Launceston’s events kick off Mofo, Tasmania’s summer festival, running from Friday January 12 until Sunday January 14 before Mofo heads down to Hobart from Monday January 15 ‘til Monday January 22.
The Block Party takes place at QVMAG Courtyard on Sunday January 14 and features inflatable musical balls, plenty of onesies, acoustic sewing machines and, of course, performances. The family friendly festival promotes music, art, and local food and drink.
Don’t worry about what to wear, artist and fashion designer Adele Varcoe has you covered as she transforms the courtyard into a romper paradise. Paired with sewing machines sampled by composer Dylan Sheridan and dance performances from Stompin, 1000 onesies are up for grabs for free during the Block Party.
Milwaukee’s Violent Femmes are performing in Launceston for one night only, indigenous punk activists Dispossessed will make an appearance as well as Amy Sacko, Bassekou Kouyate with their African tribal rhythms, rock and blues, and the Evan Carydakis Quartet performing a tribute to John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme.
The Sound Bubble, a high-tech cube and blow up stage will feature violinist Anna McMichael and Damian Barbeler creating a cross between a giant UFO and beach ball, Jon Rose’s interactive sonic ball will be thrown out amongst the crowds as an interactive instrument, and Robin Fox will impress with laser beams, lights, sounds and colours.
Mary Shannon of Bansheeland will experiment with electronic beats as her solo project Disrepute. On to the locals; activist Emma Anglesey will be joined on stage by Yyan Ng, the Jason Whatley Quintet are getting back together just for the block party and there’s an art exhibition exploring the desire for mobility and speed.