where hundreds of brave souls plunge into the River Derwent at sunrise to welcome back the return of the light after the longest night.

What’s on
Ella_Condon_1 - lowres, Ella Condon, 2016. Photographer: Photo courtesy of the artist
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Dark [Other] Times

Exhibitions

9 Jun - 24 Jun 2018

Centre for The Arts, Hunter Street

A group exhibition organised around the polarised moods that characterise living in our “interesting times”
Photo Credit: Dark Mofo/Lusy Productions, 2017
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Winter Feast

Live music + concerts

15 Jun - 24 Jun 2018

Castray Esplanade, Hobart TAS 7000

Gather by the river for seven nights.
spectra [tasmania], 2013, Ryoji Ikeda
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Spectra (Tasmania)

Exhibitions

21 Jun - 24 Jun 2018

655 Main Rd, Berriedale

The towering pillar of light reaching into the night sky returns.
Photo Credit: Dark Mofo/Lusy Productions, 2017 Image Courtesy Dark Mofo, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
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Dark Park

Exhibitions

15 Jun - 24 Jun 2018

8a Evans St, Hobart TAS 7000

An after-dark industrial art playground.
Image courtesy of Constance ARI and Dark Mofo
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The Pink Palace

Exhibitions

9 Jun - 24 Jun 2018

39 Bathurst Street, Hobart TAS

Constance ARI + Risdon Prison
Image courtesy of Carnegie Gallery and Dark Mofo.
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Island Shrine

Exhibitions

15 Jun - 24 Jun 2018

16 Argyle St, Hobart TAS 7000

Keith Deverell with Fiona Hamilton in partnership with Aunty Netty Shaw and Uncle Rob Anders.
The Upright Star of the Great Name,
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TohuVBohu | INVISIBLE HOUSE

Live music + concerts

14 Jun - 25 Jun 2018

77 Salamanca Place, Battery Point TAS

Light, music, sculpture, ritual, sound and performance by Brendan Walls
Newitt-21small, James Newitt, 2018
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Delay

Exhibitions

8 Jun - 15 Jul 2018

27 Tasma Street, North Hobart

James Newitt
Image: James Newitt, I Go Further Under (film still), 2018
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Delay

Exhibitions

8 Jun - 15 Jul 2018

27 Tasma Street, North Hobart

Negotiate a dense, and at times claustrophobic, exhibition environment.

Past events

Landing Tanya Lee
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Landing

Exhibitions

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1b Aberdeen St, Glebe TAS 7000

Swim the distance between Australia and Manus Island in a cumulative 24-hour marathon relay at the Hobart Aquatic Centre.
Photo: Maclay Heriot. Image courtesy of the artist, Red Bull Music, and Dark Mofo 2018.
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Jagwar Ma

Live music + concerts

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+ Tornado Wallace, No Zu, Lauren Hansom, Jim Warrior.
Photo: Shelagh Howard 2015. Image courtesy of the artist and Dark Mofo 2018
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Retribution

Live music + concerts

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167 Liverpool Street, Hobart TAS 7000

Dark Mofo
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Dark and Dangerous Thoughts

Workshops + seminars

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167 Liverpool Street, Hobart TAS

Talk is cheap. Opinions proliferate.
Photo by Nedda Afsari. Picture courtesy of the artist and Dark Mofo 2018
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St Vincent

Live music + concerts

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18 Hunter Street, Hobart TAS 7000

The rock star of reinvention returns with warped and wild pop music of power and sorrow.
The Last Bastion
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The Last Bastion

Live music + concerts

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77 Salamanca Place, Battery Point

A Dark Mofo Event
Outposts
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Outposts

Exhibitions

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77 Salamanca Place, Battery Point

A Dark Mofo Event
Beattie Studios, Beattie’s Port Arthur Museum
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Death Mask

Exhibitions

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103 Hampden Road, Battery Point

Tree 5&6
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Milan Milojevic: Wunderkammerama

Exhibitions

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LOT 2 Rosny Hill Road, Rosny Park

Dark Mofo presents this collection by acclaimed artist Milan Milojevic
Ceremonial hat worn for eating finger cheese, still from HD video
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Big Cheese

Exhibitions

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27 Tasma Street, North Hobart

Why is there always cheese at exhibition openings?
Neither Here Nor There
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Neither Here Nor There

Exhibitions

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4 Liverpool St, Hobart TAS 7000

artistic minds merge in confined spaces.
Maggie James
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Hal’cyon

Theatre + dance

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Odeon Theatre, Liverpool Street

Event for a Stage, location photograph, live performance, film and radio work
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Event for a Stage

Theatre + dance

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275 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
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Opening night at the museum

Exhibitions

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Dunn Place, Hobart

Celebrate the opening of the Tempest exhibition at TMAG
Divination
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Divination

Exhibitions

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8a Evans Street, Hobart

A romantic mutiny in a maelstrom of data.
weather #4 C Type photograph
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Tempest

Exhibitions

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Dunn Place, Hobart

Savages group photo
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Savages (UK)

Live music + concerts

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167 Liverpool Street, West Hobart

Chelsea Wolfe Photo: Kristin Cofer Image courtesy of the artist and Dark Mofo
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Chelsea Wolfe

Live music + concerts

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167 Liverpool Street, West Hobart

Woven cable ties and irrigation tubing
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Lucy Irvine: Made of Holes

Exhibitions

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LOT 2 Rosny Hill Road, Rosny Park

Obelisk-esque sculptural work for Dark Mofo 2016.
Lovers
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envelop(e)

Exhibitions

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27 Tasma Street, North Hobart

envelop(e) is a group exhibition of sound and light works
Orlando
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Orlando

Theatre + dance

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29 Campbell Street, Hobart

Theatrical mavericks THE RABBLE bring us a hallucinatory reworking of Virginia Woolf ’s classic gender-bending parable
Ashes to Ashes
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Ashes to Ashes

Exhibitions

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103 Hampden Road, Battery Point

Funeral
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Funeral

Theatre + dance

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Salamanca Arts Centre, Salamanca Place

The Discovery 6Tent
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The Discovery 6Tet

Live music + concerts

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655 Main Rd, Berriedale

Classical strings with a Sidney Nolan backdrop on the MONA rooftop
John Kelly
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Beyond Woop Woop

Exhibitions

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Dunn Place, Hobart

An exhibition of works by John Kelly
The Kettering Incident
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The Kettering Incident

Theatre + dance

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167 Liverpool Street, Hobart

Directed by Rowan Woods & Tony Krawitz
Dark Mofo Films
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Dark Mofo Films

Theatre + dance

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375 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart

Angry Electrons
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Angry Electrons

Exhibitions

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37 Hunter Street, Hobart

Jason James
Radiant Heat
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Radiant Heat

Exhibitions

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37 Hunter Street, Hobart

Lucy Bleach
Blind Boy Dreaming Aloud
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Giidanyba by Tyrone Sheather

Exhibitions

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Lower Domain Road, Queens Domain

Presented by Salamanca Arts Centre and Dark Mofo.
Helen Gillet
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The Witching Hour – Helen Gillet

Live music + concerts

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23 Murray Street, Hobart

improvisational cello performance to celebrate the winter solstice.
The Witches
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The Witches

Theatre + dance

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Salamanca Arts Centre, Salamanca Place

By Roald Dahl
Hot House
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The Hot House

Workshops + seminars

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Battery Point, Tasmania

Bass Bath
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Dark Park – Bass Bath

Exhibitions

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8a Evans Street, Hobart

Byron J Scullin + Supple Fox
Black List
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Blacklist

Exhibitions

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