Get ready for 17 days of pure summer mayhem as Mona Foma, Mona's iconic festival of music and art, makes its triumphant return from 15 February to 2 March 2024.
With a stellar line-up and a plethora of events across Hobart and Launceston, this year’s festival promises an unforgettable experience for Tasmanians and visitors alike.
Brian Ritchie, the Artistic Director of Mona Foma, declares, “Mona Foma wrangles over 500 performers and artists from places as far-flung as Nigeria, Taiwan, Rajasthan, and Launceston into a veritable orgy of creativity.
“If you can’t find something to do, then you’re dead—but then you wouldn’t be reading this. So, buy tickets, except for TISM, which is free.”
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Highlights of the Program:
- Queens of The Stone Age make their Mona debut with a performance on the museum’s lawns. Additional tickets will be released on 21 November.
- Launceston’s Cataract Gorge hosts a free one-day concert featuring TISM, Cash Savage and The Last Drinks, Mulga Bore Hard Rock, and FFLORA x Grace Chia.
- Music legend Paul Kelly takes audiences on a live journey through his 2022 compilation: Time.
- Courtney Barnett collaborates with Australian drummer Stella Mozgawa for a unique musical experience.
- Darren Hanlon and Bree van Reyk join forces with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for a special performance at the Odeon.
- Filastine and Nova deliver live music and a meditation on the climate crisis from the deck of a sailing ship.
- Nigerian multi-sensory artist Emeka Ogboh explores migration and belonging with an immersive work revolving around gin.
- The world premiere of artist Justin Shoulder’s ground-breaking performance work Anito.
- French-Korean siblings Isaac et Nora lead a family project with Latin-American songs learned by ear.
- Taiwanese visual artist Yahon Chang makes his Australian debut, creating art with brushes as big as himself on a vast floor canvas.
- Australia’s leading contemporary dance company Dancenorth presents Wayfinder, featuring music by Hiatus Kaiyote and design from visual artist Hiromi Tango.
- The return of Mona Foma’s late-night favourite, Faux Mo, transforming The Granada Tavern into an autonomous community.
Weekend Highlights in Hobart:
- Queens Of The Stone Age on Mona’s lawns.
- Courtney Barnett at the Odeon.
- Music legend Paul Kelly at the Odeon.
- Darren Hanlon and Bree van Reyk at the Odeon.
- Unique cultural floating intervention Arka Kinari by Filastine & Nova on a 70-tonne sailing ship.
- Artist Emeka Ogboh’s immersive exhibition Boats at Detached.
- World premiere of artist Justin Shoulder’s performance Anito at the Theatre Royal.
- Mona Foma teams up with Street Eats @ Franko Summer Pop-Up for an unforgettable night in Franklin Square.
Second Weekend Highlights in Hobart:
- Mona Sessions on the lawns featuring international artists Mogwai, Lonnie Holley, Irreversible Entanglements, Holy Fuck, Shonen Knife, Wednesday, Michael Rother + Friends play Neu!, and Shruti Sessions alongside Australian artists.
- Singing French-Korean siblings Isaac et Nora at the Hobart Town Hall.
- Taiwan’s visual artist Yahon Chang creates art with brushes as big as himself.
- Australian debut of The Shruti Sessions, an open session of exchange, workshopping, and collaboration between musicians from the Hindustani traditions, Rajasthani folk musicians, and Australian players.
- The return of Mona Foma’s late-night favourite, Faux Mo, at The Granada Tavern.
Third Weekend in Launceston:
- A free, high-octane sonic experience at Launceston’s Cataract Gorge featuring legendary band TISM.
- Rock heavyweight Cash Savage and The Last Drinks, teenage glam rockers Mulga Bore Hard Rock, and a stunning collaboration with FFLORA + Grace Chia.
- Morning Meditations delivered by Tasmanian ensemble Where Water Meets.
- Mona Foma tickets go on sale at 10 am on Tuesday, 21 November.
Get ready to immerse yourself in a unique blend of music, art, and summer vibes at Mona Foma 2024! Explore the unexpected, embrace the extraordinary, and make this summer unforgettable.
Tickets go on sale at 10am, Tuesday 21 November.