Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Oops. Tasmania loses its winter festival


Tasmania's crowd-pulling winter festival Dark Mofo, scheduled to be held in Hobart in June, has been cancelled due to concerns around the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).
“It is with deep regret and sadness that we have made the decision to cancel Dark Mofo scheduled for June this year," said Leigh Carmichael, the Dark Mofo creative director.
“After a thorough risk assessment on the potential impact and disruption of coronavirus, we have been left with no option other than to move the current program to 2021.
“The implications of COVID-19, and subsequent travel, financial and logistical issues, are beyond our control.

“The financial exposure faced by [MONA owner] David Walsh of a festival-wide last minute cancellation would run into the millions, and likely end the event permanently. We've had to act decisively to ensure Dark Mofo’s long term survival.

“Our current priority is to minimise the implications and cost on our audience, artists, suppliers, sponsors and key stakeholders, and support our staff through a challenging period."

At this stage, subject to further Government advice, Bon Iver’s sold out performances will go ahead on June 12-13.

Tourism Tasmania said it plans to still market the island state as a winter destination "as we challenge ourselves to find new and innovative ideas to stand out from the crowd over the next few months".

Tourism Tasmania is rolling out a $9.2 million response plan. It says air capacity into Tasmania has been largely maintained, demonstrating the strength of our visitor economy and the confidence our carriers have in our destination.

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