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Mofo organisers celebrate another ‘success’

Mr Ritchie says visitors from outside Tasmania, who accounted for 50 per cent of ticket sales, could be spotted because they were 'dressed differently.'
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The organisers of Hobart’s Mona Foma festival are hailing the event a success, even though it continues to run at a loss.

Workers have been packing up after the final night of the five-day festival, as organisers count crowd numbers.

Most nights were sold out and almost half of festival-goers were from interstate or overseas.

Festival curator, Brian Ritchie, says the Macquarie Wharf precinct was a popular venue.

“We had an average of between two thousand five hundred and three thousand people per night here plus the majority of the off-site concerts were either very well attended or sold out or even over capacity in some cases,” said Mr Ritchie.

“We had pre-sales of over 50 per cent to interstate and international visitors and even when you look at the crowd, you could see a lot of unfamiliar faces and people who are probably dressed a little bit differently to how we dress down here, and you can spot ’em.”

Despite its popularity, Mr Ritchie says the festival is not expected to turn a profit yet.

“Well we have long term plans to make money but unfortunately by the time that happens, we’re both going to be dead,” he said.

This year’s Mona Foma received a $350,000 State Government grant.