Mona Foma 2011 @ Various Venues

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Drum roll please…Launched in the Sydney Theatre Company’s Richard Wherrett Studio, MONA FOMA (MOFO), Hobart’s cutting edge Festival of Music and Art is back for its third year, and it wants the world to know about its ground-breaking and frontier-pushing program for 2011.



From January 14-20, curator Brian Ritchie of Violent Femmes and now The Break fame will present an incredible array of massive and amazing music, dance, theatre, visual art, performance, new media - and some art. It’s a mix of first-time appearances, festival favorites and exclusive one-off performances and it’s mostly FREE (!!). So here it is. The recently unveiled 2011 Festival line up.



Philip Glass. (US) International musical genius. Wendy Sutter. His muse, partner and cello virtuoso. Amanda Palmer. (US) Composer/pianist/performer/ukulele basher and blogger. Ex front-woman in Punk Cabaret band The Dresden Dolls. Grinderman. Australian Rock and Roll Royalty: Nick Cave. Warren Ellis. Martyn Casey. Jim Sclavunos – raw, bawdy, verbose and unstoppable blues . WIRE (UK). One of the most refined of the early punk bands; still creating blistering and powerful music. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. (US) Alternative Rock trio – extroverted blues, rhythm and rap. BalletLab. Melbourne’s confrontational dance troupe premiering their completed trilogy: Amplification, Miracle and Above. Speak Percussion. A retrospective of massive scope: the story of percussive sound from the 1930s to today.






MONA FOMA (MOFO) 2010 - Artistic geniuses aside, festival goers can expect to see some of MOFO’s favourite features return along with tonnes of fun, free and interactive elements – one of which may (or may not) be a giant, grown up, op-art jumping castle – sort of. MOFO will transform Hobart into a dizzying array of performances, workshops, lifestyle outlets, market stalls and cooking demonstrations. Interested?



2011 MOFO will be the most exciting to date as it will be the drum roll to…the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) opening weekend, from Friday 21 – Sunday 23 January 2011.



The MONA opening weekend will kick off with a massive party with more live bands and performances. There promises to be pyrotechnics of one sort or another. The gallery opens to the public on Saturday, 22 January.



The Museum of Old and New Art is located at Moorilla, 20 minutes from the Hobart CBD and has aspirations of becoming Australia’s newest must-see destination. Why? Well, it’s the country’s first subversive adult ‘Disneyland’. A multi-million dollar, three-level building designed by Nonda Katsalidis of Fender Katsalidis, to showcase David Walsh’s private collection, valued at an estimated $100 million. It’s also Australia’s largest private museum open to the public. With an interest in sex, death and everything in between, the gallery hopes to provoke, challenge and inspire passionate debate – and some controversy.



A taste of some of the works include: a rarely seen and virtually unknown 45-metre work by Sidney Nolan. A number of the YBAs (Young British Artists) whose works never made it to Australia in 2000, when Charles Saatchi’s now infamous Sensation exhibition was cancelled by the National Gallery of Australia: Jake and Dinos Chapman, Mat Collishaw, Jenny Saville, Mark Quinn, and Damien Hirst. European artists include Wim Delvoye, Jannis Kounellis, Anselm Kiefer, and Julius Popp. From the Americas: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gregory Barsamain, Stephen J. Shanabrook and Jenny Holzer.



All together, MOFO and MONA will create 10 days of music, art and fun. Interested? Yeah, we thought so.



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