All eyes were on Mona Foma this year as the event became the first in 2021 to tackle the COVID-19 restrictions while attempting to keep the festival spirit alive.
The two-weekend event was embraced enthusiastically in Launceston and Hobart, with 350 artists showcasing their talents across 58 venues.
This year the festival recorded a total attendance of more than 35,000 people. About 65 per cent of those were Tasmanian and 35 per cent were interstate visitors.
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Mona Foma curator Brian Ritchie said it was "a precarious position to program and deliver a festival in the middle of a global pandemic", but Tasmanians rose to the occasion.
"The mainlanders were astonished at what we were doing because it looked and felt like a festival, something they were not prepared for," he said.
"We've had some festivals where [interstate attendance] was a little bit more than 50 per cent but I would say this [year's numbers] is in the realm of normal."