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What not to miss at Dark Mofo this Year!

4one4 Property Co.’s most anticipated events

The weather is cold and the town has turned red! It’s the time of the year again to witness some bizarre, strange, and dark stuff come together–all at once! Get ready for another 2-weeks worth of weird, yet wonderful, experience in this year’s Dark Mofo

4one4 Property Co: A look back on Dark Mofo 2015: "The Bass Bath" event [Photo: MONA/Remi Chauvin]
A look back on Dark Mofo 2015: “The Bass Bath” event [Photo: MONA/Remi Chauvin]

You read that right! The dark winter festival has returned to its original 2 weeks format from just a week of celebration last year. The event has just kicked off last 8 June and will conclude on 22 June 2022. Aside from the prolonged fun, that also means another thing for Aussies: there are more options of events to choose from! 

But yes, we get it. You can’t put everything on one plate; hence, we trimmed them down for you!

Most of our team members at 4one4 Property Co. are fond of anything festival–ranging from arts, music, dance, culture, and everything in between! No wonder, this year’s Dark Mofo is definitely on our list! 

We’ve talked to some of our staff members to share their thoughts about the festival and identify which events they are most looking forward to. Don’t let this year’s Dark Mofo turn into your greatest FOMO, so start taking down some notes of the things you shouldn’t miss out on this year’s festival!


Mermaids in the Basement

Schedule: Fashion Show (11 June from 3:00 – 5:00 pm) // Exhibition (11 & 12 June and 15-20 June from 3:00 – 10:00 pm)
Venue: Railway Roundabout, Brooker Hwy, Hobart

This event won’t, surely, go out of style! From a performative fashion show to a grand exhibition, this is something worth checking out! Not to mention, this will put life around the fountain until the festival is over. But, we can’t spill more tea, it’s for you to find out how odd that life could possibly be.

Suz Wiltshire, Sales Consultant

“Oh isn’t DARK MOFO just one of the best times of the year!!!! I just Love Winter – and getting out and about with my girlfriends in the heart of winter is just a treat. Rugging up and heading down to the Wharf… I’ve been known to head to the Winter Feast Numerous times in the previous years.”

One other exhibit I’m pretty excited about seeing a good friend told me about- the Mermaids in the Basement! It just sounds wonderful–a fashion show in the fountain roundabout! I mean it’s pretty hard to find something cooler than that!!!”


Burn The Village, Feel the Warmth

Schedule: 9 June – 7 July (24 hrs a day)
Venue: Melville Street Carpark, Melville St near the corner of Argyle St, Hobart

Indulge yourself in a historic and terrifying experience where a phrase taken from an African proverb is being re-contextualised in a large, illuminated text sculpture reflecting the buildings that were looted and burned during the London Riots of 2011, the biggest in modern English history.

Janaya Horne, Portfolio Manager

“I look forward to Dark Mofo each year as it is great having somewhere to go during winter where you can rug up in your warm jackets, boots, scarves and beanies and join other game crowd go-er’s explore the weird and wonderful exhibits and events all around Hobart. I love going with my big family as we always have heaps of fun and laughs walking around chatting about each other’s interpretations of the events and installations.”


The Kid LAROI

Schedule: 11 June 2022 from 8:00 to 10:00 pm 
Venue: Mystate Bank Arena, 601 Brooker Hwy, Glenorchy

How about witnessing Australian rapper, singer, and Grammy-nominated Kamilaroi artist, The Kid LAROI, lights up the stage at Mystate Bank Arena? This event is one of this year’s headlining acts, so make sure you put this one on your list! Take note that audiences under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and prepare a minimum of $95 + an additional booking fee for the ticket. 

Sebastian Kitchener, Photographer

“I’m pretty pumped that The Kid Laroi is coming to Tassie. I might not be the biggest fan of him in the world, but it is pretty impressive that someone his age is such a global superstar. He has come from a pretty crazy background and to be blowing up so big, and still come to Hobart is pretty cool… My sister has actually been a big fan of him since he first popped up- so she is very excited to go along and be part of it!… I just hope he doesn’t get sick like he did the other day!”


Glossolalia

Schedule: Exhibition (9-12 June and 15-20 June from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm) //  Performance (19 June from 3:30 – 5:00 pm)
Venue: Plimsoll Gallery, 37 Hunter St, Hobart and Melville Street Carpark, Melville St. near the corner of Argyle St., respectively

In context, Glossolalia is the phenomenon of speaking in an unknown language. You might be wondering how that could specifically happen… Well, let Matt Warren and Gail Priest show you how two artists can transmit and receive hidden messages at a distance. Plus, this two-part exhibition, which was curated by Colin Langridge and Matt Warren, also includes four national art practitioners creating a distinctive yet harmonic experience through time-based media. Here’s the catch: You can witness all these jaw-dropping moments for free! 

Taylese Butterworth, Portfolio Manager

“I just love the atmosphere that Dark Mofo brings to Hobart during our cold winter months. I am looking forward to Glossolalia as it sounds like an interesting collaboration of different styles of media which I am sure will be weird but wonderful.”


Spectra

Schedule: 10-12 June and 17-19 June from sunset to sunrise 
Venue: Mona, 655 Main Rd, Berriedale

Bright lights and lively nights! Who would want to miss the visual spectacle brought by this event? Technically, it’s impossible to miss this because this incredible, large-scale light installation by Ryoki Ikeda stretches and extends to almost 15km high–powerful enough to be seen from up to 100km away. In other words, the greater Hobart will witness a great and spectacular view throughout the night.

Joanne Strange, Business Development Manager

“We absolutely love Spectra. It is our favourite part of Dark Mofo! We love that we can see it from home and also all around Hobart, the children get really excited and look forward to this every year. We are very excited about the event again this year and we’re very pleased when we heard it would be on again!”


Winter Feast

Schedule: 19 June 2022 from 4:00 – 11:00 pm
Venue: Princes Wharf 1, Castray Esp. Hobart

What’s a festival without food, right? We might disagree with a lot of things but definitely not on this one. Needless to say, this particular event escaped the ordinary and instead serves a sumptuous banquet for all! Feast with the other festival-goers in various stalls offering a range of quality and locally-sourced Tasmanian food and drinks! Take note that there are individual nightly tickets available at the door alone and a special Season Pass allows priority entry every night–which perhaps got sold out by this time (always one of the crowd-favourites each year).

Martin Evans, Real Estate Agent

“I’m a bit of a sucker for heading down to the PW1 Shed & seeing it absolutely packed to the brim with so many people out and about in the middle of winter. I love taking Jenina, my wife, down to the winter feast and running into so many people we know too…The food is different from what you find at the taste each year and is always hearty and warms the soul… I think the design might be different this year too – someone said it is a Roman themed event, so that could be fun. Might be a bit cold for a toga though!


The Gathering

Schedule: 8 June from 8:30 – 11:00 pm
Venue: The Hanging Garden at 112 Murray St, Hobart

Witness The Hanging Garden turns into a whole new social venue! This precinct-wide takeover includes a celebration of local Aboriginal talent and of course, food and fire! This will be hosted by Rob Braslin and Jalen Sutcliffe. Aside from the two, among the other performers are Dougie Mansell, MEDELENA, and Warren Mason. 

Mikayla Hall, Portfolio Assistant

“I’m a big fan of the Hanging Garden- I just think it is the best space to come to Hobart. It makes me feel like I am somewhere in the heart of Melbourne or Sydney, not Hobart!… and you can have so many different kinds of experiences there too. I mean I’ve been before with Lyla for a great afternoon tea with other kids tearing about and I’ve also spent many nights there with the girls having a good time dancing away… I love the idea that it is going to be used for something completely different for MOFO and I’m pretty excited about heading along and having a sticky beak at what it is like.”


Ogoh-Ogoh – The Burning and The Purging

Schedule: 15-17 June from 3:00 – 9:00 pm and 18 June from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm (The Purging) // 19 June from 4:30 – 6:00 pm (The Burning)
Venue: Parliament House Lawns (The Purging) // from Franklin Square to Regatta Grounds (The Burning)

Experience firsthand the Balinese Hindu culture and tradition through these events. Purge your fears onto paper and offer them to a giant Tasmanian Masked Owl called ‘Ogoh-ogoh’ crafted by Balinese artists themselves. When The Purging is through, you need to reflect on the fears you’ve committed to the fire by solemnly looking into the flames. A procession will then take place as you head towards Regatta Grounds where The Burning takes place.

Patrick Berry, Manager/Director

“I go along and do the ogoh-ogoh every year. It has almost become a family tradition of ours… We’ll  head in as a family and Parker & Quinn will be talking in the car about what they might write down to burn in the ogoh-ogoh. I love the idea of popping in a fear and burning it away.

We love taking to the streets too and finding hidden wonders that you never really see- it’s almost like you see the city with a whole new set of eyes at Dark Mofo. It’s so much fun to feel almost like a tourist in your own home town.”


Mona Up Late

Schedule: 11 June from 4pm-late (museum open until 10pm)
Venue: Mona, 655 Main Rd, Berriedale

A night of fire and fun awaits you out on the lawns of Mona! You will be accompanied by creative arts and upbeat music while things get burnt! The fun continues inside the museum! There are three new exhibitions open from Fiona Hall and AJ King, Jeremey Shaw, and Robert Andrew. Bars and restaurants will also open late for everyone! Regular museum entry fees still apply, but the fun outside is free of charge!

Marilyn Rooney, Sales Consultant

“Three brand new exhibits, visiting the museum at night! Could it get any cooler than that?!

I love getting out and exploring everything Dark Mofo has to offer- and I love when new things arrive at MONA. It’s such a treat to have such a world class establishment, literally at our back door… in the suburbs no less!”


Nude Solstice Swim

Schedule: 22 June from 7:42 to 8:00 am (arrive at 6:00 am)
Venue: Long Beach Sandy Bay

Dark Mofo won’t be complete without the famous Nude Solstice Swim! This, perhaps, is one of the trademarks of the winter festival and people make sure not to miss it annually! After the longest night, Dark Mofo concludes in a freezing and chilling moment where people whip off their clothes and “swim into the light”. Sure, this is challenging but conquering it must be equally fulfilling!

Sam Allwright, Sales Consultant

“Ha I haven’t been brave enough to head down to the long beach to do it, as yet?!- but if I had a dollar for the amount of people that tell me that, I’m bound to have a go at doing it before I die!!! I don’t think this year is my year either – I did have a look, it seems to be all booked out, what a bummer hey?!- but you know me, I’m work, rest, and play all day, every day, so you never know! I may just be a late inclusion haha.”


Which of these events are your favourites? If any of our recommendations aren’t on your list yet, you better think twice and go, check them out! Mind you, these are just some of the many interesting events in this year’s Dark Mofo, so if you have other recommendations, we’d love to hear them too!

In retrospect, Dark Mofo has been running and adding an extra chill to Tasmanians’ winter experience since 2013. It may have looked a bit blurry to celebrate it this year, but the truth is that a lot of people, including our team at 4one4 Property Co.,  are looking forward to this specific time of the year. We’re perhaps just as pumped up as you to explore more of this year’s weird yet wonderful winter festival! Altogether, let’s paint the town red! 

For more information, you may opt to visit https://darkmofo.net.au.