Dark MoFo The Perfect Winter Tonic for Hobart Tasmania

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Photo Credit: Paris B-A via Compfight cc

Well we are newly into Spring, but looking back at winter, the Dark MOFO festival was clearly a highlight in Hobart.

Hobart unfortunately has a reputation of being cold, wet and miserable during Winter but our personal experience from living here is that this is far from the truth. Hobart has beautiful sunny days in Winter and you can even get a touch of sunburn if you are outside for too long.

Dark MoFo was a festival that was held recently and it showed that Hobart can really come alive in Winter and gave us great entertainment. We went to the festival ourselves an it was great fun, even having better food than the Taste of Tasmania festival.

In fact it was so poplar that it will be expanding next year. Here is the roundup:

Dark Mofo the perfect winter tonic

THE Dark Mofo festival has proven to be the perfect tonic to cure Hobart’s traditional winter blues, with crowd numbers far exceeding expectations.

Service providers from taxi drivers to hoteliers were thrilled by the massive financial boost that the food, music and art fest provided at the weekend.

Tasmanians and tourists alike took to Twitter to praise the man behind it all, MONA owner David Walsh whose vision and gambling-based resources transformed Hobart into a hive of activity.

Even the Nude Solstice Swim at Sandy Bay attracted 700 participants, up from 230 last year, showing Mr Walsh and his team know what it takes to get Tasmanians and visitors excited about Hobart in the winter.

The good times are set to continue with an impressive line-up at this year’s Festival of Voices, starting on July 4, and a number of spin-off events throughout winter.

Dark Mofo organisers apologised to the hundreds of people unable to get into Saturday night’s packed Winter Feast at Princes Wharf No. 1 and said next year’s event would be expanded.

“It has piqued interest with people and we can see a lot more people coming down

[in future years], so we’ll need a lot more space,” Dark Mofo creative director Leigh Carmichael said last night.

He said the festival was unable to gain approval this year from the Hobart City Council to close off Salamanca Place to allow the three-night winter feast to expand outside the wharf shed.

“Next year, we’re going to look at bringing the feast outside the fences,” he said.

Up to 65 per cent of audience members for some acts were from interstate, Mr Carmichael said.

That was a dream come true for accommodation providers, but Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania chief executive Luke Martin said the best outcome was the huge turnout of locals.

“The long-term game is to build these events up, not overcook them,” Mr Martin said.

“Dark Mofo shows it has the potential to really transform the way Tasmania is vie­wed as a winter destination.” People are already excited about what the MONA team will do next year.”

Salamanca eateries were also feeling the love.

“They don’t all want to eat at food festivals. It’s had a great effect on us and on the Salamanca area in general,” Garry Baker, from Rockwall, said.

The Festival of Voices kicks off with the ever-popular Voicebox series at the Hobart City Hall.

Headline acts include award-winning singer-songwriters Ben Lee and Clare Bowditch plus US contemporary a cappella group The Exchange.

The festival is also expanding out of Hobart city this year and up the East Coast as part of Unplugged.

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