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Mona Foma's 2018 lineup is a sprawling, eclectic dream

Eleven days of world-class music and art. 

Now that the darkness has subsided from last year's spectacularly brooding Dark Mofo, the time has come to bask in the light of summer as Tasmania comes alight once more. 
 
Mona Foma has unveiled their most eclectic and ambitious lineup yet, featuring world premieres, art installations, world premieres and Australian exclusives. 
 
Program highlights include a set from legendary act Godspeed You! Black Emperor, who will be providing the live score for The Holy Body Dance Tattoo’s Monumental in Launceston as well as playing a live set at Mona to perform tracks from their latest album, Luciferian Towers
 
Moreover, lauded Australian artist Gotye will join forces with the Ondioline Orchestra to pay tribute to the late, great French electronic composer and pop visionary Jean-Jacques Perrey. Symphonic collaborations continue with Violent Femmes joining forces with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for a career spanning set, while Brian Jackson and the Southern Gospel Choir will reinterpret the songs of Gil-Scott Heron and Nina Simone.
 
Psychedelia and poetry come together with the exciting collaboration from Trans artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge joining forces with Edley Odowd; black metal behemoth Mayhem will bring a touch of darkness to the otherwise sun-filled event; Mofo's late-night art party Faux Mo scores a new waterfront venue; while the free Launceston Block Party will have punters kicking on like nothing else. 
 
But it doesn't stop there.  Chance the Rapper collaborator, Jamila Woods, will bring her joyful soul and funk grooves to Tassie; Barcelona-based producer Filastine and Indonesian neo-soul singer Nova launch "an audio strike against xenophobia proposing a borderless and polyphonic world", Hobart + Music =Yeah: Re/cognition will present a showcase of underground music; Martin Blackwell will undergo a 24-hour marathon of rhythm and meditation; while  Adam Simmons, Alessandra Garosi and David Jones rearrange the music of Frank Zappa in a piano, saxophone and drum trio.
 
Mona Foma 2018 lineup: 
 
Brian Jackson with the Southern Gospel Choir (AUS/USA) 
Emel Mathlouthi (TUN) 
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (UK/USA) 
Godspeed You! Black Emperor (CAN) 
Gotye Presents a Tribute to Jean-Jacques Perrey (AUS/USA) 
Launceston Block Party Mayhem (NOR) 
Monumental - The Holy Body Tattoo (CAN) with live music by Godspeed You! Black Emperor (CAN) 
Moor Mother featuring Rasheedah Phillips (USA) 
Violent Femmes + the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (USA/AUS) 
Adam Simmons 
Ajak Kwai 
Alessandra Garosi (ITA) 
Andrew Bainbridge 
Austin Buckett and Martin Ng 
Black Quantum Futurism Collective (USA) 
Black Rock Band 
Blaise Garza and John Sparrow (USA) 
Breadwoman Variations (USA) 
Chakam Ensemble (IRN/AUS) 
Cinemofo 
David Jones 
Edley ODowd 
Eve Klein 
Evil Goat 
Faux Mo 
Fémina (ARG) 
Filastine and Nova (USA/IDN) 
Gordon Gano (USA) 
Hobart Liberation Orchestra featuring Petra Haden (AUS/USA) 
Hobart + Music = Yeah: Re/cognition 
Jamila Woods (USA) 
Jim Denley and Rosalind Hall 
Joseph Nolan and Brent Grapes 
Kardajala Kirridarra 
Martin Blackwell 
Maxine Beneba Clarke 
Michael Candy and Rosalind Hall 
Michael Kieran Harvey, Arjun von Caemmerer and Brigita Ozolins 
Military Position 
MoMa 
Rahim AlHaj and Karim Wasfi (IRQ) 
Rod Thomson 
SAAKA 
Silver Space 
Sisters Akousmatica 
Sonya Lifschitz 
Tannery: Tasmanian Taiko and Leather Orchestra 
The Daemons of Dissent 
The Ghosts of Nothing featuring Laura Purcell 
The Museum of Everything 
Thembi Soddell 
TSO 
Chorus extreme Unconscious Collective

Mona Foma 2018 goes down in Launceston, Tasmania from January 12 - 14 and Hobart from January 15 - 22. More details here