Dark Mofo the latest casualty in Australia’s wave of festival cancellations

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Tasmania’s popular winter festival, Dark Mofo, will not go ahead next year as organisers attempt to take stock of changing conditions and rising costs. The cancellation comes amid a string of other festival cancellations, including Falls Festival and This That.

Next year’s Dark Mofo has been cancelled.

“While this was a tough decision, it ensures we move forward in a viable manner,” said the event’s artistic director, Chris Twite, in a press release on Friday. “The fallow year will enable us to secure the future of Dark Mofo and its return at full force in 2025.”

The 2024 event would have been Twite’s first time at the helm after taking over for Leigh Carmichael in May.

Festival organisers had been working with the state government to find ways to proceed with the festival next year, however they ultimately decided it required more time and space to reset and create a more sustainable model for the future.

“Dark Mofo has always been dedicated to enriching and transforming lives through ambitious art and ideas,” Twite said. “We want to make sure that we have a festival that continues to deliver incredible art and artists, that continues to expand its artistic boundaries and remains a beacon of creativity, innovation, and cultural significance.”

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