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Mona Foma is back in town! After taking a brief hiatus to spend some time exclusively with our friends up north in Launceston, the festival is happening over two weekends, the first in Launceston and the second in Hobart. The festival this year is producing two weekends of home-grown music, art and plenty of things in between. The event is set to take place around Hobart City from the 22nd – 24th January. The 2021 event will feature more intimate experiences with smaller venues and crowd capacities. The festival will also run in Launceston the weekend prior, providing two distinct offerings in each city. 

WHAT TO EXPECT

The summer festival will be filled with colour, light and sound. You can expect plenty of local artists performing with 90% of the program Tasmanian based talent. 

You can also expect a fun day out and, as with many Mona related festivals and events, be sure to expect the unexpected – they often like to surprise.

When wandering around town you may also notice something a little extra from the locals. Many businesses are embracing the festival being back in Hobart and are preparing their own activations to feed the buzz. You can expect anything from lighting up in vibrant Mofo colours, to theming cocktail menus and dinner menus – if there is one thing Tasmanian’s love, it’s getting creative. We are putting together an engaging map so you can find a place to enjoy a snack, drink or relax while moving between Mofo venues.

Tickets

Tickets are now on sale (and selling fast!!). Items on the program are ticketed or may require registration so be sure to sign up to the event you wish to attend to gain access. 

Please note: for most Mona Foma events, you will need to register your details before entering the venue. This is for contact tracing, in keeping with COVID-safe events in Tasmania.

Food and Beverage

The will be food and beverage offerings provided by Mona at the Mofo Sessions and No Place Like Home at K&D. The remaining venues are all located within close proximity to Hobart’s local cafes, bars and restaurants and we encourage you to visit and support the local venues. 

Don’t forget, the Hobart Passport is starting up and runs from 10am Thursday 7 January until 7 February, or until vouchers are all gone.

  • Can’t travel? Explore what food options Hobart has to offer instead and be rewarded!
  • Spend $20 to get a stamp on your digital passport
  • Once you have 5 stamps, you will get a $20 reward voucher
  • Early birds will also get a $10 welcome voucher

For all information including a list of participating businesses and terms and conditions, visit www.hellohobart.com.au/passport

Please remember – there are still Covid-19 restrictions in place so be sure to book ahead or sign in to each cafe/bar/restaurant you intend on visiting.

 

K&D Warehouse.Photo Credit: Mona/Jesse Hunniford Image courtesy of the artist and Mona

THE PROGRAM

The program will take place in two cities over weekends;

Launceston: 15 – 17 January

Hobart: 22 – 24 January

The program is big! With plenty of incredible experiences to enjoy. The event will be over 58 somewhat unconventional locations across both cities many out in the open air. We have broken the program down a little for you:

A derelict warehouse reborn

Hobart’s newest icon – the old K&D Warehouse – will be transformed.

  • K&D Warehouse: the warehouse will be taken over by art, sculptures and video installations. Here you will find a whip-cracking champion, a Torii gate of guitar amps, blood money and more.

Music to your ears

Strings, opera, orchestra’s – there will be something for everyone. These events are ticketed.

  • Full-throttle Opera A world premiere performance this is a soaring, romantic and full-throttle new opera, inspired by the story of Judith: a biblical heroine and murderous widow who seduced an invading army general and (allegedly) chopped off his head
  • The Masque of the Red Death: Enjoy the sounds of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, backed by organ, synth and percussion. When a blood plague sweeps through Italy, a pleasure-loving duke and his friends party in an abbey until the disease burns itself away. 
  • Underneath the Pier: Antiphonal, atonal and improvised musical dialogues between Bruny Island-based trumpet / guitar eccentrics. In the belly of Brooke Street Pier. 
  • Tunes in a Barn: Hit the Rosny Barn for some local tunes.
  • Australia’s Oldest Synagogue: Accordion and violin duo performs euphoric Jewish music in Australia’s oldest synagogue.
  • It will be loud, it will be silent: Two of Australia’s most articulate musicians will perform compositions and improvisations for organ, piano and trumpet. It will be loud. It will be silent.
  • Part-marsupials Roam Deep – Future lutruwita: Tasmanian multi-talent Joshua Santospirito teams up with violin queen Natalya Bing to tell a tale of part-marsupial figures roaming a deep-future lutruwita. Expect weird guitar, epic violinery, plenty of pictures, and a pipe organ.
  • Beaumaris Zoo: The performance tells the watery tale of a bird and a whale with movement, telescopes and underwater noise, including a drummer in an aquarium. Created by and celebrating artists with diverse abilities.

Over The Rainbow, 2013, Rachel Maclean. K&D Warehouse. Image courtesy of the artist and Mona.

Immersive

  • Gin Cocktails on kunanyi: a stroll on kunanyi, accompanied by the Van Diemen’s Fiddles and not-infrequent stops for gin cocktails. Years 18+.
  • Archery Romance: In this immersive performance, you’ll discover and embrace the intimate sensation of firing an arrow, then sharpen your skills on a custom-made archery course

Free entry

Get out and about and enjoy the free exhibitions and performances. 

  • Zinc Works: Capturing the hidden sound and vision of the Zinc Works. Performance, video, abstract woodcuts, and found sound from the site wrought into music and image.
  • Brian is lost in a Labyrinth: Brian Ritchie plays the shakuhachi in a labyrinth
  • Among The Ruins: First Nations and multicultural artists will stage an exhibition on sites of colonial ruin: a city park, a suburban hillside, and the shores of the river. Expect video and sculpture, responding to the landscape and histories of each place.
  • Lean in to the Chaos: A collective of artists preoccupied with fictional world building: other dimensions, parallel realities, pataphysics and so forth. 
  • Commune with Sparrows: Every bird seen and heard for 365 days while communicating with sparrows through pishing (imitated bird call). Registration required for opening and performance.
  • Woman Buried in a Mould of Dirt: In a parched landscape, beneath a drooping parasol, a woman stands buried to the waist in the earth. All about her is scorched and damaged. Registration required.
  • Deep Listening: Bidjara / Kunja artist Christian Thompson sings in Bidjara, an endangered language revived in Dead Tongue. Then the Royal Canadian Navy’s HMCS York Band conch shell sextet rehearses a piece by an Oglála Lakȟóta composer.
  • Drawing Extinct Critters: Lucienne has undergone a daily reckoning: drawing, then erasing, a recently extinct species. After this year-long work of endurance, she will perform her final erasure at the festival: the Swift Parrot.
  • Ice Melts, Stones Fall: Watch blocks of ice embedded with frozen stratum of local rocks and minerals melt over three days. As the rocks plummet, a violinist performs variations of composer John Cage’s One6 in a kind of duet with the falling stones and dripping water
  • Relax Yourself into Oblivion: Early (but not too early) morning sets at the Longhouse from festival artists. Unwind, get set, or relax yourself into oblivion. 
  • Buy a Sidney Nolan Painting: More than fifty never-exhibited paintings from Sir Sidney. Shown here for the first time, 38 years after their creation.
  • Printed on the Photocopier at Work: Artists, poets and writers create independent, DIY publications about whatever: 1970s punk scone recipes, boy babes, and drawings of Skeletor printed on the work photocopier and stapled after hours
  • Cultural Burning up Knocklofty: Tune in to a podcast about Aboriginal cultural fire, and its regenerative role in the Australian landscape, as you roam Knocklofty and discover an installation from Hobart’s Tim Coad.

At Mona

Enjoy a day out at Mona Museum and take in the entertainment.

  • Mofo Sessions: Each city will also host Mofo Sessions which will feature live music, food and drinks. Hobart’s Mofo Sessions will be held on the Mona lawns at Mona.
  • Giant Ear Heralds Your Arrival: Catching the ferry to Mona? A giant ear (Mona Confessional, an artwork by Oliver Beer) heralds your arrival. Tuba, trombone and ferry horn.
  • Look Out for Alf: Alf will pop up around the place with his drums in a wheelbarrow.

About town

Free Pop up events throughout the city, wherever, whenever. Expect the unexpected.

  • Ma and Pa on a Rampage: Ma and Pa Ubu return, and they’re ready to rampage—popping up in Launceston and Hobart when you least expect it.
  • Foghorn Relay: A slowly unfolding relay of land and sea signals echoes across our fair island, opening and closing the festival.
  • Roosters on Horseback: A horseback patrol of humans and roosters rides into town, enforcing a spectacle of public order.

Or, check out some of the Mona Foma-esque activations around town in restaurants, distilleries and hotels, using our handy map below!

Venture out 

  • Roadtrip to Triabunna: The good folk at Spring Bay Mill will invite twelve festival artists to their place for a mini residency of sorts—Camp Mofo, if you will—and then you get to come sample the fruits of their labour. Performances, meet the artists, canapés galore, and even a welcome drink. Stay for a sleepover (on-site glamping), if you’re into that sort of thing.

Party

  • Faux Mo: Dance-floors are back but the party hasn’t started yet, stay tuned.

We love it when you share your adventures with us! Share your snaps by tagging @hobartandbeyond and using #HobartandBeyond on Instagram and Facebook – we’ll share our favourite pics on social media and in the blog.


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