Community members were eager to see what Mona Foma had in store for them this year, heading out in droves on Saturday to experience all the weird, wacky, and beautiful art.
One of the biggest events of the day was MoFo at Harvest, enticing both festival attendees and regular market patrons to enjoy live music and delve into the world of Ma and Pa Ubu, the creations of Terrapin Puppet Theatre.
Benji Mainsbridge, 6, of Launceston, said he liked the funny slapping the puppets did and the laughter they had.
Jade Louise, of Melbourne, said she had come to the Harvest for the market itself and then learnt about Mona Foma.
"The one with the big puppets was very interesting and entertaining. Very local and an easy to relate to script," she said.
Terrapin artistic director Sam Routledge said it was great to be able to bring back the characters of Ma and Pa Ubu from their performance last year at Mona Foma.
"For Terrapin, moving forward, we are going to be doing more of these works that reach people where they are already gathering and Mona Foma is a great opportunity to do that," he said.
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"I think the festival has shown enormous courage [going ahead after COVID-19].
"You can see people are here coming to it and enjoying it."
Other highlights of the day included Lacunae, an interactive space spread over three locations that allowed participants from each location to dance together, and Listen Deeply, an exhibition that connected human duets with nonhuman creatures.
William Cramp, 11, of Trevallyn, said it was fun to try Lacunae, and the installation made him feel like he was really in the experience.
"It's really nice copying what they did," he said.
"[The music] made it really alive."
Wayne Looyen, who had recently moved to Launceston from Sydney, said he thought the artistic community in the city was wonderful.
"It's so exiting to have such a wonderful festival and things happening," he said.
Mr Looyen said he found Listen Deeply very engaging, and particularly enjoyed Annika Kahrs' Infra Voice aspect of the exhibition.
"That was superb."
Visit mofo.net.au for the program.