Mona Foma unveils 2021 program packed with local Tasmanian talent

Taking place in Hobart and Launceston next month

Tasmania’s Summer festival Mona Foma has unveiled a 2021 program packed with local talent for next month’s dual events.

The three-day festival will take place in the northern city of Launceston from January 15-17, before moving down to Hobart from January 22-24. This year’s program welcomes more than 350 artists and musicians, 90 per cent of whom call Tasmania home.

Musical offerings include Mofo Sessions, which will take place at Launceston’s Royal Park and on the lawns of Mona Museum in Hobart, with different lineups each day. The former will host Luca Brasi, The Broken Girls Club, Augie March’s Glenn Richards, Zac Henderson, Mainlanders and more.

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The state’s capital will later welcome performances from Slag Queens, Slaughterhäus Surf Cult, EWAH & The Vision of Paradise and United States of Amnesia, comprising Brian Ritchie and Blaise Garza of the Violent Femmes.

Other program highlights for Launceston include Robin Fox’s Aqua Luma, incorporating lasers and sound for a large installation at Cataract Gorge, Michael Kieran Harvey and Scott Tinkler’s musical performance, Congregational, and Chairway to Heaven, also at the Gorge.

Down in Hobart, there’ll be live music and dance at the old zoo for Let Me Dry Your Eyes, a Forest Gin Walk on Kunanyi (Mount Wellington) with the Van Dieman’s Band, and musical duo Meyers & McNamara performing in Australia’s oldest synagogue for Old Country, New Sounds.

Speaking of the event in a press statement, curator and Violent Femmes guitarist Brian Ritchie said that “these are interesting times”.

“Mona Foma has embraced them by engaging with many of the artistic and architectural gems of Launceston and Hobart. We are thrilled to present site-specific performances and installations that could only happen here and now.”

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The full program can be found here, with tickets going on sale tomorrow.

The return of Mona Foma in 2021 was announced in September after its winter twin, Dark Mofo, was axed due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was one of the first Australian events to cancel its 2020 program due to COVID-19, with founder David Walsh making a statement via social media.

“We’re killing Dark Mofo for the year. I know that will murder an already massacred tourism environment, but I feel like I have no choice (hint: that means I have a choice),” he wrote.

The famed Mona Museum also closed its doors at the time but is set to reopen on Boxing Day.

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