Dark Mofo Is Returning This June So Get Booking

By Jessica Best
16th Mar 2022

There ain’t no time to waste. Dark Mofo organisers have just announced the official ‘resurrection’ of the two week festival, Tasmania’s bonafide realm of the dark arts, so pack your bags, start booking some of Hobart’s best hotels and brace yourself for the ride.

For the newbies, Dark Mofo is Tasmania’s midwinter festival celebrating the dark through large-scale public art, food, music, fire, light, and noise, in Hobart. Each year, Dark Mofo delves into centuries-old rituals to explore the links between ancient and contemporary mythology, humans and nature, religious and secular traditions, darkness and light, and birth, death and renewal. It’s god damn brilliant.

This year, the festival will kick off from June 8 and close out on June 22, 2022. Week one will focus on art openings and performance, and week two will hone in on the classic Dark Mofo signature events, art and music.

“We’re beginning a new era of Dark Mofo, exploring the ideas of rebirth, reincarnation, and new life,” Dark Mofo Creative Director Leigh Carmichael said in a statement. 

“We’re privileged to have some internationally renowned artists confirmed for this year, alongside exciting locals. It feels like the cultural world is re-emerging post-covid, and so will the festival.”

The full Dark Mofo line-up will be announced in April but for now, we’ve got a sneak peak of what you can expect during both weeks of the festival.

Dark Mofo Week One  | 8–12 June

Week One highlights include the launch of the festival’s full art program, including influential video and new media artist Bill Viola (USA), as well as the photographer, sculpturist, and multi-channel video artist Doug Aitken (USA).

Plus a special ‘Mona Up Late’ opening of three new major exhibitions: Jeremy Shaw (Canada), Fiona Hall (lutruwita/Tasmania) and AJ King (lutruwita/Tasmania bigambul/wakka wakka), and Robert Andrew (Brisbane Yawuru).

You can also expect the return of the infamously debaucherous costume event, this year titled The Blue Rose Ball.

Dark Mofo Week Two | 15–22 June

A highlight of this year’s festival will be celebrated musician, composer and producer Nils Frahm (Germany) playing a number of world premiere shows titled ‘Music For Hobart’.

Other major international artists feature as well, including performances by the classically-trained multi-instrumentalist Lingua Ignota (USA) and visual artist, writer, actor and a founding member of the post punk experimental rock band Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon.

Dark Mofo 2022 is also bringing back signature events including the City of Hobart Winter Feast on the waterfront, plus Night Mass: Transcendence taking over the In The Hanging Garden precinct, the nipaluna/Hobart’s community cultural event Reclamation Walk, and the Nude Solstice Swim.

For more info on Tasmania's Dark Mofo festival, head over here.

While you're here, you may as well scope out Tasmania's best lake houses.

Image credit: Dark Mofo

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