Mona Foma reveals a massive lineup featuring 370 experimental artists and international acts

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Mona Foma reveals a massive lineup featuring 370 experimental artists and international acts

Mona Foma
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The two-weekend, two-city arts extravaganza is set to take over Tassie this February.

Tasmania’s favourite summer arts festival is set for a triumphant return. This year’s Mona Foma Fest will take place in Launceston from February 17 to 19 as well as in Hobart from February 24 to 26. Both destinations will be dazzlingly unique, with live music, interactive performances, and plenty of artsy happenings peppered throughout the two cities.

In Launceston, the free Old Tafe Sessions will be the centrepiece of the event. Taking place in the reUNIÓN district, the city’s newly established community hub, there will be performances from indie-pop star Soccer Mommy and hip hop poet Kat Tempest alongside many others. The location will also host a queer woodchopping session, a choir of complaints, and punk in a bunker. 

Mona Foma 2023

  • The ten-day arts festival will take place in Tasmania during the last two weeks of February
  • The program includes 370 local and international musicians, DJs, performers, artists and filmmakers
  • Fans can register for free events, buy tickets, and read the whole program on the Mona Foma website

Explore Melbourne’s latest arts and theatrical events, exhibitions, productions and performances here.

Across the city, find dance, theatre, video, and pretty much everything else under the summer sun. Take a swim at the Basin Pool as underwater electronic music reverberates through the space, catch a theatrical performance created by a funeral director, and play table tennis against a robot. The world is your oyster!


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Next, the party heads to Hobart for another unforgettable weekend. At the Mona Sessions, see acclaimed artists including Pavement, Bon Iver, Bikini Kill, Angel Olson, Peaches, Vieux Farka Touré and Jockstrap. 

When you’re not busting it down on the Mona lawns, make sure to check out some of the incredible smaller shows. Listen to musical interpretations of scientists’ notes on climate change, stroll through an immersive exhibit on monsters and spirits, or take part in one of the festival’s morning meditations, happening both in Hobart and Launceston. Those who want to keep the night going can head over to the official afterparty, promising karaoke, dancing and DJs deep in the Old Mercury. 

Mona Foma is truly an experience like no other. The event will take place from February 17 to 19 in Launceston and from February 24 to 26 in Hobart. To read the whole program and pick up your tickets now, head here.