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Sunday 27 September 2020

All change for MONA FOMA in 2021

While many Tasmanian summer festivals have already been cancelled for the summer of 2020-21, much-loved MONA FOMA is bucking the trend.

MONA FOMA is an annual music and arts festival held in January in Tasmania, curated by Violent Femmes member Brian Ritchie and backed by multi-millionaire philanthropist David Walsh.

"Mona Foma thrives on reinvention and we are compelled to do that big time in January 2021." says Ritchie.

The vent began in Hobart, then switched to Launceston. In January 2021, it will comprise one weekend in Launceston, and one weekend in Hobart "to spread the love".

Organisers promise a new look post Covid-19: "Great Tasmanian artists, unusual venues, and an irrepressible creativity."

The Festival of Music and Art will be held in Launceston from January 16-17 and Hobart from January 23-24.

"Mona Foma showcases Tasmania's fine creative industries, contributes to our state's cultural fabric and provides a massive economic boost into the local economy," said Premier Peter Gutwein.

Ritchie promised: "There will be a lot of unique things in each city, but some artists, especially the performing musicians may appear in both cities." 

The star attractions will be announced later in 2020.

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