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Mona Foma Will Officially Make the Move From Hobart Up to Launceston in 2019

MONA's summer arts and music festival will move north permanently thanks to a three-year funding commitment from the Tasmanian Government.
By Libby Curran
June 22, 2018
By Libby Curran
June 22, 2018

Just as Hobart's winter arts fest Dark Mofo kicks off its final weekend of this year's iteration, MONA has announced that it will move the festival's summertime counterpart, Mona Foma, to Launceston.

MONA shared its plans to move the festival back in July last year, when it announced it will build a huge new five-star hotel alongside the Berriedale gallery. The gallery then called on the Tasmanian Government to help fund the move — and that funding has just come through. It's pledged a hefty $1.75 million for each of the next three years to help MONA hold the festival in Launceston, rather than its usual home of Hobart.

The move's been prompted by the success of Mona Foma 2018, which saw part of the program hosted in the Launceston, including a free block party at QVMAG enjoyed by a huge 5000 people. It seems that, having changed the cultural landscape in Hobart, MONA founder David Walsh and Mona Foma curator Brian Ritchie have their sights set on doing the same in the state's second biggest city. This will no doubt bring in lots of tourism dollars for the government and local businesses, too.

"We weren't interested in putting together a watered-down Mona Foma," explained MONA co-CEO Mark Wilsdon. "This funding means we'll be able to do it, and do it properly. It will help us create a world-famous cultural event, industry and legacy in northern Tasmania, as Mona Foma did for Hobart when we launched in 2009."

From its new home, the January festival will continue its celebration of creativity in all forms, through an eclectic program of art and music that's not afraid to get a little weird. The Mona Foma 2019 dates are set to be announced this August, with the lineup dropping shortly after. We'll keep you posted on that front.

Published on June 22, 2018 by Libby Curran
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