Dark Mofo to return in 2021

Dark Mofo to return in 2021

Photo by Dark Mofo/Jesse Hunniford

The Tasmanian festival has announced its 2021 dates.

After being forced to cancel last year’s event due to COVID-19, Mona’s Dark Mofo has announced its 2021 return. Running across seven days in June, this year’s iteration will be shorter and more intense than previous instalments of the event.

What you need to know

  • Dark Mofo 2021 will run from June 16-22
  • The full program will be revealed in early April
  • The future of the festival is uncertain as its five-year funding agreement with the Tasmanian government concludes this year

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The winter festival will look a little different in 2021, scrapping sponsorship and reducing in size to return to what the organisers envisioned Dark Mofo to be when launching it back in 2013.

“It just didn’t feel right to us, we felt it was becoming difficult to distinguish between the art and sponsors at times,” Creative Director Leigh Carmichael told The ABC of the decision to forgo sponsorship this year. “It certainly helped us have a bigger festival, but we’re not sure bigger’s always better.”

While the organisers admit they are wary that this year’s festival could be cancelled again due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, they’ve chosen to go ahead with Dark Mofo 2021.

This year also marks the end of the festival’s five-year funding agreement with the Tasmanian government, though the team behind Dark Mofo are optimistic that won’t spell the end for the beloved festival.

While this year’s program remains under wraps for now, punters can expect to see the return of staple events including the Nude Solstice Swim and the Winter Feast, though the latter will be scaled back this year due to the Hobart City Council withdrawing its financial support.


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Dark Mofo 2021 is happening from June 16-22. Keep an eye on the festival website for more announcements.