When Violent Femmes bass player and now Mona Foma arts curator Brian Ritchie first visited Tasmania on tour with the band in 1989, he knew he’d stumbled across somewhere pretty special.
From being warned no one would come to their shows to selling out said gigs, Brian found himself returning to the peaceful island state again and again, before taking the plunge and moving to Hobart with his wife, Varuni, more than 10 years ago.
Now, as arts curator of the critically acclaimed music and arts festival, he spends his free time revelling in Tasmania’s thriving cultural scene (which he believes can rival New York’s), its quality local food and wine, and strong sense of community.
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