'Run its course?': Dark Mofo director says this festival may be the last

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Dark Mofo's creative director says a decision about the festival's future will be made after this year's event, saying its current format may have run its course.

The creative director of Tasmania's popular winter festival Dark Mofo has given his strongest indication yet that this year's event could be the last, saying the event had "perhaps run its course".After border closures and more controversy, a scaled-down Dark Mofo winter festival starts in Hobart today

Typically, interstate tourists make up 65 per cent of all ticket sales and about 80 per cent of those are solely purchased by travellers from Melbourne.Before coronavirus, ticket sales from Melbourne tourists alone generated around $2 million in revenue for the festival, which in 2019 made a total of $11 million — some $8 million more since it first began in 2013.

"As a response to COVID-19 restrictions, we have radically reduced the number of ticketed shows and reduced the risk in the event of border closures," Mr Carmichael said in a statement. But when asked how Dark Mofo's future was looking, Mr Carrmichael said the festival in its current format was under review."Festivals are hard in COVID times, so we'll wait to make a decision after this year's event.Another big change is within the ranks of Dark Mofo organisers themselves.

 

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