Mu­si­cal mis­sion to break bar­rier

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT - KANE YOUNG En­ter­tain­ment Ed­i­tor

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.

“The utopian ideal we all

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