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Dark Mofo presents Winter Feast and more in June 2024

Dark Mofo has confirmed the return of two signature events in 2024, with dates announced today for the Winter Feast and Nude Solstice Swim.

Joining these two rituals will be Night Shift - a late-night club first seen at the 2021 edition of Dark Mofo - and two mammoth events at the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona).

Dark Mofo will present the Winter Feast across two weeks at Princes Wharf 1 (PW1), from Thursday 13 - Sunday 16 June and Thursday 20 - Sunday 23 June, showcasing the best of the best Tasmanian food, wine and spirits, alongside a surprise international guest chef, yet to be announced. 

After a record turn-out of participants last year, the Nude Solstice Swim has an increased capacity for 2024, and will again take place at Long Beach at sunrise on Friday 21 June, welcoming back the light after the longest night.

Night Shift - a highlight of Dark Mofo 2021 - will return to present two nights of dark, dank dancefloor debauchery, well into the early hours, on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 June.

Filling the art-shaped hole left in our midwinter revelry, the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) will open a new exhibition, Namedropping, where Mona’s curators zero in on status and the human pursuit - often fast and ferocious - of looking good in the eyes of others. Running from 15 June 2024–21 April 2025, the exhibition will delve into our human nature - we all seek status, but for what? - and goes to the heart of what makes Mona, Mona.

Namedropping will open with a lavish Gala at Mona on Friday 14 June. Historically invitation-only, this year will be different, with a limited number of tickets to be made available for purchase. Gala attendees will be the first to see the exhibition, with proceeds from ticket purchases raising funds for the Material Institute. The first allocation of tickets will go on sale in March.

“Dark Mofo has established itself as a beacon of artistic exploration and challenging ideas for a decade, immersing audiences in the depths of darkness and the heart of winter,” Dark Mofo Artistic Director Chris Twite said. 

“This year, by taking a fallow year, we are taking a crucial step in ensuring that Dark Mofo continues to be a catalyst for artistic innovation, cultural dialogue, and shared experiences for many years to come.

 “While the festival rests in 2024, the solstice does not, and we are excited to gather once more to present two popular pillars of the Tasmanian midwinter, along with some exceptional extra events,” he said.

The guest chef and lineups of Winter Feast, Night Shift, and more, will be announced soon.

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This winter will be a unique celebration of our coldest and darkest time of the year. And yes, Dark Mofo will return - whole and bountiful - in 2025.


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