Musical mission to break barrier
MONA Foma is on a mission to break down Tasmania’s North-South divide “using music and art as the battering ram” — and even the Amish are invited to join the party.
After 10 years based in Hobart, Mona’s award-winning summer festival is moving to Launceston for the first time in January. Yesterday it unveiled a typically diverse and curious program, headlined by acclaimed Swedish singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry and pioneering Welsh electronic group Underworld.
Taking advantage of an audacious money-back guarantee from Mona owner David Walsh, about 350 southern Tasmanians have already bought North.
Mofo curator Brian Ritchie said the trip was “fraught with potential danger but also a sense of adventure — not only musical and artistic adventure, but also cultural and social”. tickets for the trip
“Our partner, the Tasmanian State Government (aka citizens and taxpayers), has asked Mona Foma to help it break down the Berlin Wall/MasonDixon line/Demilitarised Zone that runs through the state, using music and art as the bat- tering ram,” he said. “We ask you to support this endeavour, not only for the kick-ass musical anarchy and artistic abandon that epitomises Mofo, but also to help us with this social engineering stunt.
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