MONA coup for Launceston
A coup for tourism in the north. MONA’s popular summer festival, Mona Foma, has been locked-in to be staged in Launceston for the next three years. After successfully trialling Mona Foma in the city last January, the State Government has announced a $6 million funding package to support events and arts in the north, including Mona Foma. Premier Will Hodgman said: “Mona Foma made an impressive debut in Launceston earlier this year capturing the imagination of locals and is truly a world class event… Mona Foma has the capacity to be a transformative event for Northern Tasmania.” MONA’S summer celebration will also continue to be staged in Hobart. Meantime, MONA co-chief executive, Mark Wilsdon, told The Examiner: “We’re working closely with Launceston’s arts, tourism, education and business communities as we plan for our next festival, and it seems that everybody is up for it.” He adds, MONA “has already commenced talks with the broader Launceston arts community about major projects for festivals in future years”. Local tourism identities applaud the move. They point out having Mona Foma on the calendar will boost the influx of visitors over the holiday season.
3 July 2018, Edition 196