Dark Mofo, Mona’s midwinter festival, is extending its shadows a little further this year, announcing today the dates for the new major event, Dark and Dangerous Thoughts, planned as part of a ‘prelude’ weekend preceding the Hobart festival at large.
Dark and Dangerous Thoughts (DDT) is a curated symposium of literature, film, and ideas, occupying the Odeon Theatre from Friday 8 June to Sunday 10 June 2018.
Celebrated Canadian Inuk performer, throat-singer, and Indigenous activist, Tanya Tagaq, is the first speaker confirmed to participate in the conversation. Not only an award-winning musician and Member of the Order of Canada, Tagaq’s Indigenous rights activism has sparked heated debate, in her support of seal hunting as a cultural practice and traditional food source.
“In these dark times, we need to insist on freedom of expression. I’m thrilled to be shaping DDT for Dark Mofo, a festival that values independent thinking,” DDT program director Laura Kroetsch said of the program which includes speakers with ‘skin in the game’ around these complex moral and ethical issues.
DDT coincides with exhibitions opening at the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) and Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG), on the same ‘prelude’ weekend, before the festival’s full force engulfs the city the following week. More information will be revealed in early April.
Dark and Dangerous Thoughts: Odeon Theatre, Hobart, Tasmania, June 8-10 www.darkmofo.net.au
Dark Mofo 2018: Various venues, including the Winter Feast, Dark Park, Nude Solstice Swim, and more, Hobart, Tasmania, June 15-24 www.darkmofo.net.au
Program to be announced early April - subscribe for updates: https://darkmofo.net.au/subscribe/