Tasmania is enjoying the annual celebration of song, music, spoken word.
A highlight of the festival is the Big Sing & Bonfire. An open air, free family event, a fun sing-a-long, attended by a few thousand people.
A selection of choirs and singers led the crowd in a variety of well known songs, from “Over the rainbow” to David Bowie’s “Under Pressure” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.
As well as formal, organised concerts covering multiple music genres, there are also pop-up events around the city.
Another fascinating event was a walking tour, led by this actress, who shared some of Hobart’s history through the eyes and colourful lives of early female convicts.
“The Founding Fathers may have found things but it was the Founding Mothers who filled this place with life, culture and made a lot of money.”
One of the features of DARK MOFO is the Ogoh Ogoh.
It is a demon like sculpture, common in Balinese Hinduism. People write down their fears, and feed them to the ogoh ogoh. At the end of the festival, the ogoh ogoh is paraded along the street and cremated in ceremonial smoke, fire and noise.
It has taken me a couple of years to get used to this idea, but right now, with everything going on in the world, it felt right to put my fears on paper, give them to this stunning sculpture based on the extinct Tasmanian Tiger, the Thylacine, and watch them go up in flames.
This evening, we joined the parade and “the burning”.
Although it originates from a very different culture and religion to my own, it felt remarkably calming and therapeutic to be a part of this ceremony.
Hobart’s winter festival is in full swing with a two week programme of art and music at numerous venues around the city.
Lasers, lights, live music, food vans and bars.
STREET ART and PERFORMANCE ART
Animation projected onto our “Save the Tasmanian Devil” mural.
Students from the Art College engage with the public.
A banquet of local Tasmania produce and dishes, on offer from a variety of vendors, guest chefs and favourite restaurants, vineyards, distillers. Great food and atmosphere both inside the wharf building and outside with the fire pits.
It has been great to see so many people out, enjoying the festival. All generations, locals and tourists. And the weather has been perfect, dry mild winter nights.
I have learnt a new word today:
ev·a·nes·cent (adjective) – “Soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing.”
The rapidly changing colours before dawn seem perfect for this word. Here are some Hobart sunrises that I have snapped this month.
These 2 photos are 8 minutes apart.
This is an original photo, no editing. Followed by a “cold tone” edit which I think highlights the actual sun rays.
Here’s to a brand new day, new hopes, new opportunities. Wishing everyone a good day.