Photo Credit: Paris B-A via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: Paris B-A via Compfight cc

MONA (The Museum of Old and New Art) has recently announced the dates for their winter festival, Dark MOFO.

The first Dark MOFO was held last year and was a great event for Hobart, attracting visitors in what is always a slow season over winter.

Dark MOFO will this year extend to Launceston. The festival will run from June 12-22 in Hobart and June 20 – July 5 in Launceston.

The full program will be announced in April.

Read the news as it is released at the Dark MOFO website.


This story from The Age recently.

Darkness to spread over Tasmania as winter festival returns

Bigger, colder, darker: Tasmania’s winter arts and music festival Dark Mofo is set to expand in 2014.

The brainchild of multi-millionaire David Walsh, the creator of Hobart’s controversial Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), the festival is part funded by the Tasmanian Government, which is contributing $1 million a year (about a third of the cost of staging the event) over three years.

The first Dark Mofo attracted more than 128,000 visitors over 10 days in what is traditionally a low season for tourists.

Dark Mofo lights up Hobart.

Japanese electronic artist Ryoji Ikeda’s Spectra

[Tasmania] lit up Hobart’s night sky as part of the inaugural winter festival. Photo: Ben McKay


While the 2014 program is yet to be announced in detail, MONA says it will again include a nude solstice swim and winter feast, this time in the two cities, as well as large-scale public art, music and performance.

The inaugural festival included Japanese electronic artist Ryoji Ikeda’s $520,000 installation Spectra [Tasmania], 49 columns of light projected into the sky from the city’s cenotaph, and German artist Kurt Henschlager’s installation Zee, a battery of strobe lights and fog that floored some patrons (this writer included).

The large-scale public artwork at this year’s festival is expected to cost $750,000.

Dark Mofo also hosted the premiere of Vandmonian Lags, a musical history based on research into and letters by Tasmania’s convicts, performed by musicians including Mick Thomas and Tim Rogers.

It is the winter offshoot of the museum’s popular annual summer festival MONA FOMA, which begin in 2008.

Dark Mofo will be staged in Hobart from June 12-22 and Launceston from June 20-July 5.