With hip-hop/RnB icon Neneh Cherry, African pop renegade Nakhane, and the founder of Ethio-jazz Mulatu Astatke, as well as ex-Tasmanian critical darling Courtney Barnett, and Australian dance music stars Pnau, the headline billing on Mona Foma’s 2019 program was always set to impress.
But just as critical has been the opportunities, and large-scale audience, the festival has offered to Launceston’s own arts scene.
From traditional arts spaces such as the Academy Gallery and Poimena Gallery, to very much non-traditional spaces such as the Workers Club and Dicky Whites Lane, in Quadrant Mall, the festival has drawn venues large and small into its influence.
About a third of Mona Foma festival-goers travel from outside of Tasmania, with a heavy Hobart contingent also travelling North for the celebrations.
These are our picks of the best shots from the Sunday from The Examiner photographer Scott Gelston.