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MONA FOMA (an acronym for Museum of Old and New Art: Festival Of Music and Art, often further shortened to MOFO)[1] is an annual festival based in Hobart, Tasmania, curated by Brian Ritchie bass player from the rock band Violent Femmes. It is billed as Tasmania's largest contemporary music festival[2] and showcases the work of artists in a broad range of art forms, including sound, noise, dance, theatre, visual art, performance & new media. A wintertime version, Dark MOFO, is held annually in June. Its events are mainly shown at nighttime.

MONA FOMA was established in 2008 by Salamanca Arts Centre, Brian Ritchie and the Museum of Old and New Art. The first festival was held in 2009 and headlined by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.[3] In 2010 curator Brian Ritchie initiated EAR (Eminent Artist in Residence) program and John Cale became the festival's first EAR and the second festival headliner.


  1. ^ "International Acts to Headline New Festival". Hobart: Arts Tasmania. 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  2. ^ MONA FOMA takes centre stage ABC news Thu 7 January 2010
  3. ^ Organisers set on Mona Foma's return ABC news Mon 12 January 2009

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