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Labor will reinvent Mona Foma in the north with $8 million in funding

  • Festival’s permanent move north would provide a major tourism boost for Launceston
  • Jobs created in arts, culture and events sector
  • Creative, innovative festival programs a stimulus for economic activity

Tasmania’s incredibly successful Mona Foma festival will be transformed in Launceston under a Majority Labor Government.

Labor Leader Rebecca White said after the accomplishments of Mofo over the past nine years in Hobart, event organisers were now looking to translate the festival’s success to Launceston, generating increased economic activity and tourist numbers and valuable international recognition.

“Labor will spark a new wave of economic and cultural activity by reinventing the massively successful Mona Foma in Launceston,” Ms White said.

“Labor will provide $8 million over four years to move the full festival program to Launceston from 2019 and create a permanent cultural workforce in the North.

“It was a Labor Government that backed the original Mona Foma before the world had even heard of the Museum of Old and New Art.

“It was also Labor that supported Dark Mofo in the middle of winter.

“The twin festivals have become massive drawcards for tourists and locals alike and have led to significant marketing exposure for Hobart.

“Now there is an opportunity to bring that cultural revolution to Northern Tasmania.

“Labor shares Mona’s vision to create the most talked about festival in the world in Launceston and to supercharge economic activity through the arts.

“This is more than simply funding for a festival – it is a true job creation and economic stimulus policy.

“Of the $2.1 million in public funds committed to Dark Mofo in 2015, the festival returned over $46 million.

“The reinvention of Mofo in the North has the strong support of organisations like Tourism Northern Tasmania,  Launceston Chamber of Commerce, Junction Arts, TasDance, Design Tasmania and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.

‘Labor’s $8 million commitment to Mofo is in addition to our $115 million Northern Development Package.

‘Labor’s vision is to confirm Launceston as one of the world’s great regional cities, with a reputation for innovation, resourcefulness and entrepreneurship.”