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Nude swim in freezing cold water

An annual nude swim took place on the Australian island of Tasmania on Wednessday. Many people participated where swimmers braved 11 degree Celsius temperatures.

A total of 1,020 swimmers participated in the Dark Mofo festival swim, the number is far beyoud the organizers had expected, according to the festival’s executive director, Kate Gould.

“It’s been fantastic, it’s exceeded expectations”, she said. “We’d thought we’d get a drop off because it’s Wednesday and it’s cold, it’s very cold this morning…but we were thrilled with the response.”

As members of the Holy Tantra Esoteric Buddhist community played drums and cymbals, swimmers ran into the Derwent River. As the sun rose after the year’s longest night, and warmed themselves by fires lit in bins afterwards.

“This is the best way to start the year”, said one participant.

This is the fifth year the swim has been organized. It takes place on the winter solstice, which marks the shortest day of the year in the southern hemisphere.

Dark Mofo is a winter festival of music and art, featuring exhibitions, light and sound installations and live performances around Tasmania.