Mofo 2016 Reveals Itself at Mona

Today marks the start of Mofo 2016, by order of Hobart’s other crown princess, the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania. There is no more waiting time to endure. The summer festival begins now.

Descending upon Mona itself, and other select venues across the city of Hobart, Mofo 2016 promises more than just a live music experience. Brian Ritchie of the Violent Femmes and The Break has curated the entire event, bringing together unique works from artists and musicians, creating a considered mish mash of cultures and artistic persuasions, colliding art and music from around the globe.

‘Play records with strangers on a spiraling five-turntable DJ installation. Stand in the darkness as a choir sings without any light or sight. Lay down and let a wall of sound wash over you from massive gongs. Join in a cathartic primal screaming session after you practice yoga in the dark. Sit on a six-metre-tall high-chair and look over the crowds.’


Composer Anotnio Sanchez seen at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment ‘Birman’ Blu-ray and DVD Party held at the Ace Hotel on Feb 12 in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment/AP Images


Mofo Kicks Off TONIGHT

There’s a free party at The Odeon Theatre, featuring HERMESensemble (Belgium) performing a live reimagined score to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 classic, The Lodger (Wed 13 Jan). Other outstanding oddities include Beckett Trilogy of short plays by the State Theatre Company of South Australia (Theatre Royal, Wed 13 Jan – Sun 17 Jan), DANCENORTH’s Syncing Feeling(Peacock Theatre, Wed 13 Jan – Thurs 14 Jan), and Antonio Sanchez performing his live percussion score to a screening of the film BirdmanLive (Odeon Theatre, Thurs 14 Jan).

MONA Opening. Photo credit: Sean Fennessy/MONA Image courtesy MONA Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia


Three Days of Mofo at Mona (Fri 15 Jan – Sun 17 Jan)

Performances and installations kick off on Friday for three frenetic days of percussive beats, spoken word, and roaming performance. You know the highlight musical acts. See some of the other weird arty antics, including MoMa (Mona market), themed around fermentation this summer, expressed through art, craft and food. That’s all included in the Three Day Mona Pass (Day Passes also available until sold out), alongside Mona’s exhibitions, Gilbert & George: The Art ExhibitionEt In Libertalia Ego, Vol. II by Mathieu Briand, and Katthy Cavliere: Loved, curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham and lose yourself each night in James Turrell’s rainbow spectrum skyspace, Amarna 2015.

Kate Miller-Heidke appears with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra at the Odeon Theatre on 18 Jan. Image courtesy of the artist and Mofo 2016/ Mona, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia


Mofo Events Around Hobart

Each event is individually ticketed including Jenny M. Thomas’ Bush Gothic (Rosny Barn, Fri 15 Jan), Swedish Electro-pop duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums (Rosny Barn, Sat 16 Jan), percussionist virtuoso Dame Evelyn Glennie (Federation Concert Hall, Sun 17 Jan), Kate Miller Heidke with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (Odeon Theatre, Mon 18 Jan), Clyde McGill’s The Border Crossers at Moonah Arts Centre, a water cannon installation by Amy Spiers and Catherine Ryan at Kelly’s Garden, Salamanca Arts Centre, exhaust with 13 artists riffing on eco-apocalypse at Contemporary Art Tasmania, and more.

Catch Okmalumkoolkat at Faux Mo. Photo credit: Justin McGee. Picture courtesy of the artist and Mofo 2016/ Mona, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Debauchery at Faux Mo

Mofo’s large and loose after-party is taking over 12 Murray Street in Hobart’s CBD (Fri 15 Jan – Sun 17 Jan), before its partial demolition ahead of the Parliament Square development. Highlights of the four-storey club will include DJ Krush (Japan), Okmalumkoolkat featuring Cid Rim & The Colnious (South Africa), James Chance & the Contortions (USA) and visuals by Lucy Benson, Scot Cotterell, Selena de Carvalho, Michaela Gleave, Joe Hamilton, Sean Healy, Jason James, Kit Wise, and 313RGB. See you on the rooftop.

“For the very first time the indoor and outdoor spaces at Mona will be fully activated with music, art, spoken word, dance, food, drink and more. All at the same time! It will be as much an adventure for us as it will be for you.” – Brian Ritchie, Mofo 2016 Curator.



Mofo 2016 runs from January 13-18, 2016.


Take Some Advice: lose the car (figuratively). Hobart’s Brooke Street Pier will transform into a music venue, with a live music stage inside the Pier complex to persuade you to linger. Take the MR-1 Fast Ferry up the River Derwent ($20 return / $45 for the weekend) to Mona.

Get Social:

Pictured at top: exhaust (Contemporary Art Tasmania exhibition) Alicia King. Future Forever. 2015. Digital print. Picture courtesy of the artist and Mofo 2016 / Mona, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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