Dark Mofo no go for 2024

Despite record attendances and box office results this year, Dark Mofo organisers have announced that the festival will pause in 2024 for a period of renewal.

With changing conditions and rising costs impacting the viability of festivals everywhere, Dark Mofo intends to reshape a more sustainable model for a full return in 2025, setting the foundation for the next 10 years.

Festival organisers have, however, reached an agreement with the State Government to present two key aspects of the festival in 2024 — the Winter Feast and the Nude Solstice Swim, which will also coincide with the opening of a new major exhibition at Mona.

“Dark Mojo has always been dedicated to enriching and transforming lives through ambitious art and ideas,” new artistic director Chris Twite said.

“We want to make sure that we have a festival that continues to deliver incredible art and artists, that continues to expand its artistic boundaries and remains a beacon of creativity, innovation and cultural significance.

“While this was a tough decision, it ensures we move forward in a viable manner.”

Premier and Minister for Tourism and Hospitality Jeremy Rockliff thanked Dark Mofo for the past 10 years and reaffirmed his commitment to the next decade of festivals.

“We understand Dark Mofo’s need for a smaller event in 2024 as they reshape the festival for the future, and we will continue to work closely with them on their plans when the full event returns in 2025,” he said.

“David Walsh contributes so much to Tasmania, and we will continue our partnership with him and his team to deliver Dark Mofo into the future.”

Destination Southern Tasmania also welcomed Mona’s 10-year commitment to the full Dark Mofo festival from 2025.

“I know I speak on behalf of thousands and thousands of Tasmanians who could not be more grateful to the team at Dark Lab and David Walsh himself for delivering the past 10 years of Dark Mofo,” CEO Alex Heroys said.

“This coming year will be different, but Winter Feast is continuing and Tasmanians and visitors alike love this iconic event.”

Premier Rockliff said the State Government would significantly increase its investment in the Off Season program next year to draw visitors to Tasmania in the cooler months.

“While the pausing of the wider festivities might be seen as a blow, what it will allow is the Government, the THA, Tourism Tasmania and TICT to work together to invest in other areas across the broader industry to ensure the state is still attracting visitors in our off season,” Tasmanian Hospitality Association CEO Steve Old said.

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