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3 must dos at Mona Foma

Mona Foma
Mona Foma curator Brian Ritchie of the Violent Femmes lets us in on festival highlights and what not to miss in Launceston.

Brian Ritchie performs on stage
Courtesy of Mona
Rocking out for the Femmes

2019 highlights

For me the highlight of Mona Foma is always getting to subject unsuspecting festival-goers to experiences they couldn’t predict and weren’t expecting – then seeing them come back for more the next day. Oneohtrix Point Never’s multimedia spectacle will probably be one such experience. Contemplating the meaning of your own existence at the feet of Amanda Parer’s  Man in Cataract Gorge, will be another. That’s enough hints, but remember these words – Dicky White’s Lane and humming marathon.

People sitting on a lawn next to a pool as a chairlift passes overhead at Cataract Gorge
Rob Burnett
Cataract Gorge

Things to do in Launnie

The Gorge is amazing – go there, rehabilitate your brain before and after the festival. A trip to Liffey Falls is similarly relaxing. Otherwise, I like to ride my bike around the city – it’s flat, full of incredible architecture, and has a killer line up of food and booze outlets. Speaking of which…

Liffey Falls
Scott Sporleder, Matador
Liffey Falls

Where to eat

Launnie has always had a great foodie scene. I’m a serial pest at places like Sweet Brew, Black Cow Bistro, The Grain, Geronimo, Saint John, Stillwater, Smokey Joe’s and Henry’s. As for the festival, we’ll be showcasing heaps of local producers at the QVMAG precinct, as well as setting up our own Heavy Metal Kitchen, where Mona Head Chef Vince Trim literally slow roasts anything he can get his hands on. You won’t go hungry. Or thirsty. And that is important.

Two men exiting a bar
Tourism Tasmania & Chris Crerar
Saint John Craft Beer, Launceston

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