IT was as if Hobart was under a magical spell during the last two weeks of June.
Dark Mofo once again provided debaucherous entertainment for more than 276,0000 people during the cold and gloomy Tasmanian winter.
From scale art to feasting, fire, film and noise, Dark Mofo transfixed the community and visitors in a way only a Museum of New and Old Art (MONA) event could.
Dark Mofo creative director Leigh Carmichael said this was the first year he really felt the festival delivered on the vision for a vibrant citywide large-scale art project.
“We have expanded well outside the walls of the Winter Feast in Salamanca and taken the festival atmosphere far and wide from “Detached” at the old Mercury building, to Macquarie Point, Botanical Gardens, Cradle Mountain, and the length of the Derwent River with Night Ship,” he said.
“It is incredibly rewarding to see the community take ownership of the city at night.
“My festival highlight was walking across the city from “Dark Park” to Salamanca with thousands of other people.
“It was kind of an emotional moment and one that will sit with me for quite some time.”
Hobart Lord Mayor Sue Hickey congratulated David Walsh and his team on delivering another highly successful festival.
“Hobart’s winter experience sets us apart from any other city in Australia and events such as Dark Mofo reinforce Hobart’s increasing reputation as a ‘must visit’ destination,” she said.
“The City of Hobart is proud to support Dark Mofo, a uniquely Tasmanian festival that delivers substantial economic benefits for Hobart and Tasmania, as well as the important cultural and social outcomes it provides.”
Mr Carmichael said he was thrilled with the festival’s attendance.
“It was basically a sellout festival, but more important for us this year was to improve the experience for those making the effort, and in that regard we are extremely happy,” he said.
“This is the end of our three-year commitment for Dark Mofo and we will need to talk with the community and our key stakeholders to determine where to go from here.
“We anticipate that Dark Mofo will return in 2016, as we were blown away with the public response, but do not expect it to stay the same.”
Photo: Dark Mofo transfixed the Hobart and Tasmanian communities. Photo credit: MONA/Rémi Chauvin. Image courtesy of Mona (Museum of Old and New Art).