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If you live in Australia you're probably aware there's something happening in Tasmania, the Country's smallest state with a dark history of colonisation but bright creative future.
If you arrived in Hobart (the capital of Tasmania) 5 years ago, you would have been told by a local (and all the marketing material the state can produce) to visit Port Arthur, an old convict jail and one of the State's biggest attractions. Jump forward to today, and everyone assumes you're here to visit the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).
If you're looking for an urban catalyst, look no further, MONA is it. The brain child of local art collector, controversial entrepreneur and millionaire, David Walsh, MONA is attracting a new breed of tourist, inspiring locals and challenging the status quo. It's probably best described as 'contemporary shock', and isn't for everyone, but complements a city looking towards the future.
When asked 'how would you describe Hobart?', a visitor from Brisbane said 'It's just so sophisticated' while a local commented 'MONA isn't for everyone but we like it nonetheless'. While MONA has helped elevate art to the centre stage, the quality of local food, wine and whisky in addition to a beautiful city harbour, architecture and landscape, all combine to make the perfect formula for potential.
Trending City was lucky to witness this first hand, having arrived in Hobart at the start of Dark Mofo, a winter festival unique to the City, and perfectively timed to promote, embrace and entertain a modern Tasmania. The pagan-like event included art, music, dance, food and fire, and was mostly free, bringing the very best and latest to Australia's most southern capital.
While Dark Mofo highlights some great international artists such as Ryoji Ikeda, Hobart has no shortage of talent. Walk through the city and you see artist store fronts that double as workshops and creative spaces. It's a great experience to witness work being made there and then, and be sold an artwork by the artists themselves instead of some distant middle man. This is perhaps Hobart's greatest asset and one it will need to work hard to maintain.
Definitely one to watch, we look forward to seeing Dark Mofo return next year, bigger and better, and Tasmania continue to produce amazing culture.