Tasmanians rang in the new year with bush fires ravaging more than 110,000 hectares of land and destroying over 130 homes in what has been described as the worst natural disaster to affect the state in nearly fifty years. Countless families and individuals are now trying to put their lives back together, an unthinkable task made a little less harder with the help of Red Cross and MONA. Once a year Hobart plays host to Mona Foma, a festival project by The Museum of Old and New Art that is supported by the Tasmanian Government bringing flocks of people to the water front location of Princes Wharf. This year the festival will be concluded by the MONA Bushfire Fundraiser Concert with all profits made going to the Australian Red Cross Tasmanian Bushfires 2013 Appeal.
The concert took place at Princes Wharf 1 Monday evening featuring performances by The Hoodoo Gurus, The Break, Kate Miller-Heidke, Taiko Drum and many others. The courtyard opened at 5:30 pm with food and drinks stalls surrounding the bean-bag laden arena. As more and more people filed through the ticketing gates the concert fell into full swing when Kate Miller-Heidke took the stage, drawing in what appeared to be nearly the entire crowd. As the sky darkened the sounds of Taiko Drums filled the festival and finally, when Hoodoo Gurus took the stage every Mona Foma festival goer packed into the Princes Wharf shed to claim a space as their own to relive past memories set to Australian rock. The Hoodoo Gurus have recently celebrated their thirtieth year since releasing their debut single ‘Leilani’ and their performance Monday night secured their reputation as a band that never fails to impress, uniting people from teens to retirees with a love for genuine and authentic Australian rock. The band played last and gave the entire evening a true feeling of the Australian spirit that has helped victims of the savage Tasmanian Bushfires to recover. An excellent collaboration between MONA and Australian Red Cross that should be applauded.