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relay//country remembers her names MONAFOMA 2021

A slowly unfolding relay of land and sea signals echoes across our fair island, opening and closing the festival. Foghorns, boat horns, sirens, experimental intonarumori instruments, palawa kani (the language of Tasmanian Aboriginal people), and other sound-making apparatus call each other over land and water, and ask us to reflect on where we are. From wukalina / Mount William and pilawaytakinta / Low Head, to Queenstown, Launceston and nipaluna / Hobart.

You will hear the work projected from a moving vessel meandering close to shore. In Launceston, listen from the banks of kanamaluka / Tamar River around Riverbend Park, Royal Park and Seaport. In Hobart, listen from the banks of the Derwent around the Hobart foreshore, to Long Beach, Sandy Bay, and on the eastern shore between Howrah and Bellerive.

You can also tune in to the livestream at show times and find out more: You’ll also find more information, photography and videography documenting the project’s development.

Friday 15 January, 4pm–5pm

Sunday 24 January, 12pm–1pm


Collaborators: Merinda Sainty, Daisy Allan, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, Ron and Zanette Crowden, Foghorn Volunteers, Low Head Pilot Station Support Group, Andrew Bell, Rona Hollingsworth, Mike Webb, the Maritime Museum of Tasmania, Mat Ward, Julia Drouhin, Dylan Sheridan, Dylan Banks, Phillipa Stafford and Emily Sheppard, with vessels provided by the Australian Maritime College and Pennicott Wilderness Journeys. Production by Tom ‘Billy’ McKeand, and produced by Alison Wilkes (Mona Foma) and Erin Milne.

Image credit: Sam Mcgilp

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