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Our Guide to Mona Foma 2023

In town from 23 – 26 February 2023, Mona Foma or MoFo, as it’s fondly referred to by locals, is Mona Museum’s summer festival of arts.

It’s got all the art, music and other weird and wonderful elements you love about Mona mixed with a fun summer twist that’s sure to keep all festival goers satisfied. Whether you’re traveling from far and wide or you’re a local, check out our guide below to help you make the best of your time in nipaluna / Hobart and Southern Tasmania for the festival.

2023 Mona Foma
2023 Mona Foma

Hobart Mona Sessions

Mona Lawns, nipaluna / Hobart

Mona Sessions: Friday, 24 February

Featuring Peaches, Chloe Kim and Shoeb Ahmad

Mona Sessions: Saturday, 25 February

Featuring Pavement, Angel Olsen, Jockstrap and Van Diemen’s Band + Ensemble Kaboul

Mona Sessions: Sunday, 26 February

Featuring Bikini Kill, Vieux Farka Touré, Kutcha Edwards and Miss Kaninna

Festival fun without breaking the bank


Missed out on tickets? Don’t fear, there is a huge range of free events all around Hobart throughout the festival. For music lovers, enjoy the sounds of Chloe Kim, party the night away with Dumb Function or find your inner zen with Morning Meditations. You can also listen to the moving Songs for Freedom on the Mona Lawns guided by Ngarluma and Yinjibarndi Elders, songwriters from the Pilbara town of Roebourn. 


Strange materials, unique sounds and creative visuals can all be expected of the displays on for the festival. For maximum impact with minimal spend, check out one or all of the free art exhibits across the city. Head to Antieternity by Jessie French to see their work created with algae-based bioplastic, uncover a ‘blackened utopia’ at Last Messages,  hear the recordings of prayer and worship from across the state at Prayer and bask in the light at Uneasy Architect

Grab a ticket to avoid festival FOMO

With a jam-packed line up of big name acts, tickets are going fast so don’t waste any more time. Lock in your favourites before they’re all gone! Exclusive to Hobart, the remaining Bon Iver tickets won’t be around for much longer. For the full summer festival experience, make sure to grab a ticket to the iconic Hobart Mona Sessions held on the lawns. Saturday has already sold out but Friday and Sunday are still available. 

Concert on the Lawn, Mona. Image Credit: Mona and Rémi Chauvin
Concert on the Lawn, Mona. Image Credit: Mona and Rémi Chauvin

Explore while you’re in Hobart and Southern Tasmania

In and amongst all the festival frivolities, make sure to stop and soak up the best of Hobart and surrounds this summer.
If you’ve got some spare time between shows and exhibits, make sure to head out and about to explore the south.

Exploring Hobart Waterfront. Image Credit: Dearna Bond
Exploring Hobart Waterfront. Image Credit: Dearna Bond

Where to stay

For easy access to all the fun, staying centrally in Hobart is a great option. For an indulgent experience, Macq01, The Henry Jones Art Hotel or The Tasman are all great choices. Alternatively, the Old Woolstore Apartment Hotelor Quest Savoy are great budget friendly options. For a comprehensive list of some of our favourite local hotels, check out our blog via the link below.

Summit of kunanyi / Mt Wellington. Image Credit Luke Tscharke
Summit of kunanyi / Mt Wellington. Image Credit Luke Tscharke

Where to explore

It’s not really a trip to Hobart without making it to the top of kunyani / Mt Wellington or wandering through Salamanca Markets on a Saturday. If you’re wanting to really make the most of your time in Southern Tasmania, exploring further through the region is a must. Wildlife lovers will be blown away by Bruny Island, while walkers and hikers on the hunt for trails will fall in love with the Tasman Peninsula.  Nature lovers can soak up the best of our landscape in the Far South, the Central Highlands and foodies will be able to eat and drink their way through the Huon Valley and Coal River Valley.

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