What to expect at MONA FOMA

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MONA FOMA is one of Tasmania's most popular summer festivals and showcases a huge range of weird, strange, retro and just downright good art and live music. For Hobart locals this is a major highlight of the year and the festival attracts plenty of interstate and international visitors as well.

The festival regularly draws major Australian and international acts with Puscifer, Nick Cave, Amanda Palmer, The Flaming Lips and Kate Kate Miller-Heidke playing stages at the festival in recent years.

MONA FOMA runs over three days with 2018 being the last year it will be held at the MONA Museum before heading north to Launceston. In addition to some great musical acts there are special performances and exhibitions on within the gallery below so it's worth planning out your days so you get to see as much as possible.

MONA is located in the outer suburbs of Hobart and there are a number of options to get out there if you don't have a car. A regular bus and ferry service runs to and from the Hobart CBD which are great if you plan to enjoy the bar while at the festival. Ferry and bus services run throughout the day and it's best to book online when you buy your festival passes.

You can also ride to MONA along the intercity cycleway which will usually take around 30 to 45 minutes from the city depending on the wind.

There are a number of food options available at MONA with a number of cafe and restaurant options available. You can also trawl the markets with plenty of stalls also offering a variety of unique culinary options. If you have odd food allergies or dietary requirements it may be worth sneaking in something as we have found it difficult to find suitable food on a number of occasions.

Some of our useful tips

  • Bring an umbrella, useful for keeping the sun and rain off.
  • Bring comfortable shoes, you will be doing more walking than you think.
  • Make sure to head down into the galleries if only to get out of the sun for a bit. It's worth stopping by the Void Bar for a cocktail or coffee too.
  • Keep an eye on the cinema schedule, there is a mix of art films and old classics. If you have ever wanted to see 2001 a Space Odyssey on a massive screen this might be your only opportunity.
  • Have a good look through the program, there are often small side rooms and events running outside of the main festival areas that are worth checking out.
  • If you don't want to go for the full three days, day passes are available can be purchased online.

MONA FOMA in 2018 is running from January 12 to 22nd with venues in both Hobart and Launceston. Check out their website for more details.