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Dark Mofo releases its mammoth program for 2019

The night is young and full of pleasures.

Explorers of the night, rejoice — Dark Mofo returns for its seventh year from Thursday June 6 to Sunday June 23, bestowing upon us its immense art, music, feastings and annual contemporary rituals across three weeks. Illuminating the darkest of Hobart winter nights, MONA’s annual winter festival pulls out the stops with everything from virtual reality experiences to radioactive artworks to cult black metal.

This year’s program branches out to brand new venues, including an old blood bank and a church, with the Natty Waves boat cruise and floating bar operating across the two weekends. Embracing the darkness alongside you will be international highlights such as Empress Of, Nicolás Jaar, John Grant, Jónsi (Sigur Rós) + Alex, FKA Twigs, and serpentwithfeet, to name a few.

Chambers featuring the works of Ai Weiwei, Oliver Beer, and Alfredo Jaar will be exhibiting at MONA, whilst symposiums and art exhibitions featuring the likes of Julie Gough, Paul Yore, Mike Parr and Tony Albert will explore existential, social, and environmental themes live. Latex performances by Japanese artist and Dark Mofo resident Saeborg promises technicoloured wonderlands, amongst a variety of performances throughout the weeks to chime in that doom and gloom.

This year’s talks and ideas sessions will explore the theme of dark and dangerous thoughts. All talks and ideas sessions will be held at Hobart’s Odeon Theatre and MONA, and will discuss modern understandings of race, gender, sex, class, adornment, faith, and cognition. Speakers include Jennifer Boyland, Shannon Burns, Damien Cave, Ginger Gorman, Stan Grant and Benjamin Law

The festival’s kooky signature events are back for another year, including Hobart’s communal Winter Feast, the Ogoh-Ogoh fear purging ritual and Nude Solstice Swim, where 1,000 people dive completely nude into the cold wintery ocean.

Make sure to check out the enormous festival program as many more events are taking place over the three-week long festival.

By Emilia Megroz and Leland Tan

Dark Mofo runs from June 6 - 23 at various locations across Hobart, Tasmania. For the full lineup and ticket information, head to the festival's website