Mofo Sessions – Emily Sanzaro . Image courtesy of the artist and Mona, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Ahead of Mona Foma’s first entirely Launceston-based festival in January 2019, Mona is putting on a series of free Sunday sessions at Design Tasmania.

Mofo Sessions will consist of fortnightly Sunday afternoon gigs, kicking off on 16 July with Launceston DJ/producer Akouo.

Shelley McCuaig, Executive Producer, Mona Foma, said the range of artists performing at Design Tasmania is diverse.

“Mofo Sessions will promote local talent as well as taking advantage of interstate and international visitors to Tasmania, giving Launceston a taste of Mona Foma before the full festival launches next year.

Today we’re announcing the first six acts.

“We’re inviting people to come and listen to something unexpected. In some cases it might be something punters have never heard before, or something they didn’t know existed. It’s free though, so we hope people take the leap.

“We are excited about bringing Mona Foma north and this is an early chance for us to engage with the community in the lead-up to January.”

First line-up announcement: Mofo Sessions

• Sunday 16 July – Akouo
• Sunday 29 July – Emily Sanzaro
• Sunday 12 August – Mystery Session
• Sunday 26 August – Brian Ritchie and Yyan Ng – Shotgun Wedding #1
• Sunday 16 September – Alex South, Ros Dunlop and The Tasmanian Clarinet Quartet
• Sunday 30 September – Jason Whatley Quintet

Mofo Sessions will run until April 2019. All gigs start at 2pm and Moorilla wine and Moo Brew beer will be available at the bar.

Mofo Sessions are a collaboration between Mona and Design Tasmania, supported by the Launceston City Council.

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Shelley McCuaig, Executive Producer, Mona Foma