Dark Mofo is an astonishingly creative and (dare we say it) Bacchanalian midwinter festival that takes over Hobart from June 10 to 21. Cutting-edge art practice and contemporary music form the core of the program that radiates outwards with film, feasts, spectacle and random events such as the Nude Solstice Swim (yes, naked at sunrise in the freezing cold waters of Sandy Bay).

The festival is a project of the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) supported by the Tasmanian Government and the City of Hobart. It describes itself as a “maelstrom of cultural pandemonium” and happenings range from the blockbuster exhibition Tempest at TMAG (including such greats as William Kentridge and Tacita Dean) to a death metal concert and the Odeon and a gothic gala costume ball held in a funeral parlour.

Creative Director Leigh Carmichael has put together an incredibly varied, anarchic, creatively rich program across multiple venues including Mona, the State Cinema, City Hall, Salamanca Place and Dark Park at Macquarie Point. Loads of stuff is free and there’s plenty of cutting-edge public art. Other events are Ticketed. With a line up that includes ZHU, Savages, Chelsea Wolff you’ll need to book now. Our advice? Head south for the winter.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Susie Burge is multi-talented arts, culture and travel writer whose specialist expertise are contemporary art, books, design and interiors. Previous masthead positions include Travel and Lifestyle Editor of GRAZIA Australia and Art Contributor to Harper’s BAZAAR.