Dark Mofo 2023 dates announced as Hobart Arts Festival president Lee Carmichael steps down

With the dates for Dark Mofo 2023 (June 8-22) announced, comes news of a major leadership change: Lee Carmichael is stepping down as creative director of the Hobart Winter Arts and Music Festival, after nine years in the role.

2023 will be Carmichael’s final year at the helm, and a new artistic director will be appointed to oversee the festival from 2024.

Carmichael has been the Creative Director of Dark Mofo since the festival’s inception in 2013.

“I feel that after ten years of coordinating Dark Mofo, it is time for new energy and new ideas to move the festival forward,” Carmichael said in a statement.

“Dark Mofo holds an important place in the Australian art scene, and I am confident that it will continue to provide opportunities for artists and audiences to experience challenging art in the darkest weeks of the year.”

Carmichael will retain his role as Director of DarkLab, the creative agency behind the festival, which also works on large-scale cultural projects in Tasmania.

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Dark Mofo raised $130,600 for Voices for Children, a charity that supports Ukrainian children and families affected by the Russian invasion.(ABC News: Cam Atkins)

“I will be devoting more time and energy to DarkLab’s other cultural projects and pushing for better places and more public infrastructure for Hobart so that it can establish itself as a vibrant cultural city,” said Carmichael.

DarkLab projects include the Transformer installation by Doug Aitken, a new permanent art facility in Ida Bay in southern Tasmania, due for completion in January 2024; and the ongoing operation and development of the Cultural Venue in Hobart’s Hanging Garden.

The creative agency will continue to organize and produce Dark Mofo.

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