Smokie’s Utterly in our eyes and ears!

Paula Xiberras
24.06.16 8:39 am


I recently caught up for a phone chat with Terry Utterly, member of English Rock ‘n’ Roll band Smokie and we talked about their forthcoming tour of Australia, including Tasmania. The band boast five hit albums and are as well known in Romania, Greenland, Mongolia, Norway, Sweden and Sri Lanka as they are in Britain and Australia.

Terry tells me the guys enjoyed their last visit to Tasmania three years ago citing the hotel and venues as ‘fantastic’.

Three of the band got together when they were grammar school boys, ironically, at a music shop!

If that serendipitous moment hadn’t happened, well, Terry would have joined the family business and been a lithographer/printer instead of a musician. Lithography means to ‘write in stone’ and in a sense Terry has been a lithographer with Smokie’s music, as some of their songs have become written in the ‘stone’ of our cultural history.

One such song is ‘Living next door to Alice’. Terry says everybody asks who was Alice and what happened to her but never ask about the song’s mysterious Sally! Mick Chapman created the song from the simple story of a boy and girl in love.

With tours requiring over 70 flights a year and the hectic schedule that goes along with them, often means it’s not possible to experience the places they perform because it’s usually a case of 8 hours on a plane then directly to the stage!

This tour Smokie will introduce four new songs in their 1 hour 40 minute show but be assured they will also play all of the hits!

You can see Smokie at The Derwent Entertainment Centre on Friday 11th November at 8pm.

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Lights out for Dark Mofo but the dream continues with House of Mirrors

Rebecca Fitzgibbon, Erin Lawler
23.06.16 3:22 pm


The fourth annual Dark Mofo - Mona’s winter arts festival - came to a close on Tuesday 21 June 2016 as the sun rose again over the city of Hobart after the longest night of the year in Australia.

Early tallying of ticketed events and attendances at events in and around Hobart and Willow Court at New Norfolk show that more than 275,000 people enjoyed the festivities, however full attendance statistics will be compiled over the coming weeks and indicate a significant growth on last year’s numbers.

Festival organisers are again inspired by the enthusiastic support of Dark Mofo events, which reflect the community’s willingness to embrace the cold and dark, and participate in a collective winter celebration through large-scale art, feasting, fire, film, and noise.

Dark Mofo Creative Director Leigh Carmichael said: “There’s something very special happening with Dark Mofo each winter in Tasmania. This festival is taking on a life of its own, as the community embrace the winter period with unprecedented passion. It’s evident with the bustling streets and nighttime revelry in precincts like the Winter Feast and Dark Park, but just as rewarding is seeing fringe events popping up all over greater Hobart.

“It looks like our numbers will have increased on last year, which is great - but our focus remains on providing new and unique experiences, and audience feedback in this area seems positive, so we are all pleased.”

The festival may have drawn to a close but with Tasmanian school holidays approaching, the Dark Mofo dream is far from over, as organisers announce continuation of the House of Mirrors installation at Dark Park on Hobart’s waterfront at Macquarie Point.

The House of Mirrors enticed close to 12,000 visitors across seven nights, inspiring artists Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney to work with Dark Mofo to extend access to the joyously discombobulating fairground attraction, which will continue operations until 10 July 2016.

Described as “a bewitching experience … an artful take on the classic sideshow favourite” (The Guardian), “joyously fun” (Sydney Morning Herald), “a brilliant twist on the old fairground classic” (Daily Review), and “a Dark Park highlight” (ABC News), the House of Mirrors is a delight for young and old.

House of Mirrors re-opens this Friday 24 June 2016 from 5pm-9pm at Dark Park (Evans St, Macquarie Point, Hobart, Tasmania). Continues until 10 July, noon – 5pm (closed Tuesdays; open till 7pm Fridays). Accessible by wheelchair. Door sales are $10. See website for further details:

Other ongoing Dark Mofo events in and around Hobart include: Made of Holes by Lucy Irvine, exhibition at Rosny Barn, Rosny, continuing until 26 June, Big Cheese group exhibition at Contemporary Art Tasmania, Tasma St Hobart, continuing until 17 July, and the major exhibition Tempest, curated by Juliana Engberg at Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, continuing until 20 November 2016.

At the Museum of Old and New Art, Cameron Robbins’ Field Lines continues until 29 August, and supersymmetry by Ryoji Ikeda remains a new work in Mona’s permanent evolving collection.

And as locals know, winter is far from over.

Also keeping the festive fires burning are upcoming signature events, Festival of Voices (June 30 - July 17) which draws choirs and singers from around the world and draws the community together for the Big Sing and bonfire to celebrate, plus the Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest (July 15-17), which is based on the age-old tradition of wassailing the cider orchard to ensure a fruitful harvest in the coming year. Tasmania’s curious winter season has more to offer around the state.

Dark Mofo is a project of Mona, supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania, and the City of Hobart.

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Festival of Voices: One week to go ...

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23.06.16 12:52 pm


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Extended season for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Charles Parkinson
23.06.16 9:56 am



The Tasmanian Theatre Company (TTC) announced today a release of three additional performances after its upcoming production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? completely sold out well before the opening of the season.

Back-by-popular-demand after a sell out season two years ago, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? repeated box office history by selling out again.

“We expected it to be popular but this has exceeded our expectations”,  Artistic Director, Charles Parkinson said.

“There are currently 60 seats left for the entire extended season so anyone who wants a ticket had better move fast.”

The season opens on July 5th.  Tickets are available at or Centertainment.

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Cameron has his teeth firmly entrenched in performing

Paula Xiberras
22.06.16 6:40 am


Earlier this year I spoke to performer and musician Cameron Daddo on the launch of his album ’Behind the Shed’. Cameron was also preparing for his role in musical ‘The Sound of Music’.

Cameron is forever thankful for the role that gave him his great break in the entertainment industry, as host of The Perfect Match when he was barely out of his teens, making him the youngest ever host of a television show. However, Perfect Match was 30 years ago and Cameron has notched up an incredibly diverse resume in his career since then.

It all started, literally, when he was a baby, working as a model he posed as a calendar bunny. He returned to modelling incidentally as an 18 year old when he entered a modelling agency to use the phone and exited with a modelling contract.

In the intervening years Cameron has become a star of musical theatre playing Huck Finn in Big River, worked in LA for many years in such programs as ‘Models Inc’, ‘The West Wing’ and ‘The Mentalist’. Cameron returned to Australia to perform in ‘Legally Blonde’ on stage and now in his present production of ‘The Sound of Music’.

If all of that doesn’t offer enough eclecticism Cameron also is a radio presenter as co-host with Marcia Hines on Smooth FM. Cameron tells me he enjoys all forms of artistic expression.

At the moment that mode of expression is music and he is showcasing his new album ‘Songs from the Shed’, featuring the single ‘George’. The album also includes a duet with Max Merritt on his classic ‘Slipping Away’.

Yet ironically enough, Cameron, considering his Renaissance man reach in the area of the arts, originally studied the sciences with the aim to pursue a career in dentistry.

‘Songs from the Shed’ is available now by Camal Records via Sony Music Australia.

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Moonah Arts Centre: July School Holidays @ the MAC

Moonah Arts Centre
21.06.16 3:29 pm


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Carmen Stephen
21.06.16 3:21 pm




Antarctica, a new musical will make its world debut at Hobart’s Theatre Royal this October. Tasmanians
will be the first in the country to experience this tale about ordinary people in an extraordinary place. Audiences
will be transported to the great southern continent through a story set in one of the most extreme yet beautiful
environments on earth. Exquisite songs and puppetry will truly bring this tale to life.

Today the cast was revealed, including some of the biggest names on stage and screen in Australia.

GENEVIEVE LEMON is a legend of Australian theatre, film and television. Genevieve
played Mrs Wilkinson in both the Australian and West End Productions of Billy Elliot, and
created the role of Shirl in Priscilla Queen of the Desert alongside countless other theatre
credits. She is a familiar face on Australian television with major roles in Neighbours,
Prisoner, The Young Doctors and more recently Rake, Top of the Lake and The Secret
River. She was most recently seen in the Australian hit film, The Dressmaker alongside
Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth.

BOBBY FOX played the lead Tap Brother in the
anniversary season of Hot Shoe Shuffle and Frankie
Valli in the Australian production of the smash hit
musical Jersey Boys. Other Australian musical
productions include Blood Brothers, High Society and
Mamma Mia. He is a four times World Irish Dance champion, and toured with
Riverdance and other dance productions. He is also a cabaret star, appears
regularly on Australian television and recorded a duet with supermodel Miranda
Kerr on his album, The Fantastic Mr Fox.

IMOGEN MOORE, after appearing in Avenue Q, Disney Under The Stars, and
Opera Australia’s Anything Goes she will return to her home town for her first
leading role in a large scale musical, appearing as the shows lead character,
Birdie. She has also recently shared the stage with the likes of David Hobson and
Lisa McCune in the concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies and has been
touring regional Australia as the female lead in sold out shows of A Fine Romance;
the Magic of Fred Astaire. “I am thrilled to be coming back to Hobart for the world
premiere of Antarctica,” Imogen said.

Joining the production are pillars of Tasmanian stage and song, JOHN X, JEFF
MICHEL and KARISSA LANE. John recently returned to Hobart to star in Rock of
Ages, after reprising his role of Pumbaa in the recent Australian production of The
Lion King. Jeff Michel is hot from his one-man show Pedalling Back while Karissa
starred in Wheelers Luck earlier this year and is currently reprising her role as
Honey in the sold out shows of Tasmanian Theatre Company’s Who’s Afraid of
Virginia Woolf. The talent behind the puppetry will be MELISSA KING and BRYONY GEEVES who will bring life
size penguins, giant petrels, wandering albatross and other creatures to life for the audience. Both are well
known from leading puppetry roles in Terrapin Puppet Theatre.

The show also presents two of the hottest names in Australian musical theatre, VINCENT HOOPER and
BRENTON COSIER. Vincent is best known for his current touring role in the musical Heathers and the recent
GFO’s production of The Rocky Horror Show while Brenton, was recently the star in John and Jen and also Rent
at Chapel Off Chapel. Brenton also made his feature film debut this year in the upcoming Mormon Yankees: The
Spirit of the Game and can be seen alongside Ronny Chieng in his ABC program International Student.
Director Terence O’Connell said, “I am delighted to be working with Genevieve and Bobby again and am so
pleased to present this outstanding cast.”

Isolation and adversity will bond a small group of expeditioners working in Antarctica for one extraordinary year.
Be part of Birdie’s story, a young scientist whose life will never be the same following her time in one of the most
extreme yet beautiful environments on Earth. Everything she knows will be questioned as she is forced to find
courage in the face of impending disaster.

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Devonport Regional Gallery
18.06.16 2:02 pm


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Dianne Sheehan, Education & Public Programs Officer
17.06.16 5:52 am

Twilight Tour at Devonport Regional Gallery

Gallery Director Ellie Ray and Curator of Collections Erin Wilson present a twilight tour of the Gallery’s current exhibitions in the Main Gallery on Thursday 23 June, 5.15 pm, accompanied by a complimentary glass of wine and cheese.
The Gallery’s current exhibitions include The Lyons Share: Photographs of the Lyons Family from the Robinson Collection, and Press: Selected Prints from the DCC Permanent Collection.

The Lyons Share celebrates the centenary of Home Hill which was built for the Lyons family in 1916. The exhibition showcases images made by the Robinson Family Business predominantly in the period comprising the 1930s and 1940s. The featured photographs have been printed from digital scans of the original negatives.

Press presents prints from the Collection including etchings, lithographs, screen-prints and monoprints and highlights the diversity and skill prevalent amongst Tasmanian printmakers practicing over the past four decades. The highlight of this exhibition is a series of prints by Bea Maddock (1934–2016).

Cheryl Rose is a contemporary Aboriginal artist whose paintings depicts the beautiful and emotive raw Tasmanian environment. Titled Connection to Land and Place, Rose’s exhibition reflects her strong connection to places across the North West of Tasmania; often those with a strong cultural meaning for Rose. She works with a range of materials, including acrylic, gauche, pencil and orche to express her stories.

Speaking of her work Reflections Familiar to Me (2016, oil on canvas) Rose shares: “I often come [to this place], sit here opposite the view of tussock grass on the other side of the Cam River. The view calms me, quiets my mind. Once I’m quietened, I tend to ponder about the area and why I’m drawn here. It’s familiar.  I’m familiar to the landscape, akin to my people that walked the muddy shoreline. The river recedes from the tussock grass revealing reflections. It seems untouched, even though industrial area is just behind the view.”

Cheryl Rose: Connection to Land and Place opens in the Little Gallery Project Space on Sunday 3 July, 3 pm. Rose will be speaking about her work at 3.30 pm, following the exhibition opening. The exhibition concludes Sunday 7 August.

Ulverstone artist, Jessie Pangas, will be delivering two interactive art-based workshops at Devonport Regional Gallery for children aged 6 to 12 years these July school holidays called ‘Drawn Home’.
Participants will be using the Gallery’s current exhibition The Lyons Share: Photographs of the Lyons Family by the Robinson Collection as inspiration for the making of their own artistic ‘home’. The Lyons Share features photographs of Joe and Enid Lyons and their eleven children in their historic home of ‘Home Hill’.
Workshop participants will be invited to use their imagination and best drawing and collage skills to reflect on and create their own vision of what it is that makes a ‘home’.  Sessions:
Wednesday 6 July, 10 am – 12 pm Wednesday 13 July, 10 am – 12 pm Devonport Regional Gallery Cost: $10 / $8 members (per session) All materials provided Bookings: 6424 8296 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Presented with Devonport Jazz, the Nick Parish Trio will be performing at Devonport Regional Gallery on Friday 29 July, 6–8 pm. The Hobart-based group will be exploring the music of Jim Hall, who was one of the most distinctive voices in the history of jazz guitar. The Nick Parish Trio will interpret and explore Hall’s music in their own way with much improvisation and musical conversation.
Jim Hall’s sound has been described as ‘warm’ and ‘round’ and his approach to improvisation centres around listening and responding to the music of the moment. Hall’s musical style is often subtle, stressing melodic lines and rich harmonies.
Nick is currently undertaking PhD research on Jim Hall, following a long-time fascination with Hall’s music. The Nick Parish Trio was formed 2014 and has performed a number of times in Hobart. This will be their debut on the North West Coast.
Pre-purchase tickets from the Gallery or phone 6424 8296.
Note: this is a standing event, with only limited seating available.
A bar & refreshments will be available for purchase.  No BYO.

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Tasdance’s first work as part of Dark Mofo ...

Jane Forrest
16.06.16 1:42 pm


WHO: Tasdance

WHAT: Hal’cyon – Tasdance’s first work as part of Dark Mofo is a 14-hour dance performance installation of sustained beauty and intensity

WHEN: June 20-21, 4:50pm – 7:40am (sunset to sunrise)

WHERE: Odeon Theatre, Hobart

Hal’cyon brings calm to the Dark Mofo storm

In the cliffe of a ponde of occean, Alcion, a see foule, in wynter maketh her neste and layeth egges in vii days and sittyth on brood … seuen dayes.

This is Hal’cyon, Tasdance’s first performance in Dark Mofo for 2016.

Hal’cyon is a 14-hour dance performance installation of sustained beauty and intensity, in which a single performer nests on an ocean of sound, light, and imagery. The solo is comprised of dancers of all ages and ability, passing the dance between them in a rite of passage through the night of the winter solstice.

The work is closely aligned with an established aspect of the new Artistic Director, Felicity Bott’s dance practice, and is very different from anything Tasdance has attempted before. “It’s wonderful to be able to bring some of the more hybrid elements of my practice to Tasdance and Dark Mofo. It’s not an opportunity that presents itself often, and I am extremely excited about this. Hal’cyon brings professional contemporary dance and relational aesthetics together, that is, it is art that brings people together in a shared activity, collectively building meaning.” Felicity says. About the work, she says “To me, the Hal’cyon bird is a shared representation of calmness, wisdom and determination..we build this together, one minute at a time from sunset to sunrise on the night of the solstice. I am absolutely blown away by the depth of community response to the call out for participation. Performers are coming from all over Tasmania and some from interstate to take part.’

There are around 50 dancers from all ages, experience and background registered to perform as the Hal’cyon with Tasdance, including dancers from local dance companies and schools, such as Second Echo, Drill and Ogilvie High School. “Part of our mission is to be a driver and enabler of dance development and participation in Tasmania, and through Hal’cyon we have been able to connect with a really large and diverse group of dancers in the State” says Felicity.

The audience is as important to the piece as the dancers. Audience members move in and out at their own will throughout the night, attending the nesting dancer as if keeping vigil through a storm. They can choose to come at any time during the night, and stay for as long as they choose.

Bring oil to fire, snow to their colder moods;
Renege, affirm, and turn their halcyon beaks
With every gale and vary of their masters

Marking the turning of world and tides, Hal’cyon passes through the dark threshold of the year’s longest night to arrive, altered, at dawn.  


Since 1981, Tasdance has embedded professional contemporary dance excellence in the cultural life of Tasmania as art form, career pathway and accessible cultural experience. A respected regional contemporary dance company with national and international reach, Tasdance collaborates to invent dance-for-our-times and to inspire the community to participate.


Odeon Theatre
20-21 June 2016
4:50pm – 7:40pm (sunset to sunrise)
Admission – Free
Audience members can choose to come at any time throughout the performance and stay for as long as they choose.

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Danae Effern
16.06.16 11:39 am


“Anyone recalls a Chrissie Hynde-like balance of unsettling lyrical directness and pop composure.” - Rolling Stone

Following the far-reaching success of her independent 2012 studio release Warm in The Darkness, Liz Stringer is back with stunning new full-length album All The Bridges due for release July 1st.

With acclaimed producer and engineer Adam Selzer (The Decemberists, Jolie Holland, Fleet Foxes, M Ward) at the helm, All The Bridges, Stringer’s 5th studio album, was recorded over 8 days in July 2015 at Selzer’s studio, Type Foundry, in Portland, Oregon, USA and features prominent Portland mainstays Luke Ydstie (bass) and Ben Nugent (drums) on rhythm section duties. The result is a vibrant and assured album, playing tribute to the new West Coast sound with the addition of an almost 80’s inspired urgency. Folk and rock and roll, layered with bold electric guitars and rich background vocals, All The Bridges is everything fans have come to rely on from a Liz Stringer album, and more.

‘Anyone’, the album’s lead single, with it’s driving beat and delay-loaded lead guitar, manages to echo homages to classic 80’s rock and roll (Divinyls, The Pretenders) while remaining timeless, with Liz’s distinctive smokey vocal at the centre. A cohesive collection of songs, second single from the album, ‘Protecting Myself’ speaks to the hypocrisy of those with power who are prepared to destroy anything that stands in the way of their personal gain while defending their greed.

In the decade since her first album release Soon in 2006, Stringer has enjoyed a unique position in the Australian music scene. 2012’s Warm In The Darkness was shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize and earned Liz two Age EG nominations for Best Female and Best Album, and her reputation for captivating live shows and transcendent musicianship has garnered the esteem of peers and collaborators including Mia Dyson, Jen Cloher and Mick Thomas.

Having earned one of the country’s most devoted followings through a long-standing commitment to regional touring, interest in this distinctive artist is now growing internationally, with extensive tours in Canada and Germany in 2015 as well as showcases at international music conferences in Kansas City and Nashville. With several of Australia’s prestigious festival appearances on her list, including Blues Fest, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, Apollo Bay Music Festival, Mossvale Music Festival and the Australasian World Music Expo, Liz will head off on tour in the later part of 2016 in support of new album All The Bridges.


Wednesday 31 August - Club Mullum, Mullumbimby, NSW
Thursday 01 September - Junk Bar, Brisbane QLD
Saturday 03 September - Darwin Railway Club, Darwin NT
Sunday 04 September - GYRACC, Katherine NT
Wednesday 07 September - El Questro, Durack WA
Thursday 08 September - Gulliver’s Tavern, Kununurra WA
Friday 09 September - Divers Tavern, Broome WA
Wednesday 14 September - The Junkyard, Maitland NSW
Thursday 15 September - Lizotte’s, Newcastle NSW
Friday 16 September - Django Bar, Sydney NSW
Saturday 17 September - Howler, Melbourne VIC
Sunday 18 September - Beechworth Town Hall, Beechworth VIC
Wednesday 21 September - Red Room, Ararat VIC
Thursday 22 September - Sookie Lounge, Belgrave VIC
Friday 23 September - Wheaty Hotel, Adelaide SA
Saturday 24 September - Red Hot Music, Devonport TAS
Sunday 25 September - Caravan Club, Oakleigh VIC
Friday 16 December - Settlers Tavern, Margaret River WA
Sunday 18 December - Fremantle Arts Centre - Sunday Music, Fremantle WA

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Emma Wiking
15.06.16 4:37 pm

Photo Credit: Ian Laidlaw

Tour includes ...

• Wednesday June 22nd ­ Club 54 ­ Launceston, TAS, W/ Cardinels

• Thursday June 23rd ­ Brisbane Hotel ­ Hobart, TAS, W/ Dog Dreams

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Meath Melody maker much more to say and sing

Paula Xiberras
14.06.16 8:41 am


It’s late night Irish time when I ring Irish musician Nigel Connell for a chat. He’s just returning from a night at the cinema seeing ‘Deadpool’, the superhero spoof. Nigel is somewhat of a superhero himself demonstrated in his running of marathons, usually for charitable causes, and his music supporting issues such as suicide prevention and neurological disorders in children.

Nigel hails from Meath, the ancient home of Ireland’s high kings, appropriate for this ruler of rhythm!

The songwriter and performer manages to juggle his marathon running with his eclectic work as a musician. To most people in Australia (apart from his cousins in Canberra and Brisbane) Nigel was probably best known as the drummer in Daniel O’Donnell’s band but Nigel also works in Ireland as a wedding singer and in his own Pearl Jam tribute band called ‘Pearl Gem’..

Nigel always had a keen interest in exploring every city he visited when on tour with Daniel, including Tasmania, and for that reason he has become well known to many of us here. More than a visiting performer we can happily call the affable Irishman a friend. Not feeling the necessity to change his routine when on tour. Nigel continues his marathon running, wherever he might be, when he’s in Hobart, he utilises the streets of Sandy Bay. Not content with just knowing our roadways Nigel is also familiar with many businesses along the way. The last time he was in Hobart he even had time to pop in to the local village cinema to catch a movie! With his wife of German heritage it means Nigel has an appreciation of German cuisine, especially bakery items, so when he’s in Hobart he lists the Brezel Backerei at Sandy Bay as one of his favourite eateries! Ironically even before he made his first visit to Tasmania Nigel already had a friend who had spent time here doing agricultural work and suggested to him Tasmania would be a place he felt at home!

This year Nigel added another string to his already seriously stretched bow as he participated in ‘The Voice Ireland’. Nigel thought it was time to extend himself even further by doing something different that would benefit his own musical journey, Nigel knows all musicians/performers crave the widespread exposure such programs as ‘The Voice Ireland’ grant. Indeed, Nigel’s experience of ‘The Voice’ has created a buzz with offers of interviews from a number of Irish papers including ‘The Independent’, ‘The Sun’ and ‘The Daily Mirror’. Nigel tells me ‘The Voice’ has showcased him to a wider audience and he is enjoying new popularity with his 16 year old niece who thinks her uncle is ‘great’ and ‘cool’.

Nigel’s album is called ‘Nothing more to say’ but in this instance Nigel has just began, with much more to say and sing.

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Support the Tasmanian Requiem ...

Frances Butler, Producer, A Tasmanian Requiem & Constantine Koukias, IHOS Music Theatre & Opera
13.06.16 1:00 pm


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Some time ago you kindly supported IHOS Opera and we are now writing to you to invite your support of a new Tasmanian work - an exciting and unique oratorio for voices and brass.

A Tasmanian Requiem is about loss of innocence. It is set in an Antipodean paradise where European arrival plays out an ageless story of sin and exile that reaches to the moral heart of humanity. A creative work without precedent, it searches our island’s dark history; seeking opportunity for atonement through a layering of literary and musical traditions from Europe with the ever-present culture of Aboriginal Tasmania.

A Tasmanian Requiem looks beyond the beginnings of civilisation to confront the burden of colonial history. It is a journey through grief and hope that will leave you moved and inspired by the freedom that exists in a moment of truth.

This is a ground-breaking collaboration by Helen Thomson (composer), Greg Lehman (librettist), Julie Gough (visual artist/set designer) and Frances Butler (producer). In production we also have the talents of Robert Jarman (director), Gary Wain (musical director) and the Island Brass Quintet.

As you know, these are difficult times to make innovative and risky art. We have been able to secure development support from Arts Tasmania and the Australia Council, and the support of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, but still have a long way to go. 

We have set a goal to raise $25,000 by June 30 to ensure the work can be premiered in April 2017 at the Theatre Royal.

Constantine Koukias is generously supporting the project by mentoring Greg with libretto and advising Frances in production. As you supported IHOS, we ask you to help us create this wholly Tasmanian work by making a fully tax-deductible donation – it will make a big difference.

A Tasmanian Requiem is auspiced by Tasmania Performs, an initiative of Arts Tasmania managed by Performing Lines.

It’s easy to donate via our auspice partner - Performing Lines: just make your donation by one of the methods below, complete the form and send it to Performing Lines.
Thank you for being part of the IHOS family over the years. We hope you will support this new production and the creative team of A Tasmanian Requiem.

Warm regards,

Frances Butler, Producer, A Tasmanian Requiem
& Constantine Koukias, IHOS Music Theatre & Opera

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Singing Sisters look to Skye

Paula Xiberras
13.06.16 8:10 am


I recently spoke to Skye Lockwood, one half of Adelaide-based pop group Auguste, (the other half being sister and best friend Beth Keough) about their new self- penned single ‘Kingdom’. 

Skye finds writing in collaboration with Beth a very different and understandably longer, (because both participants need to agree) process than her individual writing.

The complete artistic package, as well as writing and performing, Skye is also a true musician having taken up the guitar at age 18.

Auguste’s last single ‘Slow Motion’ enjoyed great success with’ up to 200,000 soundcloud streams’ and no doubt ‘Kingdom’ will enjoy just as much if not more success. ‘Kingdom’ is a song that annunciates the importance of defending one’s personal space from unwelcome invaders. With its line ‘this corner is my kingdom’ is a strong statement on keeping that personal space just that!

Accompanying the girl’s song in the video is a vision interpreted by dancers Jess Stratton and Aiden Kane Munn. The story of the video sees the girls as every bit royal rulers observing the dancers involved in a fight for the kingdom.

Skye tells me she has never been to Tasmania but would like to bring Auguste’s music to our state ‘as soon as possible’.
The duo’s name has gone through some changes before they settled on ‘Auguste’ which was chosen because it was the birthday of someone close to them whom they lost. They added the ‘e’, as Skye says to ‘shake it up’.

When she isn’t performing as part of ‘Auguste’, Skye works in music marketing helping other bands on their musical journey.

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13.06.16 7:50 am


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Tassie daughter Michaela, sings with Galaxy of Suns

Paula Xiberras
11.06.16 5:22 pm


She may be known as a Sydney installation artist now but Michaela Gleave is one of our own, a young woman from the North West Coast of Tasmania who dreamt dreams at Rocky Cape and metaphorically drew a cape over the universe capturing all of its beauty in one of the most original and vast art installations ever.

The ‘ethereal’ and ‘whimsical’ project encourages us to ponder perspective of our scale in the universe and to visualise the concept of ‘how far we can’t see’, following from this limitation is the limitation of the language we use to describe the universe that is ‘earth based’. Born out of Michaela’s time as an artist in residence at the CSIRO she sought to consider the possibility of creating a closer communion and a conversation with the stars themselves, listening to their language.

The live performance launches its digital smartphone app and interactive performance for Dark Mofo at Dark Park on June 10 and a sister performance with Bristol’s choir repeating the performance will feature at the UK’s Bristol Biennial in September.

While the concept may be a little challenging to get one’s mind around to put it simply the performance is ’the meeting of astronomy and music’ teamed with ’live performance and light displays’. The very stars themselves ‘will be transcribed into musical scores live, transferred to the app holder who will be able to play the stars where ever in the world they might be’. This uniting of the universe will come about by the following science. The 36 TSO choristers ‘accompanied by percussion and lighting’ will be delivered in real time by ‘microtonal sonic cues’ allowing the singers ’to sing the stars live’.

The Tasmanian symphony orchestra chorus will be joined by Michaela, Amanda Cole, the composer and the programmer Warren Armstrong, as well as Astronomer Dr Michael Fitzgerald available with advice.

Michaela loves the idea of what she calls bringing this ‘great beast’ to Tasmania and the fact it will reach out to rocky cape!

Perhaps another ‘cape’ is in Michaela’s mind for the future…Cape Canaveral. Michaela would dearly love to take her performance to NASA itself!

You can download the app (see link below) and experience Galaxy of Suns when it launches on Friday the 10th and Saturday the 11th of June 5pm at Dark Park and 10th to 21st of June at locations around Tasmania.

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Savages cancel Australian tour, Dark Mofo replacement announced

Rebecca Fitzgibbon
11.06.16 4:17 pm

Eddie Current Suppression Ring ...

British rockers Savages have this morning announced a cancellation of their Australian national tour this month due to unforeseen circumstances. The band will not be performing in Hobart for their sold-out Dark Mofo show on Saturday 18 June 2016.

Festival Creative Director Leigh Carmichael said:

“We are extremely disappointed by the last minute cancellation of Savages Australian tour. 68 per cent of tickets to this sold out show are from interstate, so we are going to have some extremely dismayed patrons. While we know this announcement is going to be discouraging for ticket holders, for those heading to Hobart this week we say ‘don’t let the f*#kers get you down.’

“Savages will leave a curatorial hole in the overall festival experience that is impossible to replace. However, our team has worked tirelessly for the past 24 hours, to find a replacement and we are excited to announce that joining the festival, will be much-loved, rarely seen in the wild, Melbourne rockers Eddy Current Suppression Ring, supported by psych-rock collective King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, and multi-instrumentalist JP Shilo, founding member of Hungry Ghosts.”

Ticket holders for Savages at Dark Mofo will be contacted by Mona Ticket Support today.

A limited number of tickets to Eddy Current Suppression Ring + King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard + JP Shilo may be available from Wednesday 15 June. Register interest here:

Eddy Current Suppression Ring

+ King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard

+ JP Shilo

Saturday 18 June 2016

Odeon Theatre, Hobart

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Constance Ari Presents: Neither Here nor There

Emma Luimes
09.06.16 7:00 pm

Artists: Connie Anthes (NSW), Karin Chan (TAS), Todd Fuller (NSW), Natasha Manners (VIC), Lucy Parakhina (TAS) and James Wilson (TAS).

Constance Ari


Neither Here Nor There

Railway Roundabout Memorial Fountain, June 15-19

Artists Invigorate Hobart’s Railway Roundabout

Pedestrians will be in for a surprise when Constance Artist Run Initiative launches their latest exhibition, Neither Here Nor There, in the tunnels below Railway Roundabout Memorial Fountain.

The unlikely venue will see six Tasmanian and mainland artists take over the tunnels during Dark Mofo. 

“We chose the tunnels because it’s a place that people walk through all the time, but don’t give much thought to. The artists want people to experience the art and the space in new and interesting ways,” says curator, Rebecca Holmes.

Neither Here Nor There
June 15, 6:00 PM – June 19, daybreak.
Railway Roundabout Memorial Fountain, Liverpool Street, Hobart.

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Constance ARI
Constance ARI provides a fluid platform to support emerging contemporary artists, collectives and curators. As a siteless model, Constance activates non-traditional spaces and fosters works that are site-responsive, experimental and innovative.

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Dark Mofo 2016 Opening Weekend ...

Dark Mofo
09.06.16 2:59 pm


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Moonah Arts Centre: DARK MOFO AT MAC

Darl Mofo
09.06.16 1:50 pm


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Festival of Voices: Winterlight

Festival of Voices
09.06.16 10:24 am


Festival of Voices is thrilled to be opening this year’s festival with a brand new event in Launceston, Winterlight.

Beginning in City Park, audience and performers alike will join together in song for a procession through the streets of Launceston, finishing in Inveresk for a free concert, led by comedian Rachel Berger, showcasing the best artists of the festival, alongside our outstanding local choirs, bands and performers.

Winterlight invites the whole community to join together and participate in a celebration that brings light and warmth into the darkness of winter.

Including Lady Sings It Better, Tina C, Jamie MacDowell & Tom Thum, Deborah Conway, The Embers, Encore Theatre, Vox Harmony, Pink Ladies.

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Siobhan Kranz
09.06.16 10:17 am


Frontier Comedy are delighted to welcome ‘human sound-effects machine’ Michael Winslow back to Australia this July and August for his most extensive stand-up tour of our shores to date.

The master of vocal gymnastics was last in Australia for Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2014, which saw him sell out all nine Yarraville Club performances and pick up a bevy of rave reviews along the way including a four-star review from the Herald Sun.
Winslow’s mastery of vocal gymnastics first came to prominence on the stand-up circuit in the early 80s after doing voiceovers for both Disney and Universal Studios for films like Back to the Future and Terminator.

His performance as Sgt. Larvelle “Motor Mouth” Jones in the Police Academy movie series saw Winslow become a household name, a role specifically created to showcase his vocal talents. Notably, his is the only character to appear in all instalments of Police Academy including all seven movies, the cartoon and the television series.

Appearances in Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs and Gremlins quickly followed, with audiences amazed by Winslow’s incredible ability to create remarkably convincing sound effects – machine gun fire, helicopters, a harmonica, police sirens – using nothing more than his voice. More recently, Winslow has been animated (and voiced himself!) on The Simpsons and Family Guy, and his in-demand talents have been showcased on countless video games and apps.

A mix of impersonations, impressions, story-telling, music and sound effects, Winslow’s live show is not a traditional stand-up comedy routine but a sound-fuelled adventure that showcases his truly remarkable talent.

His signature renditions of rock gods like Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, as well as a re-enactment of an entire Star Wars battle scene, have made Winslow’s live show a ‘must-see’ performance. Don’t miss Michael Winslow, an inimitable talent and icon of comedy’s golden age, live this winter.

July - August 2016

Presented by Frontier Comedy

Tickets on sale Thurday 16 June (10am local time)

For full tour information visit

Fri 29 Jul       Hamilton Hotel | Brisbane, QLD *                (18+)
Sat 30 Jul     Lonestar Tavern | Gold Coast, QLD *              (18+)
Thu 4 Aug     Panthers | Penrith, NSW *                        (18+)
Fri 5 Aug       Workers Club | Revesby, NSW *                    (18+^)
Sat 6 Aug       Village Green Hotel | Mulgrave, VIC *            (18+)
Thu 11 Aug     Gateway Hotel | Corio, VIC *                      (18+)
Fri 12 Aug     Shoppingtown Hotel | Doncaster, VIC *          (18+)
Sat 13 Aug     Chelsea Heights Hotel | Chelsea Heights, VIC *  (18+)
Thu 18 Aug     Hallam Hotel | Hallam, VIC *                      (18+)
Fri 19 Aug     York on Lilydale | Mt Evelyn, VIC *                (18+)
Sat 20 Aug     Granada Tavern | Hobart, TAS *                  (18+)
Wed 24 Aug   Entertainment Centre | Darwin, NT *            (All Ages)
Thu 25 Aug   Arkaba Hotel | Adelaide, SA                     (18+^)
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Fri 26 Aug     Yarraville Club | Yarraville, VIC *                  (18+^)
Sat 27 Aug     Dapto Leagues Club | Dapto, NSW *              (18+^)

* Not Frontier Touring shows
^ U18s must be accompanied by parent/legal guardian

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Ticket scalping warning from Dark Mofo organisers

Rebecca Fitzgibbon
08.06.16 3:55 pm


Dark Mofo organisers have issued a warning to festival-goers, urging them to avoid purchasing tickets from unauthorised sellers after yesterday’s announcement of another six performances selling out.

Mona’s ticket support team has received information regarding fraudulent Dark Mofo event tickets being sold on online sites and community noticeboards. Legitimate Dark Mofo tickets have a one-time entry barcode that will be scanned upon entry. Some fraudulent tickets have allegedly been posted online with prices up to $200 per ticket.

Events in high demand that have sold out include ZHU, Chelsea Wolfe, Savages, Ryoji Ikeda’s supercodex (live set), Heart of Darkness, and pre-sales to the late-night event Blacklist (Sunday 12 June tickets are still available, as well as door sales each night).

“Dark Mofo and Mona are the only place to purchase tickets to our events, and we can’t guarantee the validity of tickets purchased through any other channels,” Creative Director Leigh Carmichael said, adding that it’s another reminder to purchase tickets early to avoid disappointment.

“Due to capacity and safety concerns, we can’t let more people in to shows even if we want to,” Carmichael said. “We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time at Dark Mofo events.”

Dark Mofo events begin today across Hobart, continuing until June 21, 2016. Some tickets are still available for purchase, and many events are free to enter. The full program and ticket details are online at

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Despard Gallery: Museum of Doubt

08.06.16 2:59 pm



Glen Clarke, Josh Foley, Tony Garifalakis, Grant Hill, Peter Hill, Patrick Pound, Michael Vale, Louise Weaver and Robert Zhao.

Curated by Dr. Peter Hill.

Opened by a mystery VIP and live music performance by XYDEP XYDAHLIA!


Opening just two days before DARK MOFO, this eclectic exhibition brings new art to Tasmania to celebrate the Winter Festival and stimulate your visual senses. Nine national and international artists whose work encompasses the concept of ‘Doubt’, we invite you to view these artist’s interpretation of the theme and enjoy the lightness, the darkness, and the strangeness of their works.

“I have a great sympathy with both doubt and faith as beacons for navigating this sublime universe,” says curator Dr. Peter Hill. “Remembering that the sublime in art, as in life and death, hovers between beauty and terror. Doubt and faith are both on the same side of the same coin – a coin that has “certainty” on the reverse. Most of the problems we face today are caused by individuals and nations being “certain” that they have the answer. Don’t listen to them. Be skeptical. The truth can be approached, as Karl Popper, the great philosopher of science tells us, but it can rarely be found. It can only be falsified.”

So bring your doubt and your faith to this Wunderkammer of Superfictions and join us for a celebratory drink to open this new show!

8 JUNE - 3 JULY 2016

Online exhibition preview here:

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Unhoused: Encounters with the hidden in the Allport

Emily Bullock
07.06.16 2:30 pm

Image credit: Julie Gough, detail from Hide, 2016, frottage on paper (wax crayon, 2, framed).

Encounters with the hidden in the Allport
Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts
9 June – 30 September, 2016
Opening event: 9 June, 5.30pm

All welcome

A contemporary art exhibition offering alternative and surprising ways of understanding
one of the most historically significant collections in Hobart – the Allport Library and
Museum of Fine Arts.

Featuring site-specific work by Linda Fredheim, Julie Gough, Brigita Ozolins, Sally Rees and
Elissa Ritson. Curated by Dr Emily Bullock.

These five Tasmanian artists have engaged with lesser-known items held in the Allport
collection. The work is installed in the main gallery, amongst the museum displays and in
the Library. Each artist has chosen to focus on a particular historic figure, artefact, or its
absence and has responded using sculpture, video, performance, furniture and collage.

The exhibition will feature a unique, marathon reading event on Friday 17 June from 12
– 8pm. With the help of a community of women-only readers, Brigita Ozolins will read
aloud from Australia’s extremely rare second novel, Woman’s Love by Mary Grimstone.

“Occupying a liminal place somewhere between nightmare, memory and imagination,
Unhoused tranforms the experience of visiting the normally staid Allport Library and
Museum of Fine Arts collection. The lights are low, the usually carefully ordered displays
have been unsettled, and surprising objects have been unearthed from the depths of the
archival collections. A sense of disturbance and mystery everywhere pervades the
Museum’s darkened rooms.”

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Emma Wiking
07.06.16 11:11 am


Leah Flanagan offers you ‘Chills’, the first single from the forthcoming album Saudades.

The opening track on the album, ‘Chills’ sets the scene as Leah’s beautifully wry voice contemplates the heartache of being close to someone emotionally distant, feeling the wrongness and loving them anyway.

The culmination of two years’ work, Saudades was recorded live in the studio with Leah’s band and music director/producer Niall Anderson. Majority of the album was made at the studio of Midnight Oil’s Jim Moginie in the Northern Beaches of Sydney, then mixed by Paul McKercher (You Am I, Augie March). Leah’s smokey voice is given full flight with her intuitive backing band driven by the empathic guitar prowess of Adam Pringle, award winning jazz bassist Jonathan Zwartz, Niall Anderson on keys and vibraphone and Miles Thomas on drums.

A songwriter with Venetian, Aboriginal and Irish heritage, Leah Flanagan draws deep from a fascinating historical, geographical and cultural mix. Her incredible journey as an artist is woven with star-studded collaboration with the likes of John Cale, Sinead O’Connor, poet Sam Wagan Watson and France’s Orchestre National de Jazz; a stint in the acclaimed Black Arm Band; duetting with Paul Kelly, taking the stage with Bart Willoughby and Ursula Yovich and recently recording a duet of Archie Roach’s ‘I’ve Lied’ with Marlon Williams.

Raised in Darwin and now calling Sydney home, Leah Flanagan holds a Bachelor of Music from the Elder School of Music in Adelaide where she majored in Classical Voice. Leah’s status as an Indigenous musician is one of pride and respect; she has helped make history with such recent essential albums as Archie Roach’s 25th anniversary reissue of Charcoal Lane and Buried Country 1.5, The Story of Aboriginal Country Music. Now with Saudades she writes an emotional history, one that resonates with her rich musicality; steeped in the complicated romance of deep feelings, wild at heart.

Leah Flanagan sets off on tour through July in support of ‘Chills’, kicking off in Brisbane and running through Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Sydney and Newcastle. 



Thursday 14th July - The Bearded Lady, Brisbane
Friday 15th July- Leaps & Bounds Festival, Richmond Theatrette, Melbourne
Saturday 16th July - The Grand Poobah, Hobart
Sunday 17th July - The Jade Monkey, Adelaide
Thursday 21st July - Midnight Special, Sydney
Saturday 23rd July - Sunset Studio, Newcastle
Sunday 24th July - Front Bar and Gallery, Canberra

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Burnie, Country Club, Wrest Point, Devonport: Daniel ‘Johnny Cash’ Thompson

Paula Xiberras
07.06.16 7:44 am


The rich tones of Daniel Thompson’s Johnny Cash-esque voice travel down the phone lines to Tassie, a precursor to Daniel’s annual visit! You have to pinch yourself as a reminder that you aren’t speaking to Cash himself but one of his greatest tribute artists!

Having notched up so many visits Daniel is very familiar with and loves Tasmania. He especially enjoys indulging in reflective activities like wandering around constitution dock, the beautiful old buildings of Launceston and for the first time is looking forward to the inclusion of Burnie in his tour schedule!

This year Daniel’s tribute act will have a slight twist in not focusing solely on Johnny Cash but instead to a host of his contemporaries from the 70’s as well. Daniel says as many of these artists have been categorised as country artists we rarely hear their music on mainstream radio stations.

This is no reflection on these great songs which Daniel agrees don’t get the exposure they deserve. Many of these acts are still active and making new music, one example being Dr Hook’s Dennis Locorriere, who regularly tours, including Tasmania.

As is always the case with any of Daniel’s presentations there is a wealth of interesting trivia to learn about the artist as well as enjoying the music.

For two of the most challenging voices Daniel replicates in this show, he says, are those of Glenn Campbell and John Denver. He has some interesting bits of info about both, including the fact that Glenn Campbell was part of The Beach Boys.

John Denver reminds us that Denver had great difficulty as a country/pop artist being accepted by the country music fraternity.

Daniel hopes the show will canvas where many of these artists started and where they ended up in their career.

For those Johnny Cash fans Daniel tells me next year he will be back with an all new Johnny Cash show.

You can see The Greats of 70’s Country Music presented by The Johnny Cash Show in Tasmania at the following locations:





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Darl Mofo, Hobart Airport
06.06.16 4:03 pm

A pleasant surprise will greet travellers touching down in Hobart this winter as they peer out their windows to see a glowing red ‘WELCOME TO ART’.

Hobart Airport and Dark Mofo announce a new partnership, celebrating the opening of Hobart’s internationally acclaimed winter festival with a high-visibility activation: altering the iconic sign that sits atop of the main arrivals terminal.

Along with the temporary removal of the ‘HOB’, visitors will see some other Dark Mofo inspired touches as they travel through the Airport during the festival. 

With the Grand Chancellor, Tasman Bridge, and Wrest Point Casino among those choosing to go red in recent years, local support for the ‘Paint the Town Red’ campaign driven by Destination Southern Tasmania, the Tasmanian Hospitality Association and Hobart Chamber of Commerce, continues to create a spectacular image of the city.
Hobart Airport General Manager Corporate Affairs Mel Percival praised the efforts of festival organisers who continue to create an event that surprises and engages visitors and locals.

“Dark Mofo is a unique event, it celebrates our winter season inviting both visitors and locals to embrace the cold, and engage with new experiences.  It has been a huge boost in attracting visitors during winter months,” said Ms Percival.

With the support of the Dark Mofo team and some creative thinking we are starting the excitement as soon as visitors touch down in Hobart. 

The celebration of all things Dark Mofo coincides with the Airport’s sponsorship of Black Box, a popup performance space which will play host to some of the festival’s most intriguing acts. 

“We are excited this year to increase our involvement with Dark Mofo, not just through ‘painting the Airport red’ but also through supporting the Black Box performance space.”   

Black Box highlights include RBMA presents Ephemera Live with Tim Hecker and Marcel Weber (MFO), a drone-driven sound and light experience coupled with the scents of conceptual perfumer Geza Schoen. 

Accompanying Ephemera Live in the Black Box program will be Welsh dark ambient composer Lustmord, supercodex (live set) from Japanese audio-visual artist Ryoji Ikeda, the ‘hallucinatory’ theatrical performance The Bacchae by St Martins Youth Theatre and Fraught Outfit, and a new dance event addition, Red Bull Music Academy x Boiler Room present Chronicles 003: Mark Pritchard. 

Dark Mofo Creative Director Leigh Carmichael said: “Hobart Airport is now the first glimpse of Dark Mofo festivities for most of our interstate visitors, and presents a great opportunity to make them feel welcome. We are very excited about this new partnership and the many possibilities it will provide to enhance the visitor experience.

“In order for us to continue to provide a world-class festival, we need support - and it’s reassuring to see the Hobart Airport is committed to the Tasmanian people, and our state’s cultural activity. We hope that by working in collaboration with Hobart Airport we can attract even more interstate and international visitors to the festival as we move forward.” 

Dark Mofo officially commences on June 10 and will run through to June 21. 

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