After the devastating Black Summer bushfires, we wanted to help bring tourists back to the Blue Mountains. Importantly, we needed them to stay at least one night in local hotels. With this in mind, we decided to use our event creative direction skills to organise an event showcasing our local and national talent.
How it began
We contacted some quirky workshop hosts who had been wanting to teach in Sydney. We also knew people in Sydney wanted to do these workshops. As a result, we knew they would be keen to travel to the mountains to do a weekend course.
With sought-after Melbourne instructors booked in, we also added a wide range of local workshops. These were to run in and showcase the various Katoomba buildings. Venues included The Carrington, the newly renovated Baroque Bar and the gorgeous old churches.
The evening entertainment was curated by Melbourne musician David Thrussell, along with various Sydney nightclub organisers and DJs. Our overseas talent had to be cancelled due to the onset of Covid-19, and the fact we didn’t think they would be able to fly home.
With such a diverse range of artisans in the Blue Mountains, it was a perfect excuse to have a makers market. These were planned to be held on the lawn in front of The Carrington, along with bands and DJs. Each stall would be themed to suit the event creative direction.
Unfortunately, Dark Mountain was cancelled due to the Covid-19 lockdown. It has been put on the back-burner and will return once things settle down.