Dark Mofo – the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)'s winter arts festival in Hobart – was one of the first major events to be cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus. But it has risen and will run from June 16 to 22, 2021.
“Live everyone else, we’ve been soul-searching for almost a year, trying to understand our place in a changed world,” creative director Leigh Carmichael said in a statement. “Last year we lost our sense of purpose overnight, and it appears that experience is having a resounding impact on this year's festival program. Our patrons will be pleased to know they can expect a typically grim and gloomy affair in June.”
It’ll be shorter than previous iterations (the last full festival, in 2019, ran for more than two weeks), but Carmichael and team promise it’ll be more intense.
Part of the reason for a shorter festival in 2021 is the withdrawal of financial support from the Hobart City Council. This is also the final year of Dark Mofo’s five-year agreement with the state government. Where funding will come from in the future remains unclear at this stage.
“While our future is a little uncertain, we are optimistic that there is enough gunpowder in the barrel to propel us into 2022,” Carmichael says.
The announcement follows Mona Foma 2021’s “sublime” (as one Broadsheet writer called it) season in January.
The full Dark Mofo program will be announced in April.
Dark Mofo runs from June 16 to 22, 2021.