Mona Foma relocation

Labor will spark a new wave of economic and cultural investment by supporting the reinvention of the massively successful Mona Foma (Mofo) in Launceston.

Labor will provide $8 million over four years to move the full festival program from Hobart to Launceston from 2019 and create a permanent cultural workforce in the North.

It was a Labor Government that backed the original Mona Foma before the world had even heard of the Museum of Old and New Art.

It was also Labor that supported Dark Mofo in the middle of winter.

The twin festivals have become massive drawcards for tourists and locals alike and have led to significant marketing exposure for Hobart.

Now there is an opportunity to bring that cultural revolution to Northern Tasmania.

Labor shares Mona’s vision to create the most talked about festival in the world in Launceston and to supercharge economic activity through the arts.

This is more than simply funding for a festival – it is a true job creation and economic stimulus policy.

Of the $2.1 million in public funds committed to Dark Mofo in 2015 the festival returned injected over $46 million into the Tasmanian economy.

The reinvented Mofo will bring a high quality attraction to Launceston including:

  • A wide range of international, national and Tasmanian artists
  • An extensive visual art display
  • a world-class dance program.
  • diverse theatre and live performances.
  • Collaborative projects with Northern Tasmanian artists and companies.

The festival will require investment in permanent infrastructure and up-skilling, training and employing a new workforce.

One of the most important parts of the commitment will be to build the capacity of the local arts community and to complement existing events and organisations.

The reinvention of Mofo in the North has the strong support of Tourism Northern Tasmania, the Launceston Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Junction Arts, TasDance, Design Tasmania and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.

Labor’s $8 million commitment to Mofo is in addition to our $115 million Northern Development Package.

Labor’s vision is to confirm Launceston as one of the world’s great regional cities, with a reputation for innovation, resourcefulness and entrepreneurship.