More than 300 artists From as far afield as Ethiopia, Norway, Japan and Belgium Mofo events across Hobart (13–18 January 2016) Mofo at Mona weekend pass (15–17 January 2016) Highlights include: The Flaming Lips, Evelyn Glennie, Antonio Sánchez, DJ Krush, Jenny Hval, HERMESensemble, State Theatre Company of South Australia, Kate Miller-Heidke with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Art Special event previously on at Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Tasmania, Australia.
From Wednesday 13 January 2016 to Monday 18 January 2016


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We are in for a percussive summer as Mofo 2016—the Museum of Old and New Art’s Festival of Music and Art—takes on a new format with bespoke events in venues around the city of Hobart between 13–18 January, as well as a Three-Day Mona Pass available between 15–17 January providing access to the festival on-site and inside the museum.

Curated by Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes, The Break), Mofo 2016 is a beautiful broken-up beat of old and new with more than 300 artists, musicians, and performers from around the world: the weird and wonderful The Flaming Lips (USA) on the outdoor Mona Main Stage; the solo heroic percussionist Evelyn Glennie (UK) at the Federation Concert Hall; award-winning composer Antonio Sánchez (USA) performing his original drums-only score to a screening of the Academy Award-winning film Birdman; Japanese hip hop turntablist pioneer DJ Krush; Norwegian art-pop provocateur Jenny Hval, award-winning British poet-turned-rapper Kate Tempest and more, from as far afield as Ethiopia, Norway, Japan and Belgium.

Mofo challenges artists to commit new collaborations, with Kate Miller-Heidke debuting new works with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) at the Odeon Theatre. For Fire!, Mats Gustafsson and fellow Swedes build a sonic conflagration on the Mona Main Stage with cameos from festival friends. Three dark plays by the renowned playwright, Samuel Beckett—Footfalls, Eh Joe, and Krapp’s Last Tape—will be presented in a Beckett Triptych, performed by State Theatre Company of South Australia at the Theatre Royal.

Pop, jazz and cinematic multimedia collide with Belgian outfit HERMESensemble at the Odeon Theatre, who will also be performing ‘museum walks’ at Mona in collaboration with local dancers and artists in residence. There will be performances in Mona’s triassic sandstone Void, choral performances in twisted stairwells and the glass elevator, graphic novel and spoken word in Cinemona, concerts in the Nolan Gallery alongside Snake, and artists performing in various gallery spaces, including spaces not usually open to the public, throughout the museum.

The whole Mona site will be closed to the general public between 15–17 January, with only ticket-holding Mofos granted entry to experience Mona’s offerings, as well as the major retrospective Gilbert & George: The Art Exhibition curated by Mona’s Co-Directors of Exhibitions and Senior Curators, Nicole Durling and Olivier Varenne together with Gilbert & George, plus French artist Mathieu Briand’s ongoing experiment in artistic utopia, Et In Libertalia Ego, Vol. II, as well as Katthy Cavaliere: Loved; a posthumous retrospective the of Sydney artist, curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham. Meanwhile, Monanism continues to evolve along with the old and new art collection of Mona owner, David Walsh.

MoMa (Mona market) returns for the three day weekend at Mona, with a deeply-felt conceptual theme celebrating the much-maligned microscopic critters in our guts. Mona’s First Lady Kirsha Kaechele will be working with scientists and collaborator Daphane Park to present a tested gut-health hypothesis, including a Day and Night Spa, fermented food and fungi curated by Jo Cook, art installations curated by Natalie Holtsbaum, MoMa Minors curated by Jen Murnaghan, and the MoMa team will even be putting Mona’s poo machine—Wim Delvoye’s Cloaca Professional (2010)—on a cleansing diet. MoMa continues weekly on Sundays 11am–4pm until 27 March 2016.

Faux Mo continues its hedonistic takeover of Hobart’s empty spaces from 15–17 January, while Brooke Street Pier takes centre stage as Mofo artists pop-up and perform throughout the weekend.

Mofo events and exhibitions will also be spilling out around Hobart, at the Federation Concert Hall, Rosny Barn, Moonah Arts Centre, Salamanca Arts Centre’s Peacock Theatre and Kelly’s Garden, Contemporary Arts Tasmania, and even off the ‘big island’ of Tassie, at Alonnah Hall on Bruny Island.

Mofo Curator Brian Ritchie said: “Mona is a power spot in Tasmania and we are thrilled to populate many of its nooks, crannies and spaces with music, art and sound this summer. During Mofo 2016, we intend to tickle all the senses at Mona and venues around Hobart, including on the ferry trip up the River Derwent from the waterfront to the museum.”

Tasmanian Premier and Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events Will Hodgman said: “If there’s anything we can expect from Mona Foma, it’s the unexpected. It is this eclectic element of surprise that draws tens of thousands of curious Tasmanians and visitors to the festival every summer. Mona will not only be an extraordinary stage for the performers this year, it will be a spectacle in its own right. Once again, the Tasmanian Government is proud to support Mona to deliver this cultural centrepiece.”

Mofo is an initiative of the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), supported by the State Government through Events Tasmania.

Mofo takes place in Hobart, Tasmania, and at the Museum of Old and New Art and Hobart, Tasmania, from 13 – 18 January 2016.

TICKETS on sale 11am Friday 16 October AEDT from

Three-Day Mona Pass: $139 – $179 + BF (Day Passes on sale Tuesday 1 December)

Faux Mo: online sales $30 + BF ($35 door sales) per night

Antonio Sanchez Birdman Live: $25 – $50 + BF

DANCENORTH: Kyle Page & Amber Haines $20

EDGE2: Julius Schwing Trio: $20 – $25

Evelyn Glennie: $60 – $75 + BF

HERMESensemble: $25 – $50 + BF

Kate Miller-Heidke with the TSO: $40 – $75 +BF

Mofo Eastern Sho – Jenny M. Thomas: $20

Mofo Eastern Sho – Wildbirds & Peacedrums: $20

Spear: $17 – $19

State Theatre Company SA: Beckett Triptych: $45 – $80 + BF

Mofo 2016 lineup

The Flaming Lips (USA)

Evelyn Glennie (UK)

Antonio Sánchez Birdman Live (USA)

DJ Krush (Japan)

HERMESensemble (Belgium)

Kate Miller-Heidke & the TSO

State Theatre Company of South Australia: Beckett Triptych

Ade Suharto & Simon Barker & Brian Ritchie

Amanda Shone

Amy Gebhardt

Amy Spiers and Catherine Ryan

Ariana Reines (USA)

Arthur Russell’s Instrumentals (USA)

Bree van Reyk

Brett Newski (USA)

Christopher Wrench

Clyde McGill

DANCENORTH: Kyle Page and Amber Haines

EDGE2: Isthmus

Elise Taylor

Ensemble Offspring

Evelyn Morris & Haftu Reda & Dale Gorfinkel

exhaust (Contemporary Art Tasmania)

Faux Mo

Fire! (Sweden)

Gilbert & George (UK)

Hailu Mergia with Tony Buck & Mike Majkowski (Ethiopia/Australia)



JAM (Jazz at Mona)

James Turrell (USA)

Jenny Hval (Norway)

Jenny M. Thomas

Joshua Santospirito & Craig San Roque

Julius Schwing Trio

Kate Tempest (UK)

Katthy Cavaliere: Loved

Kim Myhr (Norway)

Mathieu Briand (France)

Michael Bettine (USA)

Mirel Wagner (Finland)

MoMa (Mona Market)

Okmalumkoolkat feat. Cid Rim & The Clonious (South Africa/Austria)

Oren Ambarchi

Project Drums

Robin Fox & Byron J. Scullin

Scott Tinkler

Spear (Stephen Page, AD Bangarra Dance Theatre)

Tim Jones and Jennifer Marten-Smith

The Tea Cube (Allan Halyk)

Tom Vincent Trio

TSOC extreme (Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Chorus)

Wildbirds & Peacedrums (Sweden)

Will Guthrie

& more