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Tasmanian Government backs Mona Foma move to Launceston

Tasmanian Government backs Mona Foma move to Launceston
June 26, 2018

The Tasmanian Government has committed $1.75 million to a Launceston Mona Foma, for each of the next three years.

With northern Tasmanian city having embraced the mini Mofo event when it held across the city in January, the funding backs the continuation of the event.

Welcoming the funding, Mark Wilsdon, Mona’s co-Chief Executive, commented “it’s a mammoth task to take an entire festival like Mona Foma to a new city.

“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.

Wilsdon added “our curatorial team, led by Mona Foma curator, Brian Ritchie, is working hard on locking in the line-up for 2019.

“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. 

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