Winter festival time in Tasmania

Dark MoFo 2019 and more: Festival fever comes to Tasmania this winter


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ROCK FESTIVAL: The stunning Bay of Fires is the setting for the annual Bay of Fires Winter Arts Festival. Photo: Lisa Kuilenburg

ROCK FESTIVAL: The stunning Bay of Fires is the setting for the annual Bay of Fires Winter Arts Festival. Photo: Lisa Kuilenburg

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Festival fever is set to hit Tassie this winter.

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FESTIVAL fever is set to descend upon the East Coast of Tasmania with three events happening this June.

So whether you're into singing your heart out, like thought-provoking performance art or prefer the idea of checking out painters and sculptors at work in their studios there's something for everyone this winter in Tassie.

Bay of Fires Winter Arts Festival

The Bay of Fires Winter Arts Festival, June 8-10, is a three-day celebration of art in all forms and genres.

The event takes place across the beautiful Bay of Fires and Break O'Day region, through the northern reaches of the Great Eastern Drive from Four Mile Creek right through St Mary's, Scamander, St Helens and Binalong Bay.

There will be workshops, dance, fine art, open gardens and exhibitions, with live music, open studios and an art market dotted around the coast and hinterland.

So pack your car and make the most of East Coast driving - a visual spectacular in itself and voted one of Australia's most scenic drives.

www.bayoffireswinterartsfestival.com.au

Festival of Voices

And down south, Hobart will be alive with the sound of song when the 15th Festival of Voices opens on June 28.

The annual festival attracts tens of thousands of people, including hundreds of choristers and vocalists, for ten days of singing and song.

The highlight of the festival is the free Big Sing Bonfire event in Salamanca on July 7.

Between the major choral events are performances by cabaret artists, actors, jazz and contemporary singers from around Australia and overseas.

SOUND CHOICE: Catch pop-up performances from visiting choirs in various venues around Hobart during the Festival of Voices. Photo: Lusy Productions

SOUND CHOICE: Catch pop-up performances from visiting choirs in various venues around Hobart during the Festival of Voices. Photo: Lusy Productions

The festival hub - Voicebox - is a pop-up cabaret style venue in Hobart's City Hall. Other spaces are also activated including churches, museums, small venues, large venues and curious places.

During the day there are dozens of pop-up choir performances in and around the streets and public spaces of Hobart and surrounds.

www.festivalofvoices.com

Dark MoFo

The provokative winter arts festival Dark MoFo returns to Hobart, featuring again the work of controversial artist Mike Parr.

Last year the 73-year-old was buried alive under a busy Hobart CBD street in a steel container, in front of 3000 onlookers.

THOUGHT PROVOKING: The Winter Feast will be returning to Dark Mofo, which runs from June 6 to 23 at various locations across Hobart. Photo: Jarrad Seng

THOUGHT PROVOKING: The Winter Feast will be returning to Dark Mofo, which runs from June 6 to 23 at various locations across Hobart. Photo: Jarrad Seng

This time around he will perform completely blindfolded in a secret location. A live video feed will show Parr navigating a bare gallery space with a brush and black paint.

The artist will then speak about the experience at Hobart's Odeon Theatre the next day.

The location will later be revealed and open as an exhibition for a short time, before the walls are repainted and returned to their original state.

Curated by the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), the the festival explores centuries-old solstice rituals and the links between ancient and contemporary mythology.

As part of the festival MONA will also unveil a new underground tunnel at its museum with exhibitions from Ai Weiwei, Alfredo Jaar, Oliver Beer and Chris Townend.

The festival will open with an ideas symposium called Dark + Dangerous Thoughts, featuring Aussie speakers and international guests.

The Winter Feast will also be back from June 14-16 and June 19-23, and the Nude Solstice Swim is on June 22.

Dark Mofo runs from June 6 - 23 at various locations across Hobart.

www.darkmofo.net.au

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