Percussionists and female creative powerhouses take centre stage at Mofo 2016

Tasmania’s famed Museum of Old and New Art’s highly awaited 2016 Festival of Music and Art will take on a new format this summer, returning to Mona for a long weekend of non-stop music, art and performance.
Percussionists and female creative powerhouses take centre stage at Mofo 2016

Image: Dame Evelyn Glennie. Photo credit: Jim Callaghan. Picture courtesy of the artist and Mofo 2016 / Mona, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

When Violent Femmes bassist Brian Ritchie started curating the Festival of Music and Art known as Mofo in 2009, he initially encountered difficulties in explaining the concept to new artists.

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‘Now people around the world are beating down the door to get in. Another major shift is that every year, more visitors from overseas and interstate come to Mofo. It’s a major influx of interesting people,’ said Ritchie

Mofo 2016 is set to feature more than 300 artists, musicians and performers from as far afield as Ethiopia, Belgium and Norway.

This summer’s highlights include the iconic Flaming Lips; award-winning composer Antonio Sanchez, who will be performing his original drums-only score, live, to a screening of the film Birdman; Japanese hip-hop turntablist pioneer DJ Krush; Norwegian art-pop provocateur Jenny Hval; award-winning poet-turned-rapper Kate Tempest; and solo heroic percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie.