Mona Foma 2018 hits town!

Published on 11 January 2018

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Mona Foma will hit Launceston in grand style this weekend, promising an aural banquet moving between the classical and contemporary, the conventional and the unusual.

Internationally renowned artist Gotye will lead the Ondioline Orchestra in a tribute to the late electronic composer Jean-Jacques Perrey at the Albert Hall, with Tannery: Tasmanian Taiko and Leather Orchestra also taking to the stage.

Canadian contemporary dance and Godspeed You! Black Emperor will echo through the Princess Theatre.

Wrapping up a huge weekend will be a free Block Party on Sunday in the courtyard of Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery at Inveresk featuring the iconic punk rockers, the Violent Femmes.

Other acts for the block party include psychedelic rock and blues performer Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba, Blaise Garza and John Sparrow, indigenous punk lyrical activists Dispossessed and Mali's answer to Tina Turner, Amy Sacko, will perform, while the Evan Carydakis Quartet will present a tribute to John Coltraine's seminal album, A Love Supreme ... to name but a few.

Food and other refreshments will also be on sale, including what's been described as a "proper spread" by Mona's Heavy Metal Kitchen, as well as a heap of local producers.

For those who don't know what to wear - no problem because Mona has you covered.

Backed by a cacophony of musical sewing machines sampled and amplified by electro-acoustic composer Dylan Sheridan, with spontaneous dance performances by Stompin, 1000 onesies in various sizes (from baby through to adult) made by the local community will be given away for free during the block party. 

With pre-performance tickets already sold out for the block party, organisers say that tickets will be available at the gate on the day, subject to capacity. 

For more information, go to the website, https://mofo.net.au/program/launceston