And that’s a wrap! Not one to fizzle out, Dark Mofo went out with a bang! Fireworks at the Winter Feast saluted the sky as the weedy sea-dragon went up with a whoosh in Dark Park on Sunday night. Here are four of the many highlights of Dark Mofo 2016.
Ogoh-Ogoh | The Burning
Oh Ziggy, you fierce, brave beast. What a hero, holding our fears and regrets inside his glorious belly, then sacrificing himself in a ball of flames! (No regrets, though.) Dark Park was an adventurous highlight in itself, but The Burning on the last evening was the perfect send off. Check out #darkpark on Instagram to remember Ziggy and his adventures.
The Nude Solstice Swim
Burning your fears is one way to feel lighter, but this one will also do it. To salute the Winter Solstice, brave souls shed all of their layers (puffer jacket, woollen jumper, thermals, fears and inhibitions) and leapt into the freezing waters of Long Beach, Sandy Bay. Just a regular Tuesday morning, then. Grab a hot chocolate and settle in by the fire before stickybeaking at #nudesolsticeswim on Instagram.
Paint the Town Red
This year was the brightest yet, with loads of business buildings, residences and landmarks all lit up with red lamps, decorations and light displays. New Norfolk particularly went to town on the decorations, warmly welcoming revellers flocking into their town for Asylum. This one is only going to keep growing bigger and brighter! For inspiration for next year, check out #paintthetownred on Instagram.
The Winter Feast
The atmosphere at this year’s fiery Romeo + Juliet themed Feast was incredible. The banquet table was illuminated with thick candles, the alter was worshipped, the fire pits smouldered, the fireworks were banging, and the aromas and tastes were mouthwatering! Until next year, relive the memories via #winterfeast on Instagram.
#goodmorning Another Winter Solstice, another plunge at #sunrise into the chilly waters of the River Derwent for the #darkmofo nude solstice swim! #bracing #hobart #hobartandbeyond #tasmania #instatasmania Thanks to @themercuryphotos for the photo 🏊☔️💦❄️
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I quite like this angle on an ugly building. But I can’t deny that the Hotel Grand Chancellor has over the years gotten into the spirit of Dark Mofo, using its prime waterfront location for evil and really painting the town red. This year some considerable effort had been put into the display which pulsed up and down the atrium like a heart beating. I have a video somewhere – will post when I find it.
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Burning away our fears and regrets at the burning tonight. Last night with @edition.label and JVM. #hobart #hobartandbeyond #darkmofo #darkpark #mona #fire #discovertasmania #tasmania #art #dragon #longexposure #feareatsthesoul #seeaustralia #letsgosomewhere #smoke #nikon #nikonaustralia #paintthetownred
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