The season of darkness is upon us and MONA has shrouded the town in red and black, inviting us to play... so drop your excuses and let's go play! Here are five tips for not just surviving, but thoroughly enjoying Dark Mofo:
1. Plan ahead, but also be open to explore: If you're anything like me, you've left it all to the last minute and some of the events you want to go to are sold out. No surprises there, but there are still plenty of things to do. I sat down with my Dark Mofo Schedule and a pen a few days ago and came up with a schedule of my own. Don't worry, there is still time to do the same! I drew up a loose schedule making sure there was time to go to New Norfolk and get out to MONA and the ticketed events, but kept my Hobart-based events a bit loose because its fun just to go have an explore too.
2. Rug up. Whether you're going to an all-night, sweaty rave or attending a fancy indoors art event, chances are you'll still be standing outside in a queue for a while. Prepare yourself with lots of merino layers, a beanie, scarf and a wind-proof coat. Mother's orders (I made this mistake in a big way last year). You'll thank me later.
3. Having a young family is no reason not to have some fun. A quick trip over the river to the Rosny Barn takes you to Lucy Irvine's incredible woven sculpture art Made of Holes and there's also the Tempest exhibition held at TMAG. You can rug up the kids and head to the Winter feast early on a week night when the crowds aren't so bad, then head to dark park.
4. If you're going to have a big night, make it Sunday. With the Queens birthday holiday being on Monday, you've got an entire day up your sleeve to recover! I don't care how old you are. Go on, call up your babysitter, have a vitamin-rich smoothie and put on your red lipstick. Blacklist and Lustmord still have tickets available and it will definitely be a break from your usual routine.
5. Cram it in, but don't overdo it. I don't know about you, but I'm prone to getting sensory overload, where so much is happening around that I'm unable to really take in and enjoy everything. I know that after reading tip 4 you probably think I'm a hypocrite, but everything in moderation, right? Just prepare yourself. Chances are there is going to be lots of noise, flashing lights, crowds and general debauchery, so plan your days (see tip 1) and make sure you get little rests in between events so that you get to enjoy all of the ones you go to.
So what are you waiting for? Rug up, enjoy the art, embrace the darkness and begin life post-winter solstice with your heart a little darker and your mind a little more open.
Pic credits to MONA.