Entertainment

Everything You Need to Know About Mona Foma

It's going to be wild.

Mona Foma is back, and the 2022 program has just dropped, showcasing some of lutruwita / Tasmania’s best homegrown talent, as well as some of Australia’s favourite acts.

The festival is all set to wow attendees once again with a diverse and eclectic line up of shows and events. Whether you’re into cement-mixer monster-trucks or intricate dancework that explores the journey of the pakana people, whether you’re into Midnight Oil or Bach, there’s truly something for everyone at Mona Foma.

This year, the festival will feature a whopping 300+ artists at 40 venues across Launceston, nipaluna / Hobart and the Midland Highway

“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,” said Artistic Director Brian Ritchie. “It is exciting to contribute to Tasmania’s cultural reawakening and reopening.”

Here’s everything you need to know.

When and where

Hosted over two weekends, Mona Foma will hit Launceston on Friday, January 21st and go until Sunday, January 23. The following weekend, Friday 28th–-Sunday 30th will see the festival move to nipaluna / Hobart.

Who’s going to be there?

Both cities

Launceston and nipulana / Hobart will host Aussie icons Midnight Oil, with the band performing two shows in each city. They’ll be playing shows from their upcoming album, as well as recent music from The Makarrata Project, which is inspired by the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Obvs, they’ll be doing the hits as well.

Both cities will also feature Mofo Sessions, an iconic celebration of live music, with great food and drink options to boot. 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.

Other acts and events that will span the Midland Highway will include: pakana kanaplila & Tasdance: tuylupa, Terrapin: Monster Trucks, Ashleigh Musk & Michael Smith: Fertile Ground, Ed Atkins (UK), Calvin Bowman, Faux Mo, Kartanya Maynard & Vernon Ah Kee, and Julie Gough: The Missing.

Launceston

Highlights you can only catch in Launceston include: Legs on the Wall: THAW, Megan Cope: Untitled (Death Song), Thomas Demand: Pacific Sun (GER), Warren Mason: Tin Camp Studio, and Emily Sanzaro: Awaken

nipaluna / Hobart

Highlights you can only catch in nipaluna / Hobart include: Robin Fox: BEACON, Theresa Sainty & Sharnie Read: PANUPIRI, WITHI MAPALI, Terrapin with Dylan Sheridan: All Day Breakfast, Alicia Frankovich: AQI2020 (NZ), Anri Sala: Time No Longer (ALB/GER), and DJ TR!P & Scot Cotterell: Organ Donor + Quartet for the End of Time 

What else do I need to know?

Mona Foma will require proof of vaccination for all ticketed events, and masks may be required in some settings. Mona Foma will adhere to current Tasmanian Public Health measures for all events and will ensure that ticket holders and attendees are informed of any specific requirements in advance of the festival.

Tickets for Mona Foma 2022 are on sale from 10am on Monday 6 December. You can subscribe to the mailing list to get first access: monafoma.net.au/subscribe

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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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