Travel Elysium

Dark Mofo 2016

If I could turn back time
If I could find a way – Cher

2017 has well and truly arrived, and with it – summer!

However after a gruelling 2016, being my final year of study, I think it is now time to look back and catch up on all the amazing things I failed to post.

Starting with Hobart’s Dark Mofo. June 2016.

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Dark Mofo is a uniquely Tasmanian event, and I am inspired by the sheer numbers of tourism it brings into the state.

It is a weirdly wonderful winter solstice festival occurring in Tasmania’s capital each year, beginning only in recent years and it’s ever growing.
The festival attracts a large art crowd, but even if art isn’t your thing it’s definitely worth a visit. The displays and events are intriguing, strange, and at times controversial.

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But when you’re a millionaire professional gambler who wants to make his state a little more exciting, you can do what you like! David Walsh is the brains behind this festival, and arguably one of the best things to happen to Tasmania, propelling us forward in the tourism market.

Other worldly operatic performance

Other worldly operatic performance

The festival allows goers to sample the fine fresh local produce we have in Tasmania, including a range of local alcohol from cider to gin. A popular choice is a warm beverage such as mulled wine to counteract the cold Tasmanian winter. To be honest, it’s a lot more about the alcohol than the food.

Winter Feast

Winter Feast

I burnt my fears away in the Giant Ogoh-Ogoh designed in conjunction with UTAS and Balinese locals.

Sea Dragon in progress

Sea Dragon in progress

Complete

Complete

These Balinese monsters gobble up all our fears, and then we set them on fire, burning away all our troubles.
Here’s some from last year:

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House of mirrors - credit: James Kerstan

House of mirrors – credit: James Kerstan

The ever popular ‘blue lights that shoot into the sky and probably has an actual name’ display:

Credit Tim Cooper. @timmy_c6

Credit Tim Cooper. @timmy_c6

Basically – go check it out

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