A MUSIC marathon is underway at Mona – and it is set to last all summer.
Mona will be hosting 42 days of free live music on the lawns at the museum from 20 December to 31 January.
Musicians have been plucked from a broad spectrum of genres, from Sinhalese pop to Japanese jazz, cigar-box blues to cassette tape DJs.
With multiple acts lined up for each day, there will be music to suit every summer mood.
Mona music curator Brian Ritchie said the 42 Day Mona Music Marathon was a “gloriously sprawling ad hoc, yet systematic, multi-genre celebration of sound-making in Tasmania and beyond.”
“The Mona music team has recruited musicians ranging from community-based groups through to international touring outfits,” he said.
“We always pay attention to cultivating diversity and talent from outside the usual commercially-motivated system.
“This means an emphasis on female talent, immigrant musicians, people living with disability and even a special Kwanzaa stream celebrating the musical achievements of the African diaspora.
“It’s serious music and serious fun, with relaxation, food and drinks on the lawn and occasional forays into the gallery spaces.”
Mona’s executive chef Vince Trim will fire up the Heavy Metal Kitchen, serving up barbecued, smoked and wood-fired eats alongside the Moorilla Wine Bar and the Source restaurant offerings.
Extended summer opening hours mean the museum will close at 6pm, with extra ferry services running to and from Brooke Street Pier to accommodate punters.
Visitors to Mona can pull up a bean bag, sip on a Moorilla sparkling wine or Moo Brew beer and enjoy live music throughout the afternoon.
What’s on at Mona this summer:
- Mona’s 42 Day Music Marathon is now running until 31 January.
- Live music, from midday until late afternoon, with multiple acts lined up daily.
- Mix of local, interstate and international acts from a broad range of genres.
- Food, wine and beer will be on offer from Moorilla wine bar, Heavy Metal Kitchen and the Source restaurant.
- Ferries will run more regularly, with both the MR1 and MR2 operating. The last ferry leaves Mona at 6pm daily.
- Mona will be open 10am to 6pm everyday throughout January. Last entry into the museum is at 5.30pm.
For accessibility details and full music line up, visit the Mona website.
Caption: Images courtesy of Mona, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Main picture, photo credit: Mona/Rémi Chauvin. Pictured inset, left, Heavy Metal Kitchen, Mofo 2018. Photo credit: MONA/Jesse Hunniford. Pictured inset, right, photo credit: Mona/Jesse Hunniford.