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The schedule for Dark Mofo, Hobart’s winter solstice festival, has been scrapped with “Resurrection” as the theme for the two-week event, which will run from June 8-22, 2022.
After a teaser announcement last month, Tasmania’s truly epic dark arts festival Dark Mofo has unveiled its full 2022 lineup, promising another quirky lineup of the daring and the bizarre.
By delving into age-old rituals to explore the connections between ancient and contemporary mythology, humans and nature, religious and secular traditions, darkness and light, and birth, death and renewal, the captivating festival of two weeks in the dead of winter like no other will be ‘resurrected’ this month of June, when it runs from Wednesday 8th to Wednesday 22nd June.
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“This year’s festival is a celebration of getting together again, listening to music, seeing art and eating at Winter Feast,” said creative director Leigh Carmichael.
“As the cultural world emerges from the darkness of cancellations and closures, we are all experiencing a kind of rebirth. The enforced isolation has given rise to a reassessment of what matters, to new ideas, to new dreams.
“We have brought together over 100 artists from 30 countries, from Australia to Belgium to Kyrgyzstan, and we look forward to bringing them to Hobart this winter. We are simply grateful to be able to present a full festival program again.
Leading the program announcement, Grammy-nominated artist Kamilaroi The Kid LAROI will bring his mix of pop and rap to the festival, alongside other musical additions from Japanese favorites Boris, American artist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (formerly of OM) who will perform his original score for Nia DaCosta’s adaptation of the horror classic candy manand English independent muso Baxter Durywill, as well as American artists Perfume Genius, Chelsea Wolfe, Emma Ruth Rundle and Moses Sumney.
Dark Mofo’s beloved Unholy Nights of deafening metal include Sanctae Noctis (featuring Katatonia, Deafheaven, Lingua Ignota, Conjurer, King Yosef, Black Sheep Wall, Diploid, YLVA), as well as Hymns to the Dead (Triumph of Death, Chthe’ ilist, Krypts, Darkestrah) returns. Additionally, there will be an exclusive Australian performance by Swiss metal band Triptykon, fronted by Tom Gabriel Fischer (Hellhammer, Celtic Frost) and a four-day experimental and electronic music micro-festival titled Borderlands.
These acts will join the previously announced Kim Gordon, who will perform songs from his 2019 solo release, No Home Record, as well as Berlin-based composer and producer Nils Frahm playing Music For Hobart, British space rock band Spiritualized and a multi-instrumentalist. classically trained. Lingua Ignota.
In the field of the arts, the program is extensive, including three major new exhibitions by artists Jeremy Shaw, Fiona Hall with AJ King and Robert Andrew; an enchanting interactive installation Rainbow Dream: Moon Rainbow by Japanese/Australian artist Hiromi Tango; and a live performance of the haunting score from the television series Chernobyl, performed by composer Hildur Guðnadóttir with Chris Watson and Sam Slater. All proceeds will be donated to Voices of Children, which supports helping Ukrainian children and families.
There will be an immersive experience by musician Sigur Rós Jónsi, inspired by the recent eruption of the Fagradalsfjall volcano in Iceland and one of Australia’s most important modern artists, Sir Sidney Nolan, is featured in the exhibition For the duration of its natural life in Hobart detached, with pencil and paper works dealing with exile and oppression.
As for iconic events, Dark Mofo’s bawdy costume party makes a welcome return, this year titled Blue Rose Ball, alongside the return of Dark Mofo’s Memorial Memorial intimate ritual, in which locals can carry the ashes of their loved one. to the river and place them inside. a home-made fireworks display that the whole community can attend.
The lavish banquet known as Winter Feast will once again rise on Hobart’s waterfront, The Ogoh-ogoh returns with the festival’s Balinese-inspired community ritual to purge and then burn away our fears, and finally, the Nude Solstice Swim returns like the sun after the longest night, offering renewal and resurrection to those brave enough to participate.
The festival also announces the return of its two-night nightclub extravaganza, this year titled Night Mass: Transcendence, taking over Hobart’s central district, In The Hanging Garden, with a huge and diverse line-up to be announced shortly.
Dark Mofo runs June 8-22, 2022. General tickets go on sale beginning at noon, Monday, April 11. With way too much to cover in one article, you can check out the full program announcement here.