13-20 January 2019
This January, Launceston will bear witness to its first-ever Mona Foma—with its signature brand of unexpected, unpredictable and curious programming descending on the state’s second-largest city.
Brian Ritchie said: “After ten years of blowing people’s minds in Hobart and three wins as Best Contemporary Music Festival in Australia, we’re taking the show on the road to Launceston. Similar to the actual A1, this road trip is fraught with potential danger but also a sense of adventure. Not only musical and artistic adventure but also cultural and social. Our partner, the Tasmanian State Government (aka citizens and taxpayers), has asked Mona Foma to help it break down the Berlin Wall/Mason-Dixon Line/Demilitarised Zone that runs through the state, using music and art as the battering ram.
“So, whether you’re from the south of Tasmania or a local Launcestonian, from any other TAS-locale, from the so-called Mainland, whether you’re international or intergalactic—we ask you to support this endeavour, not only for the kick-ass musical anarchy and artistic abandon that epitomises Mofo, but also to help us with this social engineering stunt. The utopian ideal we all desire for Tasmania hinges upon our success.”
Every year Mona Foma invites a new audience to experience the festival. This year it is the Amish of Lancaster County. Brian said: “We’ve put up a bunch of billboards around Pennsylvania, inviting the local Amish to the festival—for free. We haven’t received any emails from them yet, but we’re hopeful some will take up our offer.”
For more information on MONA FOMA see www.mofo.net.au
Image Courtesy MONA Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia