Conceptual arts festival puts Hobart on the map

Conceptual arts festival puts Hobart on the map

Tasmania’s largest and most avant-garde museum is releasing tickets to its highly anticipated music festival, Mona Foma, on Wednesday.

Situated in suburban Hobart, the privately-funded Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) showcases the personal collection of its curator and well-known entrepreneur local, David Walsh.

Its annual festival has been going since 2009, encapsulating music and art in all its ethereal forms with live performances, daily exhibitions, theatre and dance over a ten-day event from Friday 13 to Sunday 22 January 2012.

Alternating paid-for events with free ones, such as the opening street party, the festival is revelling in its ability to draw in the crowds. This year’s headliner PJ Harvey will perform songs from her recent Mercury Prize-winning album Let England Shake.

Experimental composer Pierre Henry and American punk cabaret band The Dresden Dolls will also be performing.

Previously called the Moorilla Museum of Antiquities, the gallery was subject to an AUD$75 million (?50m) rebranding overhaul last year with the aim of creating a space which more effectively entertains, instigates debate and challenges ideas.

The museum’s current exhibitions include more than a hundred pieces of artwork from Belgian conceptual artist Wim Delvoye. In addition, there’s a cinema, pool, gym, and an affiliated restaurant and brewery.

Tickets for the festival are on sale on Wednesday 19 October at 9am Hobart time (18 October 9pm UK time) via and at the Mona ferry terminal on Brooke St Pier, Hobart. Prices for paid events are between AUD$25-50 (?16-32). PJ Harvey’s show on Saturday 21 January is AUD$85 (?56).

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