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Red hot Dark Mofo breaks records

Dark Mofo has set new attendance records in 2023, with more than 100,000 tickets sold across the 14 days of music, art and weirdness.

Festivities wrapped up on 22 June after a packed two-week program including 65 events at 35 venues across the city, featuring 400 artists from around the world.

Dark Mofo 2023 attracted more than 400,000 visitors across both ticketed and free entry activations, generating $5.5 million through the box office.

The traditional Winter Feast recorded approximately 110,000 total attendances, while more than 90,000 people went to Dark Park at Macquarie Point.

The festival again attracted a large number of tourists to Tasmania, with interstate and international visitors comprising almost 65 per cent of all ticket sales.

“I have some mixed emotions as I step aside from the festival and reflect on the extraordinary journey of Dark Mofo over the past decade,” outgoing Dark Mofo creative director Leigh Carmichael said.

“Due largely to the generosity of David Walsh, with the support of the State Government and the City of Hobart, we have created something truly special.

“I would like to take this opportunity to express my deep appreciation for the thousands of staff, artists, contractors and stallholders who have worked tirelessly to bring the event to life each and every year.

“The community spirit that is evident everywhere throughout the city during the festival is quite remarkable.”

Hospitality and Events Minister Nic Street said the figures showed the value to Tasmania of supporting events such as Dark Mofo.

The dates for Dark Mofo 2024 will be announced later this year.

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