Thursday, June 9, 2016

It begins - get amongst it

DARK MoFo 2016 is under way in New Norfolk in advance of the rest of the program which starts tomorrow.

At New Norfolk When?
Thursday June 9–Monday June 13
Saturday June 18
Sunday June 19

Entry by Mirror Only by Mike Parr open to the public for 72 hours straight from noon today (June 9) until noon Sunday (June 12). The venue for Entry by Mirror only will be the former Alonnah House/A Ward at Willow Court, where Mike Parr will be drawing for the duration, or as much as possible. The exhibit will be open to visitors 24 hours a day during this time. The cost of admission to the site during the performance is a mirror, of any kind, to be left behind.

Mike Parr’s Asylum is a one-off installation at Willow Court, in which the Australian performance artist will create works in response to the site of an historic mental institution dating from 1827. Asylum will occupy different buildings including the Barracks (original convict hospital), Carlton House/C Ward (former male maximum security), Alonnah House/A Ward (former female maximum security), and the Occupational Therapy building, with video, sound, photos, objects and an interactive piece. Open from today (June 9) to Sunday June 12, 24 hours (by appointment after dark; register online). Monday June 13, 12-4pm, and Saturday 18-Sunday 19, 12-4pm.

The exhibition and performance contain disturbing content and themes, and may not be suitable for children. Curated by Jarrod Rawlins, the project is presented by Mona and Dark Mofo in partnership with Detached and the Derwent Valley Council.

Free Community Celebration from 5–10pm today (June 9): community feast/street party/garden party in front of the Ladies Cottage in The Avenue, Willow Court, with free food supplied by the Agrarian Kitchen and locally produced drinks available for purchase. Warm yourself by a fire pot while enjoying the best food and drinks that the Derwent Valley has to offer and listening to live music. This community event is a free all ages event and will take place rain, hail or shine! Why not park in Laskey’s car park and enjoy a stroll down High and Burnett Sts, taking in the red lights and decorated shops, and the fire pots that will light the way for visitors.

Street Entertainment between Friday, June 10, and Sunday, June 19, keep an eye out for visiting buskers and food vans in High St. During the Dark MoFo event, shops are being encouraged to offer specials and stay open later during this period to help promote New Norfolk to visitors to Dark MoFo.

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