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Mofo adventure in two-cities

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World premieres, Australian exclusives and challenging performances and installations will drive the Mona Foma (Mofo) festival in 2018.

Curator Brian Ritchie promises 11 days of cutting-edge music and art, firstly in Launceston (12-14 January) and then in Hobart (15-22 January).

This summer marks a transition from Mofo’s Hobart home since 2009 into Launceston where future festivals will be held while the HoMo hotel is built at MONA’s Berriedale headquarters.

The inaugural “Mini Mofo” in Launceston will feature an Australian exclusive performance of Monumental by Canadian contemporary dance company The Holy Body Tattoo, complete with a live score performed by Canadian post-rock group Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

Grammy-winning Australian star Gotye will team up with the Ondioline Orchestra for the Australian premiere of a tribute to the late French electronic composer and pop visionary Jean-Jacques Perrey.

Mini Mofo will culminate in a free Launceston block party in the courtyard of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.

The party season kicks off on Hobart’s waterfront with the Taste of Tasmania.

In partnership with Music Tasmania the Taste will present a diverse line-up of local musicians including electro, jazz, funk, folk and soft-pop in its seven-day program.

Renowned ’90s indie rock band The Whitlams will headline New Year’s Eve entertainment at this year’s Taste of Tasmania.

The Whitlams will be supported by Melbourne-based Tasmanian musicians Monique Brumby and Heloise, as well as Mighty Duke and the Lords, NO ZU, The Lucksmiths, and The Suitcase Royale.

As Tasmanians have come to expect, Mofo and the Taste will be impossible to ignore among a cascade of holiday season events, including:

“We've made our mark on Hobart,” Ritchie said at the October launch. “We've hit Hobart like a gigantic meteorite and changed everything there.

“So we thought we would just try to spread the ripples of that effect around the rest of the island. And also, just for an adventure.”

Launcestonians have thrown their support behind Mofo’s move north.

The Mayor, Albert van Zetten, said: “We fully expect the north to embrace Mona Foma and for those already in the Arts sector in the region to take full advantage of what a festival of this magnitude and reputation can bring with it.”

The Chair of the Junction Arts Festival, Liz Frankham, said: “I feel strongly that the Mofo move is an opportunity for the development and support of northern Arts and design talent and skills development and for on-going cultural development.”

The Premier, Will Hodgman, has announced $1 million funding for the two-city Mofo.

“The return on investment in these things cannot be quantified. It is great for our economy, communities and it’s great for building cultural industries which are already strong and rich but are becoming internationally renowned,” Mr Hodgman said.

“Culture has broken the north/south divide.”

Turning south, Berriedale’s annual Weekend at Walshy’s will feature Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Philadelphia punk-poet Moor Mother, Chicago singer-songwriter and poet Jamila Woods, Argentinian rap/folk fusion trio Fémina (making their Australian debut), Norwegian black metal masters Mayhem and many others.

The world premiere of a collaboration between the Violent Femmes pop group and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra will be staged at the Federation Concert Hall on 22 January.

Events will also be held at Contemporary Art Tasmania, the Moonah Arts Centre, St David’s Cathedral and Hobart Town Hall; while Faux Mo, Mofo’s late-night after-party, will take over the MAC2 shed at Macquarie Point from 19 to 21 January.

The 15th staging of the Falls Festival at Marion Bay will feature Grinspoon, indie-pop group San Cisco and rising Tasmanian performer Maddy Jane.

Flume, Fleet Foxes, Julia Stone, Glass Animals and many others will help keep fans happy at the chilled-out festival.

Launceston’s Festivale has announced that award-winning chef, author and TV personality Karen Martini will be guest chef for 2018.

Ms Martini will create a menu for the annual Festivale Lunch at Stillwater restaurant, as well as conducting a cooking demonstration in City Park. She will judge the festival’s stallholder awards.

Ms Martini was the founding chef at Melbourne Wine Room and at Sydney’s Icebergs Dining Room and Bar.

Festivale has been run by a team of volunteers since 1988 and has grown into a major three-day celebration of Tasmania’s food, wine, beer, Arts and entertainment.

Twenty minutes outside Launceston, Party in The Paddock at White Hills will feature Gang of Youths, Grouplove, The Avalanches, Meg Mac, Ball Park Music, Client Liaison, The Preatures, Tkay Maidza, Holy Holy, Tired Lion, Slowly Slowly, Slim Jeffries and many others.

Image courtesy of Mona Foma

5 November 2017, Edition 189

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