Mona Foma

Mona Foma is Mona’s summer festival of music and art. It launched in 2009, before Mona was even built, and changed Hobart’s cultural landscape overnight. And by ‘changed’ we mean it became acceptable to put birds and hair-trigger shotguns in a giant cage and play doom metal in the background.

Produced by
Insite Arts

From the start, Mona Foma’s mission has been pretty simple—to be a festival of the unexpected; a cornucopia of music and art from around the globe that provokes and surprises. Mona Foma seeks to occasionally please its audience, and sometimes (or more than sometimes) confront them. And with curator Brian Ritchie at the helm (of Violent Femmes fame) the festival has continued to grow in both size and notoriety.

In 2019, Mona Foma relocated from the safety of Hobart (in the south) to an abandoned railway yard in Launceston (in the north). Needless to say, we used the scene-change as an excuse to push the creative boundaries once again. We’re still looking to create the most talked-about festival in the world, just in a new location and with an unsuspecting audience. 

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Photo credits: MONA/Jesse Hunniford.
Images are courtesy of the artist and MONA Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. 

Performance History

  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2009

Launceston

Australia

Hobart

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Launceston

Australia

Hobart

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Hobart

Australia

Hobart

Australia

Hobart

Australia

Hobart

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Hobart

Australia

Inaugural festival and opening of MONA – Hobart

Australia

Media

Jessica Dale

“Mona Foma is easily one of the country’s finest festivals; it’s inclusive and welcoming, extremely well thought out and considered, and it’s the finer details that bring it all together in one pretty excellent package.”

The Music, 2019
Larry Heath

“The event has been a success on every level – from the much talked about Air Mofo experience through to the incredible performances, installations and even Parer Studio’s inflatable “Man” at the Gorge – bringing a new audience to the city (I wasn’t the only one visiting for the first time because of the event), and ensuring positive word of mouth will only grow these visitors year on year.”

The AU Review, 2019
Brigid Delaney

“So, are Mona Foma and Launceston a good match? As Kevin Costner once said, build it and they will come.”

Guardian Australia, 2018

Credits

Contact

Producer
Lee Cumberlidge → Email