Will Hodgman MP

Dark Mofo has been invigorating our winter since 2013, and the Tasmanian Government is proud to again partner with the Museum of Old and New Art to deliver the event in 2017.

Tasmania is stunning any time of the year, but winter brings a magic and energy all of its own. Dark Mofo gives Tasmanians, and indeed the world, another reason to emerge from hibernation—to take part in our spectacular winter celebration of art, music and food.

It has transformed Tasmania’s winter into a cultural beacon, drawing some 270,000 attendees, both locals and visitors, and attracting global visitors to the country’s southernmost state. It’s now our most popular annual event.

There is nothing else quite like the Dark Mofo experience, and that’s a great thing, because when the days are the shortest and the nights are the longest, it makes Tasmania the place to be.

So—unless you’re stripping off for a daring solstice swim in the River Derwent—rug up and enjoy Dark Mofo.

Sunday Walsh
Standing in for David Walsh
Standing in for David Walsh

Daddy's lost it again—writer's block—so he handed the keyboard over to me. Since I'm too young to write I'm too young to suffer from writer's block. But I'm not too young to not have half-baked opinions (which makes me a perfect choice to be a stand-in for daddy). I'm about three years away from mastering rudimentary writing. With the funding deal that is now in place between the government and Mona, I can be sure that Dark Mofo will still be around intriguing interlopers and taunting Tasmanians as my keyboard skills become further developed. And I'm about 16 years away from drinking and voting (and I often see evidence that people undertake these important tasks in exactly that order) and I strongly suspect that I will get to see Dark Mofo all those years from now when a different set of creative weirdos will be at the helm. I might well be one of them. I've got some great ideas for soiled nappy installations—in my opinion nappies are an underutilised resource—but this year I've exerted my influence and Ulver will be covering a couple of the top tunes from Playschool. Like you, I can hardly wait.

Leigh Carmichael
Creative Director
Creative Director

A wolf howls his soul into the misty night. The moon answers with glowing silence.
—Terri Guillemets

There is something quite special and magic about the ephemeral nature of a festival. It comes quickly, seemingly out of nowhere, and is experienced for a brief moment before going back whence it came, into a kind of stillness and quiet.

It is with this in mind that we encourage you to join us, and embrace the full Dark Mofo journey. We can direct you to the edge of the dark ocean, but then it’s over to you to dive into the mysterious night, and search for illumination.

A sincere thank you to all the supporters and people who make this festival happen. Without the strong support of the Tasmanian Government this festival would not be possible.


All I want is blackness. Blackness and silence.
―Sylvia Plath


Alderman Sue Hickey
Lord Mayor of Hobart
Lord Mayor of Hobart

The City of Hobart is a proud partner of the Dark Mofo winter festival, which notches up its fifth birthday in 2017.

In that time, Dark Mofo has quickly reached ‘unmissable’ status for visitors and locals alike, with people returning year after year for a mid-winter experience that is unlike anything else in the country.

For locals it’s a chance for us to get together and celebrate what we love about winter in our city: a snow-capped mountain, frosty mornings, crisp sunny days and an excuse to chat in front of a roaring fire at the end of it.

As a mark of its success, the Dark Mofo and City of Hobart Winter Feast has expanded this year to seven nights of delicious Tasmanian produce, entertainment and unexpected but always delightful drama. Free entry after 8pm and on the last Sunday ensures it can be enjoyed more than once.

And this year Dark Mofo has tapped into the growing popularity of Hobart as a cruise ship destination, bringing down P&O in the traditional off season to add yet another string to its bow.

The City has provided three years of funding to Dark Mofo, but our staff across the organisation also provide a wealth of expertise and support to ensure the festival runs smoothly.

Once again we’ll be lighting up notable City assets in the Paint the Town Red campaign to show our appreciation for light on the darkest nights of the year.

So whether it’s your first Dark Mofo or your fifth, enjoy the food, the art, the music and the spectacle of it all—Hobart welcomes you.

Phone +61 (3) 6277 9900

655 Main Road
Berriedale Tasmania 7011

Ticket Support
Phone +61 (3) 6277 9978

Rebecca Fitzgibbon
Events Media Manager

Daniel McMillan
Partnerships Director



Dark Mofo App

The devil's in the detail: the Dark Mofo app is out now.

Featuring a handy calendar and planner, easy access to all our event information, maps, and more.

Download for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch >

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You’ll need a ticket for each individual event, unless stated otherwise. You can buy them online, or at Mona (Wednesday–Monday, 10am–5pm). Box offices will also open in various locations around Hobart closer to the festival.

Ticket Support
Phone +61 (3) 6277 9978


Concession pricing applies to Dark Mofo Films (tickets on sale early May), and is available to pension and healthcare card holders, and students. ID may be requested upon entry.

We also offer companion card tickets to all Dark Mofo events. These are available over the phone or in person at any of our box offices. Please contact Ticket Support for more information.

Ticket Support
Phone +61 (3) 6277 9978

Booking Fees

A $6 booking fee applies to each transaction, unless your cart only contains free ticketed events (these are marked clearly).

Tickets sold through State Cinema and Theatre Royal may be subject to transaction fees and credit card surcharges. Please check their website for details.

Free Events

A five-minute walk from the Hobart CBD or Brooke Street Pier

+ iy_project: Chris Levine, Robert Del Naja (Massive Attack) and Marco Perry
+ iy_project 136.1 Hz: Chris Levine and Marco Perry
The Sound of Silence: Alfredo Jaar
+ Hello Darkness: Daniel Boyd
+ Infinite Corpse: Terrapin Puppet Theatre
+ Extended Breakdown: Marco Fusinato and Striborg
Ogoh-Ogoh: The Purging


Very close to Dark Park, Hobart CBD and Brooke Street Pier

Hobart skyline
Siren Song

Centre for the Arts, Hunter Street
+ panopticon
+ On Silence

Princes Wharf 1
Dark Mofo and City of Hobart Winter Feast
Free after 8pm nightly, and all night Sunday 18 June

Parliament Lawns to Dark Park
Ogoh-Ogoh: The Burning

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
+ Extinction

Hobart Town Hall Underground
+ Disquiet (Off You)

Market Place Car Park
+ Devil in the Streets

Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre
+ Outposts


Ten or fifteen minutes by car

Contemporary Art Tasmania, Tasma Street
+ Occasions

Long Beach, Sandy Bay
Nude Solstice Swim

Rosny Barn, Rosny


Thirty minutes on the MR-1 Fast Ferry from Brooke Street Pier, or around twenty minutes by car

The Museum of Everything
Free for Tasmanians and under 18s

The Museum of Everything Grand Opening
Free for everyone


About an hour from Hobart (via car and ferry). If you’re attending Mike Parr’s Empty Ocean performance, you can catch the ferry from Brooke Street Pier, Hobart.

Dennes Point
+ Empty Ocean: Mike Parr


From Launceston to Hobart

A selection of wayside churches
+ Crossing

Under 18s

Events are all ages unless otherwise specified. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Proof of age may be requested upon entry.

Under 16s are eligible for free entry to the Winter Feast, but will need to register for a Season Pass or obtain a ticket at the PW1 Box Office on the respective day.

150.Action contains distressing imagery, nudity and strong adult themes, and is not suitable for children. Parental discretion is strongly advised. Radio Gothic contains strong themes and language, and may not be suitable for children. Parental discretion is advised. Ditto some Dark Mofo Films.

Refunds and Exchanges

No refunds or exchanges, unless applicable under Australian Consumer Law.


Pass-outs are available for most events. If you require a pass-out, get a wristband or stamp from event staff before leaving the venue. Re-entry to all events is subject to capacity.

Lost Tickets

If you lose your ticket, print another or show the original ticket on your mobile device. Each ticket has a unique barcode that can only be used once. If your ticket has already been used, a second entry will not be granted.


If you are selling Dark Mofo tickets at a premium, we will cancel your order. If there is a legitimate reason that you are unable to attend an event, email and your case will be reviewed in accordance with Australian Consumer Law. If you purchase a ticket from a third party, we cannot guarantee that the ticket will be valid. All tickets have a unique barcode that can only be used once (and can be cancelled by the powers that be, should you not play ball).

Dark Mofo and City of Hobart Winter Feast

The Season Pass ($50 + booking fee) is your best bet. It grants you priority entry to each night of the feast, including the last Sunday (free). You do not need to pay the door sale price on top of this.

Single night tickets will be sold at the PW1 Box Office on the respective day, from 4pm. Under 16s are eligible for free entry, but will need to register for a Season Pass online or obtain a single night ticket on the respective day, from 4pm.

Please note that this is an outdoor event and Tasmanian weather is unpredictable. Dress appropriately for rain, hail and shine. Shelter is not guaranteed. Entry is always subject to capacity.

Door Sales
Friday 9–Sunday 11 + Thursday 15 June $10
Friday 16 + Saturday 17 June $20
Sunday 18 June free

Entry each night after 8pm is free but not guaranteed (and subject to capacity).

Follow @dark_mofo on Twitter for queue updates each night.

Winter Feast Accessible Parking

Accessible parking is available at the Abel Tasman Car Park, off Salamanca Place. On Saturdays between 4–6pm, accessible parking is offered in the Salamanca Square Car Park and at various street locations.

2017 P&O Cruise

All aboard: P&O’s Dark Mofo cruise departs Sydney on 13 June 2017. For further information, or to make a booking, head to their website.

Dark Park

Open Friday 9–Sunday 11 + Thursday 15–Sunday 18 June, 5pm–10pm. All events are free (yay). There’s lots to see and do: look at the art, pull up a pew at the Dark Park Bar (open late on weekends) and feed your fears to our ogoh-ogoh. It’s only a short stroll from the Winter Feast too. 


Available for all shows at the Odeon Theatre, City Hall and MAC2. Bring cash.

Lost Property

If you lose something (other than your dignity), contact Ticket Support on (03) 6277 9978 or Please include your full name, a contact phone number and as many details as possible about the item.

Food + Drink

Heaps at the Winter Feast and at Mona. At Dark Park, there’re also food trucks and the Dark Park Bar, open late on weekends. No BYO, obviously. Bring ID.


Dark Mofo is a smoke-free event. The Winter Feast, Dark ParkTransliminal and MAC2 have designated smoking areas. Please look for the signs.

Tasmanian Attractions and Accommodation

We’ve got hotels! We’ve got attractions! Visit Mona for our recommendations.


We’ve partnered with Hobart’s newest hotel, MACq 01, which opens just in the nick of time for Dark Mofo on June 1. MACq 01 announces a new style of hotel—a storytelling hotel—connecting guests with the characters and stories of this curious island.

Go to website >

Other stuff to do in Tassie

There are plenty of other things to do and to see while you’re here. Map your Tassie story >

Paint the Town Red

Each year, we ask local businesses to ‘paint the town red’ and give interlopers a warm welcome. If you take any pics, hashtag ‘em with #darkmofo, #hobartandbeyond and #pttr2017.


First and foremost, you need to get to the island.

Book with Qantas >

Scenic Route

Why fly into Hobart when you can fly into Launceston? Take the scenic route this Dark Mofo. Go on. You know you want to.

Download map >


Most Dark Mofo events are within a short stroll of the Hobart CBD or Brooke Street Pier. Check the map; venues are pinpointed.

Ferry to Mona

We have a super flash ferry and it travels between Brooke Street Pier (on the Hobart waterfront) and Mona every half hour or so. Check the timetable and book yourself a ticket.


Surprise! There are car parks all over Hobart. Some are even open twenty-four hours (such as Dunn Place and Market Place).

Regatta Grounds
Free parking during main Dark Mofo event hours
Friday 9–Sunday 11 June, 3–11pm
Thursday 15–Sunday 18 June, 3–11pm
Gates will be strictly closed at 11pm
Regatta Grounds located off McVilly Drive, Hobart

Centrepoint Car Park
Monday–Friday, 8am–6.15pm
Saturday, 8.30am–5.15pm
Sunday, 9.30am–4.15pm
70 Murray Street, Hobart

Argyle Street Car Park
Monday–Sunday, 7am–10pm
38 Argyle Street, Hobart

Salamanca Square
Monday–Sunday, 8.30am–8pm
Montpelier Retreat, Battery Point

Hobart Central Car Park
Monday–Friday, 8am–6.30pm
Saturday, 8.30am–5.30pm
Sunday, 7.45am–4.30pm
Melville Street, Hobart

Vodafone Central Car Park
Monday–Sunday, twenty-four hours
Corner of Argyle Street and Bathurst Street, Hobart

Marketplace Car Park
Monday–Sunday, twenty-four hours
2–4 Market Place, Hobart

Montpelier Retreat
Monday–Sunday, 7am–8pm
1 Montpelier Retreat, Battery Point

Village Cinema Centre Car Park
Monday–Friday, 7am–12am
Saturday + Sunday, 7.30am–12am
181 Collins Street, Hobart

Dunn Place Car Park
Monday–Sunday, twenty-four hours
Corner of Davey Street and Dunn Place, Hobart

Macquarie Point Car Park
Monday–Sunday, twenty-four hours
41 Evans Street, Hobart

Road Closures

There will be some road closures and traffic disruptions across the Hobart CBD. More details announced closer to the festival.


Salamanca Market Shuttle Bus operates a free service on Saturdays between key city destinations including Hobart car parks and Princes Wharf 1, 9am–2pm. Routes and timetable available here.


Hike a bike and use the Intercity Cycleway.

Hobart Bike Hire
Monday–Sunday, 9am–5pm
1A Brooke Street, Hobart Waterfront
0447 556 189

Monday–Friday, 9am–5.30pm
Saturday, 9am–1pm
466 Macquarie Street, South Hobart
(03) 6224 6533

Spoke Bike Hire
Monday–Friday, 10am–4pm
Saturday + Sunday, 9am–5pm
20 McVilly Drive, Queens Domain (Regatta Grounds)
(03) 6232 4848

Monday–Friday, 8am–6pm
Saturday, 10am–3pm
129 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay
(03) 6212 0327

Artbikes (FREE)
Wednesday–Sunday, 11am–5pm
The Barn, Rosny Farm
Rosny Hill Road, Rosny Park
(03) 6245 8740


Phone 133 222 (United) and 132 227 (Taxi Combined).


Just like man buns, Uber has arrived in Hobart at last and only, like, eleven thousand years later than the rest of the world. You know what to do.

Participant Registration

Want to be part of our program? We're on the hunt for performers, dancers, noise makers, actors, and men aged over sixty to fulfil a range of paid and volunteer positions during Dark Mofo 2017.

Register interest


The Dark Pilgrimage competition has now closed. The winner will be notified Friday 26 May by email. Read the terms and conditions here.

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