Tasmanian government commits $1.75m to Launceston Mona Foma
Mark Wilsdon, Mona’s co-CEO, said Launceston really embraced the mini Mofo when it held across the city in January, with around 5000 people turning up to the free Block Party at QVMAG.
“It’s a mammoth task to take an entire festival like Mona Foma to a new city,” he said. “We weren’t interested in putting together a watered down Mona Foma. This funding means we’ll be able to do it, and do it properly.
“This funding will help us support the regional dispersal of inbound visitors to Tasmania. 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.”
As part of its move north, Mona will continue to work with a significant representation of Tasmanian artists and build a range of new collaborations.
“Our curatorial team, led by Mona Foma curator, Brian Ritchie, is working hard on locking in the line-up for 2019,” said Wilsdon. “We’re working closely with Launceston’s arts, tourism, education and business communities as we plan for our next festival, and it seems that everybody is up for it. We’re working to set up new collaborations between local artists and international acts and have already commenced talks with the broader Launceston arts community about major projects for festivals in future years.”
Mona Foma will be held in January 2019, with festival dates to be announced in August and programming announcements to follow later in the year.