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Dark Mofo cancels, reissues tickets for ‘bloody’ Nitsch performance due to fear of protest plot

ABC Online: ‘Fears of a plot to sabotage an upcoming art show featuring a freshly slaughtered animal has led to the Dark Mofo organisers announcing they would reissue tickets because of concerns for the “safety of the artist, performers and audience”… Dark Mofo’s creative director Leigh Carmichael said the ticket cancellation and reissuing was “necessary”, after it found a number of people who registered to attend had done so to “disrupt the performance” or “deny access to others”. Dark Mofo declined to reveal the identity of the individuals involved in the mass purchase. The performance has been the target of public outrage since the announcement, with an Animal Liberation Tasmania petition calling for the show to be dumped attracting over 21,000 signatories…

Animal Liberation Tasmania (ALT) welcomed the decision to reissue tickets but said health and safety concerns of the performance itself remained. Ms Alger said ALT had sent a submission to Health Minister Michael Ferguson outlining their concerns over the event’s safety. She confirmed ALT used “peaceful means of opposition” and there was “never ever a question of endangering public safety through our actions”.’ SOURCE…

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