Lawrenny partners with Mona Foma Music Festival

December 9, 2021
By Ioni Doherty

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Tasmanian distillery Lawrenny Estate, has announced further support for the local music and arts industry by taking a major sponsorship position in the Mona Foma Music and Arts Festival that will be held next month.

Mona Foma 2022 presents a sprawling program of music and events celebrating the depth of lutruwita / Tasmania’s homegrown talent alongside acclaimed acts from further afield. From a dancework exploring the journey of the pakana people, a cross-section of live music that includes Bach and Midnight Oil, to cement-mixer-monster-trucks, aerialists atop a dripping iceberg and high-powered lasers illuminating the landscape, the festival includes over 300 artists, across 40 venues in Launceston, nipaluna / Hobart and the Midland Highway in between.

“The success of various music and arts events have played a large part in the increasing popularity of Tasmania over recent years. Lawrenny has actively sought to support these events and is honoured to be partnering with Mona Foma for our third year,” comments Jensen Farley, Lawrenny Estate Distillery Co-founder, “The partnership creates a uniquely Tasmanian experience for both local, and the expected interstate visitors.”

In both Launceston and nipulana / Hobart, legendary Australian rock band Midnight Oil will be performing (two shows in each city), playing songs from their forthcoming new album, recent music from The Makarrata Project (inspired by the Uluru Statement from the Heart), alongside classics from their back catalogue. This comes ahead of the Oils touring Australia for the very last time.

Brian Ritchie, Artistic Director, Mona Foma, says, “Mona Foma reprises its dual-city model and continues to focus on local Tasmanian performers and makers, on their own and in collaboration with interstate and international artists. It is exciting to contribute to Tasmania’s cultural reawakening and reopening.”

Once again, both cities will experience ​Mofo Sessions:​ evening concerts celebrating live music, with bars and food options aplenty. Ticketholders can revel at Royal Park in Launceston or catch the ferry to Berriedale for shows on the Mona Lawns in nipaluna / Hobart where spectra will be lighting up the night’s sky. The line-up includes Gwenno (UK), Mo’Ju, The Chills (NZ), Danny Healy Quartet, DENNI, Jason Whatley Quartet, Jay Jarome, Sabine Bester + the When Water Falls Ensemble, Prospectus Saxophone Quartet, Sandcastles and Surfilm.

The festival runs from Friday, 21 January through to Sunday, 30 January 2022, with music and art taking place over two weekends—first in Launceston (Friday 21–Sunday 23 January) and then in nipaluna / Hobart (Friday 28–Sunday 30 January).

Photo: Daniel Boud. Image courtesy of the artist and Mona Foma

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