Mona Foma

A Fusion of Music and Art in the Tasmanian Wilderness

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Mona Foma
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Mona Foma is Mona's summer festival.
Image thanks to: Liz Knox

MONA FOMA
Image thanks to: Tourism Tasmania and Chris Crerar

Mona Foma

Situated in the sensational surroundings of idyllic Tasmania, the Mona Foma festival delights through its unexpected charm and experimental beats. Bringing together some of the most innovative sounds and visuals from the Australian landscape, Mona Foma, or ‘Mofo’ as it’s known locally, boasts an innovative collaboration with Hobart’s impressive MONA art gallery.

What To Expect

Festival-goers can expect a delectable blend of the traditional and contemporary, with orchestral notes ringing delicately alongside post-punk vibes. The overall atmosphere is one of fearless creativity, fusing politics with music, art with curiosity.

Who Goes?

Having made its first appearance on the harsh but beautiful island state in 2009, Mofo has continued to be a key calendar date for Tasmanian locals and music-loving tourists from around the globe. As the tones of each day trickle gently to a close, night revellers are awakened by a spirited evening of after-dark sounds at the festival’s Faux Mo parties. Held each night of the festival, these parties attract hungry ravers to a rustic warehouse nestled invitingly on the edge of the pier. For those craving a more nostalgic soiree, alternative parties are also held in quirky abandoned office towers.

When Is It?

The festival returns each January to amuse and surprise through an eclectic cultural energy. Every corner of this eccentric festivity is sprinkled with intrigue–offering installations and inflatables among the most unusual performance art.

Refreshments

The festival conveniently shares its site with a winery, offering temptation through high-quality tipple and an abundance of food to fuel the weekend bustle. To maximise the time for free-spirited fun, Mofo is both organised and accessible, despite its isolated location.

Getting There

Accessible by bus or ferry, the festival is mostly situated at MONA which is 11 km north of the Tasmanian capital city of Hobart. Those choosing to take the ferry can take a direct trip from Brooke Street Pier to MONA in just 25 minutes on one of the regular festival shuttle departures from the pier. Continuing the lavish eccentricities from door to door, ferry tickets are available in two different, but equally enticing, travel options. A standard ticket allows guests to sit on sheep ornaments and indulge in onboard bars, while the ‘Posh Pit’ ticket offers a more intimate journey adorned with complimentary canapés and drinks on the house. The ferry trips are often very popular so it’s best to arrive to Brook Street Pier early or to purchase an advance Posh Pit ferry ticket. If all spaces are filled, a regular bus service runs throughout the weekend and takes around 30 minutes to reach the festival site from the pier.

Tickets

Festival admission is granted in the form of a day pass, 3-day MONA pass or locals ticket. In terms of value, the best option is the three-day pass which allows unlimited access to MONA, where most of the activity can be found. Statewide Taswegians are fortunate enough to benefit from the festival’s offer of discounted tickets and most ticket holders are given access to additional free events as well as entry to the Mona museum. Tickets for the festival can be purchased on the Mona Foma website, the MONA Visitor Information Desk or the Mofo Box office at Brooke Street Pier which opens close to the festival’s opening date.

What to Do

Wine and MONA Experience Tour

Enjoy our personalised full day tour from Hobart.  You will sample some Tasmania’s finest cool climate wines and cheeses in the renowned wine growing region of the Coal River Valley. Enjoy a light lunch platter at Puddleduck vineyard, and after your delicious lunch, journey to the  Museum of Old and New Art, MONA.  Here you can  taste the range of Moorilla wines or their boutique beer, Moo Brew as an optional extra.. To enhance your MONA experience, you will travel back to Hobart CBD via the MONA ROMA ferry.

Your itinerary
We select the 3 vineyards listed below for our morning tastings
Frogmore Creek.

Views stretching across the coal river whilst enjoying their extensive wine selection

Puddleduck owners, Darren & Jackie extend a warm welcome to all of the visitors that come to experience Puddleducks. In an enjoyable & relaxed atmosphere, the award winning wine selections are sure to please whilst the delightful lunch platter is sure to hit the right spot!

Pooley Wines On the outskirts of Richmond, on the Butchers Hill, sits the magnificent heritage listed Georgian building, Belmont Lodge. Here, the cellar door wine tastings are offered in the rustic charms of the sandstone stables.

Wicked Cheese  Award winning Boutique Cheese maker based near Richmond. Enjoy a cheese tasting and perhaps make a purchase from their providore shop

What you need to know

Departure: Tour departs outside the Tasmanian Visitor and Information Centre, Hobart (corner of Davey & Elizabeth Sts) at 9.30am each Sunday,  Monday & Friday where you will be greeted by your guide. Please be available 10 minutes prior to departure time.
Duration: full day

Tour inclusions
Pick up from the Tasmanian Tourist Information Centre (cnr Davey & Elizabeth Street)
Cellar door wine tastings at 3 vineyards in the Coal River Valley
Cheese tasting at Wicked Cheese
Light lunch platter and  at puddleduck vineyard
Moorilla cellar door wine tastings/Moo Brew beer tastings optional extra
Entry fee to MONA Museum of Old and New Art
MONA ROMA return ferry to Hobart CBD

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Where to Stay

Mona Pavilions

Berriedale - Hobart

Situated on a river, this luxury hotel is steps from Moorilla Estate and Museum of Old and New Art. Claremont House and Tasmanian Transport Museum are also within 5 km.
Along with an indoor pool, this hotel has a fitness center and a bar/lounge. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a lazy river, a sauna, and conference space.
All 8 individually furnished rooms feature free WiFi and Select Comfort beds. Guests can enjoy jetted tubs, and other standard amenities include kitchens with refrigerators and stovetops.

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Hobart - South East

Located in Sullivan's Cove, this hotel is within 2 km of Hobart Cruise Terminal and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 5 km.

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No.3 Kardilla - "a Stone's Throw" to Mona

Chigwell - Hobart

Situated in Chigwell, this vacation home is close to Moorilla Estate, Museum of Old and New Art, and Claremont House. Local attractions also include Alpenrail Swiss Model Village & Railway and Derwent Entertainment Centre.

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Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel

Hobart - South East

Located in Sullivan's Cove, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 5 km.

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