Delivering one of Australia’s most cutting-edge festivals of the year, Mona Foma starts today, for an unprecedented 11 days of music and art in Launceston and Hobart.
"Mofo is a celebration of unique creativity and personal expression ranging freely across music, visual art, dance, spoken word, architecture, spas and more. The messages range from pure abstract form to blatant protest and a few stops in-between. Even the food, wine and beer are idiosyncratic,” said Brian Ritchie, Curator, Mona Foma.
Offering an eclectic mix of sound, art and expression, this unique festival will begin with a free Launceston Block Party, and multiple headliners creating one-of-a-kind shows and performances pushing the barriers of art and understanding in their audiences.
Performers in this year’s event include:
Gotye, with the Ondioline Orchestra who will pay tribute to late French composer, Jean Jacques Perrey.
Art-rock legend Godspeed You! Black Emperor, who will provide the live score for the Holy Body Dance Tattoo’s Monumental
Violent Femmes will perform with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Brian Jackson and the Southern Gospel Choir will present songs of Jackson and Gil-Scott Heron and Nina Simone
Trans artist Genesis Breyer aP-Orridge with Psychic TV member Edley ODowd promise psychedelia and poetry
Iraqi musician Karim Wasfi (known for his cello playing in the wreckage of a bombed detonated car) will have a world premiere with collaborator Rahim AlHaj
MOFO 2018 receives state government funding, and has hosted some major events in Launceston, alongside its 2018 festival base in Hobart.
Many other musicians and performers will participate over the 11 days, see the full listing here.
Find out more about Mona Foma 2018 here.
Dates: 12- 22 January 2018
Times: Various times – check website for full listing
Location: Multiple locations in Launceston and Hobart – see website for full list