Dark Mofo cancelled due to coronavirus fears

Mona’s winter festival Dark Mofo to be held in June 2020 has been cancelled due to concerns around the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). The current program will move to 2021, organisers have said.

In a statement, Creative Director Leigh Carmichael said, “It is with deep regret and sadness that we have made the decision to cancel Dark Mofo scheduled for June this year. 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 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.”

Organisers have also confirmed that at this stage, Bon Iver’s sold out performances on June 12 and 13 are still set to go ahead as part of their greater national tour.

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