Tasmania’s premier winter solstice festival, Dark Mofo, returns from June 10-21, with large-scale public art, food, music, theatre and exhibitions in and around Hobart. Here’s our pick of the top five things you can’t miss at this year’s event.
WHAT Dark Park
WHEN June 10-19
WHERE Macquarie Point
HOW MUCH Free entry
The empty spaces and warehouses at Macquarie Point will be converted into an industrial art playground as part of Dark Mofo. Public exhibitions and installations will features immersive works from London, Japan and Brazil.
WHAT City of Hobart Dark Mofo Winter Feast
WHEN June 15-19
WHERE Princes Wharf No. 1
HOW MUCH Wednesday-Friday $10/ Saturday $20/ Sunday FREE (children under 16 are free every night)
Local and guest chefs, in consultation with Mona (Museum of Old and New Art) executive chef Vince Trim, are celebrating street food at this year’s Winter Feast. Guests can take a seat at a medieval-themed banquet hall and delve into a hawker-style menu packed with Tasmanian ingredients. The food will be cooked with flames before guests’ eyes, adding a theatrical element to the feast.
WHAT Cameron Robbins
WHEN May 18-August 29
WHERE Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)
HOW MUCH Free with museum entry ($25/$20)
Structural artist Cameron Robbins’ Field Lines will include works created over more than three decades, as well as seven installations developed specifically for Mona that largely play on the museum’s iconic location. Mechanical instruments are employed to transcribe wind energy and ocean tides into large-scale artworks.
WHEN June 10-November 20
WHERE Tasmanian Museum and Gallery
HOW MUCH Free entry
The Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery’s (TMAG) flagship winter exhibition is inspired by Shakespeare’s stormy masterpiece, The Tempest. It will contrast contemporary and Tasmanian colonial pieces, including works by video artist Fiona Tan, printmaker and animator William Kentridge and photographer Rosemary Laing.
WHAT Chelsea Wolfe and special guests
WHEN June 17
WHERE Odeon Theatre
HOW MUCH $49 + booking fee
Californian singer-songwriter Chelsea Wolfe brings her electronic soundscapes to Dark Mofo. Through her hypnotic melodies and haunting lyrics, she explores the “abyss of time” between the states of being asleep and awake.
Book tickets at darkmofo.net.au.