Celebrate darkness in Tasmania.
How do you lure people to the coldest city in Australia at the start of the Southern Hemisphere’s winter? With a winter solstice celebration honoring all things dark. Tasmania’s critically acclaimed Dark Mofo festival, which runs from June 8-21 at venues across Hobart, mines ancient mythologies to explore darkness through everything from large-scale public art, to food, film, music, light and noise. Headline musical acts in 2017 include the Scottish post-rock band Mogwai, Norwegian metal band Ulver, and Russian protest rockers Pussy Riot. There will also be a nude solstice swim in the freezing-cold River Derwent, a Balinese ogoh-ogoh parade and a burning of effigies. Think of it like an antipodean Burning Man.
What’s new: Dark Mofo inked a $10.5 million deal with the state government last year that’s expected to make its fifth iteration in 2017 the best yet.
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