Mona celebrates the end of arguably the worst year since 2020 with Annus Finis

MONA-Girls-Rule-2016-18-Tom-Otterness-on-the-Mona-lawnMona will ring in 2022 and bid adieu to the hot mess that was 2021 with the museum’s first ever New Year’s Eve bash.

It’s called Annus Finis, for obvious reasons, and will see a countdown to midnight on the Mona lawns and main stage, with an abundance of live music, food and drink, and end of year revelry on offer.

From underground synth-pop to Japanese-influenced punk music and soulful hip-hop, the line-up celebrates a diverse selection of established and emerging artists from across the state performing for an all-ages crowd.

“Here at Mona we love to throw a party, and I think we’re pretty good at it. With borders to Tasmania set to open in mid-December we are looking forward to a busy summer ahead,” said Patrick Kelly, CEO, Mona.

“We’re excited to see our lawn full of punters again, and hopefully we can cast some Mona magic over New Year’s Eve after what has been another challenging year for tourism and events, saying goodbye to arguably the worst year since 2020.”

Presented in partnership with Music Tasmania, the Annus Finis line-up includes Tasmanian Aboriginal singer-songwriter Denni who will help ring in the new year with a late night slot alongside hip-hop artist Greely, and audio visual artist and DJ Dameza.

“Music Tasmania is excited to be co-hosting a fabulous evening of local music this New Year’s Eve,” said Keith Deverell, CEO, Music Tasmania. “As an organisation we believe it is important for Tasmanian musicians to have opportunities to play and shine, to develop their careers, talents, and for their local voices to be heard.

“New Year’s Eve has traditionally been a time to party, and this year on the lawns at Mona, the party will be an all Tassie music affair.”

Punters are encouraged to get the party started early and travel to Mona by water, with the Mona Roma ferry (and its onboard bars) sailing throughout the night.

Mona’s burger bar, Dubsy’s, will serve up its diner-inspired specialities, with more food available from the Moorilla Wine Bar and Moo Brew and Moorilla drinks aplenty.

Ahead of New Year’s Eve, Mona will increase its trading days for the summer period, opening five days a week – from Thursdays to Mondays (10.00am – 6.00pm daily) beginning Thursday 30 December 2021.

Annus Finis will take place at Mona on Friday 31 December 2021. Tickets now on sale. For more information, visit: for details.

Image: Girls Rule, 2016-18, Tom Otterness on the Mona lawn – photo by Jesse Hunniford | courtesy of the artist and Mona, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Note: Annus Finis will adhere to the current Tasmanian Public Health guidelines for events.